Don The Younger
Russian River Brewing Company

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Bitter - English
4.21 | pDev: 9.5%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: The brewer calls this an "American Bitter".
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 38 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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gkunkle from Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes: enjoyed this during the horsebrass anniversary week.

Served a a half pint at the horse brass. Body of the beer was an amber color with a one finger off-white head. Head recedes to a thick film, carbonation is visible in the body. Smell is of citrus hops. I think I detect a bit of pine in there too. In the taste I get some lemon citrus, then a subtle smooth flavor of bready malts. In the finish of the sip I get a bit of a tobacco flavor thy I quite liked. Mouthfeel is medium with a gentle carbonation. When I tasted this I would have pinned it as an IPA, but it's listed here as a bitter. I'm not sure what to call it, but I liked it. Though I never met him, it seems an appropriate tribute to a Titan of craft beer.

Jan 10, 2012
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Belmont Station, Portland, OR

Ohhh, Donnnn...
*Sorry, inside joke.

Anyway, DtY was served in a 12oz. glass, golden brown color, slightly hazy, with a sizable fluff of white head that receded to a comfortable thin layer. Aroma was pretty subdued; gently hoppy. Taste of floral and light citrus hops up front, almost like a mild AIPA, maltier mid-palate, with some lemon pith. Smooth, medium body, sessionable, not overly flavorful, but still a nice drink.

Jan 04, 2012
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zaphodchak from Virginia

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

Had a tiny taste at Belmont Station in Portland, OR. It was all I wanted, since I'm not an IPA lover. That said...

A finger of white head, and a clear blond-gold body.

Fresh hops and citrus in the nose, along with some grapefruit.

Light and crisp, the bitterness is up front and there's some more complex leafiness in the back.

Smooth, with ample texture.

Nice American IPA. Balanced, not crazy, and a clever pun by Russian River in tribute to the father of the Portland brewpub scene.

Dec 31, 2011
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suncrust from Washington

4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super excited I got to try this during a recent trip to Portland. On-tap @ Belmont Station's Biercafe.

Appearance: Pours a very crisp, golden, straw colored yellow. Similar to other Russian River IPAs, the hue is clear and clean with a nice soapy white cap. Excellent head retention and lacing that stuck all the way to the bottom of my Urthel Saisonniere glass.

Smell: Light herby, piney hops. Lots of grassy notes, a little bit of lemon with some citrus undertones. Overall, the aromas were on the fainter side.

Taste: Slight piney hop presence followed by sweeter biscuity malt characters. Notes of citrus and grapefruit mid-palate, finishing dry with a bit of lemon. Fresh, lighter body, with some lingering grass and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin and easy to drink. A very crisp, lighter body creates a refreshing brew.

Pretty refreshing, sort of toned down RR brew that fits the style nicely. Could see this beer easily becoming a staple that every local pub in town has on tap. It would be very easy to drink this one all day....

Dec 30, 2011
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MADhombrewer from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear straw colored. . Big stark, white head 4.5/5

Smell- Piney, piney, piney 4.5/5

Taste- Less piney than the smell. Little bit of sweetness and a funk of some sort at the end. Small lemon flavor to the end as well. Even bitterness to it. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Thinner mouthfeel. Well done. I like my IPAs more to the thinner side. 4.5/5

Overall- Very good beer. When heard they were making it I wasn't sure if I would get a chance to try it. I was pleasantly surprised to see it on tap at Belmont when I came though the door. 4/5

Dec 29, 2011
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station on 12.27.2011.

A - Served a clear pale light yellow with a large cream-colored foamy head. Great retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Very grassy and lemony. That is about it.

T - Piney, grass, citrus, mostly lemons.

D - Lots of carbonation and a very light body.

O - Light and hoppy, refreshing. RIP Don.

Dec 29, 2011
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Mr. Thorpe.

Pours a clear copper with low carbonation; minimal thin white head that fades quickly. Strong tropical hops on the nose with light citrus and trace amounts of malt. Crisp body with a toasted malt body supporting a strong blend of tropical hops and mild herbal hops providing some balancing bitterness. Light, refreshing body with medium carbonation.

Dec 20, 2011
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jdense from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Horse Brass 11.4.11, $5.75 for Imperial Pint.

