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Russian River IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River IPA
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326 Ratings
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 62
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: drewbage on 06-02-2003

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Ratings: 326 | Reviews: 157
Photo of BierJager89
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper color with a white head.

S: Citrus, pine and tropical fruit in the nose.

T: Orange, passionfruit and pine are the dominant flavors. It tastes really good, like all their other hoppy beers.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat smooth for an IPA.

O: A really good IPA, with a delicious orange/tropical fruit forward hop character.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light bodied gold appearance, amazing clarity, soft virgin white head, about 1/3" deep.

Aroma is plenty hoppy in the Russian River vein: dank, fruity, pine and bitter.

Taste is heavenly. Super light malt bill that stays out of the way of the hops, probably uses a little sugar in it to stay so light. Really amps up the pine flavors. Extremely bitter and enjoyable. Almost too bitter in the mouthfeel. Still very good, but, dang man. The super dry and grassy malt just allows the massive hopping to thrash your palate with wave after wave of what I suspect to be a lot of simcoe, amarillo, chinook, columbus and cascade hops. Big carbonation. So carbonated and bitter that you'll hallucinate and think there is pepper in here.

Being the only guy to review Russian River IPA 100, I figured I should probably review this one, since I've had it more times. Funny how this can be below average for Russian River, and yet still better than 95% of ipas out there.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At the hipster Joint - Haven, in the Circle in Orange, CA.

You know when you're chillin' and you feelin' it like, "Yeah, here come Raul..." Yep! Russian River IPA got me lifted!

RR IPA just don't hold back. It done gone full throttle like the Three Chipmunks that Stole Christmas. I mean, this thang get you so hard up for another taste, that J-Lo could be next to Raul asking him to get her wedgie out of her her boom boom with his teeth n Raul would be like, "Nah baby, I bizzy wit dis."

So, bottom line: if something better than a J-Lo wedgie, yep! Get on it!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You don't have to be flamboyant in order to do it well. That's my impression from this beer. It's easy drinking and consistent on the profile. Thorough hop character stays quite consistent. And it's well balanced. It's always nice to be able to try a different RR beer, and this doesn't disappoint. It isn't going to blow you away with some intense complexity, but it impressed me with its consistency and steady nature.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Russian River in Santa Rosa.

Pours a very clear, light golden colour, with a firm, slightly sticky body. Head is a solid white crown, that leaves some mild, sheeting carbonation. Carbonation streams in fine rivulets. Looks good. Reminds me of Blind Pig.

Nose is sweetly citric, with lemon sherbet coming through along with a hint of stonefruit. Some crushed leaf to give it a greener, more vegetative aroma, but mostly it's just sweet and fragrant.

Light leafiness on the front of the palate leads to more of that fruity lemon sherbet sweetness, before a clear bitterness comes through at the end. The sweetness clings on until the finish however, when a slight tang of pepper finally manages to make it lose its grip. Feel is bright, alive and fresh.

Nice beer, but Blind Pig is better as an IPA, in my opinion. The lemon sweetness is a nice touch, and delineates this from their others. Overall: solid.

Photo of litheum94
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Brilliant golden body. Presented with minimal, off-white head.

Minty, piney hop aromas. Fruit esters, mostly of tropical fruit. Cracker malt aromas.

Dry, cracker malts. Woody, pine bark flavors. Minty fresh coolness. Light fruit flavors, but this showcases vegetal hops. Restrained bitterness on the finish. Moderate carbonation, slightly dry mouthfeel.

What a great, everyday IPA. Pliny is their killer, but if they put this in sixers, it would be their biggest seller. Endlessly enjoyable. I should note that this is a review of the newer batches, which evidently underwent a slight recipe tweak.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit. Taste is much the same with a honey flavor on the finish. There is a medium level of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that smells better than it tastes but is still quite drinkable.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Russian River growler into a 20 oz pub glass.

A: Pours a brilliant golden color with a half inch sized white head.

S: Loads of pine with a bit of citrus.

