Registration Ale
Russian River Brewing Company

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American IPA
4.55 | pDev: 5.71%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.02/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From (old) notes. Big thanks to Alex for the share.

A - It pours a golden hue with tinges of orange, slightly hazy, and capped with about an inch of white froth. Retention and lace are moderate.

S - I am getting a well-rounded hop bouquet here; some juicy notes of tropical-citrus, some woody-piney greenness as well as some dank, resiny, cannabis notes. The malt contributes a very nice subtle sugar cookie sweetness, but is otherwise not very apparent.

T - The flavor is more herbal, mineral and spicy than the nose suggests. The citrus is far less nuanced, lending only flavors of zesty pith and not delivering on the expansive juiciness found in the nose. There is a bit of a spicy wood note from the malt which is less successful, but overall the malt is still very nice, light, and crisp. This tastes like a good IPA, but no better than, say, SN Torpedo or Two-Hearted.

M - IPA. Good.

D - Pretty good, not amazing though.

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Photo of victory4me
4.82/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Served into a nonic pint at TJ's in Paoli.

Pours darker than your typical CA IPA, but beautiful with a ton of lacing. A sight to behold, even though I prefer a more pale IPA.

Smells like someone squeezed a hop into my face. Pungent grapefruit, spicy, piny, citrus...

Taste floors me. The piny/grapefruit almost knocks me over. No off flavors, malts are noticable, but perfectly placed. This is the best IPA I've ever had. Undoubtedly better than Blind Pig.

Mouthfeel is very spicy and slightly cloying. I love a spicy IPA that almost burns your tongue. Very comparable to ultra fresh Maharaja, but still a bit cloying and sticky.

I could drink a couple of these, it's just too damn tasty to only have one. Despite the 7.5 ABV, it feels stronger and not something I could kick back all night, but I could drink a few.

A tremendous beer. I pulled these notes after having my first taste of Younger last night and if my memory serves me right, I am of the belief that Registration was superior.

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Photo of orangesol
4.57/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Served on-tap at TJ's scraps event into a nonic pint.

A - Pours light orange, with good clarity, with a strong one finger head leaving minimal lacing down the glass. Quite the unassuming pour.

S - The nose is just awesome. Bright pine and citrus hops dominate the nose and are ever present. The pungency and bitterness of the nose reminds me most of blind pig. As it warms up, the floral character of the hops just continues to grow and grow. Not as floral as elder but the nose is still a great expression of hops.

T - Starts out with a big, spicy, piney, citrusy hop bite. The strong citrus hops never really leave this one. Some sweetness in the middle from the malt but not as overpowering as some DIPA's. Finish has a touch of alcohol with a light, lingering, hop bitterness. Not as good as either of the pliny's or maybe even blind pig but still one of the best IPA's I have had in quite some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter but not to the point of being overpowering. Very nice feel.

D - One of the best. I had two because it was just so good. I have had almost all of the russian river IPA's on the market right now and this was one of the best I have had. I still like younger more but this is strongly in that second group.

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4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured from a freshly tapped keg. Served in a pint glass for $7.

A: Served with a finger and a half of foamy head, not quite white, sudsy, with medium retention. The body is perfectly clear and pale peachy-orange in color with the faintest copper tint. Lacing lays down in sporadic torn-sheet patterns.

S: The citrus and tropical fruit character on the nose is tremendous. Tangerine dominates, followed by orange cream, mango and peach. Pale bready malts are present but nowhere near prominent.

T: The flavor is identical to the nose, only marginally less impressive. Incredibly juicy, fruity and rivaled [almost] only by other Russian River DIPAs. When considering the higher alcohol content of PtE and the much higher content of PtY, the flavor of Registration Ale is extremely impressive. The ABV is condensed here, yet the aromas and flavors aren't compromised at all.

