Better late to the haze craze than never, Rogue Ales has finally added a hazy IPA, Batsquatch, to its year-round lineup of canned beers. Named after a fabled creature from the woods of Mount St. Helens, the beer was released earlier this month and is the brewery's first foray into canning a hazy IPA.
Appearance and Aroma
Like the story behind the fabled namesake creature on the can, the appearance of this beer is a bit clouded, not in mystery, but with haze. This hazy appearance is accompanied by a deep orange hue with a cream-colored lasting head. As I swirl the beer in my glass, powerful aromas of orange, pineapple, mango, and citrus come through. A light malt sweetness is also detectable.
While we could all sit around wondering what took Rogue Ales so long to can its first hazy IPA, I think the better thing to do is thank the brewery for taking its time.”
Batsquatch is juicy from start to finish. The taste starts out with a subtle bready malt sweetness, which builds into bold flavors of tangerine and mango. The beer ends with a soft herbal yet citrusy hop bitterness reminiscent of citrus rinds. Despite its full-bodied nature, the beer finishes clean.
While we could all sit around wondering what took Rogue Ales so long to can its first hazy IPA, I think the better thing to do is thank the brewery for taking its time. What the brewers have created was worth the wait. Batsquatch is the culmination of nearly three years of the Oregon brewery’s experimentation with the style on draft, perfected into a juicy, tropical, bold hazy-style IPA made for cans. It’s also a beer I know I’ll be drinking more of in the near future.