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Happy Hops - Russian River Brewing Company

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Happy Hops
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

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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HopHead84

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4/15/2012

Growler into a snifter. Thanks!

A: Yellow gold with white sea foam that recedes in a cavernous fashion. Great retention and wicked lacing. Nice color.

S: Vibrant orange and tangerine with some spicy grapefruit. Faintly floral with restrained cracker notes. Really aromatic and excellent.

T: Super bright and fresh hop profile. Bold orange and grapefruit flesh with a smooth upper low bitterness. Crackery malt profile and a light herbal note midpalate. Very dry and hop focused. The finish is crisp, clean, and hoppy, with a light resin note.

M: Upper light to lower medium body. Dry and crisp mouthfeel.

Overall: A very enjoyable hoppy Pale. Bright and incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: growler

04-16-2012 19:09:25 | More by HopHead84
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leschkie

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-15-2012 15:35:52 | More by leschkie
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oaktree42


3/5  rDev -27.4%

04-14-2012 16:35:24 | More by oaktree42
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-08-2012 20:02:29 | More by Texasfan549
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JupiterJesus

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%

04-08-2012 16:48:45 | More by JupiterJesus
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler from the brewery. This beer is no longer a blond ale, it's part of the hop growers series of pale ales. I initially reviewed this back in 2008, and I'm fairly certain it had a completely different recipe back then, more of a semi-hoppy blond ale.

Appearance: Stunningly clear pale amber body capped by two inches of sticky, frothy head. Very inviting.

Smell: Sweet citrus, primarily tangerine and orange, supported by a dry cereal grain malt backbone. The previous batch of this beer had an unusual blueberry character, but I don't get that in this one. Smells very clean and attenuated, which is exactly what I would expect from a hoppy RRBC beer. The aroma doesn't explode from the glass like Row 2, but it's still excellent.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet orange and tangerine citrus notes up front, with an herbal spiciness beneath. Becomes a little more earthy and resinous toward the finish. This has a solid malt backbone, but it's light and dry, supremely quaffable. Lower-medium level of bitterness in the finish, very clean and bright.

Overall: Great. I'd drink this often were it more available. This is a notch below the incredible Row 2, but decidedly better than Segal Select. An excellent addition to RRBC's growing selection of low alcohol, hop-forward ales.

Serving type: growler

04-08-2012 03:15:24 | More by largadeer
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brotherloco

California

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

On tap at Russian River. Served in a nonic pint. Currently listed at 5.5% ABV.

Color is a clear pale gold with a finger plus of off-white rocky foam. A lot of delicate lacing left behind.

Aroma of pine, grapefruit, and grass along with a touch of floralness. Typical Russian River malt profile sits significantly in background.

Flavor follows the nose, but cranks things up. Juicy hop flavor. The grassy notes are a little more pronounced and dankness emerges as well. A very earthy middle gives way to a bitter dry finish. Again, very much a Russian River hop/malt balance. So much flavor for a "small" beer.

Body is light with medium carbonation. Crisp.

Russian River makes so many great pales and India pales that this beer can be eclipsed by them, but if you want a lighter beer with a ton of hop flavor, Happy Hops is your brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 00:11:39 | More by brotherloco
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emilylee

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-06-2012 22:16:15 | More by emilylee
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Giovacchini

California

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- clear amber with a thin white head.

S- tropical fruits, floral hops, and honey.

T- Orange, mango, apricot, floral hops, subtle breadiness, and sweet maltiness.

M- mild carbonation with nice bitterness for the style.

O- I was impressed by this beer. I am a sucker for beers with tropical fruit hop aromas and this beer does the trick. Another great beer from RR. Love me my hoppy beers.

Serving type: growler

04-05-2012 00:06:01 | More by Giovacchini
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codynevels

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-07-2012 01:29:02 | More by codynevels
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JimmyTango

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-09-2012 16:30:26 | More by JimmyTango
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nataku00

California

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

On tap into a pint glass. Beer was clear bright orange with half a finger of off white foamy head. Sticky lacing as the head dissipates to a collar of small bubbles and an off white film on the surface. Well carbonated.

Nose is very mild, some light herbal and grassy notes, some light orange peel and tropical fruit. Not very aromatic.

Taste is better, herbal grassy marijuana like flavor, followed by citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Bitterness is well balanced by a nice biscuit malt. Finish is clean and dry.

Light body and fizzy on the tongue. Very easy to drink and almost sessionable, though more aroma would have been nice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 22:20:11 | More by nataku00
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largefarva

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-13-2012 16:55:01 | More by largefarva
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spamages

Michigan

3/5  rDev -27.4%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-25-2011 04:17:11 | More by furthurgone
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MrHirschybar

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-23-2011 10:41:52 | More by MrHirschybar
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KMcG

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-23-2011 01:24:02 | More by KMcG
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litheum94

California

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at RR. 6.05 ABV

Clear golden body. Bone white head that leaves a small covering.

Subtle citrus hops and a clean and crisp cereal grain aroma. Actually reminds me slightly of a pils.

Tangerines and floral hops, with light spicing. Very clean malt bill, crisp and dry. Some barley flavors. More juicy citrus on the finish, with some leafy hops.

Another tasty brew by Vinnie.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 23:59:51 | More by litheum94
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opwog

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-21-2011 07:34:15 | More by opwog
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub.

Golden orange, nice clarity, large white head with excellent retention and lacing. Intense fresh hop aroma of citrus and pine. Flavor has light bready malt background providing a chewy body underneath the sweet and juicy orange and grapefruit hops and floral bitterness. Nice body, medium thick with light carbonation and a clean finish. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 19:29:13 | More by yourefragile
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Leftofthedial

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-20-2011 08:30:11 | More by Leftofthedial
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DovaliHops

California

4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, bright golden orange color with a medium white head that hangs around for a little. Scent is hoppy as hell! Definitely does not smell like a blonde ale...in fact, the server told me they labeled it as an American Pale Ale. Either way, it smells delicious! Dank hops with a bit of citrus and a lot of pine. Taste is exactly as it smells. Tons of fresh hop flavor and bitter pine taste. Lovely citrus and floral notes with roasted malt. A very well-balanced beer. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp...very refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I've ranted and praised Three Floyds and Half Acre for their amazing way of crafting American Pale Ales (Alpha King, Zombie Dust, Daisy Cutter)... and Russian River now steps in to that playing field. Apparently they weren't content with just being king of IPAs/DIPAs/Wild Ales...They now compete with the best in the APA category. Awesome beer!

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 08:24:31 | More by DovaliHops
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iSrALE

Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-18-2011 21:32:48 | More by iSrALE
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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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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

12-13-2011 12:24:28 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
Happy Hops from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.