M: The mouthfeel is spectacular. Tongue-surfing bubbles ride a fine fizzy wave providing just enough bite to keep things lively and inspired. The mouthfeel is complete and substantial, grabbing your attention immediately and holding on until you can no longer resist another sip. Medium body, happily bitter and appropriately so since the sweetness ultimately reigns supreme. Bitter and dry on the finish, yet the flavor enndures throughout.

D: This is like juice for the hop head. All aroma and flavor components are huge and identifiable. Truly an amazing beer.

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Photo of craytonic
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from a very generous trader; from notes:

Appearance: Nice clear straw-amber pour, decent head and lacing

Smell & taste: Fresh citrus, pineapple and grapefruit hops, just a notch below blind pig and Pliny the Younger.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy

Drinkability: Shines in this regard, a bit more drinkable than PtY. That said, I'd place this one right behind the two Plinys and Blind Pig. Funny how that still is above most IPAs in the country. Certainly something that should be brewed again. I have no clue how vinnie makes the hops pop, so fresh!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this hand bottle.

The beer pours a standard yellow color with a white head. The aroma is awesome. I get notes of mango, pineapple and pine. This is what an IPA is supposed to smell like. The flavor is just as good. I get a lot of pineapple, orange and mangos, with some piney hops mixed in. The beer is fairly bitter but is not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An awesome beer.

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Photo of koopa
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler received today in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours goldfish orange with a bit of haze and a 1 finger white crown that shows little retention but moderate lacing.

Smell: Lots of grapefruit, tangelo orange, pineapple, pine resin (quite like pliny the elder only more herbal) with a hint of toffee malt.

Taste: Same as nose but with an enjoyable hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation but still comes off quite crisp.

Drinkability: All day!

This is one awesome brew that I hope Vinnie continues to make!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alex for this; what an absolutely amazing surprise.

A: Pours a slightly caramelized golden color with a nice white head and good lacing.

S: Quite a few hops packed in here with some nice citrus rind notes.

T: Note nearly as intense as the nose and with a bit more sweetness, although much of the sweetness seems to be perceived based on some of the fruity flavors imparted by the hops.

M: Nice amount of bitterness on a medium body. Good hop flavor to bitterness balance.

D: Very tasty all around. Never thought I'd get to try this unless it was made again. Thanks again, Alex.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ut oh! Did Matt drive to Philly to buy a 5$ pint of beer? Pretty much. That's right I'm pathetic but I (again) have shut down the top 10 IPAs with this beer. Drank at Resurrection Ale House in Philly, two 12 ounce drafts.

Beer served in a really narrow tulip both times. Beer is yellow and moderately carbonated. Forms a thin head of white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Beer is kind of hazy. Looks good.

Aroma is fruity but primarily piny. Smell is reasonable.

Beer is quite bitter, strongly so. Quite chewy and resiny. Medium bodied, not very sweet and not too dry. Overall a great IPA. Glad I got it. My wife commented, "You are giddy now"...not everyday something works out the way you hoped. The hop flavors on the midpalate are mostly earthy and piny. Not a lot of citrus going on here. Its pretty similar to Pliny the Elder but less malty and lighter overall. A very good beer, it was a privilege to drink it.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was on tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Olde City. Poured into a 12oz. goblet. Had a golden/orange color with about one finger of an off white head, slight lacing throughout. Aroma was of tropical fruits, grapefruit stood out for me, with some orange and tangerine. The taste and mouthfeel were very smooth with slight carbonation and a little bitterness on the end.

This was a very good beer, you would never know that it clocked in at 7.5% ABV, that's how smooth and drinkable it was. I had two...