T: Naturally I compared and contrasted this with Russian River's other two outstanding IPA's: Pliny and Blind Pig. It's got more pine than the other two. Probably also a bit more balanced. A hint of citrus and floral accents.

M: Medium body, average level of carbonation.

O: A very good IPA. Well balanced, hoppy as hell, and outstanding drinkability.

Photo of ThirstyBoy
2.83/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I know its out of the general perception of this beer, and almost blasphemy to say about a RR beer - but this beer was really quite bad.

It looked and smelled like a typical IPA - bright and well presented with a moderate piney/fruity aroma. But when i tasted it... all there really is is bitterness, so much bitterness that everything else is beaten mercilessly into the background. Its one of the most spectacularly unbalanced beers that I have ever tried and one of the few that was not actually "faulty" that I have been unable to finish. With Blind Pig and Pliny on the menu, I have no idea what the purpose of this beer is, other than to prove that if you try you can make a be so bitter that only the profoundly masochistic would try top drink a second glass.

Sorry RR

Photo of WeedKing4
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap from the brewpub. Pours a clear golden. Tastes very bitter following one of their wild ales. Nice floral hops in the taste. The flavor and bitterness really surprised me as this is a single ipa. it's actually one of the best ipas I have had in awhile. Great beer.

Photo of Murrhey
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Tustin Brewing Co. into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger white fluffy head. Very clear golden color. Fairly pale. Little carbonation but nice retention, impressive lacing.

S- Floral and citrusy hops, light and very inviting.

T- Bitter and spicy, great bitter linger.

M- Medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

O- Good beer. Would get again. That said, I was expecting more.

Photo of brotherloco
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this growler a couple of days ago while spending an afternoon at Russian River. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale gold with over two fingers of off-white foam. Head settles to a thin covering. Huge lacing left in glass.

Aroma is dominated by hops (of course.) A little milder than Blind Pig or Pliny. Still lots of pine and grapefruit, along with earthy flowery notes. Malt sits in background. A touch of sweetness is there though.

Flavor is quite grassy and earthy. Not getting so much citrus, and getting more of a hit of slightly-sweet biscuity malt. Plenty of bitterness in the middle and lingering dry finish. This differs from Blind Pig with more bitter feel than flavor, but just in a minor way.

Body is medium with medium-light carbonation, although that might be knocked down a little by the growler.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a cylindricalish glass at City Beer Store.

A: No head. Some bubbles. Very pale and clear.

S: Hops. Pine resin. Sticky and strong.

T: Disappointing. Dry, astringent hops and not much else. An earthy, vegetal end/aftertaste. Obviously an IPA, but not necessarily a good or balanced one.

M: Good carbonation. Sharp, spicy hops. Chewy.

O: Goodish IPA, but not as good as Blind Pig. Not recommended. Would have again.

Photo of SallyBirkhart
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

am i having the same ipa as others..? had this on draught at the russian river tasting at obriens..and i loved it..it had an orangey amber color which was clouded..not much head retention..sweet piney aroma with hints of mandarine orange citrus..the flavor brought out the mandarine orange even more..with lots of orangy citrusness..almost to the point of being damn yummy..actually..it was damn yummy..some nice bitterness in the end where you can also taste some tangerine flesh..

Photo of notchucknorris
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: clear golden color with a 1 finger fluffy white head

S: Big piny hop aroma with a bit of bready malt evident as well.

T: Big pine hop bite throughout with just a hint of malt to balance things out. A really solid IPA and definitely one done right in the old fashioned way.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear golden with 1.5 fingers white head with moderate retention and good lacing.

S - Floral and citrus hops

T - Much like the Blind Pig IPA with amazing hop bouquet nice citrus, spice, pepper, with a side plate sour finish and a dry bitter but not quite as bitter as Blind.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, a bit creamy in texture.

O - Love it, Russian Rivers IPAs are all money!

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Head fades down at a medium pace leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of pine and citrus hops with some grapefruit, slight caramel malt, and a touch of bread.

