Dribble Belt
Russian River Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #187
Ranked #5,465
4.04 | pDev: 7.43%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Dribble BeltDribble Belt
Notes: Hoppy Session Ale

40 IBU
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 243
Photo of Tucquan
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2019-07-06 in Windsor, CA at the brewery on tap and again 2019-07-13 in Stockton, CA from a fresh bottle acquired at the brewery.

A - Clear straw with 2 finger white head and very nice lace.

S - Lots of fresh, sweet pineapple, melon, light pine and almost dank earthy spice

T - Biscuit, citrus, pine, mild pineapple, pepper

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Reasonably dry.

O - About as good a session ale as you could hope. Shares some aroma and flavors with Pliny the Elder but dialed back.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Clear golden copper body, one finger white head, short retention. Smell is mainly herbal and grapefruit, though fairly mild. Crackery and grainy malt sweetness is fairly mild as well. It's a clean hoppy pale ale, good hop presence, not too sweet or bitter as a whole. A bit watery, though at 4.2%, that's within acceptable parameters. Lighter bodied, good carbonation, reasonably refreshing and not too hard to get around with this one.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden with a light haze, slow rising bubbles and a half finger of white head.

Smells of pine, fruity pineapple candy, and tropical punch.

Tastes of pine, pineapple candy, and green leafy hops.

Medium body, with lots of large and small bubbles. Dry and tannic finish.

I got this in Sacramento, and am drinking it in Redding, Jan 2nd, 2019. Excellent low ABV brew.

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Photo of Hophazzard
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A session ale that can stand up to the big boys. Another outstanding example of why Russian River is so loved, especially here in California. When these guys decide to brew a beer, they settle for nothing less than the best of that style.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Pretty pretty pretty good. This one is kind of like Pliny’s lil brother; light hops, bitter like my baby mama when I forgot our anniversary... all around just good!

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a hard to get type of beer that people would wait in line for, I happened to be lucky and had it on tap while visiting the Russian River Brewpub.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- nothing to knock on the look. Noce golden clear beer with a white head that dissipates in a reasonable time.
S - big pine, grapefruit, hop resin. It has a really refreshing scent.
T - again big pine, hop resin, some grapefruit. Citrus zest.
M - light mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is freah piney hops
O - i like pliny better but this is a different and very refreshing light beer. Very good.

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Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River. Comes a clear pale gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Taste is grapefruit, pineapple, orange, mango, pine, and malt. Very refreshing.

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Photo of NapaClancy
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crushable! Great balanced session ale. So clean and refreshing. Still that malty RR signature mouthfeel.

For those that like their women like their beer...easy poundable!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Tasty as heck low-ABV hops here, just enough crackery maltiness to back up the pungent, herbaceous/piney hops, with just a touch of tropical character thrown in for good measure. Bracing and satisfying, just like I like 'em.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler pour into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Nice nose, fruity, tropical, subtle pine, definitely picking up some bubblegum, so assuming there's some Galaxy in there. Taste very dynamic for a session IPA. Finish has moderate astringency and some lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel was good for a session IPA, more substance than most, with the carbonation on the lower side. One of the better ones in the style.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I feel like the ratings on this are something of a new money backlash. This is a stellar session IPA. But, the problem with session IPAs is you can't make them juice bombs ... they depend upon a balance of aromatics, clean malt, bitterness. This hits all those elements in classic fashion. Pine, but not overly piney. Hints of citrus but not a fruit bomb. Cracker malt character that keeps it from feeling watery. Crisp, refreshing, excellent with food.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Citrusy, moderate tropical fruit, slightly piney hops with a light clean malt character in support.

A: Golden color, clear with moderate dense white head. There is some lacing left in the glass.

T: Moderately hoppy upfront with a light clean malt presence. The beer is semi-dry and finishes with a moderately light hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer does not drink thin though, there is definite depth, smooth, and very drinkable.

O: Excellent; this beer has a great aroma and flavor, very clean, super easy to drink and quite sessionable!

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Photo of gandres
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap to glass @ Russian River Brewing tap [email protected] Santa Rosa,CA
A: Small foam, off white, lacing
A: very hoppy, tropical and fruity
T: Medium bitterness, sweet, taste lingers but not too intense
P: fizzy, carbonation lingers, then drops
OA: Very good pale ale ok to repeat and look for
Drank: April 14, 2016

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow pour, virgin white head, 1/3" on the top, very clear and professional looking. Aroma was bursting with hops, simcoe, citra, pops for a medley of all the desired hop aromas, pine, tropical fruit, citrus.

Taste drops a massive amount of hops in a low bitterness, super light body. Exquisite. Mouthfeel is good, sure its 'thin' but that is the idea here. Bought a growler of it I liked it so much, sucked that it lost its carbonation real quick, but it is what it is.

Elite 1st tier world class session ipa, possibly the absolute best in the world.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bagby’s Beer Co. – Oceanside, CA
Notes taken on 05/17/2015 – taster glass

A: Pure clear light golden blonde color with some nice effervescent action. Smallish lipper of foamy white froth adorns the top for a few lengthy moments. Light airy webbed lacing paints the glass on the drink down.