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Photo of berpwillie
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

had on tap at TND's this past weekend. pours a transparent copper yellow color with spare head that recedes quick. spare lacing as well with soft to flat carbonation. super strong fruity citrus smell that all but takes your breath away. probably the best smelling beer i've ever had to this point. smell pulls through in the flavor with some grass piney hints. light body, thin texture, and long flavor duration. slightly bitter in the finish but not much. probably the most refreshing beer i've ever had. very complex.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Registration was served up looking very much like any other fine RR IPA. Deep golden with a bright white and sticky head that left appropriately sticky lace as I drained the glass. The aroma is like crack to my hop head soul with tons of grapefruit, orange, pine, pineapple and tropical hop aromas. I really tried hard to smell some malt in there, gut the full on hop assault made it nearly impossible to pick up anything but a slight whiff of biscuity malt sweetness. The flavor was a little bit different than the aroma in that it seemed much more piney and tropical. Don't get me wrong, there was grapefruit and other citrus in there as well, but this definitely seemed to have a little bit different mojo than a Blind Pig or Elder. Also, these hops were dank as hell. Has Vinnie started to dry hop with medical herbs? They are just so resiny and lend to a super long and bitter finish that begs for another sip. Oh yeah, there is also some malt in this beer, though it really is just there to hold up the hops. It does its job and lends a sort of candied flavor to the different hop contributions. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is a bit sticky in the finish, but what would you expect from a beer like this? Dangerously drinkable without even a hint of the 7.5 ABV. Not quite living up to Pliny standards, but this is one DAMN good IPA that lives up to the hype. Hopefully Vinnie brews this one again.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Local 44, The Iron Abbey, Teresa's Next Door, Hulmeville Inn and one other spot I cant remember.

Registration looks bright yellow with some small gold spots interweaved, From every pour there was a nice amount of bold white cramy foam that left some squiggly line patterns down the glass. It's bright and delicious looking beer.

Smell consists of grapefruit mango and just whiffs of the tropics. A small amount of pine and under that a smaller amount of sweet malt, small bisquit quality. Pungent and pleasant.

West coast hop juice blended with a ton of grapefruit, mango, oranges, and tangerines. I get alot of tangerine quality with just some pine and malt. Hop forward, lightly malted, and delicious. Less piney than pliny and the pig, citrus bursts.

This goes down real easy while the body is above light, nearing medium. A whole lot of carb but not bitey. Just enough hop oils, not muddled. A very clean IPA here, it does not kill the mouth. A few glasses won't destroy your palate. In one word, refreshing. Finishes a bit dry with enough malt to keep things in check.

It's 7.5% so a few will do, insanely drinkable and tasty. I could not get enough of this stuff. Another winner from the west.

Best keg in the city (from my choices.)

1. Hulmeville Inn
2. Local 44
3. The Iron Abbey
4. Teresa's Next Door

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Hulmeville Inn.
Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slight hazy golden-auburn color. A decent string of lacing around the edge of the glass.

Smell has some amazing hop aroma's. With a nice zesty lemon and tropical fruit that mixes with a nice crisp cracker maltiness.

Taste to me is more of a fruity IPA than a heavy hoppy IPA. Starts off with alot of tropical fruits, pineapple,mango. The bitter hops do make it's way through on tha palate just to let you know they are there.

Mouth more of lighter bodied brew with a nice mouth watering fruitiness. Decent bitter hops linger on the palate for a while.

I don't know how Russian River does it but it seems the higher the alcohol the easier drinking it becomes.

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Photo of bwd110
4.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Hulmeville Inn 7/18/10

For whatever reason, I've been missing this beer by hours at each bar since PBW... Had several glasses today, however.

A: Looks like a pretty standard ipa,... Nice golden straw color. Bright white head that dissipated very quickly. Mild lacing down the glass.

S: Big nose. Major hop pungency... Grapefruit, orange and pine notes. Smells like the bastard child of Blind Pig and PTE.

T: Very decent ipa. Not sure if it is better than Blind Pig. Certainly not in the same league as PTE... but damn good! I'm getting more of the piney hops than most. But for sure it is a tongue smacker!

M: Light/medium body, nice slick hop oil presence. Good amount of carbonation.

D: Great. This if the type of beer you latch onto and drink all day.

