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Segal Select - Russian River Brewing Company

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Segal Select
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88
very good

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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-26-2012 23:30:55 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Sean/nerd combo for this growler at DLD. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a light golden color with a really nice white head and quite a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose is really nice and loaded with hops--pretty strong floral component along with some citrus notes. Minimal malt backing. The flavor isn't quite as much of a hop bite as the aroma was hop perfume, but still quite nice and pleasurable. Moderate bitterness on a fairly light body. Good characteristics and highly refreshing. Light malt and pretty good hops all around; another RR winner.

Serving type: growler

05-10-2011 15:53:49 | More by Thorpe429
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-12-2013 00:00:32 | More by spycow
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-14-2011 17:52:22 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

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).

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 07:20:53 | More by largadeer
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean9689 via nerd for sharing this. Served in my taster pint glass.

A - Big creamy off-white foam, that features good retention, and leaves splotchy lacework. Pale transparent golden straw body.

S - Pine, grass light citrus zest, and a sweet sugary malt backdrop. Not the most complicated beer, but very well done, and quite refreshing.

T - Mostly hop flavors - a nice mix of grapefruit, grass, and pine. Minimal pale malt backdrop, with light bitterness in the finish.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, and very dry. Some residual mild hop resins and oily stickiness.

D - Nice clean pale ale. Not mind-blowing, but extremely drinkable, and well-executed. I prefer Parking Violation, but I wouldn't turn this one down if it was on-tap.

Serving type: growler

05-02-2011 17:59:40 | More by MasterSki
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 22:32:57 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-03-2014 22:39:12 | More by GClarkage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a glass at City Beer Store in San Francisco. With so many good pale options for craft beer lovers, it's hard to make an APA stand out, but damn if this doesn't achieve that distinction.

Segal is crisp with a little lighter body (it'd be a great session beer if not for the 6.2% ABV). There's an obvious sharp pine flavor but also a fruitier aroma and then a clean, floral rose undertone to the hops. A gentle toasty toffee malt note sneaks in for what's a very bright and drinkable ale. Great pale ale here.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 20:51:13 | More by tempest
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-26-2012 16:05:42 | More by xnicknj
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2012 19:32:15 | More by HuskyinPDX
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for this fresh growler... this is very similar to Hoppy Birthday but not as hoppy... bright gold body, looks good... the nose is really wonderful fresh and vibrant hops with some great pine and floral notes, nose is close to HB... taste is where HB is just so much bitter, the hops aren’t as strong but this is still to good and crushable... try this

Serving type: growler

05-30-2011 15:09:00 | More by jrallen34
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this growler. This was right about the time my memory went at DLD. Growler FedEx aged.

A - Straw body that had a foamy white head and left behind some spots on the sides. Pretty nice looking APA.

S - Some grassy hops with a little bit of citrus and a touch of resin. There is a light malt backbone that supports the hops quite well, but this is a hop-focused APA, and a nice smelling one at that.

T - Taste is in line with the smell. Grass, citrus, and some malt backbone. Hops don't have the bite that something like Daisy Cutter does, but it is hoppy nonetheless. Tastes nice and refreshing, with some bitterness on the end providing a nice thirst quencher.

M - Lighter bodied with some lively carbonation that is good for this beer.

O - Really easy drinker and great tasting beer. Good for a hot day, would love to have again.

Serving type: growler

05-05-2011 22:58:33 | More by AgentZero
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illidurit

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-25-2013 02:59:26 | More by illidurit
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popery

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-27-2012 22:27:14 | More by popery
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enelson

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

04-28-2013 01:19:10 | More by enelson
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AgentMunky

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a cylindrical glass at City Beer Store.

A: Pale clear gold. Finger of creamy head. Scattered lacing.

S: Thin citrus and biscuity malt.

T/M/O: Great pale ale! Crisp, clean, and well-hopped. The aftertaste is dry and the biscuity malt makes another appearance. Drinkable, pleasant, and flavorful. This is perhaps the ideal exemplar of the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 00:05:28 | More by AgentMunky
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strongaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-27-2013 22:08:36 | More by strongaf
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nerd for sending me this growler. Brought to DLD and shared with "the crew". nerd made a special trip out to DLD just to try this beer he sent me to see how travel affects an APA.

A - Pours a golden yellow color, nice white-colored head, nice lacing and a thin cap remains on top.

S - Light grassy hops, slight citrus, biscuit. All very light and mellow, nothing really takes control here although the grass is the main note I get.

T - Lots of grass with some citrus in there, slight malt note to round things out. Light hops all the way through. A little more sweet then I was expecting, but enjoyable.

M - Light, crisp, very refreshing, clean finish.

D - A very enjoyable APA, but not up there with Parking Violation or Hoppy Birthday. That said, I enjoyed the grass notes and slightly malt/biscuit sweetness for a change (rather then just straight forward hop assault). Recommend.

Feel is medium leaning towards lighter which makes this a very refreshing adult beverage. Overall, this is a thoroughly enjoyable APA. Between this and Alpine's Hoppy Birthday I may have to change my favorite style. Another winner from Vinnie and the crew at Russian River. If you see this be sure to get a pint.

Serving type: growler

05-04-2011 18:07:53 | More by Sean9689
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-16-2014 06:08:45 | More by mattmarka1
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scottfrie

California

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.

Serving type: growler

02-10-2012 00:55:38 | More by scottfrie
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ngeunit1

California

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus and pine hops with a some sweet caramel malt and a bit of biscuit.

T - Starts off with some grapefruit and pine hops with some bitterness and a bit of sweet malt in the background. Through the middle, more pine and earthy flavors with a touch of floral flavor come through with a bit of biscuit. The finish is a mix of resiny pine and some grapefruit hops with some sweet caramel malt.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a resiny, bitter, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced APA. The hop profile is complex with a great balance of flavor and bitterness throughout.

Serving type: growler

03-31-2012 03:59:48 | More by ngeunit1
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear brilliant golden with 1 finger white head with excellent head retention and good lacing.

S - Well if you want to know what Cascades hops smells like....yep grapefruit citrus and a lot of it, very nice.

T - Great floral hops, big Cascades and Northern brewer, very tastey for an APA.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Lighter than most of their knock out IPAs, but this is still a really solid APA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 19:47:33 | More by williamjbauer
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-12-2012 06:14:08 | More by mdillon86
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean/MVM for the share.

A - Pours a transparent straw-golden hue, and is capped with some nice white froth, depositing splotchy lace.

S - The nose is mostly grassy with small lemongrass notes and a hint of underlying biscuity malt.

T - The taste follows the nose. Pale biscuity malt is overtaken by grassy and resiny hops, with a slight lemon-zestiness on the finish.

M - Lighter than medium-bodied, and amply carbonated, albeit softly.

O - Nice APA, very drinkable, a good showcase for the grassy hop notes without being overwhelmingly bitter.

Serving type: growler

05-19-2011 16:00:50 | More by ktrillionaire
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Segal Select from Russian River Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.