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

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 29
Gots: 9 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

zestd, Nov 21, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

jdhowe, Nov 17, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled on 8/30. Consumed on 11/15.

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.

Duane_Opfer, Nov 15, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

msubulldog25, Nov 02, 2013
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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 184 ratings.