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

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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 WesM63
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of stealth
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Andrew_T
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6oz half pint pour
Enjoyed this at the brew pub in Santa Rosa, CA on 9/5/12

A: Pours a crystal clear, golden color. There is some sticky white laced head. Seems to be good carbonation.

S: Much like the appearance, it's very BMC like. I get lots of grassy and grainy smells. Also, some euro hop aromas and biscuit like malt.

T: Taste really does follow that nose. It's very lager like. Grassy smelling. Light Euro hops and biscuit like light malts. Session beer for sure.

M: It's a summer brew. Light and easy drinking

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/30/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head IPA glass

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a lovely, slightly hazy hue of pale straw with some nice highlights of light orange. A very thick, tight bubbled, pure white, 3 fingers tall head forms. The head has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing along the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Aroma: (3.75)
A lot more of a subtle, nuanced aroma than I would anticipate from Russian River; Upfront there is some soft hop character; mostly very light citrus and some floral and herbal qualities. Right alongside the hops is an equally gentle saison yeast phenols; extremely faint pear, banana and a subtle white pepper spiciness. A very low profile bready maltiness rounds out this very low key aroma.

Taste: (3.75)
Right away your greeted by a quick burst of very floral, citrusy hop character; definitely very modest in nature. Behind hops is some of that spicy Saison yeast that is found in the nose; banana, clove and white pepper. The beer finishes very dry and clean with notes of bitter orange peel, floral hoppiness, clove, pepper and a distinct breadiness. Very crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: (4.25)
Light bodied, but still somewhat robust in scope, with moderate, steady carbonation.

Overall: (4)
Russian River's version of a crisp, refreshing and low profile session ale made specifically for wine makers. What comes out it is a delightfully drinkable, low key ale. This beer really reminds me of Anchor Steam, but the Saison yeast really adds a new dimension to this 'old school' minded craft beer. I was hoping for some more hop character, but that's obviously wasn't the intention for this beer. I would gladly buy six packs of this beer!

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of largadeer
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale blond hue, clear initially but cloudier in subsequent pours. The head doesn't show a ton of retention or lacing.

Great bready pale malt aroma with some yeastiness beneath it. White pepper, bread dough, herbal hops - really quite nice.

The palate exceeds the aroma and is surprisingly delicious. A great sweet pale malt foundation with some spicy overtones, grassy and herbal hops, a bit of peppery bite. Very mild bitterness. This is a beer you really need to enjoy a large pour of to truly appreciate, I think. It's very clean, balanced and sessionable.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a clear golden-orange with a thin finger of white head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - The aroma is mix of corn, grain, light malt, and a touch of yeast. There is just a hint of earthy hop.

T - Starts out with some light citrus with some grain and corn. Through the middle, some malt comes through with some yeast esters and a bit of bread. The finish is a mix bread, grain, light citrus, and a touch of earthy hop.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and very crisp and refreshing.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice session ale. It is fairly light bodied but does not feel overly empty or watery.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of spdyfire83
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

101st Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Thanks to Bardwashrind for sharing this treat at our Black Damnation horizontal tasting. This was a nice break in the dark stout action. My palate cleanser while drinking Black Damnation V - Double Black, if memory serves correct.

A: Bright, sunshine yellow. 2+ (foamy white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Brilliant bouquet of hops, citrus, and light crystal malt. Smells like a field almost - can't decide if it is in a good or bad way though.

T: Very light, crisp, and refreshing. Soft biscuit with mild sweetness (maybe honey). Balanced hop and malt profile that goes well together.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Drinks very clean. Quite refreshing. Great palate cleanser and I can understand the wonderful title. Can't say I am inclined to start making wine, but this could inspire me. Just an all-around good beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Poured straw yellow had a little bit of a head that left behind some spotty lacing.

S= Some pale malts, Mainly "Earthy" scents like wheat grains. Really had a clean crisp scent to it.

T= Much like the nose it was really clean and crisp really a light beer. A really good beer that you could enjoy on a hot summer day.

M= Good Carbonation, Light in body.

O= Overall, It is what it is a really nice clean and crisp APA this would be a perfect summer beer and you could really have a lot of these and get away with it because it's not that strong. Glad I got to try this one from a great brewery.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

Pours a layer of white head. Leaves some rings. Color is a yellow gold.

Aroma: kind of fruity. Orange and lemon. Piney hops. Very fresh and earthy. Grassy.

Taste: a lot of lemon zest and bready malts. Grassy with a bit of pine and citrus. More malts than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, it's good, but nothing like the other RR ipas. Decent, but not pte, pty, or bp. It's not an apa, but I guess I expected more from RR.

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by whiterascal, poured into a tulip. Brewed in celebration of the Sonoma wineries and the tradition of serving the vineyard workers ale with their lunches.

Pale, perfectly clear buttercup gold. A wispy, airy and very short-lived head of white pops away to nothing. Thin, delicate — looks like a lager.

It also smells like a lager. Sweet baking bread, a touch of sourdough and zesty, floral hops. Some interesting sweetness is in there as well — marzipan? Ginger?

The flavor leads with spicy, floral Czech or German hops. Crackers, touch of biscuits. Some grainy bitterness sweeps in at the finish. Very clean, very light.

Weird in the mouth — kind of dead, watery. Flashes of peppery carbonation in the light to medium-light body. Insubstantial.

Pretty much every reference to the beer’s style I’ve found refers to the beer as an American pale style, but my mouth found this sitting firmly in the lager camp. Even as a lager, ITALOGBTMGW isn’t impressive. It’s a decently drinkable lager, but it’s also very boring, and doesn’t live up to the excitement a Russian River bottle produces.

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It Takes A Lot Of Great Beer To Make Great Wine from Russian River Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 220 ratings.
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