Glassware: IPA glass.
Appearance: Golden pour with excellent clarity. Quite a short head and minimal wavy lace being strewn down the glass.
Aroma: We’re getting that hallmark American IPA nose led by pithy grapefruit, pine needles, citrus rind, fresh herbs, some orange citrus and light florals. The malt profile is so clean it ain’t funny. We’re more inclined to say it’s grainy with some husky and sweet notes as well. Solid!
Flavour: It has that typical all-encompassing bitterness with a dry and pithy astringency in support. We’re picking up a light grainy/biscuity malt that softens the mid palate before the brawny bitterness returns with delicate honey, citrus acidity and pine needle on the close.
Mouthfeel: Incredibly crush-able. Dry and slightly warming (6.25% ABV) with mild-moderate body. Co2 is spot on. Dangerously easy over the tongue!
Overall: Extremely well presented IPA. After all it is Russian River! We hate to stack it up against Pliny but we can’t help it, somehow it finds itself in its shadow but it still has this super clean feel with enormous session ability…..just like Pliny!