Monday, December 3, 2012

Game Day Beer Review: Russian River Brewing Temptation American Wild Ale

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(7.50% ABV) Poured on draft at the brewpub in Santa Rosa, California into a goblet, a beer from the venerated master of the wild ale format, Russian River founder Vinnie Cilurzo.  Temptation poured a clear-as-a-bell gold color, with a fizzy white head with tons of tight bubbles. As the beer disappeared there was lots of lacing left behind. 

We smelled apples on the nose, as well as some grapes and some typical barnyard funkiness.

The beer had a nice level of lactic sourness, which was the first thing we noticed. It was crisp and refreshing, with a just-right level of carbonation. It was definitely winey on the aftertaste, but less so than, say, Dogfish Head's Noble Rot. The beer finished nice and  dry. We liked it -- a lot. A+

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