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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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Hoppy Blond Ale.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 4, 2011
A: The pour is a very clear golden straw color with a nice big white head and plenty of sticky lacing. S: Quite the nose on this beer. Fruity and yeasty with plenty of citrus hops, giving a nice grapefruit note. A bit of weed and some regular grass, too. A little bit of unfermented wort smell right at the beginning, too. T: More bitter than I was expecting, but itís welcomed. Grass, pine, and grapefruit peel seem an appropriate summary of the hop flavors that are present. A mild yeast driven fruitiness and spice. A solid bread base. M: Medium in body with a surprisingly lively carbonation from the growler. O: Not usually a big Belgian IPA fan, but this was much more IPA than it was Belgian. A great example of the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
Growler. Rating #33. Bright orange pour with a white head. Light yeast with a touch of hops. Yeasty and hippy and very drinkable. Real nice. (1565)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (1455) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2010
Defenestration is an exceptional beer. Itís an interesting and delicious shoehorning of RRís gigantic IPA style into a Belgian. I would love another glass of this beer because there was a lot going on that I didnít catch from my initial time with it. The beer pours a bright gold with a nice head. The smell was more of RRís west coast hoppiness than I was prepare for. It looks like a Belgian but smells strongly of pine, citrus and floral hops. The hops come through in the flavor as well but there are also some earthy notes and a complexity fruitiness that is difficult to describe. There was caramel and bread in the balancing malt. That big West coast hoppiness in a Belgian is a fine treat.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 5, 2009
This "Belgian IPA" is very tasty and slightly unusual beer. It has definite, hoppy IPA traits with light Belgian hcaracter and hitns of a strong, hoppy maibock. Itís amber with a small-medium, off-white head that shrinks veryslowly to a thin, lasting top. It has pretty good lace. The aroma is muted and weak, mostly musty grapes with a bit of citrus. The taste is excellent, nice and bready with hints of toasted cracker, grapes, hints of raisin and buttery caramel, a hint of herbs and pine, plus citrus, mostly lemon and grapefruit. It starts sweetish then gradually morphs to a slightly bitter, mostly citrusy, finish. It holds up well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Nose of strong orange, slight grapefruit and esters, notablely pears. Light body, light orange color. Really strong grapefruit flavor, orange, toast, and apples. Dry finish, lingeringly bitter. This really seems like one of their IPA passed off as a Belgian, maybe with a Abbey yeast strain.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bright rich orange hue, good clarity, off-white head sustains, fair lacing. Aroma is sweet bubblegum and yeast, mild citrus and pine resin, slight bread. Taste is moderate hop bitterness, moderate hop flavor of resin and grapefruit, some grass and chalk, moderate grainy malts, sweet Belgian sugar, finishes dry. Medium full-bodied, smooth texture, moderate-high carbonation. An easy-drinking and flavorful Belgian with significant hop flavor and bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3569) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 Thatís what Iím talking about! One of the best "Belgian IPAs" out there. Perfect blend of the two styles. On tap at Russian River. Golden color with a tiny bit of haze, white head. Aroma is yeast, light fruits, banana, earth, and piney hops. Yeasty with banana, candi sugar, caramel malt, and a healthy dose of hops. Medium-bodied. Hell yeah.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (6329) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 11, 2009
(10/28/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Clear golden color. Aroma of fruits, hops, some earthy notes, yeast and soap notes. Sweetish flavor with some malt, bread, caramel, fruits and a bitter hoppy finish with some spicy notes. Medium-bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Smells like smarties, skittles, and sweet tarts, golden lightly cloudy body, perfect balance of bright and candy-like hop oils and malty / belgian yeast flavors, candy like all of the way around, chews like taffy, strawberries

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6769) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
On tap at Toronado SF. This copper ale poured with a thin off-white head and a barnyard aroma. There is a musty caramel malt flavor complemented by masterful hopping that produces a sharp bitterness at the finish. This brew becomes more interesting as the glass empties.


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