ineedbeer (1162) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
100% Cascade Cross
Aroma is mostly hops with a nice grapefruit citrus and light pine note. There is a malt backbone present though with some sweet bread and cracker notes.
Pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head that perseveres as a thin film on top and on the edges. Good lacing with small legs.
Flavor is rather hop forward but it does have balanced cracker and bread character to balance the hops. The hop character is grapefruit and pineapple with some pine resin to balance out the fruit. The bitterness is fairly moderate which really allows the malt to shoe through in the finish in a bready way.
Mouthfeel is medium to medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall a good beer and definitely not retired, but its not their best. The balance is nice, but the finish to this hop is a bit lacking and has a slightly odd grassy note.
bartzluke (270) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
3 oz chilled pour from tap into cylindrical taster as part of Russian Riverís ďeverything on tapĒ 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?
A little tropical fruit and a pleasant bitterness .
SinH4 (932) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tardif version. Sampler at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Pale golden color with small white head. Slight grapefruit, malty-grainy, nice bitterness, nice fruitiness, easy to drink. Simple, but excellent drinkability. Some crispness from the carbonation. Nice!
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(hand bottle from irishboy)orange in color with a white head.fruity and pine type aroma.flavor is much of the same with a dry dusty finish.
hayduke (3691) - 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.
joeneugs (4115) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
zgaier (1606) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Russian River brewery in Santa Rosa. Pours golden with a white head and sweet, fruit, hoppy aroma. Taste is of tropical fruits up front, with hops, citrus, caramel, and toasty notes leading to a bitter, dry finish. Nice IPA
BOLTZ7555 (2960) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
Gription79 (2567) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on draft at the brewery. I got notes of floral and fruity hops with a soft onion character. There was a sweet maltiness. Not bad.
rosenbergh (8418) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Russian River Brewing Co, Santa Rosa, CA.
Clear golden colour with a small white head.
Mild sweet hops in a mild aroma.
Mild bitterness and mild hops in the flavour.
A bit faceless hop variety.
6 3 7 3 12
Idaho #7 version.
Clear golden colour with a small white head.
Sweet fruit, tangerine and soda hops in an amazingly delicious hoppy aroma.
Soda hops, moderate bitterness, dryness and orange peel in the flavour.
8 3 8 3 15
Iím not quite sure how the rate this as these two varieties of this beer are
completely different. Iíll go with the Idaho #7 version.