Sierra Nevada/Russian River – Beer Camp Across America Tater Ridge: A collaboration with Russian River Brewing this Belgian Style Blonde Ale was brewed at a strength of 6.3% abv and 50 IBUs. I have never had anything by Russian River before, not even a collaboration, so this was my first exposure to their beers that I really want to find more of in the future.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a cloudy golden yellow with one small finger of foam and a lot of various size carbonation bubbles. The aroma is grainy with banana and clove.
Flavour: Starts off with a light grainy malt followed by more clove and banana, its refreshing and finishes with a herbal woodsy hop finish and a lingering clove spice aftertaste.
Overall Impression: Solid effort, nothing fancy but well executed – I personally prefer a bit more spice in my Belgian blonde ales.
Rating: It was very good at 7/10, easy enough to drink while showcasing a hint of complexity.
Food Pairing: A triple creme brie or other soft cheese on grainy crackers would pair nicely with this one.