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Happy Hops - Russian River Brewing Company

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242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 21
Gots: 14 | 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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jvillefan

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-26-2013 17:55:59 | More by jvillefan
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jbuddle

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-24-2013 19:35:16 | More by jbuddle
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's Pub in San Diego, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and floral hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid hoppy aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 20:58:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-20-2013 17:04:18 | More by drewone
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Russian River brewpub. A light orange and yellow mixture, evidently is not one of their heartiest brews, this one has a more innocent appearance. But then again, both Pliny's are plenty yellow and have good clarity just like this one. Nice white head on it. Hops are nice, but not as massively pungent as most Russian River hoppy ales. Maybe the happy hops reference is just about them being light and not jam packed into each other.

As usual, a super light bready malt bill that is as minimal as possible to continue making a great hoppy beer. An unexpected resin and herbal compound in the mouthfeel unlike anything I've ever tasted with Russian River, kind of different, don't know what its all about.

This beer is now part of the hoppy pale ale series, and it is somewhat similar to Row 2 Hill 56, but simply less gusto, less bursting right out the bottle, invigorating your nasal cavities and palate, this one is more like the Russian River vibe filtered through some really mellow Jimmy Buffett like tunes and relaxed essence. If you're looking for hop and ibu punch, this one probably won't fit the bill. Its very good, but its also on the low end for Russian River's stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 16:33:58 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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cosmicevan

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

big thanks goes out to GrumpyOldTroll, jbuddle, Sean9689, SpeedwayJim, AgentZero, dtmets84 for sharing in the greatest day of beer that i have ever been a part of. huge thanks to mike for sharing this.

notes from 1/12/2013

consumed from a russian river glass.

has an almost classic ipa look...semi-transparent orange with a foamy head. smells really fresh, but subtle hops. very sessionable feels like a pale ale aught to. a bit watery and light but could drink it all day. reminds me of row 2/hill 56 but maybe more watery and hoppy.

Serving type: growler

01-20-2013 05:43:50 | More by cosmicevan
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Wowcoolman

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-20-2013 01:20:18 | More by Wowcoolman
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kaseydad

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-19-2013 07:46:26 | More by kaseydad
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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-19-2013 02:15:40 | More by funkel81
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n2185

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-18-2013 21:25:53 | More by n2185
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clubarsky91

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-18-2013 18:31:08 | More by clubarsky91
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Gobzilla

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-16-2013 06:16:18 | More by Gobzilla
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer on tap at Russian River as well as from a growler a day after my visit. The beer has a nice bright golden color. The smell pulls you in with lot of sweet citrus notes and only slight hints of pine. The beer has a thin white head but sufficient carbonation. The flavor is as good as any pale ale I've had. This was the best beer I tasted from Russian River on my trip out there. The initial taste is light and citrusy. The flavor is sweeter than most pale ales with only enough bitterness to keep the beer in balance. This beer was a hit with veteran beer drinkers as well as novices on NYE. In terms of comparison, the beer was less aggressive than Pliny and a bit sweeter. I would ship this beer in by the case if it were bottled. The incredible balance within the use of hops sets this beer apart. The sweetness is certainly not a cloying sweetness; it was just the one aspect that set it apart from the other pale ales at Russian River in my opinion.

Serving type: growler

01-14-2013 21:36:13 | More by PHBoiler
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CanisMajor

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-14-2013 00:26:09 | More by CanisMajor
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daysinthewake

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-12-2013 06:41:43 | More by daysinthewake
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msondel

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-30-2012 20:17:36 | More by msondel
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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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AgentMunky

California

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 ounce growler into an Allagash cervoise glass. Filled four days ago at the brewery.

A: Two fingers of fluffy, off-white lace.

S: So fruity! Also resiny with a hint of onion. Citrus zest. Phenomenal hops. The nose is perhaps the best part of this beer.

T/M: Not quite as good as it is quite fresh, but still darn good for a pale ale. Surprisingly bitter, in an engaging and interesting way (full of hops) with a presence on the tongue, though this growler version is sadly lacking in carbonation. Crisp and drying.

O: Maybe my favourite Russian River beer. Seriously. The greatest pale ale I've ever tasted, though recommended as fresh as possible. Will have again.

Serving type: growler

12-14-2012 04:26:57 | More by AgentMunky
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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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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

10-18-2012 22:28:47 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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atone315

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.1%

10-15-2012 15:09:28 | More by atone315
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Backlash209

California

2/5  rDev -51.6%

10-13-2012 02:55:38 | More by Backlash209
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

10-12-2012 04:30:20 | More by eawolff99
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abaer123

California

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at RRBC on September 26 on a pilgrimage to refill my Pliny growler. I had the growler refilled with Pliny. And bought a second growler to take this back with me. Now I have two growlers from RRBC. I don't think this is a bad thing....

Appearance - golden orange

smell - hoppy hoppy happy! i love the smell of hops and this beer delivers.

taste - this is what did it for me. the citrus flavors and nice bitter finish is what i enjoy so much about this beer. i would love to go back and get some more. maybe today? :)

mouthfeel - full. i almost started swishing it around because i enjoyed it so.

overall - i really enjoyed this beer and hope it becomes a permanent resident on their offerings. maybe even available at the store - that would be great!

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 18:44:06 | More by abaer123
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4.75/5  rDev +15%

10-05-2012 05:32:36 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
Happy Hops from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.