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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
Hoppy Blond Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Had this during the 2011 Shenandoah Throwdown, got the growler from a trade I did on BA. Pours a lightly hazed golden amber with a medium to large white head. Big fuzzy musk, soft hops, citrus. Sweet, lightly hoppy, big musk and citrus, faint lemon, more sweetness. Soft musk, gentle and slow developing hop bitterness. Very nice, subtle and delicate. Glad I shared this with everyone, but certainly wouldn’t have been sad to drink the growler solo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
An excellent take. Poured at the brewpub. White head, orange tan and opaque body. Smells good. Tastes good. Balance supreme.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Growler thanks to j12601 at Shenandoah Throwdown. My 2800th rating on this site. Pours a clear light orange with a decent, white head. Nose is malty, sweet honey, small citrus hops. Taste is tart, citrus rind bitter, lemon tart. Dry palate. Nicely sessionable but underwhelming. Still, it’s not everyday you get to try something new from Russian River.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3500) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Draft at RR... Clear crisp light gold, long lasting egg shell head... Light yeast with a little lemon zest... Taste is much better than the nose, nice complimentary notes of yeast on the front with a pine finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pushkinwow (2345) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
On tap at brewpub. Light copper with white head. Light hops, soap, herbs and spices. Seemed over carbonated and very thin, dry and slightly bitter at the end. Was disappointing although easy to drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2736) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Draft at Monk’s Cafe. Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with pale golden peach edges and a 1.5 finger white foam head that slow fades into a lasting cap/ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Spicy hop aroma with a estery yeast and light fruit notes. Earthy hops with some pine and citrus as well as some sweet alcohol and crisp light fruits, notably apple and pear. Medium bodied with dry, earthy hops up front which are countered by pale malt, phenol alcohol and esters/yeast that give of hints of light fruit. Earthy and slightly grassy followed by sweet light fruit notes and subtle spice. Hints of apple and pale as well as some grapefruit and orange peel. Well balanced but just a touch too much alcohol toward the dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 3, 2011
A - Served a hazy golden-orange color with a thin finger of frothy white head. The head faded down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. S - The aroma is a nice mix of citrus hops and orange aromas with a bit of yeast, spices, and grassy hops. There is also a bit of sweet caramel malts. T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts and some citrus hops and orange. Through the middle, a bit of hop bitterness comes through with some yeast and banana flavor and just a bit of spices. The finish is a mix of sweet malts with some light spices and some hops and bitterness that linger. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and crisp. Overall, fairly dry with a nice lingering finish from the bitterness and yeast. D - Very drinkable. The balance of the Belgian and American elements here is really spot on a present a nice hybrid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4593) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 20, 2011
Pours golden with a nice white head. The aroma is floral hoppy with some fruiity Belgian yeast. The flavor is nicely balanced between aromatic hops and Belgian yeasty/fruitiness. Medium bodied and an easy drinker for a bigger beer. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4347) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 8, 2011
light golden color. Lots of lemongrass and piney lemon nose. Body is thin, but light and refreshing. Not necessarily bad. Fun beer. Zippy hoppy finish. A blonde ale to extreme. Love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeTheYounger (1173) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - APR 5, 2011
Growler shared by Hophead22. Aroma was hops and lots of spices. Taste was Belgian yeast with nice hop profile. Very easy to drink and a nice changeup from the sours.

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