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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
Hoppy Blond Ale.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4160) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 That’s what I’m 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (11600) - 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.

   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 (9133) - 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 (786) - 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.

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