Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla by Rogue brewing

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Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla by Rogue brewing is a 7.2% ABV Fruit beer brewed with grapes

Label:
Dedicated to Tres & Cat Daddy, The Rogues of Voodoo Doughnut

16° Plato
16 IBU
78AA
10°L
Alc. 7.2% By Vol.

Description
A Collision of Crazies.

Food Pairing: Doughnuts, Desert

This ale was inspired by the Voodoo Doughnut Grape Ape doughnut, a creation that features vanilla frosting, grape dust and purple sprinkles.

==Introduction==
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Another pink bottle release by Rogue brewing. Now I know many beer snobs and elitists have given this series a bad rap ever since the release of the original maple bacon doughnut beer. Even the consecutive releases have been criticized harshly. I do agree, I find them to be in the range of good to very good and while I don’t condone the criticism, I think some of these can be very good. I just happen to have a pretty open palate for these kinds of beers regardless if they use “natural flavorings” or not. The point is, there are some very delicious ones like the raspberry and also the banana peanut butter one. Those I loved a lot. The lemon one was nice too and the mango was okay. So with that in mind, let’s be open minded about this one and see how it is, criticism aside. Cheers!

Aromas:
Lots of grape preserves, jolly ranchers, biscuit bread, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla hints, dark fruit berries, Danish cream and mild hop notes.

Flavors:
Rich grape jolly ranchers, grape kool aid, grape soda, grape syrup, biscuit bread, caramel notes, vanilla, herbal, floral and earthy hops, licorice, cane sugar, almond milk, dark fruit prunes, mild Danish cream and hints of boysenberry cobbler.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with lot of jolly rancher grape candies, biscuit bread and caramel. No alcohol in the taste. Amber honey colored clear body, crisp, refreshing and smooth mouthfeel along with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
A pretty good brew but definitely on the artificial side of things. While I do not think it’s bad, their intention of getting as close to grape flavors as possible was a definite success. Although not so naturally. While I did try to find its complexity, I ended up short as the overall flavor is definitely grapes. This is worth a try at least especially if you are nostalgic of grape soda like the one they made in Mexico for me. Definitely nice!
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Anime Corner:
Widow Maker from Overwatch was chosen for this review as I wanted to pair the colors of the grape ape with her purple colors. She is supposed to be a tough character in the game and by her name, it does seem like she can be deadly. This beer is not deadly and is actually sweet, like her appearance but the toughness is definitely part of the Gorilla.
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Voodoo Doughnut Mango Astronaut Ale by Rogue Brewing

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Voodoo Doughnut Mango Astronaut Ale by Rogue Brewing is a 5.3% ABV Fruit Ale brewed with mango.

Label:
Dedicated to Tres & Cat Daddy, The Rogues of Voodoo Doughnut

The Collision of Crazies continues by combining the two best inventions on planet earth: beer and doughnuts. This ale was inspired by the Voodoo Mango Tango doughnut and handcrafted at the Rogue Ales Brewery in Newport, Oregon, by Brewmaster John Maier.

Food Pairing: Desert, Doughnuts

Specs:

113.5° PLATO

20 IBU

71 AA

15 ° Lovibond

==Introduction==

Inspired by the Mango Tango doughnut, this brew is essentially a mango orange beer. This is interesting as some of the Voodoo series have been a hit or miss. My favorite ones to date are the Raspberry Chocolate, peanut butter banana and the lemon Crueller one. Now with this one being an orange and mango beer, I am intrigued to see how this turns out. Lets take a look and see where this one goes Cheers!

Aromas:
Crisp grain, Mango, Stone fruit peaches, apricot, lychee, tropical fruits like kiwi, passion fruit, guava, dragon fruit, prickly pear, lemon peel, toffee, coriander spice, banana notes, orange and mango tang, cane sugar and honey notes.

Flavors:
Lots of Stone fruit, Mango, apricot, lychee, peaches, Tropical fruit guava, papaya, kiwi, dragon fruit, passion fruit, prickly pear, honey dew melon, pineapple, biscuit bread, strawberries, cherries, Tangerines, mango candies, lemon peel, toffee, coriander spice, banana notes, brown sugar and honey notes.

Aftertaste:
Finishes semi dry with lingering stone fruits and mango sweetness. No alcohol in the taste, easy to drink, golden to honey clear body and a crisp, refreshing and rich mouthfeel.

Overall:
A very good beer but not very complex. The mango they were going for is definitely there but it is like a candied mango. Also, the beer is more on the sweeter side hence the variety of take away fruitiness. Although, the focus seems very mango heavy rather than leading way to other characters the beer may have and only notes them as the temperature changes. I still think it is worth a try but some of their other beers a better than this one for sure.

Anime Corner:
Ciel from Megaman Zero was used in this pairing as I wanted to pair mainly with the colors but also with the astronaut. Since Ciel is the color of mangoes and pairs well with the beer, I figured she would work the best. Wearing Zero’s suit, she can definitely withstand the harsh environment of space like Zero can in some of the space missions he has to take on near the end of some of the games. She would be the Mango Astronaut.

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Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale by Rogue Brewing

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Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale by Rogue Brewing is a 6.9% ABV Fruit Ale brewed with lemon juice, vanilla beans and marshmallows.

Description:
Dedicated to Tres & Cat Daddy, The Rogues of Voodoo Doughnut

A Collision of Crazies.

Rogue Ales has again collided with Voodoo Doughnut to create Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale! This unique artisan creation contains a baker’s dozen ingredients including lemon juice, vanilla bean, and marshmallows to match Voodoo’s Lemon Chiffon Crueller doughnut.

