regspeir (196) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 draft into a tulip @ Local 44. Poured a light, albeit cloudy, golden amber with a one-finger head which settled to a coating quickly. Lacing was heavy and lasting. Nose was citrus, especially grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and mango. Taste was citrus and pine. Grapefruit was very strong but there was some biscuity sweetness and piney bitterness interplay. Mouthfeel was medium, heavy carbonation, a little oily and little prickly. I loved the dry, bitter finish. Taste stayed with me for the long ride home. I can’t believe people have put this down due to their high (artificailly built up) expectations, ’cause this is another RR triumph and I loved it!
Just had this again @ Theresa’s - this time a full pint (probably by mistake?) and a 10 oz. follow-up. This is just a great freakin’ beer. Only differences this time noted were more orange in the taste and less lemon and bitterness. RR, you MUST keep going with this - it is wonderful!
oOJUXEOo (205) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Local 44. Color is a light copper. Aroma is all citrus hops. An awesome bouquet of hops. The taste does not disappoint! Hoppy in the best way, citrusy and bitter. This was a great beer from Russian River. The story behind it is amusing, but what a great thing for RR to do for the fans in Philly. If you have the chance, by all means check this out. Reminds me of Pliny The Younger.
patrickfannon (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Tria with James. Pours a slight, transluscent blonde amber with a thick, off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, honey, melon, dry hops, lemon tart and haze. Medium bodied with a loose, semi-sticky, tart palate. Amazingly juicy, refreshing finish. Outstanding IPA.
ryanwspeir (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
orangish copper color with heavy head presence, maybe an inch and a half which reduces nicely to a strongly present lacing that shadows the beer as it lowers down the glass. although there are fruity (grapefruit) piney hops and a sweet, honey-like taste upfront, the beer seemed to be more bitter upfront and then flowed or transitioned into a smooth and fruitier aftertaste that lingered for a while, which is the opposite of most beers like it from my experience. it certainly did not taste like the 9% abv and its smoothness and drinkability could be dangerous if you don’t watch yourself!
jredmond (4847) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at tria’s with pat on 12th and spruce. Pours a hazy amber body with thin white lacing. Aroma is tremendous combination of grapefruit, pine, citrus, and slight grass. Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing with notes of citrus, grapefruit, pine, and slight bitter hops. Great ipa.
orangesol (601) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 Served on-tap at TJ’s scraps event into a nonic pint.
A - Pours light orange, with good clarity, with a strong one finger head leaving minimal lacing down the glass. Quite the unassuming pour.
S - The nose is just awesome. Bright pine and citrus hops dominate the nose and are ever present. The pungency and bitterness of the nose reminds me most of blind pig. As it warms up, the floral character of the hops just continues to grow and grow. Not as floral as elder but the nose is still a great expression of hops.
T - Starts out with a big, spicy, piney, citrusy hop bite. The strong citrus hops never really leave this one. Some sweetness in the middle from the malt but not as overpowering as some DIPA’s. Finish has a touch of alcohol with a light, lingering, hop bitterness. Not as good as either of the pliny’s or maybe even blind pig but still one of the best IPA’s I have had in quite some time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter but not to the point of being overpowering. Very nice feel.
O - One of the best. I had two because it was just so good. I have had almost all of the russian river IPA’s on the market right now and this was one of the best I have had. I still like younger more but this is strongly in that second group.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 5, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared thanks to largadeer.
The beer pours into the tulip glass an excellent golden color with a well-formed one-finger white head and some decent lacing.
Very nice aroma somewhat different from other Russian River beers, but still very west coast IPA. The hop profile is very fruity, especially grapefruit, with some pine and a little sweet malt and honey.
Very hoppy and tasty on flavor. Grapefruity with other citrus and some resin. Malts are very restrained, but maybe not as much so as in other Russian River IPAs. Just a little sweetness to balance.
Medium-bodied with a clean and crisp mouthfeel and hop oils on the palate. Good carbonation level.
Well what do you know, another good IPA from Russian River. Extremely drinkable and up there overall with Elder and Blind Pig. Brew this again, Vinnie!
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2010 Draft at Memphis Taproom in Philly. Clear amber/orange color with a medium head. Aroma of intense tropical fruit and citrus; mango, tangerine, apricot and a little peach. Taste was dry with prickly hops bitterness and a little biscuity malt. Reminds me of a drier and fresher version of Sculpin.
callmemickey (2077) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 On tap at Monks for their awesome russian river beer dinner with vinnie and natalie. natalie explained that this is similar to hopfather and vinnie informed me that it is hopped with a huge amount of magnum hops and a bit of ctz and amarillo.
A: Golden-orange body. Medium sized off-white head with good retention and nice sheet like lacing.
S: Huge tropical fruit nose... tangerine, orange, passion fruit and grapefruit... only the slightest bit of caramel malts to let you know that this beer is indeed in the 7.5% ballpark
T: Delicious tropical fruit hop flavors which were presented in the nose. Again, tangerine and orange dominate the flavor. What is nice is the huge flavor without too much bitterness. Vinnie explained that the purpose of the hop choices was to get a lot of flavor without drowning it out with bitterness and to mask the alcohol without losing the intensity. This beer does that perfectly.
M: Smooth, medium bodied brew. Assertive, but not distracting carbonation. A delicate, yet unmistakable bitterness in the finish.
O: Top notch offering. The beer dinner included fresh pliny the elder... i’d take the registration ale over pliny if its always going to taste like this! Glad I was able to drink the real deal after the SPTR debacle.
adrian910ss (2273) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the GL. Pours a clear light golden coppery orange with a medium sized off white head. Aroma of floral notes, pine and citrus. Taste of floral notes, citrus, bread notes and pine. A scaled down version of the Younger.