Defenestration | Russian River Brewing Company

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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:
346
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Simple, elegant and pure, the brewers at Russian River throw conventional wisdom out the window and opt for genuine, rustic and spice flavor to achieve a near perfect Belgian pale ale.

Pale gold and carrying the classic yeasty haze of authentic versions, the beer's earthy and spicy perfume is delivers a peppery prickle to the nose with wine, hay, grain and gin nuances. Its taste is supple and sweet, raw grain leading along with notions of fresh baking sourdough and lime centered sangria.

With fast fleeting malt sweetness, the middle palate soon hands the focus of taste over to fruit and spice. Apple, lemon, orange, lime, melon, juniper and pear offer a dry acidity that bounces off of the spicy white pepper, cumin, clove, paradise seed, coriander and vanilla balance particularly well. Trending spicy, the finish favors a brisk hop bite with dry hay, lemon pepper and a spicy array of muddled grasses.

Medium dry and light on the palate, the beer's floral and spicy linger flirts with proportions of soap, but hold back slightly. Sprite with bubbly effervescence, the arid finish favors the spice and hops en route to a highly refreshing, digestible and vinously bitter bite with echoes of honeysuckle and sourdough rolling softly along.

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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.

C / AVERAGE

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as a "Hoppy Belgian Blonde" at the brewpub. Review from written notes.

Bright gold with sharp clarity, sheets of white lace around the sides that eventually break into concentric rings as the glass is drained. Long lasting head, and the skim never breaks either, displaying fine retention.

Mellow aroma, some earthy herbal hops, peppery and fruity Belgian yeast strain.

Clean flavor, lightly fruity pear esters, mild malt backbone, lingering hop bitterness that's also a bit mild. A clean an crisp Belgian Pale, easy to session. Hoppy doesn't always equal IPA, in this case the beer seems to be mislabeled here as a Belgian IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Russian River brewpub.

Appearance: Golden in color, clear with a slight haze. Arrives with an inch of pure white froth that leaves thick rings of lace.

Smell: Tons of hop character in the usual Russian River fashion, but with yeasty undertones of banana, ginger and graham cracker. The hop aroma seems to be a mix of noble and Northwestern hops, both floral and citric in character. No noticeable sweetness coming from the malt.

Taste & mouthfeel: Big floral hop notes with a complex backbone of spice, banana and cracker. The malt foundation is simple and dry, light in body, crisp. Drying in the finish, bitter enough to be an American IPA. I'm generally not a fan of this style, but Vinnie shows his talent for hoppy beers once again here. The yeast provides plenty of interesting fruit and spice flavor without overwhelming the hops, while the bone-dry malt base allows the hops to shine through in all their complexity. Beautifully done and incredibly drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler courtesy of daysinthewake. Served in a Russian River "TION" goblet.

Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a two-finger white head and some spotty lacing on the way down, along with a thin collar throughout. The nose carries a bit of Belgian yeast and hops. Contrary to many Belgian IPAs, it seems more like this has Belgian hops in it. Based on my limited experience, it seems close to Styrian Goldings, though I could be way off. Hops don't quite complement the yeast as much as I'd like. Medium body with good carbonation. Decent, but not Russian River caliber.

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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle, dated 7-22-16, almost clear pale yellow under a 3/4" white head which fades to the rim and leaves some spots. Aroma is yeasty, with peppercorn and coriander spices, hay/grass, floral, lemony citrus. Flavor is mildly biscuit yeast and spices. Finishes dry. Refreshing and easy drinking on a warm autumn evening.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy straw color with white head. Aroma has really nice stonefruit yeast esters. Taste starts with grass, a bit of lime, melon, really estery but somehow clean and fresh. Light body with high effervescence but also feels quite soft on the palate. This is a great, easy drinking belgian style ale.

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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Tim.

A: The pour is a very clear golden straw color with a nice big white head and plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Quite the nose on this beer. Fruity and yeasty with plenty of citrus hops, giving a nice grapefruit note. A bit of weed and some regular grass, too. A little bit of unfermented wort smell right at the beginning, too.

T: More bitter than I was expecting, but it's welcomed. Grass, pine, and grapefruit peel seem an appropriate summary of the hop flavors that are present. A mild yeast driven fruitiness and spice. A solid bread base.

M: Medium in body with a surprisingly lively carbonation from the growler.

O: Not usually a big Belgian IPA fan, but this was much more IPA than it was Belgian. A great example of the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is golden hued and mostly clear, with only a slight haze. The white head displays lasting retention and leaves some decent lacing in its wake. The aroma brings yeast, malt, hops, spice. Decent flavor, with everything in the aroma balanced equitably. The beer is slightly sweet, and could stand more hop flavor and bitterness. Coriander comes through quite a bit. Not as dry as I would like. Overall, a decent brew, but not the customary excellence one comes to expect from Russian River.

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