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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Each time we make this ale we pick a different single variety of hops and use them exclusively in the brew. The malt bill stays fairly consistent from batch to batch so as to allow the distinctive hop flavors to come through. Here are just a few of the hops used in the past: Simcoe, Vanguard, Sterling, YCR-004, Amarillo, Satus, Santium, Tomahawk, and Columbus. Available on draft seasonally.O.G.: 1.060;50 BUíS


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3525) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2014
On draft at the brewpub. Galaxy hops, if I recall correctly. Golden pour with a white head. Aroma of pine, orange peel, and citrus. Some pineapple and mango. Flavor is quite bitter, fruity and nice. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, Crisp bitter finish. Pretty cool, bro.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (3505) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Tap, 2013, experimental hop #462. Pours ultra clear amber orange, small beige head, great lacing. Aroma is light, piney, caramel. Flavor is about the same, light sweet and light bitter, but the finish has medium bitterness and a bit of a metallic note. Light body. Meh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3483) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. I didnít hear very many good things about this one, so I only ordered a sample. I wish I could have had more because it was darn good! Light golden yellow with a white head. The aroma was floral and citrusy with hints of tropical fruit. The flavor was the same. Very fresh and hop forward. It may suffer a bit next to Pliny and Blind Pig or even Row 2, but it was a very nice, light hop forward beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3468) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3355) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
(Draft: OíBrienís in San Diego, CA) The flavor is hoppy and moderately bitter, but with very little malt for balance, but I suppose that is intentional to showcase the hops. The light malt flavor is grainy, but I couldnít taste it until I took a big mouthful. The finish is quite bitter. With the light malt presence, the light to medium body isnít surprising, but the beer does seems a bit flat to me. Fresh hops nose is very nice. Medium gold in color and slightly hazy, but the beer looks totally still. White head pours to a quarter-inch in height and slowly fades to a sheen, leaving some patchy lacing here and there. Itís an okay beer, and I understand what Vinnie is doing here, but Iím not a fan of purely hoppy beers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 14, 2009
Tap at the brewpub: (Sterling was used at the time of my visit) Light yellow golden pour with a dense white film. Soft citrus hop aroma. Twiggy, clean with some hay notes. Creamy body. Balanced flavor with some mild nutty malt undertones that mesh with a clean hoppy flavor. Mildly resiny with a tannic AA finish. A nice session (that tasted like it had no hops in it after PTE)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2875) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 6, 2014
draft at brewpub. bright yellow, very cloudy. 1 finger fluffy head. Nose was bight citrus and wheat, hay, popcorn. taste is great. mineral like mouthfeel lots of orange, clove, honey. very enjoyable!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2014
On tap @ RR! 14 karat pour with a small ivory crown. Grapefruit pith, mango, papaya, and guava all present themselves in the nose and on the palate. Well crafted but not robust. Lots of subtleties that make it a cut above other single-hop beers Iíve had before but still not terrible complex. Glad I had a chance to try this!


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