BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Trappist. Pours with a very lightly hazed yellow body with a large and lasting, thick, creamy white head. Amazing lace. Aromas are hoppy, lemony, orange, tangerine rind, pine, lightly herbal, fruity, medium esters. Malt is a background note to the hops. Flavors are citrusy, very fruity, pomelos, appricot, tangerine. Very well made. Dry, lightly grainy malt aromas. Some esters. Very dry. Medium bitterness. Lively bubbles, no astringency, medium body. Very tasty!
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewpub. Clear bright copper in color with a lasting white head and excellent lacing. The aroma has Russian Riverís trademark citrus and pine hop notes but a bigger malt presence than something like Blind Pig. Pale and caramel malt base flavor with medium intensity orange, grapefruit, resin and pine hops. Fairly bitter. Medium-bodied and somewhat sticky with average carbonation level. Very good if not quite one of Vinnieís best.
bb (7240) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Sumemr fruit aroma. Sumemr fruit flavor with light citrus. Medium-light bodied. Refreshing. Sumemr fruit lingers with light citrus.
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Sean for this fresh growler... this is very similar to Hoppy Birthday but not as hoppy... bright gold body, looks good... the nose is really wonderful fresh and vibrant hops with some great pine and floral notes, nose is close to HB... taste is where HB is just so much bitter, the hops arenít as strong but this is still to good and crushable... try this
marcus (7194) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Trappist. Pours clear blonde with a nice off-white head and an enticing floral aroma. There is a refreshing pale malt flavor with a dry citrus component. Nicely hopped and tasty.
joeneugs (3817) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden yellow with a white head. The aroma is shockingly dry and hoppy with some spicy pine and eucalyptus. The flavor is hugely bitter with some minerals, pine, fresh citrus and a hint of grainy bread in the finish. Nicely effervescent, yet not overly so. This is probably the dryest APA Iíve ever had.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Growler] sent by kmweaver. Thanks Ken! So... Iíve never had a rating thatís been so glaringly close to one of Kenís. I feel really exposed and inadequate comparatively... However, I assume I have a slight departure from his - Iíve now drank about 3/4 of the growler and as such have a slightly different perspective. That being said, this beer smells great! Lots of fresh hops - clear, crisp pine, reminding me of going up to my grandmaís house in Deer River, out in the middle of the Itasca State Forest. Thereís a touch of citrus, but mostly this is just straight woody resinousness and perfectly vegetal fresh hops. The pour is a clear gold, well carbonated, and leaves beautiful resiny lacing on the side of the glass. The flavor is just exactly what I was hoping for - the hops are center stage, the malts are there in the background, not providing significant flavor other than a slight crackery character, but just providing the right amount of body to float the hop flavors over your tongue. The carbonation is lively but soft and appropriate for the beer. The finish is moderately bitter and as I breathe out itís just the most refreshing, intoxicating, and unadulterated fresh hop character; supremely drinkable. Exactly what I want right after a shitty day of work following several other shitty days of work.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Grainy aroma dry earthy grainy tastes with citrus notes and a crisp bitter finish. Quite refreshing.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Russian River. Pours a bright, clear, golden-orange color; creamy, fine-bubbled white head with good retention and really nice lacing. Nice hop-forward aroma that maintains its dryness: orange, some lemon peel, if a touch hollow at the core (just a touch of staleness, or emptiness is another way to put it). Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Lively, spritzy citrus, light oranges, and mineral hop character, very nicely expressed (fuller than the nose); beautifully smooth and crisp and drinkable; almost like a scaled-up version of the recent batches of Aud Blonde, to my palate (which is a good thing); great pale ale overall. Medium finish: toasty, crips, minerally, and nicely dry.