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Beer – #573 – Harrington’s – The Rogue Hop Organic Pilsner (Can)

So straight  to a Can of  Harrington’s “The Rogue Hop Organic Pilsner”. In a can!

“.. brewed using organic malt and hops.. and put in a can “

This is a can of a beer that is 5% ABV,  50 IBU, so that would be 1.2  standard drink units, and 150 calories a serve size,

Brewed by Harringtons Breweries (Christchurch) in the style that is of Pilsener and they are in Christchurch, New Zealand

A Can, so dinky

A Can, so dinky

Brewed with Organic Malt and Hops to the style of a Bohemian Pilsner with our own Rogue Hop to give it an exciting strong yet lingering hop finish.

A great one for a mouth feel challenge!

What could possibly go wrong?

A can, I’m a bit excited. I should get out more. I’m sort of expecting this to be different to the bottle I just had not a short time ago.

There is still something base about the ke-chink of opening a beer.

Hop aroma is deeper. In the glass same pale pour, decent head, and a real bloom of hop grassiness.

The Rogue Hop Organic Pilsner - canI have to say that this is bigger in the hop grassiness. Might shoutier.

I also have to say that he head was less, a lot less,

Hop aroma is loud on the nose, and again this doesn’t translate at the same level into taste profile, but again this seems dialled up a tad in the can.


Then I got a metallic/plastic twang thing? I’m not sure that was supposed to be there, it’s a bit odd. I’m going to put that down to the fear of canned beer though.  It was a bit odd. I was a bit miffed.

Nowhere near the same lacing as the bottle version. The taste profile is different to. Lots more tart grassiness (which might have been that odd taste I thought was something else, perhaps).

Much different to the bottle version then, I should have done a side-to-side but then that would require a bit of planning and thinking, neither seem to have been in supply when I thought I’d have a beer this afternoon.

I’m in my head trying to make sense of this, there can’t be much difference in the process of bottle and cans, he said, no expert, but there is, and they get delivered differently. Cans are supposed to be closer and more accurate to the way intended, are they not. In which case I’m a bit of an enigma as the bottle version seemed better to my taste than this.

I warmed, the metallic/plastic thing didn’t go away, it wasn’t the hops, I think, who knows I’m not an expert.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing. I don’t like the can version as much as the bottle version which seems a lot softer and balanced. This has a sharper hop edge that dominated and for me isn’t that welcoming. 

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? From a can, no, it’s a bit, er odd.
  2. Would I have another? Not from a can, I don’t think it rang my bell.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I’d be tempted to take the bottle version if I had to. So no.
Note: I was provided this beer by the brewer to try and review, without catches,  this is 1 of 12 should youwonder about the sudden love of a brewer out of the blue.

Musically then, I’d changed by this time, and moved on to “Elbow”

This is McGregor from an album called “Dead in the Boot ” listen here 

Just well written lyrics. Or this “Some Riot”



While the definition of “pilsner” is open to much debate in the beer community, it generally refers to pale, hoppy lagers, ranging from 28 IBUs and up.


6 comments on “Beer – #573 – Harrington’s – The Rogue Hop Organic Pilsner (Can)

  1. kingmidget
    March 27, 2015

    I really don’t understand the trendiness of craft beers being served in cans.


    • Philip Walter
      March 27, 2015

      In the end It’s all down to simple Economics.


      • kingmidget
        March 27, 2015

        That may be it … but the problem is craft beer is supposed to be about quality and consumers who are willing to pay for that quality. Put the beer and a can and you start to violate that contract.


      • Philip Walter
        March 27, 2015

        I think you’re right, and I still thinks cans are lesser than glass. And when it comes to premium priced product you don’t want a cheap delivery mechanism, and I’ve noticed that here at least there is no price difference in volume comparisons, which means someone is making more profit somewhere from cans of beer.

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      • kingmidget
        March 27, 2015

        Exactly, they don’t charge less for their beer delivered in a can.


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