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Don The Younger - Russian River Brewing Company

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Don The Younger
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 14
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  5.65% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The brewer calls this an "American Bitter".

(Beer added by: John_M on 10-12-2011)
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Reviews by jdense:
Photo of jdense
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Horse Brass 11.4.11, $5.75 for Imperial Pint.

One finger soapy white head, small bubbles, very slow dissipation with very good lacing, medium gold clear body with multiple streams of rising carbonation. Nose is pretty citrusy for style, some malty sweetness, not a lot of caramel, more on the bready side. Taste is once again pretty hoppy, floral and citrus, bready malts for dryness and just enough tobacco to remind you who this beer was brewed in honor off, a few flecks of American Spirits ash for sure. Mouthfeel just on the light side of medium, good effervescence, fairly dry finish and quite sessionable. The Old Tavern Rat is pleased. Thanks to Vinny for this fitting homage.

jdense, Dec 17, 2011
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Photo of KellerBrau
5/5  rDev +18.5%

KellerBrau, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

chossboss, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a tiny taste at Belmont Station in Portland, OR. It was all I wanted, since I'm not an IPA lover. That said...

A finger of white head, and a clear blond-gold body.

Fresh hops and citrus in the nose, along with some grapefruit.

Light and crisp, the bitterness is up front and there's some more complex leafiness in the back.

Smooth, with ample texture.

Nice American IPA. Balanced, not crazy, and a clever pun by Russian River in tribute to the father of the Portland brewpub scene.

zaphodchak, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this go up on the board yesterday at the brewpub, review from written notes. Nice tribute to Don Younger, founder of the Horse Brass Pub.

Cloudy hazed orange, rapid streams of champagne carbonation visible. Not alot of head but there's a solid ring around the edge, with a connecting wispy skim across the surface. Copious lace as the glass is drained.

Mellow citrus and tropical hints of dried papaya, light impression of west coast hops.

Flavors are similar, some medium hop bitterness, lightly fruity and tropical notes that lingers into the aftertaste. Crisp and light, sort of herbal also. Refreshing session beer with a pleasant dry finish. Great with food or having a pint or two on it's own.

emerge077, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of suncrust
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super excited I got to try this during a recent trip to Portland. On-tap @ Belmont Station's Biercafe.

Appearance: Pours a very crisp, golden, straw colored yellow. Similar to other Russian River IPAs, the hue is clear and clean with a nice soapy white cap. Excellent head retention and lacing that stuck all the way to the bottom of my Urthel Saisonniere glass.

Smell: Light herby, piney hops. Lots of grassy notes, a little bit of lemon with some citrus undertones. Overall, the aromas were on the fainter side.

Taste: Slight piney hop presence followed by sweeter biscuity malt characters. Notes of citrus and grapefruit mid-palate, finishing dry with a bit of lemon. Fresh, lighter body, with some lingering grass and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin and easy to drink. A very crisp, lighter body creates a refreshing brew.

Pretty refreshing, sort of toned down RR brew that fits the style nicely. Could see this beer easily becoming a staple that every local pub in town has on tap. It would be very easy to drink this one all day....

suncrust, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to daysinthewake for sending this growler my way. Served in a Russian River TION goblet.

Pours a clear light peach color with a thin white head that recedes quickly without leaving much lacing. I'm not convinced this is due to the serving format, as the carbonation was perfect. The nose has loads of tropical fruits and a bit of citrus backing it all up. Strong hop nose without any real malt presence. The flavor isn't quite as pungent, but still very nice. Light, thin body with ample carbonation and a moderate bitterness. Semi-dry finish. Really excellent; I'd love more beers like this on the market.

Thorpe429, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Belmont Station, Portland, OR

Ohhh, Donnnn...
*Sorry, inside joke.

Anyway, DtY was served in a 12oz. glass, golden brown color, slightly hazy, with a sizable fluff of white head that receded to a comfortable thin layer. Aroma was pretty subdued; gently hoppy. Taste of floral and light citrus hops up front, almost like a mild AIPA, maltier mid-palate, with some lemon pith. Smooth, medium body, sessionable, not overly flavorful, but still a nice drink.

Rifugium, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A little bit hazy, a golden/orange colored beer. Decent white head that faded to a thin ring with some minor lacing.

S - A good hop aroma with some lightly toasted malts. Good tropical fruits, citrus, floral, and slightly herbal notes in this one.