Glad to have tried this one, but hype aside, it's certainly not one of those beers you have to try before you die.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz pint glass at Teresa's.

Well, I wanted to write this off as being overly hyped by the PA crew, but damn this was good; I enjoyed this much more than the fresh Blind Pig I had last week. Appearance is the weakest part of the beer, a clear rich golden color with an almost non existent white head that leaves minimal amounts lacing. Aroma is a phenomenal punch of grapefruit and citric hops, slightly floral and a touch of caramel malt. The flavor is similar to Blind Pig but much sweeter and grapefruit dominant. Body is medium thick and soft with mild carbonation and a longbkasting bitter citric finish. Ugh, I hate adding to the hype on this, but damn these two glasses were good.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint of this beer while having dinner with the wife at Teresa's Next Door.

Appearance: The beer is a clear, bright amber color. There wasn't any real head on the beer, my guess is it was poured and then left at the bar for the waitress to bring to the table. There's a thin ring around the beer where it touches the sides of the glass. Lacing is decent, there's some sticky rings clinging to the glass where the beer comes to settle.

Smell: Despite our dinners and the relative proximity of everybody else's food, the hops from this one jumped right out at me. I have to say that this IPA has the most pronounced nose that I have ever come across. Heavy on the grapefruit and citrus, just how I like it.

Taste: An explosion of ripe grapefruit with a bitter, clean finish and just a hint of booze. The hops hit you hard and fast, and then fade away just as quickly. It really leaves you wanting to take another sip. Phenomenal.

Mouthfeel: Well, I guess if I had to gripe, I could say the carbonation was a bit lacking...but again, I think it has more to do with it being poured and left on the bar for a few minutes.

Drinkability: This is a fantastic IPA, and dare I say one of the best beers I've had in recent memory. The hops are huge and in your face, there's not much malt mucking anything up, and there's just the right hint of booziness to remind you that you are drinking a big beer. I really wanted another pint, but unfortunately I had to drive. Absolutely recommend!

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Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at TND...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white head that slowly fades out into a gentle collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy citrus, pine, caramel, herbs, and vanilla.
Taste is of the aromas...obvious comparison to PTE.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter up front, balance coming...bitter finish.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a good friend for the growler.

Registration Ale is clear and golden in color, not unlike Pliny or Blind Pig, with plentiful carbonation that feeds a small head.

The first whiff reveals a big tangerine and orange hop aroma. Strong citrus meets a light pineapple sweetness, this is very different from Russian River's regular lineup of IPAs.

Surprisingly dry, the fruity sweetness I pick up on the nose isn't as present on the palate, lending only the faintest hint of pineapple. It's more resiny and bitter, though still displaying strong flavors of orange oil and tangerine. Very light bodied with barely perceptible malt and a firm bitter finish. Downright quaffable, this beer is excellent.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Nittanybeerfan for sending me this brew - assumed I'd never get a chance when it popped up at Philly beer week while I was in Toronto visiting the parents. Served in a NotLA pint-shaped taster glass.

A - Pours with a half-finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a ring and some haze. Transparent golden body that is accompanied by some spotty lace and a few slow-moving bubbles.

S - Intense juicy citrus mixed some slight pine and some pungent, spicy, earthy hops notes as well. Malt backbone is quite peripheral and is mostly complementary sugar flavors that work well with the ripe oranges implied by the hops.

T - Taste is a little less interesting for me. The malt emerges with a burnt brown sugar and spice flavor that I find slightly off-putting. Reminds me a bit of Boy King, but lighter. Is this the second runnings of Pliny the Younger? In any case, sweet, ripe citrus predominates.

M - Soft texture and medium body, lower but present carbonation (likely due to the serving type), and a nice oily, resinous, residual feel. Could have used a little more dryness.

