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

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BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
222 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
Ranking:
#12,012
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
222
pDev:
10.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
17
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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of Bingee
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dar482
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%

The aroma offers floral, grapefruit, grass, towards Centennial.

The flavor follows with lots of green grass, slight spice, dry pine on the back. There's some light malt with a touch of sweetness.

A well made American hopped session IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i loved this session ale, pure blonde nice and clear and with a great and dynamic yeast character from champagne fruitiness to saison funk, and an impressively dry finish. there also seems to be some wine grapes in it, it has a really bursting fruit flavor in the middle with a bit of sweetness, but im not sure there are grapes in here at all. its the subconscious. i have never picked wine grapes, but almost find myself in a field doing just that on a hot late summer day when i drink this beer. it makes me refreshed when i dont even need refreshing. the low alcohol and the intense flavors really make it come alive, and all this carbonation helps it be even more of a quencher. i would love to know more about the specifics of this beer, as it is unlike any other i have had. great great stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of craft_shannie
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

hoppy, delightful, refreshing.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally getting to a review! Bottled 8/17/2015 drank 9/9/2015

I've had this a few times on draft at the pub and always felt it to be a very well made and easy drinking beer. Nothing more, nothing less...

In this fresh bottle, I'm freaking moved now to write a review.

This is the best hoppy beer under 5% I've ever had, hands down, wholly F n' Shite. Lighter tropical fruits, pineapple, fresh cut grass and pine. Signature classic RRBC finish.

The mouthfeel is the star of the show. Too many hoppy pales or session IPAs these days have so little body to back it up and are too thin & watery. This holds it's own with the 6%ers while staying super clean, crisp and dry.

This is a borderline perfect hoppy beer under 5% if not THE perfect beer of its class. I'm arguably more impressed with this beer (or bottled batch of this beer) for the style than Pliny. I like this bottle over Blind Pig & Row 2 / Hill 56. They've dialed this recipe in. One of my very rare perfect 5's and well deserved.

Beer at this ABV doesn't get better.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

It Takes A Lot Of Great Beer To Make Great Wine from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 222 ratings