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

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very good

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 30
Gots: 12 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of grover37
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle into a pilsner glass. Picked up for me by a friend who visited the brewery.

Appearance (4): Very clear, light straw with big time legs. Almost two fingers of head which reduces to a thin ring. Lots of carbonation but no lacing. Impressively clear.

Smell (3): Pretty faint. A light graininess, but mostly fresh mowed grass. A slight tangerine and a touch of esters from the skunky yeast.

Taste (2.5): Pretty skunky and really grassy. Not bad but not particularly pleasant either. Wet and pungeant grass and a touch of fruit up front, with a little bit of bitterness and the light straw and grain malt in the background of the finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Slick and smooth but not that spritzy. Maybe a little bit heavier in the finish uncharacteristically. Medium to light bodied and medium carbonation.

Overall (2.5): This is the first beer from Russian River that I didn't love. I think it might be a little heavy handed with the noble hops which gives it that overwhelming grassy and skunky flavor. This one looked really good but was disappointing otherwise.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to leschkie for this one.

A: Pours a thin and completely clear yellow. There is a tiny pure white head that fades to nothing. No lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: Smells like a standard lager. Nothing overly complicated about it. There is however, just the slightest hop aroma in the tale end of the nose.

T: Starts off a little sweet and highly carbonated. Tastes like a BMC product. But it finishes with a nice little kick of hops and some extra bitterness.

M: Light bodied beer.

O: There isn't really anything too exciting about this beer. It's just a well made lager, perfect for easy drinking on hot days. I feel fortunate to have tried this brew, but It's nothing special.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of litheum94
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Hazy straw yellow body. Bone white head that leaves a patchy cover.

A: Subdued aromas mostly of wheat and rice. Lemon zest. Grassy and light floral hopping.

T: Restrained in the mouth, again mostly of creamy wheat with some rice thrown in as well. Some lemon flavors. Chalky dryness. Hop bitterness is held back, tasting of wood and earth, with some spicing akin to Noble hops.

Not much depth and complexity, but then again, that's what makes this a great session beer. Very enjoyable and refreshing. Good take on the style.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light yellow-golden color, small white head.

Yeast and light malt. Small amount of grassy hops in the aroma.

Refreshing and crisp taste. Light grassy hops. Not much bitterness at all. Some fruitiness from the yeast. Bready/cracker malt profile. Easily sessionable but boring. Kind of an odd format to sell a beer like this. Reminds me of Mayflower Golden Ale a little. It's meant to be sessioned and not analyzed but if I wanted a sessionable lager I would look for a Tipopils, which this does not even come close.

Photo of cbutova
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at the brewery, consumed later back in the hotel room in SF. Bottled 08/23/11, 2 months old on the nose.

A- Pale yellow body with a one finger white head. Decent retention and creamy texture. Small cloud and ring = silky fine lace.

S- Light biscuit and cracker malt. Some sweet sugar hints as well as yeast bread and citrus zest hints.

T- Crisp light lager flavor. Sweet light malt with sugar and biscuit hints. Bread and fruit hints, apple and white grape. Grassy and leafy light hop profile.

MF- Silky smooth light body with high carbonation. Slightly creamy feel.

Not bad for a pale lager. Good flavors but still has that sweet light malt and yeast feel found in many other light lagers. Interesting especially with a better mouthfeel for the flavors.

Photo of robsee
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, poured into a Sam Adams glass. Straw yellow, white head, appears somewhat unfiltered.

Surprised by the classification as American Pale Ale as it is more blonde in style and conception even closer to a lager.

Clean, dry, crisp, and lager like. Hopped more than a normal lager with noble hop character. No citrus.

Very nice refreshing beer but as I'm drinking this in my Sam Adams glass, I realize that I'd rather be drinking a Sam Adams Noble Pils.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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