Defenestration | Russian River Brewing Company

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88
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343 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rkuhnel on 09-25-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
343
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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2/5  rDev -49%

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2/5  rDev -49%

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2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nothing bad but nothing great.

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2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-draught @ the brewpub. Regrettably brief notes below:

APPEARANCE: White cap and a pale copper body colour of poor vibrance. Head retention is sub-3 minutes.

AROMA: Assertively hopped for a blonde, with floral and fruity character. Low aromatic intensity.

TASTE: Pale malts. Floral hop character. Balanced, but rather simple. There's just not much flavour here. Rather shallow.

TEXTURE: Slightly oily. Smooth, wet, coating, highly carbonated. Not all that soft.

OVERALL: Drinkable but forgettable. A rare miss from a fantastic brewery, but not so far off the mark that I'd throw it out a window...

High C (2.99) / AVERAGE

***
2nd impression from a $5.00 pint at the brewery in August 2016:

Belgian influence is obvious, but its bone dry parching mouthfeel drags it down.

Overhopped, with too much unchecked hop bitterness evident. Imbalanced as a result, but many hop fanatics will elight in its aggressive hoppiness.

Crisp, coarse, dry. Hides its 7.25% ABV well.

Drinkable, but not a great expression of a blonde ale, primarily for its (im)balance issues.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's true to style but too light for me

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the source. 7.25%

Pale yellow with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing. The nose is super bubblegum heavy with clove, juice, honey , way too sweet. Palate is similar. Sweet bubblegum. Way too much. Meh. Honey, caramel, toffee, clove, pepper.

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3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer but nothing special here

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3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.28/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the taproom in Santa Rosa. I had a flight, and a pizza.

A: Pale golden to rusty, nice lacing in the teeny tiny glass it came in.

S: Really special. The nose has much more in common with a torrantes than with the average beer. Very floral, citrus notes, a little grass, very pronounced acid profile on the nose, almost like sniffing a very mild cider vinegar.

T: Here is my gripe. It tastes like NyQuil. No other way around it. GRANTED I had murdered two pints of Blind Pig already, and the rest of the flight, and a few slices of pizza. This was introduced to me as a new offering, and as such I saved it for last. As soon as it hit my palate I thought of NyQuil.
Oddly enough, NOT so with the other -ation brews I tried. I don't know if what I tasted was a characteristic of Brettanomyces or not, but the "bugs" in the rest of their beers certainly didn't bother me the same way this one did.

M: Crisp on the front of the palate, smooth on the back, very well executed.

O: I would love to give this one another try. Its a pretty beer, an aromatic beer, certainly a beer worth talking about. But that night, the beer I tried really rubbed me the wrong way.

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3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Defenestration from Russian River Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 343 ratings.
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