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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Hoppy Blond Ale.

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4.4
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 5, 2009
This "Belgian IPA" is very tasty and slightly unusual beer. It has definite, hoppy IPA traits with light Belgian hcaracter and hitns of a strong, hoppy maibock. It’s amber with a small-medium, off-white head that shrinks veryslowly to a thin, lasting top. It has pretty good lace. The aroma is muted and weak, mostly musty grapes with a bit of citrus. The taste is excellent, nice and bready with hints of toasted cracker, grapes, hints of raisin and buttery caramel, a hint of herbs and pine, plus citrus, mostly lemon and grapefruit. It starts sweetish then gradually morphs to a slightly bitter, mostly citrusy, finish. It holds up well.

4.2
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2010
Defenestration is an exceptional beer. It’s an interesting and delicious shoehorning of RR’s gigantic IPA style into a Belgian. I would love another glass of this beer because there was a lot going on that I didn’t catch from my initial time with it. The beer pours a bright gold with a nice head. The smell was more of RR’s west coast hoppiness than I was prepare for. It looks like a Belgian but smells strongly of pine, citrus and floral hops. The hops come through in the flavor as well but there are also some earthy notes and a complexity fruitiness that is difficult to describe. There was caramel and bread in the balancing malt. That big West coast hoppiness in a Belgian is a fine treat.

4.2
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
An excellent take. Poured at the brewpub. White head, orange tan and opaque body. Smells good. Tastes good. Balance supreme.

4.2
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
Cloudy gold pour, white head. Bready, hoppy, apples, fruit, yeast aroma. Flavor is spicy, apples, some pear, light yeast, very light floral hops. Another winner!

4.1
Nik925 (795) - USA - NOV 20, 2008
Smells like Damnation but with a hint of metal. Two distinct layers of hop flavor. A fine beer but not as good as Cali-Bengue and a few others in this Belgian-IPA class. Also, not as good as Russian River IPA or Damnation, both of which this beer reminds you of.

4.1
poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2014
From the sampler tray at the brewery. Clear golden pour. Pine tree, cat, yum.

4.1
Werckmeister (3184) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 14, 2017
0,375l bottle at home shared with Saeglopur from trade with amazngwrldfood. Bottled 07.02.2016. light yellow clear color, small white head. smells citric, belgian yeast, grassy, spices, some flowers, very light sweetness. very nice subtle smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes flowery, citric, grassy, light belgian yeast, bit peppery, hints of sweetness, some tobacco. finishes light to medium dry with notes of grass, tobacco and some citric notes. very very nice one, but good to drink, lovely balance. great stuff.

4
j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Had this during the 2011 Shenandoah Throwdown, got the growler from a trade I did on BA. Pours a lightly hazed golden amber with a medium to large white head. Big fuzzy musk, soft hops, citrus. Sweet, lightly hoppy, big musk and citrus, faint lemon, more sweetness. Soft musk, gentle and slow developing hop bitterness. Very nice, subtle and delicate. Glad I shared this with everyone, but certainly wouldn’t have been sad to drink the growler solo.

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EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Shenandoah Throwdown, 2011. Clear orange-yellow pour with a thin white head. Citrus hop aroma. Slightly sweet with lots of hops. A bit fruity with hints of banana. Some funk. Bitter finish. Nice beer.

4
notalush (5878) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2011
GABF 2011 - not really a Belgian IPA - more like a super dry, flinty and moderately hoppy Belgian ale, which is completely fine with me, as RR excels at stuff like this - as mentioned, it is crazy dry - nice mix of moderately peppery hops and spicy phenols - a bit of flintiness and dry, mineral character - light and crisp - I want to drink a gallon of this stuff.


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