Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
spicy citrus hop aroma, light copper orange, mild bitterness backed by corny hops, easy drinking and light bodied
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Catos in Oakland. A godlen color with a white head. I initially tried this after taking in a sip of Pliny the Younger and thought this was water. After a little time and cleaning the palate, the hops came through. Not a strong PA but easy to drink and enjoyable. A little thin with a dry grainy malt finish on the palate.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The nose was big in citrus w/ hints of flowers and light fruit. The flavor was citrusy and flowery but light. The beer poured an orange / yellow color w/ slight head and very slight lacing. The mouthfeel was watery and thin flavored, light bodied and creamy.
Ramenen (464) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUL 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drank it on tap at the brewery. A very light IPA, almost watery. The single hop recipe makes it unidimensional.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub on 6/30/09. Pours yellow, little white head. Nice citrus aroma with hints of grapefruit and orange. Only mildly bitter up front, but then has a long dry finish.
bytemesis (2931) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
BMMillsy (1255) - Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Part of a sampler at the brewery. this one pours a super light golden with a small white ring of head. Very sweet citrus aroma, raw vegetal hops, grass, interesting. Flavor follows with lots of pine and vegetal hop bitterness, slightly dirty finish, not much sign of citrus here but that's ok. a very light bodied pale ale and medium carbonation. Overall the finish takes away from this, as it is a touch unpleasant. Only OK.
birdmachine (165) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh growler shared at a BBQ. Pours pale orange/yellow, a bit cloudy with a nice white head. Swirled around a bit to unlock the carbonation. No legs, slight lacing. Very odd aromas of sour fruit, pear skins, and some floral hops. Doesnít really fit the IPA tag, more of a fruity Belgian pale or something. Taste is somewhat similar with that odd fruit flavor, bready finish, slight bitterness. Not really any citrus, but more of that earth, floral hops. The beer has a nice mouth feel overall, with medium carbonation. Not sure what hops were used this year, but I am not sure I am a fan. Seems like an odd release for Russian River, but Iím glad they keep producing small pub only beers to keep visiting the brewery fun and interesting.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(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.
DYCSoccer17 (3289) - 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.