Ron Mexico. It is a beer brewed by Vinnie Cilurzo and his acolytes at Russian River Brewing Company. Russian River never seems to disappoint, and it does not miss the mark with this one. Before we dive into the nitty gritty lets talk about what is in this beer, and why you probably have never heard of it before.
Ron Mexico is a special commemorative release for next week’s American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Conference in San Diego. Those of you lucky enough to attend will likely have the chance to down a few of these bad boys during the festivities. The name is derived from the single hop within, HBC-438 or “Ron Mexico”, a var. neomexicanus/var. lupulus hybrid. The neomexicanus half is native to the western United States and offers some distinct morphological characteristics, and apparently some pretty unique tastes and aromas. Okay, enough of minutia, lets talk BEER.
Old Ronny Mexico pours a nice pale golden yellow with a rather thin head in my 30th anniversary (2004) Marmot pint glass. From here, things get a little fuzzy. I swear the aroma changes with every sniff. It starts with a strong tropical fruit note with piña colada and coconut. From there it meanders between the tropical fruit, toward lemongrass, herbal, spicy (pepper?, cumin?), and back to fruity again. A very complex aroma that I cant quite get my head around. The taste is a bit more monotone. It has a fairly straightforward IPA flavor, but the mixture of spice and fruitiness of the aroma does make itself known to the taste buds. It is a little on the “sharp” end (for lack of a better term) in terms of flavor and aftertaste.
Did you seriously not understand the reference?? Ron Mexico is Mike Vick, the old quarterback, thats whos on the label doing the heisman, The cigar is meant to be a joke.