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Ruhstaller Hop Sac First Leaf California Wet Hop Ale (2013)

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This one is special. There will never be another one like it.

Bottled within is the first result of hundreds of hours of hard, backbreaking work by my family and friends, family members that consistently exceeded my expectations, friends, some new, some old, equally committed. Hand in hand together we tended to the little* hop yard that could. In a season when the dust mites were a persistent threat, decimating some other local hop yards, and an unusually dry winter made planting our rhizomes precarious, this farm and yard at exit 69 off I-80 proved what the Sacramento Valley is made of . . . showing why, when quality, not yield, was the measure of a successful hop yard, we were the largest hop growing region in the world!

From our hands into yours. Enjoy! Jan-Erik Paino, Founder


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7306) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle. Over-ripe orange malt and grassy lemon peel aroma. Golden yellow with minimal head. Funky orange malt and moderately bitter grass and lemon peel flavor. Unique.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3433) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Burlap-wrapped bottle: Clear, deep gold with a frothy white head. Sweet, earthy, grass and grapefruit aroma. Taste is slightly vegetal, malty, piney hops... Might be a case of the power of suggestion, but I get the mushroom flavor as noted by brokensail as well. Different, but quite pleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (2504) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2013
It poured a straw color with a small white head. The aroma was of pine and some earthy notes with a little hot sauce. The taste was of grapefruit and pine bitterness. A different but good wet hop ale.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (10635) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
On tap @ Provisions Market. Golden pour with a white head. Really earthy hops. Lots of grass, dirt, and mushroom. A bit of funk, too. Meh. Bready malt and pine. Flavor is bitter and earthy. Lots of dirt and mushroom. Bread, pine, grass, and a mild malt sweetness. Not a fan.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseBones (60) - - NOV 18, 2013
A hop laden aroma with a hint of Brie cheese. The flavor is a sharp start and and smooth wet finish. A hint of grapes and honey in there ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10731) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours brilliant gold with a slight, transient white head. Aroma is a very different green leafy perhaps earthy hop. Med body or better. Flavor is very green herb/veg. Finish is that plus earth. Very different.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6337) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bottle from Capitol Beer. Pours dark gold with a transient off-white head and a rather strange earthy hop aroma. There is a medium-bodied caramel malt flavor with a moderately bitter hop finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Warped_Silver (62) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Pours golden with thin lace of a head. Aroma of dank hops that are clearly fresh. Forward taste of of fresh dank hop that doesn't linger. Well balanced with malt. Not a huge fan of fresh hop beers but this is good for the style ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Poured over two fingers of head on a clear, medium straw colored body. Looking good. The aroma is unique. It has the smell of a fresh cut habanero mixed with a little pine and dirt. The taste has a moderate grapefruit and pine bitterness, fairly clean. The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation. It’s a showcase of Californian hops (I’m still trying to figure out the actual varietal) and decent drink too.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltman53 (277) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Pours light Apricot but smells like a lager. Nice hoppy, malty palate and a very crisp, refreshing finish. This APA tastes like a lager. Nice!


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