Russian River Brewing Company

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #33
Ranked #32,199
3.74 | pDev: 12.3%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 120 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by portia99:
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3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub, Gaffers pours a golden amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. Really don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light dry citrus, some serial grains and sweet malt. On the palate, the hoppy bitterness is really dialed down, which I guess is to be expected in an english style bitter or pale ale. Otherwise, this beer is very well balanced, though the sweet malt flavor seems to dominate, with just a touch of underlying bitterness. The beer is still not overly sweet or malty, and there is some light, noticeable bitterness in the fairly dry finish. Mouthfeel is fairly lihgt, and drinkability is quite good. The alcohol is completely unnoticeable in this beer.

This would be a good beer for an afternoon of uncritical beer swilling with the guys while watching a ball game I suppose. The relatively low alcohol is an obvious bonus with this beer. Still, while a solid beer, this one just seems kind of out of place at the brewpub. I guess it would be a good alternative for those who find beers like blind pig, elder, the IPA and even the current pale ale a bit over the top in the hops department (and who also doesn't care for sours and belgian style beers), but if that's the case, why even bother to drop in at the brewpub to begin with? Can't really imagine ever ordering this one again...

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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 drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a half pint of this at the brewpub, never had it and I was interested in trying their more American style ales, as well as all their sours. This one was pretty good.

Beer is amber to orange with a nice white head of small and medium bubbles held up by some carbonation. Head manages to leaves some lacing on the glass.

Beer has sort of a weak aroma but its mildly hoppy and has some biscuity notes as well.

Medium body and creamy in the mouthfeel. Its nice and ultimately finishes with minimal bitterness and a nice semi-dry feel. The hops give the midpalate this earthiness that is nice with a little citrus brightness. Really drinkable, overall a nice bitter.

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of GarrettB
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

July 27th, 2015 - Beer three on the Russian River taster list is Gaffer's Bitter. The aroma has a light stoney quality, like a Grisette. But the body is substantial. A light nuttiness plays well with the caramel note, and a delicious toastiness. The toast flavor surges and coasts all the way through to the aftertaste, inviting an enjoyable moment to savor the taste well after each sip.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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 largadeer
4/5  rDev +7%
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 HopHead84
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap for O'Brien's TION weekend.

A: Bright golden orange with an impressive foamy white head.

S: Restrained caramel notes blend with bread and biscuit. I get a little apple.

T: Lots of biscuit with a little bread and a low bitterness. There's a touch of caramel and a very light apple-like fruitiness.

M: Upper light body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A pretty nice bitter.

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler provided by BrewbakerE, thanks Evan,

A: Pours amber with a fizzy, soft white head leaving some lace.

S: English malt, relatively light.

T: Definite caramel, Maris Otter type flavours. Similar to London Pride at times, easy hopping, quite drinkable.

M: Smooth, easy on the palate, nice carbonation, light-bodied.

D: This is classic pub ale. Weird to see this style out of Russian River, which is known for pushing the envelope, but it shows they can do the classics well too.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Offa
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good, balanced and easy0drinking ale, but not one of the best at Russian River.

Dark gold/pale amber, it has a smallish off-white head lasting as a thin foamy tip with a little bit of lace.

Aroma is very light with little detectable and mostly on the malty side, rather grainy-fruity ale.

Taste is more hoppy with light, spicey-citrusy hops just dominating a lightly malty body of faint toasty grain and very fain fruitiness. Overall, it is rather balanced, with light bitterness just barely and only briefly dominating the finish but not lingering. It's pretty easy to drink, balanced, and pleasant, but rather uninteresting. It's a lot like a completely toned-down Pliny in every respect, and less interesting to boot. For the other Russian River beers in the ame ABV area, I always choose Aud Blonde or Dead Leaf Green, two of my favourites here after Pliny or Damnation.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mjl21
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River. Poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 5.27% and 28 IBUs.

A-Pours a clear orangish amber. It has a one finger off white head that results in some nice lacing. It is well carbonated and results in a constant flow of bubbles rising from the bottom.

S-A nice subtle nose. It is a pleasant combination of earthy hops and biscuity malt aromas.

T-It has touches of sweet malt miixed with some biscuit flavor. The hops are a nice mix of earthy hops and citrus flavor.

M-Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D-A really good lower abv beer.

I really enjoyed this one. It is a nice change of pace from their hop bombs and sours.

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Gaffers from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 120 ratings