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Defenestration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 32
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rkuhnel on 09-25-2008

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Ratings: 275 | Reviews: 59
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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Might as well go ahead and write review #1500 up in here with something I really looked forward to.

Cloudy yellow pour, super big haze, soft white head. Super belgianesque yeast aroma, this one leans way over the pond for its aroma, don't get the typical Russian River hop aromas in this ipa, its belgo + sugar all over.

The yeast keeps dominating the flavor profile. So dominated by everything about it, coriander, clove, mild banana, even a wheat kind of flavor. Nowhere typical rr hopping.

Really wasn't my thing, even if I can tell it is still very well made.

Photo of Shane_Gr
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nothing bad but nothing great.

Photo of sloejams
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap last week at Magnolia, San Francisco

In my quest to drink as many Belgian IPAs as I can, I was ecstatic to see that Magnolia had one of my favorite brewery's stab at it.

Pour a crisp pale yellow. Thick white finger head. Aroma is as I like - thick Belgian sugars and American hop bouquet. The yeasty sweetness of the Belgian yeast hits the palate first and moves on the hop sweetness to the biting bitter strength end toward the back of the mouth.

I love this style and this is a fine example of it.

Photo of dertyd
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer but nothing special here

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fresh Growler less than a day old.
Poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

Appearance: (4)
Pours a hazy, straw gold with honey esque, orange highlights. A pure white, 2.5 finger tall head sprouts as soon as the beer hits the glass. Good head retention and the head leaves some spotty lacing down the sides of the tulip.

Aroma: (4.5)
Big, fruity Belgian yeast phenols erupt out of the glass; banana, red apple flesh, and a hint of spicy close. There is a burst of orange blossom and a whisper of lemon, as well as some grassiness from the hops. A strong biscuity malt presence rounds off the very floral, sweet nose. Light tropical notes appear as the beer warms.

Taste: (4.5)
Juicy notes of orange, lemon and light grass hit your palate right away, with a huge yeasty middle in tow; The yeast is very fruit forward and slightly musty(definitely seems to be a Biere De Garde yeast); banana, pear, and apple flesh, much like the nose. Some sweet biscuit malt helps round out the flavor profile before the abrasively dry, bitter finish. Notes of apple, banana, tart apricot and juicy orange from the hops are left dancing on your palate.

Mouthfeel: (4.25) Full Bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Very, very dry. Never had a beer quite like this, it starts drying out your tongue before you even swallow it.

Overall: (4.25) A Belgian IPA, done the Vinnie Cilurzo way. Vinnie seems to have taken the Belgian IPA style and put his own twist on it. He has done away with the super citrus-y, piney and tropical American hops in conjunction with Belgian yeast. Which to me, is a really good call because when the high alpha American hops are used in tandem with the naturally very fruity, estery Belgian yeast, is an absolute train wreck in flavor; The yeast and hops just fight each other too much and the beer tends to get this weird peanut butter flavor as the hops start to oxidize. Defenestration does not suffer from these qualms at all; the yeast esters and floral hops really marry well together and they coalesce beautifully in the incredibly dry finish. Russian River does an incredible job as usual with this beer!

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imagine walking into a bar, anywhere other than Santa Rosa, and seeing 4 Russian River beers on tap. How awesome? Very awesome. Janlud to my right.

A: The Belgian IPA is a golden color, bright and clear. The only haze is the condensation on the outside of the glass. A white head, less than a finger, came with the pour.

S: The nose is earthy Noble hops, plenty of 'em, along with the sweet fruitiness of candi sugars. Very earthy with that awkward transition from bitter to sweet (I love that stumble in the middle of a Belgian IPA).

T: The hops, earthy, have a floral and herbal presence that doesn't skimp on the bitterness. The dirty hops are paired nicely with the tripel flavors. Fruits and pepper, candi sugars and booze all come together quite nicely with a twangy bite throughout. The abundant noble hops really make the ale work. I enjoyed sipping my way through the glass. A Belgian IPA's Belgian IPA.

M: Bitter and sweet, sharp and well-rounded. This Belgian IPA is a conundrum of flavors. I was enamored from the first sip, a luscious beer.

O: Possibly my favorite beer of the day, bitter and spicy. Quite good.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as a "Hoppy Belgian Blonde" at the brewpub. Review from written notes.

Bright gold with sharp clarity, sheets of white lace around the sides that eventually break into concentric rings as the glass is drained. Long lasting head, and the skim never breaks either, displaying fine retention.

Mellow aroma, some earthy herbal hops, peppery and fruity Belgian yeast strain.

Clean flavor, lightly fruity pear esters, mild malt backbone, lingering hop bitterness that's also a bit mild. A clean an crisp Belgian Pale, easy to session. Hoppy doesn't always equal IPA, in this case the beer seems to be mislabeled here as a Belgian IPA.

