kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: July 08, 2009
Appearance: clear light gols, fine off white head
Aroma: light sweet crystal malt aroma with light floral and citrus hops
Flavor: lightly sweet crystal malt flavor, light citrus hops, light lingering bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is a golden orange color with a somewhat minimal head and nice lacing.
S: The nose contains some herbal, earthy, and citrus (oranges) from the hops. Not much in the way of malt in the nose.
T: The taste is much like the nose. Not overly bitter, but a definite presence. Noticeable orange flavor as well.
M: On the lighter side of things, which is by no means a bad thing in this case.
D: Very drinkable as it is not overpowering like some of the other hoppy Russian River beers.
marcus (5644) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. This blonde ale poured with a thin off-white head and a floral aroma. There is a smooth caramel malt flavor and sigificant bitterness produced by the tasty Sterling hops. Itís both light and bitter.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewery. Nice crisp citrus taste well balanced with a semi dry finish. Quite good.
tkrjukoff (3773) - SWEDEN - APR 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy pale golden amber with a small white head leaving la e. Aroma is sweet malty fruity citric. Flavor is a bit sourish acidy citric malty bready and has some sweetness. Nice fruity bitter finish.
IrishBoy (3689) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from the brewpub! Sterling hops. Nose has citrus hops with a hints of pine and flowers. Lightly hazy orange with a big pale yellow head that nices laces the glass. Flavor is moderate bitterness and a little caramel. Finish is nicely lingering bitterness.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sterling Hop 2 It on draft at Russian River Brewing. Golden color with a white head. Floral hop aroma. Very well-balanced flavor with citrusy hops and sweet caramel malt. Great for a single hop beer, medium with hop oils on the palate.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Growler, courtesy of a friend. Thanks, yo! Cascade something variety? Pours a murky, honey-orange color; off-white head with fine-bubbled lacing. A bit of basic, floral and herbal hop character in the aroma; not much here, oddly. Medium body; lively carbonation; again, basic crystallized sugar and earthy, floral hops; definitely not an IPA, and a pretty bland pale ale. Totally an odd release from Russian River, and I think the Cascade ______ hops arenít doing much here. Eh. Balanced finished of candy sugar and light bitterness.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
10 ounce sample on tap at Russian River. 100% Cascade Cross Pale Hops. Aroma is pretty faint. Lightly piney hop nose. Light sugary sweetness, too. Not too much happening here. Moderately hazy orange body with a white head and OK lacing. Starts with light piney and a slight cheesy flavoring. Decent malt sweetness in the middle with some milky malt notes. Finishes with very mild bitterness. Well-crafted, but pretty bland.
hayduke (3081) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one was was on draft at the brewpub with the Sterling hops and listed at 5.80% ABV on the board. I had a draft pour and likec it so well I took home a growler. It poured a nice golden color with a good white head and lots of lacing. Nose is citrus and pine hop odors, so even though there is only one hop variety, this hop has multiple aromas. The mouthfeel was slick and creamy. Flavor is very classic IPA with some bitterness. Shows you donít have to pack a beer with dozen different hops to make it taste good. Bitter finish. Simply a very drinkable and enjoyable brew.