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Segal Select - Russian River Brewing Company

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Segal Select
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 03-19-2011)
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Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a sampler glass at Russian River's taproom in Santa Rosa during their 2012 Pliny the Younger release. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given the brewery, which is one of my favourites stateside.

A: Pours a half finger head of decent thickness, fair cream, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: Hops and clean barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean barley with some light hops on the climax. Incredibly simple - especially for the brewery. Not real well balanced but easy to drink.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit thin. Suits the flavours in a general sense.

Dr: Drinkable but rudimentary and simple. The quality is just not there. I wouldn't have it again.

kojevergas, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Beer21
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Beer21, May 08, 2013
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Russian river segal select, pale ale 6.2%

A: It appears like a watered down pliny the elder with a sort of muted yellow and milder golden disposition, everything just feels like spinning a record at 33 rpm instead of 45 rpm. Muted but relaxing.

S: The smell is a vaporous fog of well balanced hops, some simcoe, some chinook but nothing worth writing home about, some mild lemon elements akin to the Boswer Jr. of Pliny the Elder, the misplaced child of Blind Pig.

T: the taste is more refreshing but less fulfilling than Bling Pig. It was like they phoned it in to attract a bigger audience or in an attempt to loop in a larger audience. That doesn't make sense though because this is incredibly limited. It seems like they made this as a loophole to attract beerlovers only to bait and switch them with a tame product.

M: Again, save the journal and the bic pen, this will be forgettable if for nothing else than its balance. Ok, if you enjoyed the movie SERENDIPITY and you love plot arches that are confusing but immediately resolve. Well here is your beer. I felt it shallow and judged it exceedingly hard due to my strict Russian River standards. It's like shaking your head at a mathlete due to not being able to postulate non-euclidian geometry. It is still good, but not good as I anticipated. There are some interesting peppery notes, but ultimately yawntastic.

D: This is where this beer shines, which always feels like a consolation prize. Drinkability is the "Best Sense of Humor" of the technical awards. While it is amazing and drinkable, this is hard to find, relatively expensive, and forgettable.

Narrative: Life as a cummulous cloud is not as glamorous as it seems. Sure you get to cascade across the sky buouyantly, impressing everyone with your majestic airs but ultimately you just end up as Iowa hail or Arizona drinking water. A fleeting life of gliding above the masses with condescending shapes is brought to task quickly with a wamr front or an affront from a mountain range. A world of Bourbon excellence comes crashing down immediately when the chinks in the armor are revealed. Upon further relfection, the cloud is only as majestic as its lasting quality. What previously looked like a flowing turtle now is a malignant sky tumor, descending in both strength and majesty. A child in a stroller looked up at the descending fog and felt it wet her face with a dew of what could have been.

SubpoenaDeuces, May 26, 2011
Photo of shleepy
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Writing based on ~3 week old notes. Tried on tap at The Hopyard in San Ramon.

A: Clear golden, small-medium white head with small bubbles.

S: Grassy hops, wet cardboard.

T: Luckily, not much (if any) of the cardboard is noticeable here. Lemony hops and light malt for balance. It's a good pale ale.

M: Light, very drinkable.

O: Good example of a drinkable and balanced pale. Too bad about the unpleasant smell.

shleepy, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler filled from the brewery two days ago.

A: Pours a clear honey golden with a very large, thick, and oily off-white head that took forever to fade into a rocky film leaving tons of sticky lace clinging to the glass.
S: Pale malts and light citrus and herbal hops come through on the nose. This one isn’t as potent as I was hoping.
T: Pretty light on the flavor with clean notes of citrus, grapefruit, biscuity malt, and a hint of herbal grassy pine. The bitterness in the finish is almost nonexistent. The aftertaste is a bit peppery. Not much to this one.
M: Very clean and light to drink, medium-light body with a light mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.
O: Good flavor I just wish there was more of it. There really isn’t that much going on here. Probably the least hoppy of the RRivers pale ales and/or hoppy beers.

scottfrie, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, May 03, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Russian River.

A - Served a pale hazy orange with a tiny foamy cream colored head.

S - Not much of anything coming off of this one. Some very slight hoppy tones of pine and citrus, but not much.

T - Bitter earthy grass and leaves.

D - Good carbonation and an average body.

O - Pretty mild all around, very earth vegetation flavors is all I got from it.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

bstyle, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

yokken, Mar 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

avaldivia, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

mattmarka1, Jan 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

codynevels, Apr 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

moonknight31, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

AmericaGWShark, Jul 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

AndrewK, Mar 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Boilerfood, May 28, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ RRBC.

Pale golden-amber body. Typical RRBC pale ale appearance, looks almost identical to Younger in fact.

Doughy nose, herbal and minty, lightly perfumey. It's pleasant but rather subdued, not really standout in any respect.

The palate, like the aroma, is evenly balanced between doughy pale malts and a gentle herbal hop profile. It's lightly floral, minty, not terribly bitter. Breadiness persists through the finish. The body is light and crisp, and it's a fairly dry beer front to back. Perfectly drinkable and enjoyable, but not as impressive as other pale ales from RRBC (Parking Violation, Row 2/Hill 56).

largadeer, Feb 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

emilylee, Apr 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

waddellc2, May 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Devi0us, Apr 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

jonbonfon, Aug 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

ek_ek, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

AleWatcher, May 07, 2013
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Segal Select from Russian River Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.