The First Pour: Yellow Snow
Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. The “First Pour” series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work.
By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio
Malts: Melanoiden, Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare™ & Risk™ Malts
Hops: Amarillo & Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops
Yeast: Pacman Yeast
For those that are familiar with Rogue beers, you know that they are synonymous with carefully brewed and well balanced beers. Here we’re taking a peak at their Yellow Snow India Pale Ale. We’ve often found ourselves staring at the beer at Wine and Cheese in Clayton, but for some reason have never picked it up. This beer lives up to its American West coast IPA style and – as long as the name makes you laugh and not gag – this is a beer well worth enjoying. Cool history note, Rogue’s Yellow Snow IPA was first brewed and introduced in honor of the 2002 winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
The beer pours off the tap light yellow with a thick white head sitting on top. The visual sells this beer short because you wouldn’t think it would be heavy in flavor. The aroma? Well hop-heads strap in because you’re going to love this beer. You’re greeted immediately by a powerhouse 70 IBU punch of grapefruits and tangerines. The aroma alone finds the beer in the company of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Bell’s Two Hearted & Hopslam India pale ales. This beer really is a paradise for West coast IPA lovers. The taste is a medium to light body, creamy in drink, with a nice finish of grapefruity hops. Rogue also does an excellent job or keeping the 70 IBUs in check with a well-balanced malty backbone. We disagree as to the drinkablity of this beer: Alaina finds that the IBU levels would have her to stopping after one; Mike finds that Rogue balances the beer perfectly for a big IPA. The beer really doesn’t torture the palate the way a lot of piney-earthy IPAs can (think of Southern Tier Unearthy IPA). So grab a barstool hop-heads and be sure to enjoy this beer on draft instead of the typical 750ml bottles.
About the Authors – Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.