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Rogue Farms IPA: Beer Terroir? Will they evolve with aging or go flat?

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Rogue Farms IPA: Beer Terroir? Will they evolve with aging or go flat?

TombstoneShadow | Mar 4, 2014 10:18 PM

Picked up an intriguing IPA the other day "Rogue Farms 7-Hop". Label says it includes the 7 types of hops grown on Rogue's own hop farm, i.e. sort of "beer terroir".

Tasting it... it's real young and bright, crisp, punctuated with a central medium bitterness... reminds me of Deschutes "Chasin' Freshies" IPA.

Right now as it sits I'm enjoying it, but would like a little more complexity and hint of sweetness. Can this evolve in the bottle? .... what if I cellar this for 6-12 months, will that bitterness mellow a bit and some sweetness evolve? Recently tried that by mistake with the 2013 / 2014 S.N. Ruthless Rye and that's exactly what happened.

I like this fresh bright & bitter style, but like a wine can these beers consistently mellow out and turn into something more complex... or do they just go flat?

BTW: As a wine nut I'm intrigued by the idea of "beer terroir"... any other such examples where the brewmaster is using his own locally grown ingredients?

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