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

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: hobojon on 08-27-2011)
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Reviews by rlee1390:
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

A-Translucent orange, some carbonation with a two finger head.

S-Grass, oranges, floral notes. Strong malt bill as well. Good balance

T-Nice grass with caramel malt. Floral hops round it out with some mild bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, but a little on the lighter side. Some carbonation.

O-A decent APA, RR has done a lot better but still glad I was able to try this one.

10-21-2012 22:44:07 | More by rlee1390
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-14-2011 23:25:27 | More by rob133
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-27-2011 08:49:21 | More by girllovesbier
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11-14-2013 02:21:21 | More by weonfire
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09-28-2013 16:31:06 | More by Beerontwowheels
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-07-2013 00:41:22 | More by mdaschaf
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-03-2013 16:50:00 | More by buzzword
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-12-2014 08:39:57 | More by Tuckersmth
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-26-2013 23:56:51 | More by alamode
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

11-12-2012 00:07:18 | More by Sammy
Photo of Fatehunter


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

09-21-2013 00:19:14 | More by Fatehunter
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4/5  rDev +5%

02-13-2013 19:52:06 | More by emilylee
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

09-05-2011 01:16:13 | More by hooliganlife
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

10-19-2012 22:23:15 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%

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!

09-03-2012 20:00:19 | More by flayedandskinned
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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

10-13-2012 02:53:46 | More by Backlash209
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

05-19-2014 15:59:06 | More by oso
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle from 8/23/11 served in a RR glass.

App- very clear, golden straw. white foam, clings to the sides of the glass and leaves a small rocky foam cap.

Aroma- clean, citrusy hops (more orange and floral). some mild english yeast esters? kind of sweet aroma. some mild fruitiness. Very clean aroma.

Taste- light cracker malt, plain and lightly sweet. mild hop bitterness with some citrus hop flavor. some lime from either the hops or yeast? some sweet yeasty note... not sure how to describe it but it is like an ester than accentuates the natural malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel- enough body but a lighter beer. smooth creamy carb is fine. dry and drinkable, very refreshing. light lingering resin and hop flavor is nice.

Overall- very good and refreshing, but nothing special. this goes very good with RR pizza.

09-09-2011 01:40:05 | More by hobojon
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Split a bottle recently, review from written notes. Bottled: 082311

Pours a pale pastel yellow with visible carbonation rising, and a cluster of larger bubbles on the surface. Thin layer of foam fades to a thin cirrus pattern skim across the surface after a few sips. Solid head retention.

Initially lagery and slightly sulfuric, but this passes, leaving some floral tulip notes and grassy greenery in place of that. Slight yeastiness, overall clean.

Light grassy bitterness, lemon, honey, dry crackery finish, slight malt sweetness. Clean and dry feel, light bodied with medium carbonation. Found it to be easily drinkable on a warm day. Simple and utilitarian, a clean bare bones session lager, no flaws. Simplicity is underrated...

10-22-2011 18:50:00 | More by emerge077
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

straw yellow color. golden amber with a crystal clear look to it. A small head of maybe an inch rose up, but immediatly fell back down, leaving a naked top to it.

The aroma was light. Lots of light grain and bready malts abound here. Small light fruit notes and an overall light profile. Taste was more of the same, light grain, light fruits, small doses of grain. A crisp, clean, and refreshing profile. Very light feel with an almost non existently light feel. Super drinkable

11-05-2011 14:41:35 | More by mikesgroove
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