D - If this was on-tap I could drink a lot of it. I'm really curious if it is replicable, and what relationship it bears to other Russian River IPAs like Hopfather. Perhaps a fresh batch will show up the Toronado for their anniversary (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Alex (Masterski)...thanks dude! Didn't figure is get to try this...Alex always comes through. Boy, did he ever! Poured into Light of the Living Ales tasting glass.

A - Pours golden color with a fingers-worth of white head. There's a slim ring around the glass and some fizz here and there.

S - Huge hoppy/pine, very slight floral, big sweet malty backbone. Very nice meld going on here.

T - Hops and malts, and lots of 'em. Big hops up front and then the sweet malts follow. Pretty straight forward here. Bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied, very smooth, oily finish.

D - I like this IPA, although I'm not so sure I'd consider it outstanding. RR continues to make beers that kill it though and this is a welcome addition to their already stellar lineup. Falls behind Blind Pig and both Elder/Younger.

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Photo of nickd717
4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared thanks to largadeer, who currently resides in BA purgatory, a place I know well. I didn't have much time to enjoy this since I stopped by largadeer and alfrantzell's love nest for a quick tick while my mom and fiancee waited in the car and my little sisters stood there impatiently as I consumed my rather generous ~10oz pour.

The beer pours into the tulip glass an excellent golden color with a well-formed one-finger white head and some decent lacing.

Very nice aroma somewhat different from other Russian River beers, but still very west coast IPA. The hop profile is very fruity, especially grapefruit, with some pine and a little sweet malt and honey.

Very hoppy and tasty on the flavor. Grapefruity with other citrus and some resin. Malts are very restrained, but maybe not as much so as in other Russian River IPAs. Just a little sweetness to balance. I didn't pick up the sweet taste of rarity in this one, believe it or not. I guess my palate was probably shot from being forced to taste wines over much of the weekend.

Medium-bodied with a clean and crisp mouthfeel and hop oils on the palate. Good carbonation level.

Well what do you know, another good IPA from Russian River. Extremely drinkable and up there overall with Elder and Blind Pig. Brew this again, Vinnie!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So thrilled to be able to write this review. Through Incredible generoisty I was able to acquire this masterpiece. Growler served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 07/04/2010!

The pour was a wonderful clear medium amber that was highly carbonated and topped with a wonderful head of white that reached about two inches into the air before settling down into a nice layer of lacing.

Huge aroma, immense and enormously fresh citrus. Just dripping through the air. Hard to really describe it any other way but the pineapple and the grapefruit were so ripe and fresh it was absurd. Chewey, thick, it was a wonderfully tasty IPA that seriously had the crowd cheering. Quick hits of hops, rich, super fresh flavors and well hidden ABV left everyone scratching their heads in amazement of this wonderful beer.

Near perfect I woudl put this up against anything including pliny. Just soo lucky to get to try this.

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Photo of Soonami
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at Local 44 x RR event to close down beer week. The beer poured into a tulip with a little head but a bright and hop hazy golden yellow. The bouquet was full of floral and citrusy west coast hops, the server told us that the hop profile was the same as PtY but obviously scaled down in amount. I have not had Younger yet, but it does have a bit of aroma as well with the juicy mango and pineapple flavors mixed with grapefruit and piney resin. This beer is well attenuated witth good hoppiness that makes it a pleasure to drink many of. I would've been happy having a couple more if not for PtE, Consecration, and Supplication on tap...

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Photo of ryanwspeir
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

orangish copper color with heavy head presence, maybe an inch and a half which reduces nicely to a strongly present lacing that shadows the beer as it lowers down the glass. although there are fruity (grapefruit) piney hops and a sweet, honey-like taste upfront, the beer seemed to be more bitter upfront and then flowed or transitioned into a smooth and fruitier aftertaste that lingered for a while, which is the opposite of most beers like it from my experience. it certainly did not taste like the 9% abv and its smoothness and drinkability could be dangerous if you don't watch yourself!

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Registration Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 53 ratings