It Takes A Lot Of Great Beer To Make Great Wine | Russian River Brewing Company

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220 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
There is an old familiar saying in the wine business: "It takes a lot of great beer to make great wine!" Winemakers, cellar workers, and grape pickers alike rarely (if ever) reach for a nice big glass of red wine in the middle of harvest. Wine is quite delicious, but not very refreshing on a hot summer day. The beverage of choice during harvest is BEER! Ice-cold, refreshing, and thirst-quenching BEER! The beer in this bottle is a toast to our winemaking friends who work around the clock during harvest to make world-class wine right here in our own back yard! Cheers!

Brewed with a blend of California ale yeast and saison yeast.

Added by hobojon on 08-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
220
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Joeperl47
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaximus
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Coldstorage
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2 month old 500ml bottle found in the back of the fridge, poured into 500ml Pliny glass.

L: A little cloudy. Bright yellow. Pours a thick three finger head. Highly effervescent with small champagne bubbles rising through the entire session.
S: Sweet fruit aromas with mild caramel notes and a bit of lemon zest
T: A clean tropical hop burst of flavor with a snappy and quick bitter finish.
F: Medium to light bodied and very clean.
O: Another home run from Russian River.

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Photo of Redgoatman
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hendrick24
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beernoobie
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GRFounder
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Highbury09
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank in an ale glass ar 3 months old. L: Pours hazy amvber crowned by a 2” white foam collar.
S: Resin, grapefruit, floral.
T: Rich and fruity with melon, orange and citrus notes over light malt, graham cracker, and a dry finish with a bitter hop accent.
F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A full flavored, sessionable American Pale Ale.

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrisjws
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stillyman11
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like a saison, and I really like saisons. Well done.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rizzy17
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bingee
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amazing color and melon nose. Citrus and piney flavors. Bitter hops lingered longer than I would like. But I will try it fresher next year.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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