One finger soapy white head, small bubbles, very slow dissipation with very good lacing, medium gold clear body with multiple streams of rising carbonation. Nose is pretty citrusy for style, some malty sweetness, not a lot of caramel, more on the bready side. Taste is once again pretty hoppy, floral and citrus, bready malts for dryness and just enough tobacco to remind you who this beer was brewed in honor off, a few flecks of American Spirits ash for sure. Mouthfeel just on the light side of medium, good effervescence, fairly dry finish and quite sessionable. The Old Tavern Rat is pleased. Thanks to Vinny for this fitting homage.

Dec 17, 2011
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craytonic from District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thorpe for sharing!

Pour is a clear amber, small white head

Smell: Light hops, touch of malt with some citrus and tropical fruit

Taste: Similar to the aroma, decent hop present with a slight bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, a bi thin

Overall: Great tribute idea, only a decent beer.

Nov 25, 2011
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Thorpe, thanks. Served in a Fantome glass because it was close by.

Amber / copper, clear beer. Light carbonation, thin head, no lacing, low retention. Low carbonation.

Aroma is a little weak, mildly hoppy, a little malt.

Beer is medium in body and a little underwhelming, decent, mildly malty, minimal hops, mildly bitter at the finish, It was fine but not great.

Nov 13, 2011
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mdfb79 from New York

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 11/05/11 notes. Growler shared by Thorpe429; thanks Mike! Poured into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a light golden-orange color with a few bubbles of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tropical fruits, citrus hops, light fruity malts. Some very nice fruit here and smelled super fresh; the highlight of the beer to me.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, light tropical fruits, light floral hops. Very light bitterness here in the taste. Nice, but a small step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, with a slight bitterness in the mouth. Easy to drink, but would have liked a tiny bit mroe carbonation.

o - Overall a really nice beer from Russian River. I thought it seemed a little like a hoppy APA, and really liked the nose. Could definitely have a few of these and would want to.

Nov 08, 2011
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears clear and a light apricot hue. Very little head and virtually no lacing, likely due to the growler format. Fabulous aroma with a big bouquet of fresh hops. Tropical fruits, citrus, and a lingering bitterness in the finish. Highly drinkable. Very little malt presence. Light on the palate. It would be delightful to throw back several pints of this.

Nov 06, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to daysinthewake for sending this growler my way. Served in a Russian River TION goblet.

Pours a clear light peach color with a thin white head that recedes quickly without leaving much lacing. I'm not convinced this is due to the serving format, as the carbonation was perfect. The nose has loads of tropical fruits and a bit of citrus backing it all up. Strong hop nose without any real malt presence. The flavor isn't quite as pungent, but still very nice. Light, thin body with ample carbonation and a moderate bitterness. Semi-dry finish. Really excellent; I'd love more beers like this on the market.

Nov 04, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A little bit hazy, a golden/orange colored beer. Decent white head that faded to a thin ring with some minor lacing.

S - A good hop aroma with some lightly toasted malts. Good tropical fruits, citrus, floral, and slightly herbal notes in this one.

T - Taste is quite crisp and good. Malts are bready and lightly toasted. There is some lemon zest and floral characteristics with a slightly herbal bitterness on the end. Very enjoyable.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, nicely carbonated.

O - An English Bitter I could drink all day. Really nice beer that I would love to have access to regularly. Nicely complex taste for something with this lower ABV.

Oct 31, 2011
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boralyl from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft for Horse Brass Pub's 35th anniversary.

A - Pours a clear golden color with hints of orange. It produces a small white head that leaves some trace lace.

S - The aroma has light citric notes with more spicy/floral hops coming through.

M - Light in body with adequate carbonation.

T - The taste is similar to the nose. There is some breadiness along with citrus and floral hops (the floral being the more dominate). There is also a hint of tobacco near the finish. It has a light-medium bitterness.

Overall it's a very good beer. It went down easy and has a nice hop profile.

Oct 30, 2011
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked a growler up in trade. Poured into Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours a clear golden yellow, thin cap, thin collar, wisps.

S - Citrus, dry hoppy notes, slight malty, some floral notes in there as well. A really nice hoppy/bitter profile on this beer with a nice floral note.

