Parking Violation | Russian River Brewing Company

35 Ratings

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 08-23-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AgentMunky
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like a pale ale. Smells malty and crisp. The crispness doesn't carry over to the taste, which is full, wet, tasty. Drinkable and carbonated. Pretty good beer!

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3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Arbitrator
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub. From notes.

A: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with substantial head (still 2 fingers when I receive the glass) and outstanding retention. It leaves nice sheets of lace down the sides of the nonic. Nice.

S: Grapefruit, orange peel, and pine aromas define the beer. Lest it be mistaken for an IPA masquerading as an APA, it serves up toffee, bread, and toasted malt in balance.

T: A nice backbone of toffee, bready malt and toast flavor set the initial taste. It progresses into a citric blend of grapefruit and orange pith. Pine comes through more in the finish, melding with orange rind to produce a slight, lingering bitterness.

M: Light-medium bodied. Active carbonation that produces a clean finish, though there is some lingering bitterness. Dry finish.

D: I know you're not 'supposed' to give an APA an A+, but for the style, it's outstanding. It's way more drinkable than Russian River's DIPAs, and if I had been smart I would have gotten a growler of it the last time I was at the pub. Hopefully it comes on again this summer.

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

64oz Russian River growler complements of augustgarage. Thanks as always!

A- Lots of sticky icky head. Snow-white, big bubbles and a dense formation. Beer is a pale gold, pretty on-par for style. Actually, perhaps a bit darker than usual.

S- Orange/tangerine, touch of grapefruit.

T- Follows the nose, fruity and citrus-heavy. Lemon zest. More grapefruit. A bit of pine resin. Clean, crisp, tasty.

M- Great carbonation, light, bubbly, refreshing.

D- High. One of the best pales I've ever had. Great job of dialing in on the hops while keeping the malt low and the sweetness in check.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap @ the brewpub. Served in a nonic.

Lightly reddish orange, clear witha very thin sudsy head. Pleasant rich lacing.

Faint clover honey, orange-zest, and biscuity malt - very delicate aroma overall.

A touch of sweetness, buttermilk biscuit-like malt, with a moderately bitter citrusy hop profile. Finish is somewhat earthy and almost peppery. Clean, zippy, and easy drinking.

Lively carbonation, light bodied...

Very low ABV and good pure flavor make this a premier session ale, perfect for the arrival of Summer.

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Photo of berkey
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a growler picked up at the incomparable Russian River brewpub 06/12. Poured (many times) into a Russian River branded glass and reviewed on a beautiful sunny afternoon 06/13/10. 40 IBU 5.47 ABV.

Forms a very dense and well retained medium sized off-white head. Body is a clean pale auburn with a very slight haze. Leaves some nice lacing.

Somewhat hoppier aroma than the listed bitterness units had me expecting. Spicy and floral bitter hop goodness, there's a fair amount of citrus but it's more orange than grapefruit interestingly. Sweet bread and caramel malts are also very nice.

Taste follows the aroma but with the caramel malts slightly more up front. Somehow manages to be fairly hop forward especially on the aftertaste without being particularly bitter. I'm reminded of SNPA at moments during this tasting but this is a little cleaner and drier with a much more pleasant and more complex finish.

Supremely drinkable thanks both to the balance and the relatively light body. If I didn't have a busy day ahead of me I could sit here on the balcony and drink this all day.

I'll admit this one surprised me and I'm a little embarrassed I've passed up on it on so many other trips to the pub. I've heard it said that if you want to brew a great APA to brew an IPA and call it an APA. This beer avoids that 'cheat' and still comes off as a winner.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Alex (Masterski) for bringing this one over to our Friday random beer tasting. Split several ways amongst friends into nonic glasses. Love the RR growler!

A - Pours golden yellowish with a couple of fingers worth of white head. Lots of sticky lacing and the head remains on top of the beer for quite some time. Just a beautiful looking APA.

S - Hops, citrus, lemon/lime, light malts.

T - The light malt character makes this one easy to drink, just goes down so easily. Lots of hops, citrus, lemon/lime. Light bitterness but done perfectly for an APA.

M - Light, crisp, super-refreshing, good carbonation.

D - I really enjoyed this one. Quite possibly my favorite APA of all-time. RR always does it right (for the most part) and I wish they were right around the corner from me. Thanks again goes to Alex through Adam for the growler!

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. A full bitterness, full flavoured APA. Juicy orange. Golden colour and lacey. Served at right temperature and perfect carbonation. Very good drinkability.Above average mouthfeel. Love to have this again. A good example of an APA.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Nanoslug for this growler. I've been wanting to try this one for a while and Adam finally delivered. Served in a Goose Island pint glass.

A - Beautiful three fingers of creamy foam that dissipates to a thin cap and leaves sheets of lacework. Hazed golden apricot body with a nice fiery glow to it.

S - This smells heavy on the Cascade, with tons of pithy grapefruit, orange rind, and pine notes coming through. The malt character is toffee and lightly toasted grains.

T - Not sure what is going on tonight, but I seem to be enjoying the taste of these beers more than the nose. Bright hoppiness with tons of pine and grapefruit, supported by a light toffee malt backbone. Aftertaste has a hefty does of bitterness to it, but it dissipates fairly quickly.

M - Light, refreshing, with lively but soft carbonation. The finish is dry, with nice enamel-coating hop resins. Pretty much everything I want in a session brew.

D - I probably could have drank the whole growler. This was a superb palate cleanser between the bigger beers we had, and something that I could consume all evening if it were available.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to bifrostguard and largadeer for making this happen. A hoppy RR beer? Yes please!

A crystal clear orange-amber with a dense off-white head that's about 3-fingers thick. Retention is great, and the intricate lacework is quite gorgeous

The nose is loaded with delicate hop character with pine, some citrus (orange and tangerine) and a distinct grapefruit rind bitterness. Allowing it to warm up reveals a delicate toasted cracker malt character. Quite excellent

Opening with a light bitterness, rather grapefruit-like in character, this is followed up with flavors of citrus and a touch of pine. Bitterness is low, with the balance (as is typical for RR) leaning towards hop flavor with a touch of floral character. The dry, cracker-like malt character with a touch of sweetness is faint and doesn't get in the way, this fabulous beer finishes dry and refreshing

Light in body with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation, this is a treat on the palate. The finish is excellent too.

I've consumed one pint since I started typing this review, and I'm glad I have another 3 to make revisions to this one. Well done, Vinnie! Truly sessionable, I've had the entire growler and feel like I could go for another!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler received from bifrostguard and largadeer. Thanks! A hoppy pale ale from Russian River? Just the job! Consumed on 10/7/2009 and poured into my Moonlight pint glass. The beer looks great. It's light straw golden with a frothy 2 finger head. Retention and lacing are both great.

The aroma is all hops with a faint crackery malt presence and a dash of sweetness. The hop profile is distinctly Russian River, with a marvelous combination of grapefruit, orange, and pine. Why can't all Pale Ales smell like this?

The flavor does not disappoint. Bitterness is at a high level for a pale. The beer is dry with really no sweetness.
The malt is crackery sometimes, and grainy at others. Pine resin mingles with bitter grapefruit and orange pith to create a wondrous hop fusion. The finish is dry with a lingering pine bitterness.

Medium light bodied with moderate carbonation (the growler held up quite well). The beer is bone dry with a sticky mouthfeel. This is really, really drinkable. Excellent stuff. I'm having a hard time thinking of a better Pale Ale. This must be the best I've had!

Serving type: growler

Reviewed on: 10-08-2009 05:02:10

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