T - Taste is quite crisp and good. Malts are bready and lightly toasted. There is some lemon zest and floral characteristics with a slightly herbal bitterness on the end. Very enjoyable.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, nicely carbonated.

O - An English Bitter I could drink all day. Really nice beer that I would love to have access to regularly. Nicely complex taste for something with this lower ABV.

AgentZero, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of beerstudent74
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

beerstudent74, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In honor of Don Younger. It is a privilege to add this to the data base.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is very impressive in this beer, showcasing considerable dry citrus, cereal grains, light malt and leafy tobacco. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted beer, and I'm impressed by the light mouthfeel and extremely dry, hoppy profile. The beer board lists the IBU at 37, but it really comes across as a much more hoppy/bitter beer. The alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, but it's readily apparent that this is a pretty low alcohol ale (very much in the vein that would have been appreciated by Mr. Younger). This is a very well balanced, easy to appreciate ale, especially for the hophead looking for a sessionable tasty treat.

A very nice effort... very reminiscent of both blind pig and elder, but clearly it's own beer. Listed as an American bitter at RR (given the hop profile, that makes sense), I've put this down as a Brittish bitter. In any event, here's to you Don...

John_M, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of projhex
5/5  rDev +18.5%

projhex, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station on 12.27.2011.

A - Served a clear pale light yellow with a large cream-colored foamy head. Great retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Very grassy and lemony. That is about it.

T - Piney, grass, citrus, mostly lemons.

D - Lots of carbonation and a very light body.

O - Light and hoppy, refreshing. RIP Don.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
5/5  rDev +18.5%

avaldivia, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MADhombrewer
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear straw colored. . Big stark, white head 4.5/5

Smell- Piney, piney, piney 4.5/5

Taste- Less piney than the smell. Little bit of sweetness and a funk of some sort at the end. Small lemon flavor to the end as well. Even bitterness to it. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Thinner mouthfeel. Well done. I like my IPAs more to the thinner side. 4.5/5

Overall- Very good beer. When heard they were making it I wasn't sure if I would get a chance to try it. I was pleasantly surprised to see it on tap at Belmont when I came though the door. 4/5

MADhombrewer, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Golden body with a decent white head atop of it. Settles to a slight cover. Leaves some nice lacing.

Ganja hops and some pine. Very floral. Cracker malts.

A good dose of bitterness at first. I actually thought I was given a Pliny in error, but subsequent sips prove me wrong. Tons of floral tones combine with pine hop flavors. Slight minerality. Very dry malts, crackery. Soft bitterness lingers in the mouth.

An awesome bitter, probably the best I've had. A great beer and a great tribute. Cheers to Don.

litheum94, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes: enjoyed this during the horsebrass anniversary week.

Served a a half pint at the horse brass. Body of the beer was an amber color with a one finger off-white head. Head recedes to a thick film, carbonation is visible in the body. Smell is of citrus hops. I think I detect a bit of pine in there too. In the taste I get some lemon citrus, then a subtle smooth flavor of bready malts. In the finish of the sip I get a bit of a tobacco flavor thy I quite liked. Mouthfeel is medium with a gentle carbonation. When I tasted this I would have pinned it as an IPA, but it's listed here as a bitter. I'm not sure what to call it, but I liked it. Though I never met him, it seems an appropriate tribute to a Titan of craft beer.

gkunkle, Jan 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

wsucoug96, Dec 20, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

shwillivanilli, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

muchloveforhops3, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of animortician
4/5  rDev -5.2%

animortician, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked a growler up in trade. Poured into Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours a clear golden yellow, thin cap, thin collar, wisps.

S - Citrus, dry hoppy notes, slight malty, some floral notes in there as well. A really nice hoppy/bitter profile on this beer with a nice floral note.

T - Citrus, hoppy/bitter notes, light floral notes, super easy to drink. Again, with such a low ABV, the hoppy notes are really nice and the floral notes.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, clean finish.

O - A really nice hoppy English Bitter that's super easy to drink. Really enjoyed this one and we easily finished the growler. Would def have again if offered up.

Sean9689, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of jethrodium
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small white head that sticks around for a while and leaves a lot of small spots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is lots of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine, lemon, a bit of sugar cookie, and some graham cracker. The initial taste has a light grapefruit sweetness, then comes some pine, sugar cookie, and some caramel. The finish is on the dry side with a decent bitterness. Fairly light bodied with medium carbonation. Another great Russian River beer.

jethrodium, Oct 26, 2011
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Don The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.