Monday, September 26, 2011

Damnation Golden Ale

Today I'm drinking Damnation Golden Ale brewed by Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, California. This beer was sent to me by SFGirl Melanie a few weeks back. Thanks again. Like many of the other beers I've had from Russian River, this one comes in a half wine bottle, 375 mL, 12.68 oz. The label depicts what appears to be Michael Jordan's pitchfork, as it is engraved with his number 23 at the bottom. Who knew he went into farming? On the back label is a story starting with the definition of Damnation. These guys give Webster a run for its money! This particular bottle is from Batch 067.

Apples, pears and Belgian yeast aroma, with a small amount of hay and funk. There is an awesome fruitiness right from the beginning. And at the same time a light tart balance contrasting with the sweeter flavors terrifically. So you have your pears and apples and bananas playing ping-pong with some lemon and citrus and faint grape. It's a Cornucopia I tell you!

Now I didn't even get to the yeast component yet, but it is equally noticeable and dominant, quite the texture and flavor enhancer. Speaking of enhancements, your mom the 7.75% alcohol is noticeable and has a terrific way of bringing out the yeast. Toward the end, some light bitterness and acidity lead to a clean and dry finish. Good carbonation. Nice aftertaste. I enjoyed this immensely! I'd compare it to another beer I really enjoy, Ommegang BPA, but just with a little more alcohol and bang. Drink up when you can.


Logan Thompson said...

I love the Damnation. Luckily it's available a lot of places around here. A solid beer.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Logan.

Lucky you. I doubt Florida ever sees Russian River distributed here. Anyway, I've been fortunate to have friends that bring and send me many of their options. Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

Great beer, great descriptors.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yes, I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for the comment.