Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 2,850 | Reviews: 1,058 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by koopa:
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Caged and corked 750ml bottle (batch 41) received from Liquid Solutions. Love the pitchfork on the label and the playful name! Gave this one a slow pour leaving lots of sediment on the bottom of the bottle as the label suggests. Watery Urine-yellow color with a massive creamy white head full of extremely small dense bubbles. Loads of lacing and a slightly oily sheen across the surface of the liquid. Nice!
Smell: Well this one smells as great as lots of belgians. Loads of pear, banana, apples, and a tinge of orange citrus. Even yeast! Yes! I'm seriously hoping for a great taste now that I can smell the pleasant yeast addition to the nose.
Taste: Very soft and well done stong pale ale. A minimal but noticeable yeast contribution helps. This one has a bit more funk than most American attempts but it still doesn't meet some of the better Belgians in terms of yeasty complex goodness. Close though and still quite enjoyable. I like how there is an initial flavor of yeast and then the fruit / bubblegum flavor rushes after and hits your palette like a tasty sledgehammer!
Mouthfeel: Very nice due to the appropriate amount of carbonation and especially due to the tightness of the bubbles. Not extremely creamy but impressively soft which is nice considering the yeast could use a bit more wild complexity.
Drinkability: Not too wild or too potent. No alcohol presence and no nasty aftertaste. All day drinker baby!
This is probably one of the best American attempts at a strong belgian pale ale that I've sampled thus far. Kudos to Russian River.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2008 22:44:48 | More by koopa
More User Reviews:
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
a: golden hue with an ample white/slightly off-white head. Small lacing that retains fairly well.
s: On the nose I get pear, apples, and honey.
t: prickly carbonation, slightly tart with lemon, pepper, coriander coming through; finish with floral, spicy hops lingering
m: high carbonation, medium-light body
o: nice beer. I don't drink a lot in this style, but it's one of the better versions I've had in recent memory. This inexplicably sat in my cellar for a year (bottled 4/22/2013), and I am pleasantly surprised at how it has held up. Will get again next time I am within their distributors' range.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 00:12:30 | More by snowmageddon
Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,850 ratings.