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

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86
very good

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 29
Gots: 10 | 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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5/5  rDev +30.2%

stevecooks, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Doodler, Dec 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

blabaer, Sep 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

stealth, Sep 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There’s a real dearth of delicious pilsners on the west coast. I’m glad to say that this one is one of the good ones!
I.T.A.L.O.G.B.T.M.A.G.W. pours a light tan-golden color topped by clouds.
There’s a wonderful aroma of honeyed biscuit and some freshly cut grass.
Great effervescence. A lemony and light grassy flavor with a lingering bitterness balanced by a hint of biscuit and a pleasing dry finish. Delicious.

elNopalero, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Gilmango
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the colonelforbin for bringing this back from Zwanze Day at RRBC then schlepping it to CBS and PacBrewLab tasting.

A - golden color with a white head and a bit of lacing, just slightly cloudy - if the "pale lager" is correct then this looks like kellerbier; however this was filtered, no yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

S - bready malt with central European earthy and spicy hops

T - hop forward, real clean hints of malt and lovely dry finish with hints of lemon and good bitter hop grip.

M - Well attenuated without seeming too thin.

O - Really great breakfast beer, session beer, American lager(?), etc. Before I came here to review it I was guessing they used a Kolsch yeast as I just haven't had many lagers from RRBC, but if this is a pale lager (bottle does say "Ale" fwiw oh and their blog reads, "winemaker's session ale") so I am starting to think that maybe they did use Kolsch yeast or perhaps used lager yeast at ale temps ala CA common (but I'm no big fan of that style and this blows away any CA common I've ever had). No matter the beer is great and reminds me of a great, somewhat hoppy but restrained, west coast version of a kellerbier, or a kolsch.

Very food friendly. Best similarity I can recall is the old Deschutes seasonal Pine Mountain Pils, now retired, what a great beer that was.

Gilmango, Sep 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

cdean801, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

ficklenicholas, Apr 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

millerbuffoon, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Tamigleo, Thursday at 10:32 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

KnowYourCraft, Oct 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

wonderful wine sour. a bit off a odd beer but the flavor works very well. would love to have one of these in a few years.

coriswrasse, Sep 05, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

mikesgroove, Nov 05, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Those chunks in the bottom of my glass don't look too appealing. They were in suspension when I poured it. I know it's just clumps of yeast and nutrients. Soft orange glow, thin white head, not a lot of visible carbonation.

S: Smells like what I think about on a hot summer day! Light hop aroma dominates, and light bread. Lemon citrusy.

T: Like a fine pale ale. Very well crafted. Nice lemon/grapefruit from the hops, cool tasting and refreshing. Great bittering. Tastes like a great beer to have with something salty or oily. Finishes fast like a summer beer should. If it weren't winter and 35-40 degrees here in San Jose California, it would probably be even better. Can't quite give it a 5 because I feel like there is something unidentifiable that is keeping it from being perfect.

M: Crisp and clean. More carbonated than it looks. Perfect for warmer weather.

O: I'm stocking up when July rolls around if this is still available.

Jemonster, Jan 13, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a surly pint glass.

A: BMC would be jealous. Very pale gold with slow mo bubbles coming up in quick succession from the bottom. A small, microbubble white head with layers of lacing.

S: Very clean smell with slight hop inflections.

T: The taste is very clean, tons of wheat comes through in the middle and the end hits with a mild but clear punch of hops.

M: A perfectly medium body with tingles of carbonation throughout, classic lager body but twice as clean.

O: Russian River proves itself once again to be a master of clean, clear, and fine tuned. Not sure it compensates for a lack of recent adventure into bold and unique, but it's pleasant nonetheless.

Klym, Oct 13, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mjyoung for sharing this one!

A - Clear and bubbly golden yellow with foamy white-colored head.

S - Smells malty with floral notes. Hints of citrus as well. Very pleasant.

T - Light tasting, which is kinda expected. Wheat and corn flavors.

M - Medium to light bodied. Good amount of carbonation.

O - Probably one of the better pale lagers I have had. Taste wise is relatively average, but you can tell this is a well done lager.

bbb099, Nov 12, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden color with a quick disappearing head. It also has very minimal lacing.

S: Fresh sourdough, yeast, and some sweet malt

T: Very yeasty with a light breadiness and some herbal hoppiness.

M: Coats the tongue very nicely and has a nice medium level carbonation

O: This beer is exactly what a nice pale lager should be. It has a lot of yeast character, breadiness, and some nice herbal hop and sweet malt character. I really enjoyed this beer and could definitely buy a case and kick back several. Great Beer!

PaulStoneAnchor, Oct 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

HopAttack3, Sep 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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splendidsplinter, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

hoppy, delightful, refreshing.

craft_shannie, Sep 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

laxer8811, Feb 24, 2013
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It Takes A Lot Of Great Beer To Make Great Wine from Russian River Brewing Company
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