Russian River Brewing Reviews




Sudz4Dayz
3.6
Russian River Pliny the Elder
500ml bottle consumed in a bottle share, thanks to Sam. Pours golden clear, foamy white head. Leaves substantial lacing. Looks like a nice barrel aged saison. Smells nice. Piney, floral, citrus nose. Small aroma but pleasant. Tastes old school hops,. Piney, floral, malty and caramel. Small citrus finish. Dry and clean aftertaste. Bitter and crisp mouthfeel. Honestly I wanted to hate this beer. After all the hype I couldnít believe it was any good. Figured it would be an overrated west coast IPA. It is. but not as bad as I had thought. I still donít understand how anyone rates this above a 4 though. Itís good but not great.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

boomerbrew
4.4
Russian River Pliny the Elder
Great beer! Extra smooth for IBU of 100. I only got a sample wishing I had more. Hard to find around here.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tide
4
Russian River Toronado 25th Anniversary
Taster from a bottle at RRBC thanks to the wonderful bartenders sharing with me. Copper color, white head. Sour taste with citrus, sour apples, acidic notes, cherry, wheat, grass and oak. Sour finish with citrus, acidic notes, sour apples, cherry, wheat, oak, grass and tart. Exquisite sour ale.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Tide
3.7
Russian River OVL Stout
Draught at RRBC. Black color, beige head. Bitter with roasted malts, nuts, smoke, espresso, chocolate and licorice. Bitter finish with roasted malts, smoke, espresso, nuts, chocolate and licorice. Excellent stout, huge flavor profile for such low ABV.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Tide
3.4
Russian River Happy Hops
Draught at RRBC. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with grapefruit, hops, pine, mango, toast and grass. Bitter finish with grapefruit, hops, pine, a bit of mango and grass. Good APA.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Tide
3.7
Russian River Benediction
Draught at RRBC. Brown color, white head. Bittersweet taste with citrus, nuts, toffee, earthy notes, malts, bread, a bit of chocolate and yeast. Bitter finish with citrus, malts, toffee, chocolate, nuts, bread, earthy notes and a bit of hops. Excellent abbey dubbel, actually one of the best in this mostly not so interesting category.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Tide
3.3
Russian River Gaffers Bitter
Draught at RRBC. Hazy amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, hops, malts, earthy notes, a bit of fruits and grass. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, fruits, malts, grass and a bit of resin. Very nice brew.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Tide
3.1
Russian River Aud Blonde
Draught at RRBC. Pale golden color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, hops, toast, malts, earthy notes and grass. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, toast, malts, pine and grass. Good brew, a mix of pils and something Belgian.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Tide
3.1
Russian River Scratching Post
Draught at RRBC. Hazy yellow color, white head. Bitter taste with grapefruit, hops, pine, a bit of mango and resin. Bitter finish with grapefruit, hops, a bit of mango, pine and grass. Good brew.
Monday, April 24, 2017

drsandman
4.2
Russian River Consecration
Bottle & tap at RR. Pours murky red brown, off white head. Aroma is tart dark fruits, berries, grape, oak, barnyard, prune. Flavor is tart cherries, grape, earthy funk, raisin, currants. Farly tart, wine like & complex.
Sunday, April 23, 2017

monkeychugg55
4.3
Russian River Consecration
Slightly hazy red-amber with a small beige head. The aroma has some vanilla, acid, funk, cherry and caramelized sugar. The flavor is similar, with some medium sourness and a dry, vanilla and oak finish. Doesnít come off as a strong beer at all. Very good!
Saturday, April 22, 2017

gregwilsonstl
4
Russian River Supplication
Red. Sour. Really polished. Cherries. Kinda reminds me of a tart apples plus cherry soda.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

davidezdonz
4.2
Russian River Consecration
A 375ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 4th April 2016, poured into a Cantillon ballon glass. It was a dark reddish brown colour with a two finger light tan head that dissipated quickly while leaving only slight lacing. Aromas of lots of oak, cherry, blackcurrant, grape and red wine. Tastes of sweet-ish blackcurrant and cherries followed by sourness, oak, red wine, vinegar and light funk. Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Overall this was just like drinking red wine with carbonation. There was no sign of the 10% ABV, and although I thought the aroma was better than the taste, both were still good.
Friday, April 21, 2017

vtafro
3.8
Russian River Tempo Change
Draft. During my bachelor party long weekend in the san francisco area, sixth stop(day 1) RR, last new one this day. Golden pour. Fruity, citrus, tropical tones, mild malt and herbal bitter tones.
Friday, April 21, 2017

vtafro
3.5
Russian River Jake Break
Draft. During my bachelor party long weekend in the san francisco area, sixth stop(day 1) RR. Golden pour with white head. Citrus, fruity, mildly sweet hop tones.
Friday, April 21, 2017

vtafro
3.3
Russian River Happy Hops
Draft. During my bachelor party long weekend in the san francisco area, sixth stop(day 1) RR. Golden pour with white head. Herbal, grassy, fruit hop tones.
Friday, April 21, 2017