T - Citrus, hoppy/bitter notes, light floral notes, super easy to drink. Again, with such a low ABV, the hoppy notes are really nice and the floral notes.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, clean finish.

O - A really nice hoppy English Bitter that's super easy to drink. Really enjoyed this one and we easily finished the growler. Would def have again if offered up.

Oct 27, 2011
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jethrodium from California

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small white head that sticks around for a while and leaves a lot of small spots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is lots of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine, lemon, a bit of sugar cookie, and some graham cracker. The initial taste has a light grapefruit sweetness, then comes some pine, sugar cookie, and some caramel. The finish is on the dry side with a decent bitterness. Fairly light bodied with medium carbonation. Another great Russian River beer.

Oct 26, 2011
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Heady Topper glass. Thanks to Mike & Sean for acquiring this growler.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a collar and a few wispy patches, leaving behind negligible lacework. The body is a lightly hazed dark orange color.

S - Big American hop aroma - tropical fruits, citrus zest, hint of green onion and chive. The malt character is a mix of biscuit, toffee and a touch of cracker.

T - Taste is again heavy on the American hop flavors - grapefruit zest, some spicy chive, and a fairly bready malt backbone with low sweetness to it. Bitterness is fairly mild.

M - Medium body, smooth texture, soft and pleasant carbonation, and tons of residual hop resins in the finish.

D - I'm not sure I would have guessed this was an "English Bitter", but it's a very solid hoppy offering from Russian River that I can readily recommend. Hope this gets made again periodically - preferably next time I'm in SF.

Oct 24, 2011
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litheum94 from California

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Golden body with a decent white head atop of it. Settles to a slight cover. Leaves some nice lacing.

Ganja hops and some pine. Very floral. Cracker malts.

A good dose of bitterness at first. I actually thought I was given a Pliny in error, but subsequent sips prove me wrong. Tons of floral tones combine with pine hop flavors. Slight minerality. Very dry malts, crackery. Soft bitterness lingers in the mouth.

An awesome bitter, probably the best I've had. A great beer and a great tribute. Cheers to Don.

Oct 16, 2011
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Ynot2 from California

4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a RR -tion glass.

Pours a nice golden to cloudy amber with minimal head. Nice waft of lace across the top and lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink it. 2nd pour a little more vigorous and nice head.

Smells a nice light citrus with maybe a little grassy smell, other review said tobacco and I can agree with that.

Taste of hops is definately there but not a huge hop profile, a mild hop bite and flavor at the end, very light profiles that blend well together. edit, as it warms the hops are more pronounced and drier.

A light mouthfeel, nice textures follow what you would expect with the nose and taste.

Overall a very nice beer, easy to drink for lunch, dinner or just kicking back, and an awesome tribute to Don, he would have enjoyed this beer. Cheers Don.

Oct 13, 2011
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this go up on the board yesterday at the brewpub, review from written notes. Nice tribute to Don Younger, founder of the Horse Brass Pub.

Cloudy hazed orange, rapid streams of champagne carbonation visible. Not alot of head but there's a solid ring around the edge, with a connecting wispy skim across the surface. Copious lace as the glass is drained.

Mellow citrus and tropical hints of dried papaya, light impression of west coast hops.

Flavors are similar, some medium hop bitterness, lightly fruity and tropical notes that lingers into the aftertaste. Crisp and light, sort of herbal also. Refreshing session beer with a pleasant dry finish. Great with food or having a pint or two on it's own.

Oct 12, 2011
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John_M from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In honor of Don Younger. It is a privilege to add this to the data base.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is very impressive in this beer, showcasing considerable dry citrus, cereal grains, light malt and leafy tobacco. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted beer, and I'm impressed by the light mouthfeel and extremely dry, hoppy profile. The beer board lists the IBU at 37, but it really comes across as a much more hoppy/bitter beer. The alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, but it's readily apparent that this is a pretty low alcohol ale (very much in the vein that would have been appreciated by Mr. Younger). This is a very well balanced, easy to appreciate ale, especially for the hophead looking for a sessionable tasty treat.

A very nice effort... very reminiscent of both blind pig and elder, but clearly it's own beer. Listed as an American bitter at RR (given the hop profile, that makes sense), I've put this down as a Brittish bitter. In any event, here's to you Don...

Oct 12, 2011
Don The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 38 ratings