Russian River Gaffers Bitter
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RATINGS: 56   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! It’s a little malty, fruity, and nutty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xscottypx (104) - Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2012
On tap at RR. Pour was a light orange and amber with a light white head and lighter retention. Lots of hops mainly, tons of citrus and floral. Light malt and spice. Bitter? More like hoppy as hell pale ale. Light English influence with the floral bright hoppy flavor and light malt body. Big citrus and light hop bitterness carried this. Light body, a bit thin, mild carbonation. Did not get much English out of this but this was very drinkable and very refreshing. Reviewed on: 08-17-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartzluke (433) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 12, 2015
3 oz chilled pour from tap into cylindrical taster as part of Russian River’s “everything on tap” sampled (16 beers this time around) at the brewery itself. I realize that drinking 16 different 3 oz pours is not ideal for proper rating, but when will I ever have an opportunity like this again? Very district wheat toast taste. Great maltiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2010
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 it’s 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. I’m not too experienced with bitters so I’m unsure how they are "supposed to taste," but I like this beer. It’s ver easy drinking and sessionable, but it also has a great aroma and interesting flavor that intrigues me greatly with it’s simplicity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Half pint at the brewpub. The aroma is sweet with caramel and toffee Maris Otter malts. Pretty straight-forward. Transparent orange-colored body with a medium, fizzy, white head and good lacing. Starts with some sweet caramel and toffee malts, with light toastiness. Finishes with a minute herbal bitterness. Pretty tasty. To style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 31, 2012
A - Served a cloudy golden-orange color with a half-finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and light biscuit malts with some citrus and grapefruit hops. T - Starts off with some citrus and grapefruit hops with some caramel and light biscuit malts. Through the middle, some more biscuity malts come through with a bit of bitterness. The finish is a mix of grapefruit hops with some sweet biscuit and caramel malts. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and dry finish. D - Very drinkable. Really nice biscuity malt profile with enough hops to balance. Very sessionable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1416) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2013
Rated from backlog. 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - MAY 29, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
falschfreiheit (22) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Rating from growler brought home, but usually get it on tap at the brewpub.I think it changed a little when it want from "Gaffers Bitter" at 5.??% to "Gaffers" at 4.68, and I understand it’s planned to come down to 4.5% eventually. Light clear golden brown. Poured with a nice thick white head that leaves some lacing on the glass as it settles down to an irregular covering. Aroma is bread, floral, pine/resin; good hop presence. Bit of citrus. Slightly bready mouthfeel with a good amount of effervescence. Slight metallic notes. Overall: well balanced and very drinkable and sessionable. Can happily drink pint after pint of this.

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