vtafro
3.3
Russian River Dribble Belt
Draft. During my bachelor party long weekend in the san francisco area, sixth stop(day 1) RR. Light pour with some head. Herbal, grassy and citrus hop hints.
Friday, April 21, 2017

vtafro
2.2
Russian River Gaffers Bitter
Draft. During my bachelor party long weekend in the san francisco area, sixth stop(day 1) RR. Golden pour with light head. Mild tones, hints of malt and fruit herbal bitterness.
Friday, April 21, 2017

vtafro
3.8
Russian River Porter
Draft. During my bachelor party long weekend in the san francisco area, sixth stop(day 1) RR. Dark pour with light head. Nice bodied, roasted, coffee, chocolate, toffee tones.
Friday, April 21, 2017

vtafro
2.6
Russian River OVL Stout
Draft. During my bachelor party long weekend in the san francisco area, sixth stop(day 1) RR. Dark pour with light head. Roasted, light coffee, dry malt tones.
Friday, April 21, 2017

vtafro
3.5
Russian River STS Pils
Draft. During my bachelor party long weekend in the san francisco area, sixth stop(day 1) RR. Golden pour with light head. Mild malt, grassy, bready, fruit tones.
Friday, April 21, 2017

vtafro
3.2
Russian River Aud Blonde
Draft. During my bachelor party long weekend in the san francisco area, sixth stop(day 1) RR. Light golden pour. Very light spice, yeast and fruit tones. Dry finish.
Friday, April 21, 2017

vtafro
3.4
Russian River Benediction
Draft. During my bachelor party long weekend in the san francisco area, sixth stop(day 1) RR. Brownish pour with light head. Mild dark fruit, sweet candi sugars, yeast tones.
Friday, April 21, 2017

vtafro
3.5
Russian River Scratching Post
Draft. During my bachelor party long weekend in the san francisco area, sixth stop(day 1) RR. Golden pour with light head. Herbal, floral, yeast, clove and banana tones.
Friday, April 21, 2017

vtafro
3.6
Russian River Erudition
Draft. During my bachelor party long weekend in the san francisco area, sixth stop(day 1) RR. Golden hazy pour with light head. Yeast, clove, wheat, and mild spice and fruit tones.
Friday, April 21, 2017

vtafro
3.6
Russian River Sheís So Italian
Draft. During my bachelor party long weekend in the san francisco area, sixth stop(day 1) RR. Golden pour with white head. Herbal, fruity, grassy and malty tones.
Friday, April 21, 2017

DeGrog
4.2
Russian River Dribble Belt
I'm happy that they are bottling this now. It's a great beer with a lighter ABV %. I'll keep coming back for this one!!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Thursday, April 20, 2017

mR_fr0g
3.4
Russian River Sonambic
Keg at Ratebeer Best Beer Festival. 31/01/2016. A hazed yellow / straw coloured pour with a small white head. Aroma is tangy lemon, lacto sour, horsey funk, rubber. Flavour is composed of tangy lemon rund, spicy lacto sour, horsey funk, citrus lemon. Palate is crisp and tangy, highish carbonation. Below average for RR.
Monday, April 17, 2017

neongolden
4.3
Russian River Pliny the Elder
(On tap @ Toronado SD, April 3/17) Pours a clear medium gold with an average white head and lace. Aroma is longer on resinous herbal and conifer notes than many modern IPAs, like pine and fir, grapefruit and citrus oils, lemongrass, some sweet orange and light tropical fruit notes, a hint of pretty clean and lightly sweet malt poking through the resin. Flavour again showcases lots of pretty hefty but flavourful hop resins, more pine needles, herbs, grapefruit peels, sweet orange, grass, lightly sweet and clean but definitely present pale malt backbone. Fairly high resinous bitterness, not totally palate scouring but quite a grip in the finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation, slightly slick. A really nice balance for a bitter resinous style of DIPA. Itís not a million times better than other good examples, but it is definitely very good.
Sunday, April 16, 2017

monkeychugg55
4
Russian River Temptation
Such a great beer. Super complex but everything is in perfect harmony. White whine character is mellow and peasant. The sourness is nice and not overly acidic.
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Garrold
4.3
Russian River Consecration
Bottle, by way of a trade. Bottling date January 2016. Clear, deep ruby red. Slimmest ring of off white head. Nose has sweet vine fruit. Vanilla oak. Red wine cork. Touch of mouldy funk. Some sweet morello cherry. Smells pretty amazing. Taste is dry and lightly acidic. Bit of a balsamic sweetness. Tart and dry mouthfeel. Some cleansing tartness. Mouldy cherry sweetness, and balsamic acidity to finish. Wow. Great beer.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

JBell14
3.8
Russian River Blind Pig IPA
Bottled 3/14. Pours a clear golden/caramel color. Sweet malt aroma, but the aroma is not as strong as Pliny the Elder. Similar crisp pine flavor with more citrus on the back end John L - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Friday, April 14, 2017

