IrishBoy (3868) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at RR. Nose is pine and citrus. Clear yellow with a small pale yellow head. Flavor nicely bitter with lots of pine a little citrus and some light sweetness in the background.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Russian River. Better aroma and flavor than Zombie Dust an Alpha King...cleaner and more crisp Simcoe hops. Love this beer as the perfect-drinking pale ale. Great beer.
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DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster at RR brewery. Pours a light copper color with a floral aroma. Definately more piney hop in it. Not my favorite style of beer which probably knocked it down a couple of basis points. Overall a very solid beer.
brokensail (11226) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden amber color with a tall white head. Nice fresh citrus hoppiness. Tons of grapefruit, lots of tangerine as well. Pine and a hint of grass with sweet bready malt. The flavor is a bit sweet, but good pine and grapefruit. A little bit of floral hop character as well. Nice beer, easy to drink.
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - APR 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
nicely done single hope pale here, shows off the simcoe perfectly, i get a bit more fruityness than i am used to in this beer. well done as usual, worth trying if you pass through!
daknole (9401) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light orange pour, white head. BOOM! Citrus hops jumping out of the glass, resinous goodness! Just enough caramel malt. Flavor is big hops up front and then more hops. Just enough balance before you finsih on a hop high. Hell yeah!
joeneugs (3406) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at the brewpub. Beatification batch 5 release. This beer was being buzzed about throughout the crowd that day as a pretty phenomenal APA. I have to agree. The pour was a nice clear golden orange with an off white head. The aroma jumped out as super floral with some resinous pine and citrus. Just awesome. The flavor was incredibly well balanced and still a punch in the face as far as hoppiness goes. Lots of pine, citrus and some very minor sweet malt to set off the hop assault. Very drinkable and flavorful. Loved this one. One of the best APA’s out there.
Nik925 (759) - USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much more of a hop presence than Segal (had side by side). Neither beer is going to knock your socks off around RR, though this could easily be the best beer at many micros. A nice experiment and I am glad I was able to get a glass of it, but this doesn’t come close to some of their other offerings.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ RR. Clear gold pour with a short white head with good retention and leaving moderate lace. Nose is lightly fruity and chemical as fresh- or wet- hop ales can do. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Toast, biscuit and delicious Simcoe hops (citrus, tropical fruit). Finish is medium and very tasty, with a hoppy bitterness, some umami from the fresh hops and a light sweetness. Must be drunk fresh - a growler drunk the next week wasn’t nearly as good (0.3-0.4 worse total score) due to a lack of aroma and taste balance was off.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a growler. Pours a clear light amber with small white head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is big pine hops, some dankness, some light caramel , and a bit of grapefruit. This certainly smells amazing like most Russian River hoppy beers. The taste follows the nose, with pine, grapefruit, and a dankness. Just a enough malt comes through to balance it with a little bit of caramel and sugar cookie. The finish has a decent bitterness to it. Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation. Quite dry throughout. Another great Russian River beer.