Don The Younger | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.65%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The brewer calls this an "American Bitter".

Added by John_M on 10-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 22
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
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....

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Don The Younger from Russian River Brewing Company
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