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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
Hoppy Blond Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (8698) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
clear golden with a white head. Sweet fruity and Belgian yeast aroma and taste with citrus notes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Draft. Pours clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma is significant flowery, citrusy hops. The power of the hops does not reach American IPA levels, but it is certainly potent. Underneath the hops is an estery-ness of Belgian yeast origin, though the hops win the overall balance. Taste is hoppy, fruity, with semi-strong bitterness. I’m really not huge into this style of beer, I prefer a clean yeast profile with my hoppy beers but this is pretty good nonetheless. As a great brewer of both Belgian styles and hoppy beers, Russian River seems to the premier brewery to tackle this style and they pull it off well. Still the style is just not to my preference.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nik925 (783) - USA - NOV 20, 2008
Smells like Damnation but with a hint of metal. Two distinct layers of hop flavor. A fine beer but not as good as Cali-Bengue and a few others in this Belgian-IPA class. Also, not as good as Russian River IPA or Damnation, both of which this beer reminds you of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2008
On tap @ Toronado SF. This one by Russian River missed the mark. 14 karat brew, somewhat murky with a 1/4 inch white head. Can definitely smell its Belgian roots and the faint aroma of hops. This brew’s grassy, peppery, biscuit qualities far outshine its IPA-ness. Actually, not seeing that at all. Very tasty and drinkable, just not memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Draft @ Russian River. Pours a bright, clear, medium-golden color; off-white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Very nice aroma of white grapes, honey, light Belgian sugar, and mineral and piney bitterness; gorgeous bitter Belgian hybrid with white grape character. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy Belgian sugars, honeyed malt sweetness, and nicely bitter minerals; reasonable dense malt core, with the hop character adding drinkability quite a bit; very interesting beer. Lengthy finish of mineral and earthy hops, sweet Belgian character, and nicely toasty; solidly dry at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Draft at The Rogue Public House in San Francisco. Poured a clear light orange color with a white head. Some lace was left behind on the glass at the end. Very fruity nose which included the likes of orange and subdued melon. There was also some light cereal grain and a distinct ginger accent. Medium bodied and semi sweet with mild to moderate hop bitterness. Not surprisingly, there was also a good amount of fruit flavor ala apricot and Pez candy. Spicy clove and ginger also emerged. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
On tap at Hamiltons 2nd Anniversary Party...hell yeah! Pours with a yellow body topped by a thick, white head with some lacing left on the glass. IT’s bitter and hoppy with a pepper note, some grassiness and a slight sweet malt note as well as some yesty clove notes. Light bodied and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2501) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Like a more aggressive DeRanke XX Bitter? Sweetish belgian body light-medium the bitterness is a bit dusty and floral. It’s a tight cute beer.

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