JBell14
4.2
Russian River Pliny the Elder
Bottled 3/10. Pours a clear golden yellow with a white head which dissipates quickly. Hints if apricot amongst the citrus aroma. Dry and crisp with piney hop flavor. At first I thought this was a bit over hyped (east coast bias), but with this my last of 3 bottles I've come around. Glad I waited to rate it. John L - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Friday, April 14, 2017

crispaire
4.2
Russian River Pliny the Elder
pours a clear golden orangey yellow. aroma is of delicate flowery meadows and fresh cut grass. does not drink like most double IPAs, so smooth and mellow. great mouthfeel. flavors of balanced honey, hops, hint of malt, and bread. this is a brew worthy of its acclaim.
Friday, April 14, 2017

Tide
3.4
Russian River Rejection
Draught at Toronado. Dark brown color, beige head. Bitter taste with chocolate, roasted malts, earthy notes, nuts, a bit of dark fruits and toffee. Bitter finish with roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, dark fruits, earthy notes and bread. Very nice Belgian ale.
Sunday, April 9, 2017

jinroh
4.4
Russian River Pliny the Elder
Nice clear golden, white foam. Aroma is clear and resinous, Iím already sold. Very balanced and good hops. Green herbs and fresh resin. Taste displays more of resinous greatness, super clean, super refreshing. Really feels like hoppy sparkling water. Great stuff. Long resiny and smooth finish.
Sunday, April 9, 2017

Tide
3.7
Russian River Jake Break
Draught at Toronado. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, floral hops, mango, resin and a bit of pine. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, resin, mango, a bit of pine and grass. Very nice IPA, simple but great execution.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

BuckeyeBoy
3.9
Russian River Row 2/Hill 56
On tap at RR brewing pours out amber topped with a sand head. Nose is nice light tropical fruits pineapple and some mango. Taste is more of the nice light tropical fruit notes and a light malt.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bule
4.2
Russian River Tempo Change
Growler from the brewery. Pours a slightly hazy yellow amber color with a bit of foamy head. Mild easy going hops that balance the malt nicely. Some fruitiness.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

douglas88
3.8
Russian River STS Pils
On tap at Belmont. Pours a clear yellow color with a large white head. A big fruity pils malt nose. Floral hops, very clear, pils malt, earthy. Super drinkable. Lovely beer.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

slowrunner77
4.3
Russian River Tempo Change
Slightly hazy attempt at a NE Style IPA. Fails to hit the style on the head, but as a showcase of fantastically fruity hops? Itís GREAT. Melon, citrus and tropical fruit. Smooth and easy, though somewhat complex.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

slowrunner77
4.1
Russian River Jake Break
tap at RR First crack at a citrusy all fruit forward ipa for them? Ever so slightly cloudy orange with a very tangerine forward aroma and flavor. Some bitterness, but not a lot. Simple, but taaasty.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

slowrunner77
3.9
Russian River Hop 2 It (Strata)
Decent lighter ipa. Stone Fruit and citrus, light to moderate with lower bitterness and body, but quite tasty and aromatic.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

haukur
4.4
Russian River Consecration
bottle. Clear brown color with a very small head. Aroma has ripe dark grapes, very vineous, slight hint of blackcurrants. Very dry, high on acidity. Very sour finish. Sublime
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

kevinator63
4.8
Russian River Pliny the Elder
What can be said that hasnít been said already about Pliny. Itís a legendary IPA, and for good reason. Itís appearance and aroma are beautiful, goldish orange, with a hoppy pine scent. The taste is awesome, smooth and malty, slightly sweet, notes of caramel and just an all around treat for the taste buds. As a stout lover, I appreciate this IPA not just for what it brings to my mouth, but what it doesnít bring too. Itís hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so, and a bit more malt flavor than most Imperials. Keep Pliny cold, and drink it fresh. From a bottle, consumed within 24 hours of purchase. All around excellent, masterfully crafted (and marketed too) IPA.
Sunday, April 2, 2017

slowrunner77
3.4
Russian River Scratching Post
Yeast forward golden Belgian with pronounced bread and banana, some apple and light spice underneath. Pretty nice.
Sunday, April 2, 2017

slowrunner77
3.8
Russian River Sheís So Italian
Scored way lower than expected so far. Yes itís a blonde ale, but a damn good one. Unique and tasty. Dark straw color. Pepper and Berry undertones, soft palate and light grain and floral notes.
Sunday, April 2, 2017

Hexenhetfield
4.9
Russian River Pliny the Elder
Es una cerveza muy rica y por eso es que tiene una gran fama, esta muy balanceada
Saturday, April 1, 2017

rosskyle
3.6
Russian River Consecration
375ml bottle. Ambers cherry color with an off white head. Sweet grape wine aroma. Cherry tart wood sweet sour flavor. Medium carbonated body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Tide
3.6
Russian River Redemption (Batch 002+)
Draught at Zeitgeist. Golden color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, earthy notes, yeast, a bit of ripe fruits, hops and grass. Bitter finish with citrus, earthy notes, hops, grass and ripe fruits. Excellent Belgian ale.
Friday, March 31, 2017