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Happy Hops - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
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:
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(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 08-21-2008)
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Photo of MFauver35


3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-05-2012 20:42:38 | More by MFauver35
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

On-tap at the brewery's outlet in Santa Rosa.

Pours a clear pale golden colour, with a very light body to it. Head is a fine ring of persistant white bubbles. No visible carbonation or lacing. Decent enough, if not exciting.

Nose is bright and clear, with appleskin coming through on first whiff, but revealing other characters of herbs and pepper on the revisit. There's also an underlying note of savoury grain giving some depth and complexity to the aroma. It's light overall, but quite nice stuff.

Taste continues some of these themes: apple comes through with a crisp cleanness on the front, followed by some grain that mingles nicely with some slightly earthy, slightly nutty hop characters. Mild, moderated bitterness comes through on the back, with a touch of fragrant herbs. It's very clean, and really very pleasant. Feel is light but consistent with the structure of the beer.

Super-drinkable brew. It reminds me of the balance and coherence of Blind Pig—again, not a huge beer, but a very enjoyable one.

07-04-2012 22:24:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of kslsc400


4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-01-2012 06:11:30 | More by kslsc400
Photo of argock


4.23/5  rDev +2.7%

Served on-tap in a nonic pint at Toronado (San Diego, CA). Reviewed from notes.

A: Hazy golden amber with short cap of off-white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S: Very aromatic for what I imagine is an APA with floral, orange citrus, pineapple, and pine aromas with a light-medium crystal caramel malt sweetness.

T: The flavor was IPA-like with a big dose of tropical fruit and lemon citrus mized with pine and floral orange blossom notes. The malt component is a little more forceful in the flavor with some light crystal and cereal grain character coming through. Really a refreshing sort of pale ale.

M: Light in body and dry with fine carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this beer a lot although it is one of many very flavorful APAs out there. Anything from RR though you've got to give it a run.

06-27-2012 02:46:31 | More by argock
Photo of DrunkenMonk


4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-18-2012 18:47:11 | More by DrunkenMonk
Photo of Bike2work

3.5/5  rDev -15%

05-29-2012 15:05:01 | More by Bike2work
Photo of Rau71


4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-18-2012 19:52:56 | More by Rau71
Photo of waiting4lunch


3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-17-2012 23:09:49 | More by waiting4lunch
Photo of ehammond1

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

On Tap

San Diego, CA

Clear dark orange and amber with an inch of off-white, big bubbled foam that leaves regular lines of lace down the glass. Very pretty.

Certainly a hop-forward aroma, with nice, bright citrus elements throughout, balanced incredibly well by cereal/pale malts. Nearly perfect for a pale ale, though not quite as powerful as Hoppy Birthday, Zombie Dust, etc.

The flavor is also a complete hop-lover's dream, with bright citrus, moderate bitterness, and some earthy, bready elements balancing everything out nicely. Incredibly drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

I could drink this one over, and over, and over, and over again.

05-17-2012 17:22:02 | More by ehammond1
Photo of emaciated


4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

05-13-2012 06:15:01 | More by emaciated
Photo of nickfl


3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-04-2012 18:46:32 | More by nickfl
Photo of hayesjw


4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-02-2012 23:42:58 | More by hayesjw
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Had this on tap at the brewery. Pours a dark, clear orange. Tastes citrusy with strong grapefruit notes. Surprised by the amount of flavor for a pale ale. This would be very session able and I wish I had regular access to this. Very nice beer overall.

04-30-2012 23:59:17 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of JAHMUR


4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-29-2012 16:20:59 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of Ultraman9000


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-16-2012 23:31:50 | More by Ultraman9000
Photo of HopHead84


4.5/5  rDev +9.2%


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.

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


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

3/5  rDev -27.2%

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


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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


4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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


4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

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


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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


4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

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


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-07-2012 01:29:02 | More by codynevels
Happy Hops from Russian River Brewing Company
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