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RATINGS: 426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
2014 Beer Camp Across America Release.

As longtime friends, Russian River brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo and our own Brian Grossman are no strangers to brewing experiments. While looking for inspiration for this collaboration, Vinnie and Brian decided to honor the creations of legendary Belgian brewer Yvan De Baets with their own hop-forward American-Belgian mash-up.

From complex Belgian-inspired styles to American wild ales and hoppy Double IPA’s, Russian River always pushes boundaries while respecting technique and quality. Co-owners Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo are longtime friends of Sierra Nevada and they always have a six-pack of Pale Ale in their fridge at home.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
njnut (457) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Poured into tulip a very slightly hazed gold color with little white head and some lace. Aroma is a floral yeast. Taste is yeasty and a little citrus hop with hints of hay and a little grass in the finish hop note also gets piney after. A hoped up Belgian, different but enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2016
August 4th, 2014 - I return from the canned Beer Camp back to the bottles, for the bright, banana colored Yvan the Great. That chipper, bright color might be an artifact of the lighting, but it is bright and cheerful, and a hue of color that humans seem to abandon after adolescence. The aroma, oddly, also has a lot of banana scents in it, but is made a little more serious by a puff of wheat. The bottle claims this is a Belgian style blonde, but the aroma has much in common with a Hefeweizen, down to a touch of butter and light pear notes, likely lent by the Belgian yeast. The palate is sudsy, soft and light, and ends long, low and dry. Touches of white grape juice and herbal touches (sage or tarragon in this garden) lace the whole flavor all the way to the back of the aftertaste, delivering a nice, dry taste in contrast to a fruitier aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2016
12 oz bottle from the Beer Camp series. Pours a hazy golden color and topped by a thick head of off white foam that slowly settles to a thin film and leaves patches of lace on the glass. The aroma shows notes of toasted bread, pale grains, crisp wheat, some bright citrus, and some grassy and floral hop bitterness. The flavor follows with the toasted bread, crisp grains, cereal malts, pepper spice, citrus fruit, and grassy hop bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied and smooth with balanced carbonation that leads to a crisp, clean, and bitter finish. Solid Belgian style ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (1852) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2016
This was really good. Strong citrus, hoppy and yeast aromas. Light yellow color with a big foamy head. Like merengue. Light weight but full in the mouth. A mix of golden ale and witbier with a definite hoppy twist. Citrus and spice with a Belgian finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5683) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Crisp, very hazy golden coloured body with a ridiculously large light yellow/tan head and some straw coloured glow on the body. Aroma of fresh yeast, coriander seed, curacao, honey, grain, lemons and a lot of herbs - very nice and fragrant. Medium-bodied; Assertive herbal spiciness up front with a big yeast and coriander seed kick and a good deal of honey and floral notes on the finish. Aftertaste shows a touch of hops with some light grain and a little yeast, but mostly dry and herbaceous with no sweetness at all. Overall, a good and dry saison with a nice robust kick and a peppery finish at the end - good to sample and this should really be re-categorised to a saison. I sampled this stubby twelve ounce bottle purchased from Harris Teeter in Arlington (Pentagon Row), Virginia on 30-July-2014 for US$22,00 for the twelve pack, sampled at home in Washington on 29-September-2015.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (5679) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle 0.355l at home, Vantaa. Enjoeyed straight from the bottle. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, Belgian yeast, lemon, some tropical fruits and malts. Too carbonated and fizzy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2015
3rd August 2015
Bottleshare at Leighton’s Stratoflat. Thanks to Leighton. Lightly hazy.pale gold beer. Big fluffy white head. Palate is light with a champagne like crispness. Mild grape and floral bitterness. Nice light tropical fruits. Light bitter finish. Sharp bitter linger. Interesting and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6352) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle share, thanks to Leighton! Hazy yellow, sparkling, big foamy white head, light lacing. Aroma is soft with lemon, flowers, grass, straw. Body is medium, soft carbonation, a little foamy. Taste is water, lemon, earthy with a light bitterness. Alright overall. Easy going.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (9266) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2015
Bottle shared at Leighton’s place. Many thanks to Leighton. Light hazed yellow / straw coloured of frothy white head. Aroma is peach, apricot, like wheat, fresh, tangy. Flavour is composed of white peach, apricot, light Weise, light phenol, Belgian yeast. Palate is airy refreshing carbonation, semi dry in the finish. Really tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12508) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours lightly hazy gold with a thick white head. The nose is soft, doughy, freshly baked bread, grainy, cereal and light spice. The taste is crisp, bitter, toasty grain, bread, cereal, peppery spice, straw, cracker, lemon rind and toasty grass with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate, foamy carbonation. Pretty alright stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Sander for hooking it up. Pours mostly clear yellow-gold with a white cream head. Nice flaked wheat in the nose, hay, lemon rind, light yeast. Medium sweet flavor with some white sugar, bread, melon, ripening citrus, bitter grass, pale grains. Medium bodied with average to lively carbonation. Lightly warming finish with some dry hay, pale wood, melon, rindy citrus. Clean and drinkable.

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