S: The nose is spunky with some twangy lemongrass, soapy herbals, and a bit of fresh Christmas tree. Has a very nice earthy and floral character to it with citrus notes in between. I get some real understated pale malt cracker there as well. Pretty nice aroma to it with some funky hops popping.

T: Crazy floral and lemony hop flavors with fresh pine and an overall honeysuckle like sweetness to it. There is a nice moderate spike of bitterness there but takes a swift transition into some light cracker presence and bready malt undertones. Super dry through to the finish. Definitely another crushable sessions with a nice fresh lemon, herbal , and pine combo to it.

M: Very light in body with a super dry, crisp finish. Some moderate amount of peppery bitterness and a light resinous linger. Mostly dry, crisp, and clean in the overall feel however.

D: Pretty cool to check this one out as I have never even heard of this beer before. It’s an okay session for me with some unique hop flavors. Their Happy Hops is far superior to this.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear gold-tan color. Not much aroma. There’s a piney bittering on the palate that quickly dissipates. Thin body, light hop character, not bad for a session but not my favorite offering at RR.

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Photo of duluoz
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Russian River.

This was an eye-opener. Great piney nose... full, bright, big hoppy flavor with just a touch of candy sweetness to balance the bitterness.

Most impressive thing was the feel--crisp and light, but not watery like a lot of these. Tastes like a typical RR IPA, flavor-wise, but drinks like a cotton candy version.

Just plain wizardy to pull off a beer like this at 4.2% abv. Up there with Alpine's Hoppy Birthday as my favorites in the class. Lots of similarities there.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served in a pint glass at the brewery. This is simply phenomenal, maybe even better than my favorite, Happy Hops. Crisp, drinkable, hint of malty backbone. Loads of hops. Dry but not astringent, powerful with hints of citrus, pine, and fruits.

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Photo of vautman110
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Without a doubt the best "sessionable" IPA I've had. Loads of flavor and easily drinkable. Tip of the Hat. Wish the hell I would of bought more while I was there. Can't get it here. Come to think of it I don't think it was available to go.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i love all the russian river hoppy stuff, and this is no exception. maybe not quite an ipa, but it is just so brightly hopped and it positively sings going down. i love that the hops are both grassy and citrusy, the best of both worlds. the malt bill is light, but its contribution is there, neutral cheerio sort of flavor, not as dry or bland, but a similar vibe that reals in the hops to right where i like them. russian river should really package this, its perfect in all day drinking conditions where i can have a bunch and not be wasted. there is something to be said for beers like this, all the flavor of the big dogs they do too. even more upbeat perhaps, with happy carbonation and a really quenching finish. this is outstanding beer. its bitter too, far more than the conventional session type ipa, it still gets me where i like to get in the style. it could be a little more crisp in the end i think, but it sure does refresh, and it packs in a lot of fresh hop flavor. nicely done overall, and always a treat to have beer from these guys...

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Photo of coriswrasse
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Session feel, not enough hops for a self proclaimed "hoppy session". Goes to malt flavor too fast. Nice Carbonation and head. Golden straw color.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Growler to the dome. Poured into SN imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear pale golden with an impressively huge, thick, greasy, and dense off-white head that slowly faded into a very thick and rocky film that lasted the whole glass through. Sticky sheets of airy lace were left down the glass.
S: Citrus dominates with hints of sweet tangerine and orange zest, but I get a fair amount of mango and pineapple mixed in as well. Bready pale malt pokes through the scent. Light overall, but what’s there is great.
T: Light and easy flavors of mild citrus juice and watery pale malt. Not much going on except a few citrus hints and floral hoppy notes. The finish is more sweet than bitter, with a touch of the mango and pineapple from the nose, and the aftertaste is quick, light, and bready, with a linger kiss of grapefruit pith.
M: Despite the head, carbonation is rather low, with a light body and light and quaffable mouthfeel. Drinks well.
O: Decent flavor profile, extremely light scent and flavor, and light and easy to drink. Definitely a session ipa, but I wish it had just a touch more. This was very easy to drink over the course of an evening, and I would do so again, but overall this isn’t anything spectacular.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of a sampler at the brewery. This had a clear light golden pour with small white ring of head. Juicy citrus hops on the very delicate aroma, slight sweetness, and some floral notes. Bitter up front--similar flavor to blind pig but lighter--with citrus notes and very little malt backing. Medium plus carb and light mouthfeel. Good stuff and very easy drinking.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Russian River served chilled in a Nonic.

The color is golden amber with great clarity and thick white cream with average bead and lace that sticks. The smell is very nice, lots of citrus and herbal hop aromas with mild yeast and malt essence. The feel is great, very dry and not super bitter with a light toasted malt texture and moderate carbonation.

The flavor is very good, lots of hops yet still somewhat balanced by the malt which has a light toasted taste with slight nutty quality that combines well with the herbal and subtle citrus hop flavor. The overall impression is a solid hoppy session beer, very nice dry finish and easy to quaff with enough malt to support the bitterness level which is something I like compared to other 'session IPA's' which can be unbalanced and overly bitter.

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Dribble Belt from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 243 ratings