Photo of abfraser
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow/orange with a nice fat white head

S: Floral aromas from the hops, lavender, yeasty

T/M: Hops, but not super bitter, fruit and spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable, very well balanced and relatively lower abv

An interesting IPA with the floral-ness from the hops. Definitely not a pine oil hop-bomb, but the hops are definitely still there. Overall pretty tasty brew.

Photo of nataku00
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a goblet. Beer was a dark golden yellow, mostly clear with a slight chill haze. Minimal off white soapy head, barely a film of white and a small collar of bubbles, but left some decent lacing as you drink from the glass. Some small bubble carbonation visible through the beer.

Nose was herbal, grassy and pine hops, with some light Belgian style yeast contributions of fruity esters, clove. Biscuit malts come through more as the beer warmed more.

Decent bitterness upfront, plenty of aged herbal and pine hops, like they were dried and then rehydrated in the beer. Plenty of yeast in the flavor, fruity esters to taste a little like over ripe peach, clove and a touch of white pepper. The mediocre hop flavor made this a bit of a disappointment though.

Light bodied with a lively carbonation that didn't attack your tongue, nice and refreshing for a warm sunny day outside the brew pub today. Would have liked fresher tasting hops on the beer though.

Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Russian River brewpub.

Appearance: Golden in color, clear with a slight haze. Arrives with an inch of pure white froth that leaves thick rings of lace.

Smell: Tons of hop character in the usual Russian River fashion, but with yeasty undertones of banana, ginger and graham cracker. The hop aroma seems to be a mix of noble and Northwestern hops, both floral and citric in character. No noticeable sweetness coming from the malt.

Taste & mouthfeel: Big floral hop notes with a complex backbone of spice, banana and cracker. The malt foundation is simple and dry, light in body, crisp. Drying in the finish, bitter enough to be an American IPA. I'm generally not a fan of this style, but Vinnie shows his talent for hoppy beers once again here. The yeast provides plenty of interesting fruit and spice flavor without overwhelming the hops, while the bone-dry malt base allows the hops to shine through in all their complexity. Beautifully done and incredibly drinkable.

Photo of bkrueger
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery 11/15 served into a tulip. Notes written on a coaster.

Appearance - Beautiful hazy golden with very little head.

Smell - Hoppy and yeasty banana with some cloves. It's up on the blackboard as a hoppy belgian blonde. Smells like one!

Taste - Bitter hops melt away to smooth orange peels and lemon citrus zest. Grain and bread also gets mixed in with lots of great hoppy carbonated bubbles. Grapefruit like citrus and sourness as if you have freshly squeezed ruby red and yellow grapefruits in your mouth.

Mouthfeel - Slightly bitter, like a combination of Damnation and a less sour Temptation.

Overall - Delicious. I love when this is on tap here. It's also hard to beat the name.

Photo of jwolfie70
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler obtained from the brewery the same day.

Poured a light golden color, with a fairly stiff white head.

Smelled of clean pine like hops.

Taste was fairly unique with nut, and dry-hop flavors coming through. I did not get any spice/ sweetness that I was expecting from a Belgium IPA.

The beer was very drinkable, and went down very easy with a nice crisp hop finish.

Another recommended beer from a great brewery.

Photo of jkanavel
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the taproom in Santa Rosa. I had a flight, and a pizza.

A: Pale golden to rusty, nice lacing in the teeny tiny glass it came in.

S: Really special. The nose has much more in common with a torrantes than with the average beer. Very floral, citrus notes, a little grass, very pronounced acid profile on the nose, almost like sniffing a very mild cider vinegar.

T: Here is my gripe. It tastes like NyQuil. No other way around it. GRANTED I had murdered two pints of Blind Pig already, and the rest of the flight, and a few slices of pizza. This was introduced to me as a new offering, and as such I saved it for last. As soon as it hit my palate I thought of NyQuil.
Oddly enough, NOT so with the other -ation brews I tried. I don't know if what I tasted was a characteristic of Brettanomyces or not, but the "bugs" in the rest of their beers certainly didn't bother me the same way this one did.

M: Crisp on the front of the palate, smooth on the back, very well executed.

O: I would love to give this one another try. Its a pretty beer, an aromatic beer, certainly a beer worth talking about. But that night, the beer I tried really rubbed me the wrong way.

Photo of marcpal
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a couple days back at Magnolia in San Francisco.

A: Well done pour producing a nice Belgian gold color. Thin filmy head with strong lacing.

S: Not too much smell, there are hops but not anything distinctively Russian River. Definitely more Belgian and spicy than Americanized.

T: More bitter than the aroma. Grassy notes tied in smoothly and adequately for the provided sweentess. Something fruity in the flavor with the spices. Sometimes lemony citrus, sometimes more banana. Would have preferred to have more of one or the other.

M: Very thin and very light. Would have liked more chew to the texture.

D: Surely worth a try. Went down easy and paired great with the super spicy sausage platter at Magnolia. Not a favorite but would have if it were distributed.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler courtesy of daysinthewake. Served in a Russian River "TION" goblet.

Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a two-finger white head and some spotty lacing on the way down, along with a thin collar throughout. The nose carries a bit of Belgian yeast and hops. Contrary to many Belgian IPAs, it seems more like this has Belgian hops in it. Based on my limited experience, it seems close to Styrian Goldings, though I could be way off. Hops don't quite complement the yeast as much as I'd like. Medium body with good carbonation. Decent, but not Russian River caliber.

Photo of waltonc
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap last week at CBS.

A: Hazy golden color with significant head.

S/T: These components are more subdued than the Pliny series. If I remember right, Craig at CBS explained that this beer is brewed with European hops, which are more earthy in character with less of the pine/citrus notes present in the Plinys. Definitely more drinkable than some of the west coast hop bombs.

My overall impression was that this beer is good, but nothing crazy delicious.

Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Tim.

A: The pour is a very clear golden straw color with a nice big white head and plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Quite the nose on this beer. Fruity and yeasty with plenty of citrus hops, giving a nice grapefruit note. A bit of weed and some regular grass, too. A little bit of unfermented wort smell right at the beginning, too.

T: More bitter than I was expecting, but it's welcomed. Grass, pine, and grapefruit peel seem an appropriate summary of the hop flavors that are present. A mild yeast driven fruitiness and spice. A solid bread base.

M: Medium in body with a surprisingly lively carbonation from the growler.

O: Not usually a big Belgian IPA fan, but this was much more IPA than it was Belgian. A great example of the style.

Photo of BevMoPatrick1
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler from RRBC, appearance a cloudy, golden hue with nice lacing, smells like Pliny and tastes like it too, delicisous with nice citrus and pine notes with a smooth belgian yeasty finish. Amazing flavor and drinks like Pliny. Enjoy some if you can.

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the brewpub the other day.

Defenestration pours a solid gold color with good head retention and considerable lacing. I don't get a whole lot on the nose, just sort of a light honey and sandlewood aroma... maybe some light clove as well. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, though there's a bit more to it. Also, although the mouthfeel is fairly light, the beer finishes well, with a light, sort of peppery wash. There's some noticeable hoppy goodness in this beer, but this is not a hugely hoppy IPA. Otherwise, the beer is lightly sweet, with enough hoppy bitterness to balance that sweetness and not much more. Mouthfeel is otherwise a bit thin, and the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile.

A decent enough beer, but not exactly a huge success for a brewery like RR.

Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

407th review on BA
growler to chalice

Thanks to joeneugs for this one.

App- Out of the growler poured a very pretty clear yellow, a lot of bubbles, nice head to it, very white. Good cling.

Smell- A lot of Belgianness to this one, the yeast smells were quite aromatic and the hops produced a very nice pairing aroma as well.

Taste- For me this was very different. I am still on the fence for the Belgian IPA style. This leaned towards the better side with more of the yeast to balance out the hops.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a high carb level. A lot of bubbles on this one.

Drink- A very nice beer, I was thankful for this growler share. Its not as hoppy as I expected and this worked in its favor.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Russian River.

A - Served a cloudy light yellow with a white creamy head. Good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Very sweet. Corn maybe and some hoppiness.

T - Corn for sure, sweet, hop bite.

D - Nice carbonation and a light body. A bit sweet here.

O - I liked it, not loved.

Photo of brystmar
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the RR brewpub.

A: Pours light and golden in color; medium white head, decent lace.

S: Belgian yeast, fruit, bready, plenty of hops.

T: Strongly bitter hops, a touch of spices, complex Belgian yeast. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness. More interesting than I expected; I enjoyed this one, even despite it not being a style I typically love.

M: light to medium body, nicely carbonated.

D: Hoppy profile detracts from drinkability for me, still a brew I'd happily enjoy on occasion.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the source. 7.25%

Pale yellow with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing. The nose is super bubblegum heavy with clove, juice, honey , way too sweet. Palate is similar. Sweet bubblegum. Way too much. Meh. Honey, caramel, toffee, clove, pepper.

Photo of scottfrie
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into Delirium tremens snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber-golden with a bubbly bright white head that slowly faded into a thin collar leaving streaks of soapy lacing down the glass.
S: Not getting a whole lot here but I can definitely smell some Belgian style yeast and light hops.
T: Notes of lightly bitter grassy hops a touch of bubblegum yeast. I get notes of banana and lightly toasted malt as well. The finish is dry and not overly sweet.
M: Slick mouthfeel over a medium body. Dryness is refreshing and the carbonation is smooth and easy.
O: Super easy to drink and well rounded. Not the greatest of the style but I would definitely have this again.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a hazy golden yellow. Arrived with a half inch head with good retention and lacing.

Smells very floral and green vegetal hops.

Tastes of light malt and green vegetal hops. Has a hop flavor similar to Duvel Tripel Hop. Has a dry and bitter finish.

Body is light with spritzy carbonation, giving this a lively mouthfeel.

A decent version of a Belgian IPA, although it tastes to me a bit too vegetal.

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Defenestration from Russian River Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.