Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of BBB63, from growler. Golden, orangish tint, nice head. Huge sweet floral notes up front, white grape, light brett background. Brett plays bigger role in flavor. Floral again front and center, sweet bretty character dominates finish. Lively mouthfeel turns frothy on the palate. As it warms get bigger white wine notes/apple/pear. Very well done.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Toronado for RR -tion night. Gold with a thick, lasting white head. Grassy, funky, bretty aroma with some sweet grainy malt and touch of hops. Slighty sour with lots of funky brett, lemon peel, and a bitter, dry finish. This batch has to be pretty old because this is super bretty and getting a little sour, though it still has pale ale character in there, with the hops being pretty present. Really refreshing and drinkable.
popery (1119) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, Toronado. Wonderful sour. This beer came as something of a surprise, trying it third after rushing for glasses of Toronado 20th and Deviation. It measured up rather well to the rest of the group. Itís sour and crisp with lot of subtle complexity. There are some apple, earth and oak notes with more delicately fruity malt than I was prepared for. This is yet another incredible sour from Russian River. It would be great to see bottles.
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this as part of the Monkís Russian River / Pizza Port dinner awhile back. The beer poured a nice bright gold color with a thin white head and good carbonation. The aroma is very pleasing to the nose. A nice fruity mixture throughout and hints of the yeast that they talk about so much with these beers. Very nice. The taste is just as pleasing as the aroma. This was now ranks up there with my favorite RR beers. It had a nice balance of the fruit flavors, the carbonation and yeast. Well done.
hiddenvariable (204) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at the rr brewpub. pours a cloudy orange honey color, with little head. notes of funky bretty citrusy zest up front, with orange and lemon fighting for dominance, and a bit of a woody note in the end. more orange and lemon in the taste, with a kind of light honey malt flavor, hints of brett, and some floral earthy hops. lightly tart finish, moderate bitterness, quite drying. lightish body, light carbonation, extremely quenching. when i was done drinking this, i said to myself, i says, self? this is the best beer youíve had in a while.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
1/3/08 with BikesandBeer, 9th Brewery of the trip, 2nd of the Day. Finally got to come here. Pours gold with a bright white ring. Nose is sweet, taste is sweet and sour, very very nice.
AceOfHearts (1375) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Orance, nice bubbles, cute head. Delightfully sour! Dry peaches, a bit of orange and other cirtic notes. Just the right amount of sweet with a leafy-clove sort of aftertaste. Good one.
bitbucket (2112) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Pours clear light amber with a somewhat lacy white head. Aroma of lemon, brett, fruit. Light body. Tart taste of lemon, citrus, fruit, grass. Tart finish. Nice, but not a real head-turner for me.
hayduke (2935) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had to try this as well as I let me Growler of Younger settle. Came in the tulip glass orange with a small head, and left light lacing. Sour apple nose with a little bit of citrus. Smooth and mild mouthfeel. Flavor is tart, and again reminds me of sour apples. Nice bitter finish. Really good stuff.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 On tap, this is a light amber with a thin off-white head that steadily dissipates to a thin ring. It leaves only a little weak lacing. The aroma is yeasty, citrusy, and lightly fruity. The taste is predominantly tart and sour, with some sweetness and no bitterness. It has a definite yeasty quality, along with sour pears, hint of lemon, and a hint of sulphur-dried apricots, as well as a faint hint of vinegar. Itís clean, light, crisp, and refreshing while the tart-sweet-sour quality is intriguing. However, it has little real taste other than the tart-sweet-sour quality and while refreshing and good to have a little before a meal, itís not really something I could drink often or in large amounts. Itís main strength to me is how crisp and refreshing it is.