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Gaffers | Russian River Brewing Company

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23 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mjl21 on 05-03-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
96
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
27.59%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 96
Reviews by Estocker:
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4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Could drink this for hours... and I did!

Smells of grassy, and piny american hops, some citrusy notes as well.

Tastes like a hoppy pale ale with some english undertones. There is a nice biscuity malt to help it go down smooth.

The mouthfeel is Russian River, smooth and bitter with no bite. This is exactly what I would expect from the brewer of Blind Pig and the Plinys, a fantastically hopped low ABV beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SanFranJake
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NWer
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap served in a 4oz sampler

A - Clear amber with 1.5 white head with excellence retention and good lacing.

S - Weird nose, I smell malt, herbal hops and PIZZA. I kid you not.

T - Pretty mild with very little bitterness. It is pretty spicy with coriander and sweet malt and a nice dry finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty decent Bitter.

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Photo of Shane_Gr
1.92/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No flavor to it. 2015 with boys

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Photo of joe_sf
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange colour with Lots of lace. Minerally, Saaz here? Good bitterness,earthy, and good balance. good drinkability.Citrus in secondary in taste, and mildly in aroma. Good drinkability, a step up from a normal Bitish bitter. Suitable carbonation,served at the right temperature.

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Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at RR

Pour was a light orange and amber with a light white head and lighter retention.

Lots of hops mainly, tons of citrus and floral. Light malt and spice.

Bitter? More like hoppy as hell pale ale. Light English influence with the floral bright hoppy flavor and light malt body. Big citrus and light hop bitterness carried this.

Light body, a bit thin, mild carbonation.

Did not get much English out of this but this was very drinkable and very refreshing.

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Photo of Highbury09
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Barracudas
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Russian River Brewery on my birthday.

Appearance- golden color, thin head

Smell- citrus hops

Taste- interesting flavor, clean, bitter, citrus

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I enjoyed it. Good job by Russian River

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at RRBC, and later from a growler. It's a clear copper colored ale with a small white head topping the pint. The nose is biscuity, a bit mineral/metallic with some earthy/leafy hoppiness. The taste follows suit, quite bready but equally hoppy, exhibiting firm earthy hop flavor and bitterness, a bit of orange peel perhaps. Clean yeast profile, it lacks true English character though it tastes like English malts and hops were used. Finishes dry and bitter, ultimately very clean. An enjoyable beer, but not a true English bitter.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving a layer of bubbles on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of cracker and pale malts are present in the smell along with hints of citrusy and floral hops.
T: The taste follows the smell—light to moderate flavors of cracker of pale malts are present along with a slight amount of bitterness from the blend of hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. This would be a good choice for someone who isn't a hophead.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Sixofsigmas
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ystazi
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bstyle
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of yokken
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of scottiethebody
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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