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

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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mdaschaf, Nov 07, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

bpasquini, Oct 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Fluteswell, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

illidurit, Oct 23, 2013
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jarrgal, Oct 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Smarty_Pints, Oct 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

CheapBeerBuzz, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

InspectorBob, Oct 07, 2013
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MastaShonuf, Oct 05, 2013
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SeanInDC, Oct 04, 2013
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duceswild, Oct 02, 2013
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oline73, Oct 01, 2013
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mendvicdog, Sep 30, 2013
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Stevedore, Sep 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Beerontwowheels, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
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
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Paccamacca, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

akang, Sep 21, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Fatehunter, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

MagicJeff, Sep 18, 2013
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huadog, Sep 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

allstar255, Sep 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

DrewShalvoy, Sep 16, 2013
It Takes A Lot Of Great Beer To Make Great Wine from Russian River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.