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Russian River Redemption (365 Day 3)

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

First off the title, in parenthesis, refers to me doing 365 Days of American Craft Beer and that I am currently on day 3. Yes, this will be at the top of each of my posts to help me keep track as well as introduce any new people to what I am trying to accomplish with this part of the blog. On second thought I just added a category for these posts going forward; hopefully that will be self explanatory enough.

Russian River‘s Redemption, a Belgian Pale Ale, just arrived from my cousin in California along with a few other goodies from Russian River that I will probably be partaking in the next few days.

The nice thing about Redemption is that it is somewhat “cheap” for a Russian River beer: $4.99 for a 375ml. Most, if not all, of the other beers I have tried from RR have been at least double that cost outside of Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig.

The bottle, with a cork, always makes me think that the liquid goodness inside will be better than a beer in a regular bottle. Sort of like a woman wearing a skirt over jeans 😉 So without hesitation, Redemption was quickly poured into my Surly tulip glass (that I later dropped and broke in the kitchen sink cleaning it. No, I didn’t get hurt. Thank you for asking.) with a heaping helping of snow white foam to fill the glass. The aroma was light but was as expected: yeast (Belgian), pepper, and some lemon. Daintily put together. The taste follows with a bit of pepper lingering in the mouth, while the body is light it carries a zesty, crisp carbonation to make it seem bigger. Nice drinking and, in spite of being light, a beer I could have year round. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 9, Look: 8, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 8.9

Russian River Halloween

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Russian River is easily one of my favorite breweries: from their outstanding IPAs to their American Wild Ales, they seem to hit a home run with each beer. Living in Illinois it isn’t always simple to obtain some of the liquid goodness from Northern California.

The only saving grace I have is my cousin Russ who lives in Southern California and his willingness to help me at every turn when it comes to getting Russian River American craft beers. Recently I received quite the haul from him: Pliny the Elder (4), Blind Pig, and Supplication.

The Pliny was bottled on September 23rd and the Blind Pig on September 07th; both have to be enjoyed rather quickly as the freshness will drop out of the hops soon. No better day than today, Halloween, to partake in a few of the stellar beers afforded the American craft industry by Russian River.

Yep, I am one of the Dad’s that loves taking the kids out for Trick-or-Treating as long as the wagon will continue to produce the treats of great American craft beer. This year the wagon will runnith over with Russian River, which I am already coating the stomach with. All Hallows Eve is looking really tasty this year. Enjoy!

Pliny The Elder Continues To Impress

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

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Back on February 22nd, 2010 here on the sips blog I mentioned that I had had the fortune of having my first Pliny the Elder. I rambled on for quite some time about the build up to the first sip and, finally, the actual tasting and review. Both Rich and I thought it was outstanding but I was the only one to review.

Since then I have had the fortune of sampling the beer at least three more times. I know you are happy for me. Each time I have one it is an “occasion” for me. My feelings towards the beer hasn’t changed yet and I will be having a few more over the next week or so. I am impressed with how well balanced and how little bitterness there is in the finish or after taste for such a big IPA.

I have had other Russian River beers, having been impressed by each, but none comes close to comparing to sweet, sweet nectar known as Pliny the Elder. Enjoy!

Pliny The Elder Bests Blind Pig

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Russian River is sort of that mythical brewery for me. Everything I have heard about them is top notch. I have listened to a couple of pod casts with Vinnie Cilurzo, the owner and brewer, and he seems like a nice enough guy that just loves beer. free run 6 femmes Each and every beer they brew gets rave reviews on the internet and from the American craft beer industry in general. So I made it a personal goal to try their beer.

I currently have had the chance to try only three (Blind Pig IPA, Consecration, Pliny The Elder), all recently, of their offerings but each is appreciative of your senses and titilates them perfectly.

But I didn’t try Blind Pig until last night when a friend of mine, during the day, stated that he thought Blind Pig was better than Pliny The Elder. I didn’t want to hear of it. Pliny seemed the pinnacle of all Imperail IPAs and, quite possibly, the best beer I have ever had!!! How could he speak blasphemy in the name of Pliny? He did. I had to figure out what would make him say something like that, especially after he gave Pliny such a great review on the site.

I am not going to regurgitate my reviews of the two beers here but I will say that Blind Pig is definitely in the league of Pliny, just not better or as good. Now, that is holding it up to what I determine to really be a perfect beer. I thought the difference was in the fact that even though Blind Pig is an IPA, it wasn’t as balanced as Pliny. Still damn tasty. Enjoy!