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Dead Leaf Green - Russian River Brewing Company

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 06-05-2006)
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Photo of antilogic
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at O'brien's TION night in a 10oz taster.

An interesting named pub beer, very light as a follow-up to Pliney the Younger. The British influence is definitely there - I mean, I tried this without knowing what it was and thought it was an IPA mixed with a British ale. Color is light orange/yellow, big white head, sweet malt, smooth and very drinkable (and low abv compared to many IPAs), but nothing too memorable.

antilogic, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of paytoplay
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at obriens 15th annv, though this sounded interesting, turned out to be a very fine brew. Rich color, leaf green flavors as noted in the name. Not overly complex but enjoyable. Would love to see this in 6 pack. Great texture. Lots of hops, reminded me of port brewings fresh hop.

paytoplay, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of mj001jk
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this as fresh as it can get, at the Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa. I love taking field trips...

It is light orange color and produced a nice head. The aromas are what is most interesting about this beer. Immediately I am struck by a smell that I have never experienced in a beer before - Blue Cheese. I am convinced it is not a flaw, it is the subtle combination of the malts, hops and yeast that created the slight blue cheese-like character that actually enhanced this beer. Imagine a nice hamburger with melted blue cheese on top, or even a cheese platter and crackers with this one, a perfect pair.

Flavors are good, slightly sweet malts and a little high on the alcohol, but all-in-all not a bad beer. I definitely would like to hear if anyone else got the same aromas as I did.

mj001jk, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of lhaqq
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear gold, with a decent sized white head.
S: Citrusy hops with a bit of passion fruit.
T: A little bit spicy, with a sweet malt beginning and some hops and bitterness in the finish.
M: Smooth and refreshing.
D: Drinkable but not hiding too high of an abv. A good EPA, haven't had the style in awhile, but may stick with RR's other stuff for awhile

lhaqq, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of popery
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If I tried this beer in an EPA tasting rather than against RR's big IPA's, it would probably receive higher marks. I adjusted my score a few times, trying to figure out what exactly I was comparing it to. While I wait for my call to judge pale ale competitions, here are my thoughts on this beer. The beer pours a pleasant golden color with an okay head. The nose is malt and grain with some of RR's usual hoppiness, floral and pine, in the background. There is some bitterness in the finish but the taste was sweet fruit, grain and malt. As the style seems to dictate, the hops are toned down, especially compared to RR's big IPAs. The mouthfeel is a bit light, and the beer is easy to drink. While I didn't give it a go, it's probably an easier beer to drink for the evening than most at RR.

popery, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Russian River brewpub. Pours a clear copper hue with average head. Nose- caramel malts. Taste- toasty grains, and grassy hops. Average body and carbonation giving a nice smooth mouthfeel. Has a nice light hoppy finish. Drinkability is very good. Good quaffer

oakbluff, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a nice, light, but fairly full flavoured, tasty, well-rounded pale ale.

It's a beautiful, golden-amber with even, sparkly bubbles and a thick, creamy white head that lasts and leaves excellent, even lacing.

The aroma is toasted grain with fruit and a little flowery character plus a hint of caramel.

The taste is toasty grain and flowers with a little citrus and apple, plus a light quality of other ripe fruit, bread and a hint of caramel. The bitter-sweet qualities are nicely balanced. It's also very drinkable.

Offa, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of rkuhnel
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I noticed I forgot to rate this one. From my notes on my trip to Santa Rosa last spring. On tap at the brewpub. Came in a pint glass and was a clear orange color, with medium white head and light lacing. Good nose of light malts and floral hops. Mouthfeel was moderate and flavor was slightly bitter. Interesting and kind of different brew that was easy to drink.

rkuhnel, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of Matthew
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean golden color with small white bubbly head with pretty decent retention.
Smell is of grassy, almost green apple like hops with a faint backdrop of lightly carmalized malt.
The taste is of a faint clean lightly toasted malt profile with a grassy and very green tasting hoppiness that almost gives the beer a very dry character.
Low to medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.
Not a bad beer overall, but after drinking some of the best beers I've ever had at Russian River having this beer on my second day of visiting didn't really do all that much for me.

Matthew, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

06/04/06- On tap at the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- Pint pour from the tap.

Appearance- Medium golden colored pour. About a 1/2 inch clean fluffy white head. Pretty decent lace streaks left behind.

Smell- Medium to a light caramel aroma. A good touch of pney hops comes through as well.

Taste- Refreshing caramel malt flavors. Maybe on the toasted side. Small fruity hop taste, but really not that bitter.

Mouthfeel- Medium to slightly lower carbonation. Longer than imagined aftertaste.

Drinkability- Pretty easy to drink. Has nice flavors, but nothing that really catches me and makes me say wow.

GClarkage, Jun 05, 2006
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Dead Leaf Green from Russian River Brewing Company
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