nickd717 (3638) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yes, another Russian River tick! This is always exciting. Had this on tap at the brewpub.
The beer pours a crystal clear golden color with a one-finger white head. Some lacing on the glass.
Nice aroma. Earth and citrusy hops stand out most. Some malty sweetness stands in the background, and there are some appleish light fruit notes.
A little restrained on the flavor compared to the other offerings from Russian River, but hey, itís an English bitter, not an imperial IPA. Slightly sweet malty notes - mostly pale malt, with only slight caramel - as well as earthy, herbal, and orangey hops. Medium bitterness. Balanced.
Clean and crisp on the palate. Medium-light body with appropriate carbonation level.
Overall, well, itís a Russian River beer, and while this style is certainly not the most exciting in my book, this is a very good example of it. Enjoyable if not a game-changer.
trevor211 (1421) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Russian River in Santa Rosa. Pours a pale yellow. Very mild, but refreshingly bitter hops. Like an English pale. Not my favorite of the day.
Sammy (9536) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange colour with Lots of lace. Minerally, Saaz here? Good bitterness,earthy, and good balance. good drinkability.Citrus.
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at pub. More of a strong bitter with noticeable (by British standards) hop aroma/flavor and high drinkability. Straight-forward malts and yeast notes.
emacgee (4376) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Turd for sharing this growler. Pours a soft amber gold with a one finger offwhite head. Nose is really nice, sweet bready malt, earthy, caramel, sweet/ctirusy hops. Flavor is bready and earthy, citrus peel bitterness, crisp English Feel. Palate has a dry medium bitterness.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
5.27% says the chalkboard. Clear honey amber with a one finger creamy off-white head, great retention and lacing. The hops up front are a mix of fresh cut grass (without the sweetness) and soft citrus. Moderate to light biscuit malt presence. There is also a bit of earth. Flavor picked up on some soft pine hops, as well as light toast and some fruity tang, minimal sweetness. The fruity tang peaks just before the dry finish, bitterness at a 3-4 and earthy. Light prickly carbonation with a light to medium body. Pretty good.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler, courtesy of kmweaver. Thanks so much Ken! Pours a slightly hazy orange golden with a thin white head. Nose is floral, doughy, and refined. Simple, yet elegant in itís simplicity. Smell a little honey and melon as well upon further investigation. Medium-medium/ light body with complemented carbonation. Bitter, hoppy flavor with adequate malt balance. Iím not too experienced with bitters so Iím unsure how they are "supposed to taste," but I like this beer. Itís ver easy drinking and sessionable, but it also has a great aroma and interesting flavor that intrigues me greatly with itís simplicity.
BelgianBeerGal (3384) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught sample at the brewpub. Pours a clear, orange-amber colour with a fluffy off-white head moderate lacing. Gentle aroma that is a nice blend of apple fruitiness, earthy yeast and some floury malt; hops pop up just at the end. Mouthfeel a little more bold than expected...in a good way. Very crisp, clean and well-balanced flavour. Well done bitter and phenomenal session.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Faint malty grain aroma. Sweet vanilla malt followed by a citrus hops bitterness.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler, from Russian River. Pours a bright, clear, orange-copper color; fluffy, textured, medium-bubbled off-white head with great retention and lacing; gorgeous pour. Clearly expressed, earthy and floral hop aroma; an attendant, red apple-like fruitiness from the yeast; the malt core is really nicely dry and quiet here, contributing just a touch of biscuit-like maltiness; well-rounded, mineral-tinged, earthy hop aroma is key here. Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation; no alcohol, of course; a very light creaminess, and entirely non-astringent; moderate levels of acidity keep this strongly alive in the mouth; near-perfect texture in the mouth; medium-high levels of earthy and floral bitterness and flavor; a light biscuit-like maltiness; modest levels of an apple fruitiness; everything follows the aroma; perfectly well attenuated, and an ideal amount of heft in the mouthfeel for the flavor profile; this feels good to drink. Beautiful, crystal-clear presentation of well-rounded English hop character on a soft, biscuity base. The lengthy finish shows lingering earthy and floral bitterness, a light toastiness, and crisp cereal malts.