Parking Violation | Russian River Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 20
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 spycow
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Appearance: Bright and clear amber with a small white cap of foam.

Smell: Huge floral and citrus hops with no noticeable malt presence; but what a great hop aroma.

Taste/mouthfeel: Given that Russian River's standard IPA is over 70 IBUs, it should come as no surprise that their take on an American Pale Ale would be hoppy as hell. The taste is almost all hops; pine and grapefruit with floral undertones. Some bready malt comes through toward the middle but don't last long as the bittering onslaught takes over the palate. Very dry stuff overall with an awesome hop flavor.

Drinkability: So good that I grabbed a growler.

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

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this growler in trade last week and was very excited to try this new session able offering from Russian River. Being an enormous fan of just about everything they do it should come as no surprise that I was very excited to get a hold of this one. I took the growler and poured straight out of the fridge into pint glasses of various sizes.

Appearance - Poured a completely translucent honey colored amber, really quite strikingly clear which was a definite good thing. A good amount of carbonation could be seen screaming up toward the top, letting me know his growler survived the trip very nicely. An average sized two finger high head of white then came over the top and gently settled down into a modest crown without much residual side glass lace.

Smell - The aroma was quite hoppy, but light at the same time. Evidence of some mild wheat lying under the surface were clearly noticeable. Light grapefruit notes, hints of pine and fresh cut grass. Very bright and not at all overly sweet by any stretch.

Taste - The flavor was knock down great for a pale ale. Light, crisp and refreshing it had just about everything going for it that it possibly could. Light citrus flavors really bite when you first take a sip, noticeable grapefruit and lemongrass flavors give way to a nice light wheat or grain like flavor. Great balance here with nothing being terribly strong and the whole thing staying nice and light. Good follow through with the flavor lingering just long enough to give you a good dose of bitter west coast hops before sliding down and drying out the palate. Good long finish.

Mouthfeel - Very nice light bodied pale ale, it was definitely not weak or thin, it was just light enough to be utterly refreshing on this hot day. Really a solid carbonation profile and a great all around level.

Drinkability - This was a great session ale and really defined what a pale ale should be all about. Light, crisp ,and well carbonated body gives way to light but deep flavors that really pop and a good low ABV that really will let you sit down and drink a good deal of.

Overall this was a very solid offering indeed. A nice change from the bigger offerings I have had from them in the past. I would love to be able to have a good deal of this sitting on tap all the time. I could make this my go to summer session ale for sure,. Definitely have to recommend this one, a top notch selection.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/30/06- Via the tap at the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, CA. Taken from notes earlier this year.

Presentation- From the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Amber colored pour. Smaller 1/4 inch head with decent lace sheeting.

Smell- Hoppy, as one would expect. A good dose of grapefruit, maybe some lemon and a wee bit of pine. Caramel malt comes through as well.

Taste- This is a very well rounded APA. Kind of a salty/sweet (if that makes any sense) caramel malted flavor. Hops are big and hit you with force and with grapefruit right in your face. One of the more bitter APA's I have had in quite a while.

Mouthfeel- Lasting bitterness, medium carbonation.

Drinkability- This one was served at around room temp, but probably would have even liked it better if it was on the cooler side at around 40-45. A very good APA that I would like to visit again.

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

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of illidurit
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Russian River for their 4th anniversary.

Pours an apple juice color with a white head and some wispy lacing. Aroma is hoppy but it's not really a citrus hoppiness. More piney and sprucey. Flavor is the same, with a little grapefruit rind and a tannic finish. Dry and quenching. Nice little APA here.

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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 Offa
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a light, simple, but excellent pale ale.

Dark gold with hint of pale amber and ever so slightly hazy, it has a pretty rich, barely off-white head steadily shrinking to a thin bu permanent foamy top and leaves so good lace in rings.

The aroma is very much a west-coast APA in overall character, but unusually well-rounded and complex. It first has clear grapefruit but then piney resin, raisiny fruitiness and slight caramelly breadiness.

The taste is similar, but better balanced, light and straightforward but solid, very well-rounded, full-bodied, balanced, with a character that holds up extreemely well. It has definite but light grapefruit, piney resin, hint of orange zest, caramelly-raisiny malt backbone, all nicely balanced and very well-integrated, complementing each other very nicely. It has light but defintie swetness balanced with bitterness and a crisp, slightly bitter resiny-citrus-zest finish riding raisiny malt sweetness, both elements lingering nicely afterwards. It is highly drinkable and one very well-made beer, an unusually outstanding APA.

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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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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

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

Photo of mjl21
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Did not catch abv when I filled it up at the brewery.

A-Lighter amber color with a nice one finger white head that stays around. Lots of bubbles rise from the bottom.

S-Citrusy, but not over the top. Some pine is also in there. Smells fresh and crisp.

T-Light citrus dominates this one. The pine is also somewhat present. It is remarkably balanced.

M-Has that great smooth Russian River mouthfeel. Somewhat lighter bodied and very dry.

D-Off the charts for drinkability. It goes down easily, is not heavy, and packs a lot of flavor.

This is one of my favorites from RR. I wish it would pop up more at the pub. Probably my favorite pale ale of all time.

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Beer rating: 94.3% out of 100 with 35 ratings
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