Russian River Gaffers Bitter
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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
This beer is named for anyone who has done electrical work behind the scenes in television or movies! Itís a little malty, fruity, and nutty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
A: The pour is a slightly cloudy, light amber color with a white head on top. S: The nose blew me away; this might be an English style beer, but itís all American hops. Lots of citrus hops (lemons, grapefruit, and tangerines?) with a hint of pine and perhaps even some pineapple notes. A light bready quality as you would certainly expect. T: The flavor is similarly impressive. The bitterness provides a nice counterpoint to the bread and slightly sweet malt notes. The citrus flavors are once again intense and vibrant. M: The body is maybe a little bit light, with a moderate to high level of carbonation. D: This is just a very easy to drink and enjoy beer. Solid hop character thatís not really accurate for the style, but tastes phenomenal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. deep golden color with a white head. The aroma is subtle overall but has some earthy hops and nutty malt. The flavor is dry and quaffable with medium hop bitterness and some toasty malt. Light earthiness and clean fermentation. A very sessionable pale ale, though not really enough malt or yeast character to be properly English style, and not hoppy enough to be anywhere near as good as Russian Riverís other pale ales. Well made but not something that I would get again at the pub, given their outrageously good lineup overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Had on tap at RR brewpub. Pours a nice golden yellow with ample carbonation. A nice bitter, hoppy aroma with a bit of malt in the nose. Flavors are muted, good bitter hop palate with a nice end and not too strong of a finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2010
At the brewery. Pours transparent orange. Bready. Nicely bitter. Decent but not my favorite style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Sampled at the brew pub. The beer pours deep brown and clear. The flavor is good but the aftertaste is a bit of a put off. Good brew, something new by them. I think there is still work to be done but well made, nice drink, just rough aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 13, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear gold with a small white head. Aroma is floral and bready with notes of perfume and tangerine. Taste is apricot, tangerine, soft/subtle, flowers. Dry and smooth. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Light amber yellow with a strong white effervescent head. Nose is yeast and light sweetness. Taste is same. Light sweetness and more bitterness. Clean finish with lingering bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (5814) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Pours golden yellow with a small white head. The aroma is lightly hoppy with some berry notes and hints of grain. The flavor is grassy, herbal, and medicinal hops with some grainy malts behind it in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4186) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1631) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2010
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.

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