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Defenestration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 277
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.38%
Wants: 32
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 277
Photo of BevMoPatrick1
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of abfraser
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good, tasty, somewhat unusual beer. I don't really taste much of a "Belgian" character in it, though, as it seems more like a caramelly, less grapey, maibock mixed with a west coast IPA.

First, the name is rather interesting. From the Latin for "to go from or out of a window," in English it commonly means to be thrown out of a window and specifically for me conjures up various events in history when people were done away with by being defenestrated.

Anyway, this is amber with a small-medium, off-white head that shrinks quite slowly to a thin, lasting top and leaves pretty good lace.

The aroma is the weakest point. It's muted and a bit weak and mostly musty grapes with a bit of citrus.

The taste, though, is quite good. It's nice and bready with hint of toasted cracker, grapes, hints of raisin and buttery caramel, a hint of herbs and pine, plus citrus, mostly lemon and grapefruit. It starts sweetish then gradually morphs to a slightly bitter, mostly citrusy, finish. It's quite nice and holds up well. (1,028 characters)

Photo of jwolfie70
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of paytoplay
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool aroma, some citrus, slight hop, and a bright fresh light golden aroma. Very drinkable, some wheat flavor. No Alc noticable. Sampled from a growler brought to the 07 Speedway BA Release. Got to sample a couple times. Refreshing brew ment for a hot day. Very drinkable, thanks for the sample for the beer knowledgeable guy who brought this. (343 characters)

Photo of rkuhnel
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I put this one up on Beer Advocate as a Belgian IPA because this is what they call it. I brought it home Saturday (the 19th) in a growler and only got around to drinking it over the last couple nights (with some help of course). The color was a rich gold with a moderate white head and sticky lacing. Nose is very yeasty with banana, grapefruit, and there are hints of spices in there as well. Mouthfeel is excellent as are many RR brews, with moderate carbonation. Flavor is slightly sweet and as befits something called an IPA there is quite a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Overall an interesting brew that was easy to drink, and I am glad I brought home a growler. (674 characters)

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Defenestration from Russian River Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.