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It Takes A Lot Of Great Beer To Make Great Wine - Russian River Brewing Company

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87
very good

64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 209
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 31
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hobojon on 08-27-2011

There is an old familiar saying in the wine business: "It takes a lot of great beer to make great wine!" Winemakers, cellar workers, and grape pickers alike rarely (if ever) reach for a nice big glass of red wine in the middle of harvest. Wine is quite delicious, but not very refreshing on a hot summer day. The beverage of choice during harvest is BEER! Ice-cold, refreshing, and thirst-quenching BEER! The beer in this bottle is a toast to our winemaking friends who work around the clock during harvest to make world-class wine right here in our own back yard! Cheers!

Brewed with a blend of California ale yeast and saison yeast.
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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 209
Reviews by msubulldog25:
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3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Our friend, Bryce, returned from an early October California trip (and a stop in Santa Rosa) with 2 bottles of this beer. Hadn't heard of it before and it definitely doesn't make into distribution -at least not up to Oregon. 17.25 oz. bottle (510ml), bottled on 083013 (still considered "fresh"?). Poured to a pint glass (Stone Arrogant Bastard).

A: Vibrant golden, steady streams of carbonation, GREAT head of dense white foam - almost 2 fingers. Lacing is lovely, too, a sticky and clumpy curtain. Why a lower score? Demerits for suspended yeasty bits - a snowglobe effect. I only poured about 2/3rds of the bottle (trying to not disturb any sediment) and still this happened. Most settle to the bottom eventually...

S: Served cool from the fridge (where it has been for the past 3 weeks) then allowed to warm. Never got much of an aroma (and, yes, I'm completely over the sinus infection that knocked me out for much of October). Mild cereal grain, vague malt sweetness, floral/grassy notes flit about.

T: I won't let the modest appearance and smell scores affect my opinion of this taste - quite good! Rich, mildly sweet bready malt and an ample dose of zesty citrus rind and pepper-dry hoppiness. Lingering bitterness in the end, hinting a grapefruit.

M: Quite refreshing. Classic smoothness and surprisingly lasting bitterness and ample mouthfeel. Tangy and mouth-watering, juicy finish.

O: Very likable APA. Glad to have a second bottle and, as the label repeatedly admonishes, I PROMISE I will NOT age it! (1,519 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i loved this session ale, pure blonde nice and clear and with a great and dynamic yeast character from champagne fruitiness to saison funk, and an impressively dry finish. there also seems to be some wine grapes in it, it has a really bursting fruit flavor in the middle with a bit of sweetness, but im not sure there are grapes in here at all. its the subconscious. i have never picked wine grapes, but almost find myself in a field doing just that on a hot late summer day when i drink this beer. it makes me refreshed when i dont even need refreshing. the low alcohol and the intense flavors really make it come alive, and all this carbonation helps it be even more of a quencher. i would love to know more about the specifics of this beer, as it is unlike any other i have had. great great stuff. (800 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank in an ale glass ar 3 months old. L: Pours hazy amvber crowned by a 2” white foam collar.
S: Resin, grapefruit, floral.
T: Rich and fruity with melon, orange and citrus notes over light malt, graham cracker, and a dry finish with a bitter hop accent.
F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A full flavored, sessionable American Pale Ale. (352 characters)

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. A good dry hoppy beer. Light orange coloured and very lacey. Lightly carbonated. A tad of yeast like a blonde. A hoppy lemony treat. Very good drinkability. Aromas are mildly herbal, malty. This is not a pale, but could pass for one. (256 characters)

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured two fingers of head on a clear, medium straw colored body. It looks great.
The aroma has a good dry grain smell with some honey.
The taste is moderate grapefruit bitterness throughout. There's a sweet note towards the end, but the finish is a bitter bite.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An excellent beer. (329 characters)

Photo of emilylee
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to Jason Rorie for this

pours a lazy hazy straw yellow with a nice bright mix of fizzy and frothy head.

lots of sharp zesty fresh biscuit with a floral brightness. bits of fresh flower.

very malt forward with lots of bread and biscuit. sharp and bright floral hops mixed in through out. almost a bit of tartness, like faint lemon.

nice moderate body with a moderate carbonation. a hint of chew. not overly thin like many ales below 5%.

highly drinkable and enjoyable. loved this. (498 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. Bottled 8/30/2012.

Appearance - Hazy yellowish orange. Decent white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Smell - The saison is more prevalent than the hops. Fruity esters and a grainy malt. Almost wheaty. Citrus hops are in the background.

Taste - Hops are light in the taste as well. Grains more prevalent. Saison yeast gives it a fruity but light finish. Very grainy in the finish,

Mouthfeel - Very light and easy drinking. Hardly bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Interesting if closer to a saison than a pale ale. I like the body of it and the saison yeast gives it a dimension that the low ABV and low hop profile wouldn't give it. (689 characters)

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/30/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head IPA glass

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a lovely, slightly hazy hue of pale straw with some nice highlights of light orange. A very thick, tight bubbled, pure white, 3 fingers tall head forms. The head has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing along the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Aroma: (3.75)
A lot more of a subtle, nuanced aroma than I would anticipate from Russian River; Upfront there is some soft hop character; mostly very light citrus and some floral and herbal qualities. Right alongside the hops is an equally gentle saison yeast phenols; extremely faint pear, banana and a subtle white pepper spiciness. A very low profile bready maltiness rounds out this very low key aroma.

Taste: (3.75)
Right away your greeted by a quick burst of very floral, citrusy hop character; definitely very modest in nature. Behind hops is some of that spicy Saison yeast that is found in the nose; banana, clove and white pepper. The beer finishes very dry and clean with notes of bitter orange peel, floral hoppiness, clove, pepper and a distinct breadiness. Very crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: (4.25)
Light bodied, but still somewhat robust in scope, with moderate, steady carbonation.

Overall: (4)
Russian River's version of a crisp, refreshing and low profile session ale made specifically for wine makers. What comes out it is a delightfully drinkable, low key ale. This beer really reminds me of Anchor Steam, but the Saison yeast really adds a new dimension to this 'old school' minded craft beer. I was hoping for some more hop character, but that's obviously wasn't the intention for this beer. I would gladly buy six packs of this beer! (1,716 characters)

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