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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

166 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 166
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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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Bottled 8/30/13.

A: Pours a very clear pale golden color with 1 finger of fluffy off-white head. Head dissipates to a fluffy layer and eventually a mottled film, leaving plenty of foamy lacing. Really a beautiful beer.

S: Slight earthy hop character, crisp pilsener malt sweetness, and a slightly earthy yeast character. Mild citrus notes. I had pretty low expectations for this beer given my general dislike for the style, but this has surprised me.

T/M: Thin and roughly what I expected of it, but more flavorful than anticipated. Flavor profile is dominated by pilsener malt sweetness, with a slight citrus flavor on the finish along with a mild tart note. Finish is hop bitterness, with a slightly coating quality. Honestly a little less refreshing than the billing on this beer suggests, but not bad. Mouthfeel is pretty light with the right amount of carbonation to prop up the beer and keep it interesting without it being overwhelming. The lingering slightly oily quality is really the only thing I dislike about the mouthfeel, but it keeps the beer from being as refreshing as I'd expect it to be.

O: While this isn't really my style of choice, I'm anything but disappointed with this beer. Would I drink this all day? No. But I also wouldn't make wine all day, so perhaps I'm not the target audience. This is a fine brew.

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A - Golden with a slight orange tinge. Pours a thick dense bright white foamy head. Heavy carbonation. Clear/transparent with no cloudiness/sediment. Yields nice wavy lines of lacing.

S - Lemon, melon, kiwi, and honey, but not overly fragrant. Had to spend some time with nose in the glass and I assume answers will vary greatly here since the flavors are not so intense.

T - Not overly complex. Lemon is upfront with some melon and grassy notes, followed up with a lemon rind finish. Strong malt backbone. Residual mouth flavor is lemon rind and dry cracker. Completely hides ABV.

M - Carbonation too high, but very crisp.

O - Unremarkable. Nice to look at, but overly carbonated and not overwhelming in taste and smell. Not recommended.

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It Takes A Lot Of Great Beer To Make Great Wine from Russian River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.