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Happy Hops - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%


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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nataku00

California

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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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litheum94

California

3.85/5  rDev -7%
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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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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DovaliHops

California

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
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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Sideswipe

California

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the always generous Arbitrator. Thank you Mihir!

Amber to orange in color. Two fingers of snow white foam recede leaving intricate lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose is sweet citrus and pale malt. Smells great! Taste opens with mild hop bitterness. Notes of orange and peach are well balanced by a nice malt backbone. Sugar cookies and citrus in the finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste which lingers a bit. Feel is decidedly light with an evervescent level of carbonation. A very tasty offering from Russian River. More like an APA than a Blonde Ale in my opinion, but hey, it's a darned fine brew regardless. I'd grab it over any other Blonde Ale I've had, hands down. Recommended.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2011 02:24:39 | More by Sideswipe
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pumpkin looking orange color with a small white foam head that has minimal retention. There is really nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: A nice amount of citrus, pine and flowery hop character with a small amount of bready malt.

T: Starts off with a nice amount of piney and citrus hop character up front. There is also some caramel malts. In the middle, the malt character comes through more and more by adding biscuit to the caramel. This brew finishes the same as the middle.

M: A really nice medium bodied beer, nice carbonation. Leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate.

O: This is a tasty brew from start to finish. Ample hop character but with enough malt character to balance it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 22:08:01 | More by IronCitySteve
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi-clear golden color, big fluffy white head.

Hugh citrus, tangerine, orange, clementine nose. Piney woody simcoe.

Dank piney flavor. Pineapple and citrusy. Super dry. Lots of hop flavor, low on bitterness. Very easy to finish off a growler of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 15:14:30 | More by BearsOnAcid
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a clear copper-orange color with a half-finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is a mix of citrus hops with some other fruity elements (mango) and a bit of spiciness as well. There is also some sweet caramel malts as well.

T - Starts off with a good kick of citrus hops with again some mango mixed in with some light bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, the mango and bitterness grow with the malt flavors getting a bit richer. The finish is a mix of sweet malts, hops, bitterness, and a bit of yeast that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It feels smooth with a nice dry sharpness to it.

D - Very drinkable. Really interesting and unique hop profile that is really nice from start to end. The mango flavor is defiantly different. Overall, I really like this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 07:05:24 | More by ngeunit1
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light glowing transparent body with no head. A good amount of carbonation.

Nice sweet caramel malts. Grass and light resiny pine. Apple and melon.

Medium roasted malts with a good bitter finish. Good balance light but with character.

Nails it with the nice light chewiness. Piney hop finish.

Drinkable, refreshing. A great pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 07:18:34 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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Klym

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery.

This was really enjoyable. A nice thicker mouthfeel with really tame but non stop hop flow that simmered on the tongue throughout. A really well balanced and highly sessionable pale ale with some unusual characteristics. Grab a growler if you're near the brewery!

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 03:26:37 | More by Klym
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BrewerB

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wonderful girlfriend grabbed me a growler of this brew while she was picking up some Damnation 23 and Framboise for a Cure. Cheers to her!

This pours a medium-orange, excellent clarity. A 1-2 finger off white foam made its way to the top, retains well, leaves lacing aside the glass.

The nose alludes to perfumey and floral hops. Grapefruit rind.

Fresh, piney hops. Medium-high bitterness. Dry finish with a lingering citrus reminder. Mostly clean malt with a dash of biscuit.

Medium-light in body, moderately carbonated.

Overall this is a nicely made Blonde with a decent hop aroma and flavor. Hoppier than I expect for the style but I have a feeling that's exactly what the brewery was shooting for. Would gladly down another pint..heck, I got a growler to finish.

Serving type: growler

10-06-2011 01:55:14 | More by BrewerB
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Cmack15

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap while visiting the Brew Pub in Santa Rosa. The beer has a nice light color, good carbonation and a strong piney hop aroma. The beer has a dry finish and the piney hops linger. Another nice beer from one of the greatest breweries out there.
cheers

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 22:29:16 | More by Cmack15
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dgilks

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear pale straw colour with a small, white head. Good head retention.

Moderately intense fresh and fruity, citrussy hops. Some sweet malt. Well balanced.

Clean, fresh and fruity flavour. To me this is a good APA flavour with pink grapefruit, pine and lots of taste. Bitterness not too high. Nice.

Medium-light body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

A solid, hoppy APA. I really like the fruit flavour here. Solid.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 08:24:29 | More by dgilks
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SDDanC

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured into pint glass on tap. Light amber in color with about a fingers worth of head. Fresh pine in the hop nose, like an evergreen forest of the american northwest. Taste is hoppy, but without the spicy bite you'd expect to come with hops. Floral and crisp. Very settling and calm in character. Overall, good blonde to have with dinner, refreshing and versatile.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 17:39:44 | More by SDDanC
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review this is the #8 American Blonde Ale. Growler shared by Thorpe served in a Bruery tulip.

Beer is amber / yellow and clear with a big white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is hop forward, very hoppy. Nice pine and citrus aromas, very nice smelling beer.

Beer is medium to light in body, nicely hopped on the palate but the finish is moderately bitter, when asked to guess the IBUs I guessed 35 - 40 but this is closer to 30 as it turns out. A great beer, the star of the night in fact. I'd have it again, highly drinkable, good mouthfeel.

Serving type: growler

07-15-2011 04:32:01 | More by drabmuh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to schmoopsbeer for getting this growler out my way. Served in a Russian River TION goblet. I need a Russian River "hops" tulip. This is currently the #10 American Blonde Ale.