T - Starts off with a mix of pine hops and bitterness. Through the middle the sweet caramel malt backbone comes through with some citrus hops and some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of bitter grassy hops, sweet caramel malts, and a touch of bready flavor.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice fresh hop profile from start to end with a very nice hop and malt balance.

Photo of sholland119
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone, 11/4/11.

A-Pours a clear golden honey with a foamy white head and great lacing.

S-Grainy and sour with a pungent bitterness.

T-Grainy malt, bitter hops with a great earthy edge.

M-Light to medium bodied, crisp.

O-Pretty good. This could not possibly live up to the hype but was objectively a bit meh regardless. Still cool to try it.

HV

Photo of pmarlowe
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(4.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5)

On tap at O'Brien's. Pint glass.

A: Pours medium-light golden, transparent, with a half finger of off-white, solid foam. Pretty lattice of lacing and good retention.

S: Less aroma than I was hoping. Pine and grapefruit are at the forefront, and bread and caramel fight for secondary dominance.

T: Bitter throughout the sip. Nice subtle floral and a little pine (reminiscent of Pliny, really), some supporting spice and bitter pink grapefruit. Bready malt and sweet caramel. The caramel and bitter linger on the aftertaste.

M: Medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O: A little bitter for my taste, and a tad light on the flavor. I can see why they don't bottle this.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Stone World Bistro & Gardens. Orange colour, great looks. Orange and tangerine taste, syrupy, a palate erase, a sipper. Well crafted IPA, but also very bitter and grassy. Not that complex. I prefer the Blind Pig myself but glad I had it. Was better cold.

Photo of coldriver
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap Dec 22 at Russian River brewpub. Pours a deep amber with good head and lacing. Aroma is oily citrus and pine. Taste dominated by the hops with nice grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel and pine. Mouthfeel is typical Russian River mouth candy with nice dry finish. Loved this beer - sort of a Pliny light (but not too light),

Photo of bump8628
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange with a dense cap of white head - great lacing. Huge flavors of pine and evergreen. Grapefruit and grass emerge as it opens up. Smooth hop bitters. Balanced and dry on the finish, but just loaded with hop character. My preference is for Blind Pig, but this one is still worlds ahead of anything I can regularly get my hands on at home. On-tap at Hollingsheads in Orange, California.

Photo of yourefragile
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewpub.

Pours a dark, clear golden orange with white head and ample lacing. Aroma is loaded with grapefruit rind, pine and orange hops. Flavor is exceptionally dry and bitter, dominated by citrus rind, floral and pine hops with a biscuit malt body. Medium body, high carbonation and an exceptionally dry, bitter finish.

Photo of kojevergas
2.74/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a 2oz sampler glass at Russian River's brewpub in Santa Rosa. This is me favourite brewery in the states, so my expectations were high. However, it's also my usual least favourite style - but Russian River also does Pliny, which I like. I didn't know what to expect. Reviewed from notes. Cost was .50 USD.

A: Pours a half-finger head of light cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a clear copper.

Sm: A moderate strength aroma of bittering hops. Pleasant and inviting.

T: The bittering hops are rather overdone, but it's pleasant nonetheless. Imbalanced in that there's entirely too much bitterness, but the build is sound. It's simple, however. I expect more complexity, especially from Russian River. Pliny this is not.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with coarseness plaguing the third act. Complements the flavours in a general sense, but doesn't feel tailored to them.

Dr: Very drinkable for the style, but a bit of a disappointment coming from Russian River.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a giant cappuccino head. This head sits perfect for quite awhile.
Piney hops on the nose.
Yeah, this is an IPA. Malts? What are malts? This beer has never heard of such a thing.
Very light, almost thin. Carbonation spot on, and the lightness almost makes it sessionable, but when it comes to IPAs, i want a touch more body.
Not quite as good as Blind Pig, but if your looking for a lighter-bodied hop bomb, look no further.

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Russian River IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.