Food Pairing: Doughnuts, Desert

13 Ingredients:

Malts: 2-Row, Munich, & Rogue Farms Dare™ and Risk™

Hops: Perle, Sterling

Specialty: Lemon Juice, Lemon Extract, Vanilla Beans, Vanilla Extract, Marshmallows

Yeast & Water: Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water

Specs:

16 deg PLATO

20 IBU

78 AA

7 deg Lovibond

==Introduction==

The next installment of variants for Rogues Voodoo Doughnut beers. This time made in the form of a lemon chiffon crueller. I have no idea what a chiffon is but a quick google search talks about a pastry like a lemon cake. So I would assume this is supposed to be like a lemon merengue pie or lemon cake in a bottle. Of the other 3 variants, so far I really like the Chocolate raspberry pretzel and the Peanut buter banana ones. Lets see how this one plays out. Cheers!

Aromas:
Lemon cake, lemon merengue pie, marshmallow cream, vanilla, caramel, biwscuit bread, butterscotch, oranges, citrus, waffle cone, whipped cream, flan hints, doughnuts, banana notes, cookie dough, mint, lemon ice cream, orange creamcicle, piney hop notes and brown sugar.

Flavors:
Lemon candy, lemon drops, marshmallows, caramel, vanilla, lemon grass, biscuit bread, lemon merengue pie, orange preserves, orange peel, lemon and banana pound cake, pecan pie hints, piney hops, flan hints, marshmallow cream, whipped cream, banana hints, doughnut sugar, cookie dough, white grapes, peach, pears, mint, lemon peel and tangerines.

Aftertaste:
Sweet and tart lemon candy, marshmallow, vanilla, citrus and piney hops. No alcohol in the taste, clear gold body, creamy, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel and easy to drink.

Overall:
Very good ale to me but maybe off putting for some beer experts. They really nailed the whole lemon drop candy jelly doughnut aspect but maybe some of the sweetness may not be good for some and the lemon tartness may or may not be much. All in all I think this is worth the try and I personally like lemon and lemon candies but generally speaking, I like the raspberry pretzel chocolate and peanut butter banana ones better. Give it a try if you are willing.

Anime Corner:
Ashikaga Yoshiteru from Sengoku Hime was used in this pairing since I wanted to pair her with the colors of the beer mainly but also to show a small aspect of voodoo in relation to magic which can be seen by the mask she has. In Japanese lore, the flame next to the mask can be seen as one of the single flames from the pair of Will O’ Wisp which are known to follow the Yūrei which are like the equivalent of ghosts or spirits in Japan. In relation to the word Voodoo, that is almost in relation to the dead or bringing the dead back to life. It sort of fits although, Voodoo Doughnuts are merely magical since they are delicious.

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Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale by Rogue brewing

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Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale by Rogue brewing is a 6.75% ABV Brown Ale brewed with Pretzels, Raspberries and chocolate. The next in line variant of the Voodoo Doughnut series. Another Homer Simpson beer

Label: 
Dedicated to Tres & Cat Daddy, The Rogues of Voodoo Doughnuts

A Collision of Crazies.

They say the third time’s a charm, and this time the collision of crazies created a Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate ale inspired by Voodoo Doughnut’s Voodoo Doll doughnut. The Voodoo people say the magic is in the hole. We think it’s also in the bottle.

14 Ingredients: 2-Row, Munich, C120, Chocolate, Black, Kiln Coffee & Rogue Farms Dare™ and Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Rebel Hops; Pretzels, Raspberry Extract, Chocolate, Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

Specs:
13.5 deg PLATO
31 IBU
73 AA
78 deg Lovibond

Pairing:
Doughnut, Dessert
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Another awesome beer by Rogue, this time, made with chocolate, raspberries and pretzels. I was able to find this from Rogue’s website directly but they may actually be shipping across the nation just in time for the holidays. 

Aromas:
Lots of raspberry notes, caramel, milk chocolate, doughnut, maple, This one definitely hits a lot of Jelly doughnut fragrances, rye, sugary raisins, hazelnut hints, pretzel bread notes and pecan pie

Flavors:
Pretzel and lots of chocolate come more forward with the rich raspberries riding along through out the beer, roasted coffee, earthy hop presence, mocha, hazelnut, doughnut hints, caramel, raisins, raspberry jelly doughnut, maple, pecan pie, tootsie roll,vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, blueberry yogurt notes, and cherry hints. Gets more flavorful as it warms up.

Aftertaste:
Finishing the beer, you get lots coffee and roasty bitterness with the chocolate and raspberry notes still lingering as well as the buttery pretzel bread notes. No alcohol in the taste and easy to moderate drinkability.

Overall:
It is a great beer (At least to me)!! I would like to say I enjoyed this one way more than the original and possibly as much or a step up from Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale Voodoo Doughnut. This one is way more like a liquid doughnut with roasted coffee. This is a breakfast in a bottle and what made it perfect in my opinion was the way the raspberries balanced themselves with the chocolate and doughnut flavors. This was a dessert just on its own. Also, the ABV is not overwhelming. If you did not enjoy the previous 2, this one may or may not make your day. Worth a try I say

Anime Corner:
The artwork used to pair this beer had to do with many different aspects. It mainly has to do with Voodoo dolls and desserts. The colors of each of these artworks can pair just about everything from the colors of the label, the beer bottle and even the flavors of the beer. Notice the doughnut in the artwork 😛?