Pours a clear light peach color with a two-finger white head and plenty of spotty lacing on the way down. Half a cap and a nice collar throughout. The nose bursts forth with some really nice tropical aromas and a good dosing of citrus as well. Mango and a some orange predominate. Slightly floral as well. The taste combines the hop elements quite well, especially in the feel. Not too much malt taste, just a bit of breadiness that lends a very slight chewiness to the body. Good bitterness and carbonation. Really solid brew. Wouldn't expect anything less from Vinnie and crew.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2011 22:46:19 | More by Thorpe429
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scottfrie

California

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

“Not really a Blonde Ale, not a Pale Ale, not an IPA. Happy Hops is light colored refreshing ale with a pronounced hop character.” –RR website

A: Pours a clear caramel amber with a huge off-white head that slowly faded into a thin, oily film that left rings of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Extreme notes of fresh grapefruit, lemon zest, and pine. This, as is most of RRiver’s none Belgian-style brews, is crazy uber-hoppy and fresh smelling. The grapefruit is so fresh and sweet smelling I could have sworn this was a glass of grapefruit juice.
T: The flavor is not nearly as sweet or hoppy as the nose suggested which makes sense since this isn’t an ipa. It’s still fruity and hoppy, but there is a good dose of biscuity malt and earthen tones as well. The thing about this beer is there is no, and I mean no, hop bitterness at all in the finish.
M: Surprisingly light and crisp mouthfeel with a light body and low carbonation. Goes down light and easy.
O: Hoppy for a blonde, but pretty mellow for an ipa. Forget style it’s simply a good drinking beer. With no bitterness and a light body this beer is like drinking water.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2011 01:33:11 | More by scottfrie
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lisomiso

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the boys who shared this one with me. I love session beers and I could have drunk this all night... It's nothing transcendent, nothing paradigm-shifting, just fragrant, crisp, and easy-drinking. Nice and dry while not overwhelmingly bitter. Sadly, there was only one growler betwixt the four of us, so we moved on.

Serving type: growler

06-25-2011 20:26:38 | More by lisomiso
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FosterJM

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

528th review on BA
Draft to Pint
@ Toronado San Diego

Consumed 5/29/11

App- A very dark golden orange with some amber and yellow highlights. A one finger head and not a lot of cling.

Smell- Big spicy hops. Not really the aromatics I was thinking. I was thinking it would be soft, floral. Nice supris

Taste- A very different direction for the style. I was quite surprised again. Very nice deep hops with a little bit of sweetness behind it. More of a IBU full single IPA.

Mouth- Medium body and medium carb level. Left a full hop feel on the mouth

Drink- Was tasty and new to try. I like Vinnys base beers a lot. This was tasty and balanced. A bit bigger and full drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2011 19:20:28 | More by FosterJM
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DearthVader

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blue Palms.

Pours a hazy burnt gold color with a 1/2" white head that fell slightly to a nice foam cap for the remainder of the beer. Left minimal lacing in the nonic pint glass.

Smells of grass, pine, hops, and toasted honey.

Taste is up front with the toasted honey flavor that flows straight into the wet earthy hops. Definite wheat flavors with a burnt character to them. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy for the style, but like always Russian River makes it work. Kind of a straw like feel when the brew was at it's coldest point.

Very sessionable beer. I hope they consider bottling this. It would make for a great summer brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 07:43:12 | More by DearthVader
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alenonbeeradv

California

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - a bit darker than the blind pig. less carbonation apparent bit bigger head (sticky and frothy)

s - bitter like the pliney but a hint of funk and spices. almost a slight taint of cinnamon in the back but mixed with some sweeter spicy notes.

t - a littlw less exiting than the slap in the face there other ales have but still intetesting. a litle less defined than there other brews but i slightly expected that considering i havent seen it bottled.

m - light like a blonde. refreshing and balanced. low - medium carbonation level.

o - not bad. didnt meet my expectations. definitely experimental.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 01:13:14 | More by alenonbeeradv
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4000qtrap

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

5.56 ABV, 41 IBU
Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Nice herbal, medicinal, and grassyness. Some brown sugar and burnt toast which makes for an interesting profile.

Taste: Nice and bitter (herbal/grassy) with balanced brown sugar, caramel, and bread sweetness. Nice and smooth. The middle is quite sweet with more brown sugar along with bread and yeast added to the mix. The hops add depth, being herbal and medicinal. There is a definite spiciness in the background. The finish is more of the same, moderately bitter but also sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 07:45:47 | More by 4000qtrap
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mjl21

California

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River. Poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 5.56% and 41 IBUs. This version is different from the 2009 version as it is now listed on the board as a pale ale and not a hoppy blonde ale.

A-Pours a clear amber color. It has a fluffy one finger off white head that slowly collapses to a swirly layer of film. Lots of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom. Leaves some nice lace. It looks completely different from last year's version.

S-Smells like a good pale ale. I get some earthy/pine hops, toasted pale malt, and just a touch of sweet malt.

T-It starts with a blend of sweet malt and toasted pale malt. There is grain flavor in there. It has a little bit of caramel sweetness mixed with earthy/pine hops as it goes down; this flavor dominates the aftertaste.

M-Medium bodied, very smooth, and well carbonated.

D-A really easy drinking pale ale.

I had no idea that they had changed this from last year's version. This one is definitely a little thicker and heavier, but still quite sessionable. A very good gateway beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2010 00:01:38 | More by mjl21
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bulletrain76

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught at the brewpub. Clear light gold with a creamy head. Bready, honey-like malt aroma with ample spicy hops as well. Solid bready malt flavor, light bitterness, and an oily, resiny hop flavor. Medium-light body with smooth carbonation. Almost seemed less hoppy than the aud blonde at first because of the added malt balance, but the green, oily hop flavor definitely lets you know that they didn't skimp on them. Quite nice, but not quite as refreshing as aud blonde for the lighter beer option.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 07:58:30 | More by bulletrain76
Happy Hops from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.