Lap Dance | Russian River Brewing Company

7 Ratings

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 04-02-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of MiScusi
4.67/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Russian River pub. Pours the color I love in a Pale Ale or IPA- a nice deep amber/light brown. The smell is clean piney hops. You would think this is an IPA by the smell. The IBU's of this current batch was 30, much less than I thought from the taste. You get lots of piney hops that finish pretty dry, but also pretty bitter. It's very drinkable because the taste is so clean. The mouthfeel really stands out because it's carbonated enough to keep that pine lively and doesn't get dull at all.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived as a light amber with minimal head. There's almost no lace.

The smell has lots of malt flavor with some hop content poking through. The taste is similar. Hops linger through the taste and get more assertive in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light. Drinkability is good, but the flavors here are not that enticing.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

06/03/06- Had on tap at the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- From the tap into a pint glass.

Appearance- Deeper golden in color. Smaller 1/4 white head if that. Leaves very light lace tracks.

Smell- A bit nutty, a bit grainy and a bit hoppy. Nothing that really jumps out and grabs onto your nose hairs though.

Taste- Pils like grainy flavor mixed with a light toasted malt. A bit light bready and nutty. Really really light on the hops. I was expecting something like a SNPA, but got something missing the hops...they are there, but really light in the "punch" dept.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation, maybe a bit higher than normal.

Drinkability- Not really impressed with this output from RR. Drinkable, but not really a bunch or flavor.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I saw this on the board at the pub I figured it was some sort of joke (considering today is April 1st) but no, if you order a "Lap Dance" the bartender brings you a nice glass of beer.

The beer is a medium golden brown with a clean white head. The head dies off after a bit but leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

The nose is surprisingly light even by APA standards (by RRBC standards it's practically non-existent!) There's a mild roasted grain note and a surprisingly subdued nose of dry hops.

The flavor is even more surprising as the grain is more present than the hops. There's a clear toasted grain flavor and while there's a good amount of bitterness there's surprisingly little hop flavor. This was my first beer of the day so I know I haven't been "Lupulin Threshold Shifted" but the hop flavors are so dialed back they're practically nonexistent.

Mouthfeel is good - right out of the APA playbook with a light body, enough carbonation to clear the palate and a pleasantly bitter finish. No oily or sweet components to this beer - it's as dry as a bone.

All in all an okay beer but it's hard to consider this in relation to all the hop-tastic brews at Russian River. Frankly if you're looking for a lower ABV session beer the Aud Blonde has a lot more character (and at 4.5% even less alcohol) I'll have to come back and revisit this beer in the hopes that it's a work in progress (and not some cruel April Fool's Joke)

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Lap Dance from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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