Ron Mexico
Russian River Brewing Company

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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #218
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,523
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 6.99%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
42
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Russian River Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Ron MexicoRon Mexico
Notes: 2015 National Homebrewers Conference Bottle

The Hop Breeding Co. (HBC) is releasing a new variety hop currently known as HBC-438. With a history that goes back to the late 1990s, HBC-438 is affectionately known as “Ron Mexico” after a pair of homebrewers were gifted some a decade ago. The name pays homage to the hop plant’s background, which is half neomexicanus. The hop has distinct notes of tropical and stone fruits, creating a delicious hop aroma in this session IPA brewed by Vinnie Cilurzo, owner and brewmaster at Russian River.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 42
Photo of elNopalero
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Experimental hops make this one unique. I get a hint of coconut and some white grape. Thin body, but appropriate for a sessioner. This was an interesting one.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml into imperial pint.

A: Pours clear golden with a dense frothy head that faded to a greasy and lasting film. Sticky network of lace was left down the glass.
S: Sweet lychee fruit dominates more so than probably any other beer I’ve had. At least that’s what comes to mind when I smell this. The nose is very tropical overall, and rather sweet smelling to boot. Kiss of bready undertones
T: Follows the nose with a blast of tropical sweetness up front followed by a mild crackers breadiness. Bitter finish is slight leafy and herbal. Mild spice in the aftertaste. Tropical flavor is initially sweet but dies away in the finish. The beer overall is not sweet, but the perfumey flavor gives that impression.
M: Medium body, slick and greasy mouthfeel, with a clean bitterness and mild carbonation.
O: An incredible hop that really imparts a unique topical nose. Beer overall is solid but nothing over special. Nose is the best. Drinks well.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light bodied, big on hops and wrapped in an enigma, the experimental hops for Russian River's neomexican pale ale has the beer tasting as hop forward as IPA but lighter in feel and effects so that its ease of drinking won't leave the palate fatigued.

Pale gold and capped with a light and fluffy foam, Ron Mexico soon teases the nose with a dry citrus sensation with an herbaceous bouquet of grassiness. Scant on sweetness, its light impressions of caramel, honey and granola.

What little sweetness started the taste easily expels and leaves a hop dominant taste in its wake. White grapefruit, under ripened orange and a tinge of lemon rise on the middle palate and a dry tropical taste of gooseberry and kiwi trail closely behind. Herbal with suggestions of green tea, sassafras, lemongrass and chive carries a peppery bitterness into finish.

Medium light on the palate, the sturdy carbonation pops on the palate and releases a mild carbonic bite with a mineral-like taste and texture. Highly refreshing, crisp and largely clean, the finish is dryly of pine, fruit peel and an overall grassiness that trails far longer than any malt complement.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I did that cartoon wipe my eyes thing when I first glanced at this bottle sitting in the cooler at Ledger's. Never thought I would get to tick it, much less if I wasn't at the brewery, but here it was in Berkeley, in all its glory. Its a mostly yellow color with ample clarity and about 1/2" white head. Looks similar to Pliny essentially. Aroma was not Pliny, this had that lemon lime neomexicanus thing popping off about it with a little bit of relatively non descript grapefruit as well.

Taste dropped a slight citrus flavor on the tongue, bready, toasted pale malts. More grapefruit bitterness. Reminiscient of Sierra Nevada's experimental ipas. Carbonation is appropriate. The claim of stone fruit doesn't really seem to resonate here. Just not catching it.

Ultimately this is a session pale ale kind of beer. I enjoyed it like I would any beer using a hop I haven't had before, or one I rarely have had. This is good, but not upper echelon level like so many of their other hoppy beers.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3/7/18, consumed 3/23/18

Poured crystal clear orange honey with a nice big head that left a lot of nice lacing.

Aroma is a very unique lemon/grapefruit blended with earthy and grassy hops. Mild but bright and intriguing. Really haven't had this scent before in a beer.

Taste follows aroma, again very peculiar. More grassy and grainy with the unique citrus fruit combo. The label says this was made with an experimental, previously unnamed hop. I haven't had another beer that tastes anything like this.

Mouthfeel is light, good carbonation, low easy bitterness, clean dry finish.

Overall, I really liked this beer. It is kinda pricey for a low-ABV pale ale. But it definitely stands out on it's own, nothing is like Ron.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 510mL glass into 20oz tulip glass. 1/2" white head on top, which dissipated rapidly. Great amount of lacing on the glass, especially for a 4.5abv beer.

Look: Light amber in color, leaning on darker sunburnt yellow. Very transparent and clear, which is typical for filtered brews.

Smell: Subtle yet pleasurable. Soft citrus notes, with orange, tangerine and grapefruit. Has an earthy florally aroma as well. Has a sweet bread smell to it, that reminds me of bread while baking. Good smell, just not really strong.

Taste: Bready up front. Have taste of baked bread, coupled with floral notes. Yeasty/roasted grain in taste. Has sweet notes as well, consisting of molasses, butterscotch and caramel. I also taste dates and figs, awesome flavor. Back end, slight tangerine, papaya, green apple and orange. Very low bitterness, and very easy drinking.

Feel: Feel is light to medium in body. Carbonation seems low, which gives it a creamy feel, despite being light.

Overall: This is one of my favorite offerings by Russian River. The amount of flavor for such a low abv beer is incredible. I am really digging the bread, floral tones in this beer. Very delicious, smooth, and easy drinking. Cheers!

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Photo of Hop_Swig
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours glassy light yellow with solid 1 finger head with good retention. Tastes like a subtle champagne with grapefruit dominance. A refresher for the summer.

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Photo of sweetcell
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

grapefruit bomb, didn't get much stone fruit. body was light with pretty firm bitterness for a beer this small. very, very easy to drink... too easy. looking forward to brewing my own IPA with this new hop.

(Edit: there is an error in the description above. this beer was made with HBC-438 not 435. the 435 typo comes from the AHA website)

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Ron Mexico from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 42 ratings