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Happy Hops - Russian River Brewing Company

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Happy Hops
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92
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236 Ratings
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 21
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 08-21-2008)
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Backlash209

California

2/5  rDev -51.6%

10-13-2012 02:55:38 | More by Backlash209
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Offa

California

2.4/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is supposedly like a hoppier golden ale and it succeeds in being light in body and flavour and clearly leaning to the bitter and hoppy side. This seems to be because of a lack of malty strength and body, making the hops strong relative to the rest of the beer, rather than making the hops stand out because of absolute hoppiness. This is, as a result, not very good to me.

Pale golden, it has a smallish, off-white ehad, lasting and slowly shrinking to a thin, wispy top and leaving some decent lace.

The aroma is light, flowery grapefruit with maybe a hint of pine and citrus flowers and the weakest hint of toasted cracker - barely noticeable.

The flavour is much the same. It has a little light sweetness mostly with a citrusy character and only a hint of toasted cracker, soon dominated by bitter grapefruit that caries through the finish into the aftertaste. There is little body or malt flavour/character. As said above, the hops may not be strong in absolute terms, but they totally overpower the drink here because of a lack of flavour depth and balancing malt. This is not my glass of beer and I see no point in drinking it, but then I don't like beer that tastes like practically nothing but grapefruit pulp.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2008 16:10:21 | More by Offa
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coleary

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

07-19-2013 18:48:25 | More by coleary
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oaktree42


3/5  rDev -27.4%

04-14-2012 16:35:24 | More by oaktree42
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spamages

Michigan

3/5  rDev -27.4%

12-29-2011 21:31:06 | More by spamages
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sactownjimmy

California

3/5  rDev -27.4%

01-13-2014 22:42:06 | More by sactownjimmy
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heytomcat

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -27.4%

06-30-2013 04:01:37 | More by heytomcat
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laurastradford

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -27.4%

02-05-2013 20:13:32 | More by laurastradford
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tykechandler

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

06-18-2014 23:48:33 | More by tykechandler
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Russian River.

A - Served a very clear yellow with a thin white head.

S - Very citrusy and floral. Very floral.

T - The floral flavors over powered everything here.

D - Average all-around.

O - Do you like spring flowers? This is the beer for you then.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 03:05:14 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Bike2work


3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

05-29-2012 15:05:01 | More by Bike2work
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

07-01-2014 12:37:24 | More by Schlafly33
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Rick778

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

02-13-2014 22:38:33 | More by Rick778
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Adamostella

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

02-02-2013 19:01:36 | More by Adamostella
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mhaugo

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

12-17-2011 17:19:09 | More by mhaugo
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illidurit

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

06-25-2013 02:58:59 | More by illidurit
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

06-26-2013 13:38:03 | More by petermethot
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joesc230

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

07-12-2012 06:04:00 | More by joesc230
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mbixler

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

12-16-2012 18:07:42 | More by mbixler
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kojevergas

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to baybassboy for giving this to me in a trade. This is my first growler review of all time; who'd have known I'd have 2000 beers prior to reviewing one from a growler? Baybassboy picked this one up at Russian River last weekend and was kind enough to share the wealth. Growler served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are quite high given the brewery.

Served cold. Poured from straight above (it's hard to manipulate a growler) with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a frothy two finger beige colour head of good cream, great thickness, and fantastic retention - especially considering it's a growler pour. Body colour is a pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks quite good for the style. I'd estimate retention is a good four minutes. Lacks notable lacing.

Sm: Nectary floral hops, pale malts, a soapy note, detergent, and citrus. Pleasant all around, though it may have spent too long in primary. A fresh mild strength aroma.

T: Nectary floral character. Well layered pale malts. A bit of soapy/detergent character, but it's forgivable. Still, the balance does suffer. Refreshing and tasty. Hop bitterness never comes through. Hop nectar is the dominant note throughout, and lends the flavour its cohesive unity. Still, I'd like to see a bit more of a malty foundation. Fresh and pleasant. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and refreshing. Carbonation is actually quite adequate; I'm surprised given that it's a growler pour. Suits the flavours nicely. Good presence on the palate. Quite soft.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. Very flavorful for the style. I'm liking it more and more as it warms and as I attenuate to it. Another solid beer from Russian River. The ABV is nowhere to be seen. I'd have this again, preferably with spicy food. I'll have no problem finishing this entire growler within the next forty minutes.

High B

Serving type: growler

12-09-2012 05:47:39 | More by kojevergas
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Falling Rock for the Russian River kickoff in Colorado, this was described as a hoppy blonde ale. It smelled like serious west coast hops. The flavor was also very hoppy but it didn't make me think pale ale or IPA, very strange style-wise. There was also a soapiness to the flavor but it wasn't a detractor as well as an earthy stink. Many folks around me described this as an IPA but I disagree. It almost seemed like a heavily hopped redemption but at the same time it didn't seem like a belgian-style. Weird but good as is the case with RR.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2008 01:36:18 | More by ArrogantB
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MFauver35

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-05-2012 20:42:38 | More by MFauver35
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jonbonfon

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

08-07-2013 04:15:05 | More by jonbonfon
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Fitzpat4

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-16-2014 21:32:19 | More by Fitzpat4
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cdog707yo

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-14-2014 21:20:46 | More by cdog707yo
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Happy Hops from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.