Nik925 (751) - California, 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.
claaark13 (7) - Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served from a growler. Strong pine hop aroma with a hint of citrus. Smells nice, crisp. Good, bright orange color. Mild pine flavor, a little bit of citrus and bitterness comes out towards the end. The flavors aren’t too strong, leaving room for a good amount of drinkability. The finish seems to be a little light in the flavors, there is a slight amount of bitterness that sticks around after a few sips. The mouthfeel is pretty light. Overall, this is a very good pale ale. It exceeds expectations for the style, and is among the best pale ales I’ve had.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - This beer pours a a golden-orange color that is fairly clear with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lace clinging to the sides of the glass.
S - The aroma is full of lots of pine and citrus hops smells. There is some nice grapefruit and topical fruits as well as some floral elements.
T - The flavor starts off with lots of fresh piney and tropical hop flavor with some mellow bitterness that starts to grow on the tongue. Bit of grapefruit as well. Through the middle, the grapefruit, orange, and pineapple hop flavors get quite a bit stronger with some stronger bitterness coming through as well. There is just enough sweet toasted malts to keep a nice balance as well. The finish is full of pine resin and citrus hops with some more bitterness and some light sweet malts.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a really nice dry and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. The hop flavor and aroma is just fantastic on this beer. It is so fresh and strong from start to end without being overpowering. The beer also stays quite sessionable.
swoopjones (5927) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Russian river, golden orange. Healthy sim or aroma, not overly aromatic. Great bitterness in the flavor, wonderful showcase of this hop
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another fantastic ipa from russian river. SImcoe hope pine aroma with a flavor that finishes bitter.
marcus (6538) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by beerboxer. Pours clear golden with a rich white head that quickly subsides and a fruity cat piss aroma. There is a nice caramel malt base with a serious hop bitterness. Very nice hopping.
oRos (1113) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like pliny the elder. Thanks to the simco hops. Its the perdominate hop in plinys. Great beer really makes the simco stand out
nimbleprop (4896) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz pint at the brewpub pours a totally clear, deep gold with some lacing white head. Nose has a similar profile to the Pliny; zesty, lemons, scallions, onion patch, lime zest. Smells almost like a Russian River version of Gumballhead. Flavor is sweet, zesty lemons, limes, oranges, scallions, onions, a little malty. Medium bodied, dry, zesty finish. Super drinkable.