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Hopfather - Russian River Brewing Company

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 134
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mjl21 on 08-08-2009)
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.75/5  rDev +8%

08-11-2012 18:06:50 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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AndrewK

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

08-10-2012 17:42:09 | More by AndrewK
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womencantsail

California

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks, Jeff!

Pours a bright orange with a slight chill haze and a soapy white head. Nose is almost pure grapefruit juice. Intensely citric and wonderful. Plenty of pine, sweet tangerine, and a hint of bready malt. The flavor is quite citric as well with tons of grapefruit, tangerine, and just a hint of peach. There is very minimal malt flavor and a moderate pine note and bitterness on the finish. Fantastic stuff.

Serving type: growler

08-10-2012 04:02:55 | More by womencantsail
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pawpaw

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +8%

08-08-2012 06:42:56 | More by pawpaw
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elNopalero

Texas

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It pours a crystalline gold with tight, white foam. The foam lingers, slowly compacting as it rests.

There’s a complex, layered hop aroma, with pineapple, tropical fruits, dried fruits, followed by a light pine, touch of citrus, some orange peel and a taste of honey. The flavor comes across as sharply bitter yet smooth and rounded, with an emergent sweetness that develops as it warms. Bitter and fantastic.

Picked up a growler to go of this bad boy after drinking it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2012 07:34:27 | More by elNopalero
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2L growler purchased at the brewery yesterday. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Slightly hazy. Orange body. Small white head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Big grapefruit and floral hops. Awesome hop aroma. Slight grainy malt behind it.

Taste - Awesome citrus hops. Floral also, but grapefruit is most prominent. Just a hint of sweetness before a biscuit malt finishes it. Dry in the end. Not terribly bitter at the end, which is Blind Pig's downfall.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Grainy malts. The hops are all in the front. Finishes just a little bitter.

Overall - The second best IPA at Russian River, behind Pliny. I'm so glad I made it to RR to try this. Very tasty IPA.

Serving type: growler

08-06-2012 06:14:42 | More by Alieniloquium
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AgentMunky

California

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the brewery.

A: Pale, light yellow. Some bubbles. Light head, very scattered lacing.

S: Glorious hops, but I've had better. Pine, grapefruit, and all things West Coast. Strong and pleasing.

T: Astringently bitter, light-bodied, and Very Very good. A subtle fruit component to the hops make me happy. Deceptively gentle, with strong, bitter hops. Lingering and dry, but it never rises above the hop-strong piny roots...much like Pliny (the Elder).

M: Thin and heavily hoppy. Oily and resiny.

O: Pretty damn good. Recommended to all hop lovers but nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 02:33:44 | More by AgentMunky
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brotherloco

California

4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this growler at RR just 3 hours ago. This batch is listed at 6.81% ABV. Served in a pint glass.

A vigorous pour gives me a three finger head of large loose bubbles. Settles to a pillowy head on top of a slightly hazy pale gold beer. Big swaths of lacing left behind in the glass.

Aroma of tropical fruity hops, pine and earth. Perfumy floral notes as well. Hops dominate and malt sits quietly in the background, no surprise for a Vinnie brew.

Flavor is an explosion of juicy, oily, resinous hops. Just tremendous. All of the citrus, pine, and floral notes from the nose. A little more malt sweetness emerges in the middle of the flavor than I was expecting from the nose, definitely sweeter than other RR IPA's. Flavor finishes with lingering hop bitterness and a good bit of burn from all those hops. This one will dominate your palate for hours.

Medium bodied with a little below medium carbonation. Doesn't finish as dry as other RR IPA's, but still very drinkable.

This is a stunning beer. I'm not going to rank this against Pliny or Blind Pig, I'm just glad to be able to have all 3.

Serving type: growler

08-04-2012 01:51:39 | More by brotherloco
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popery

California

5/5  rDev +13.6%

04-27-2012 22:26:02 | More by popery
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mrbubbler

California

4/5  rDev -9.1%

01-23-2012 00:50:19 | More by mrbubbler
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rbrefbeerman

California

4/5  rDev -9.1%

01-06-2012 21:33:50 | More by rbrefbeerman
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opwog

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-21-2011 07:37:25 | More by opwog
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photomike

California

5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-14-2011 18:46:07 | More by photomike
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8%

12-12-2011 23:10:50 | More by drummermattie02
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Gilmango

California

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-19-2011 00:45:54 | More by Gilmango
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jwelsh

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-18-2011 12:51:28 | More by jwelsh
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jmfc8237

Delaware

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-17-2011 01:37:47 | More by jmfc8237
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Diomede

California

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-15-2011 18:36:51 | More by Diomede
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MrFootstones

California

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-15-2011 17:15:11 | More by MrFootstones
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-14-2011 21:49:24 | More by kkrez
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 17:47:51 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked this growler open on a random Sunday at Sean's.

A - Hazy orange beer with a small white head. Lots of stick, spots, and lace left on the side.

S - Some nice tropical and citrus, with a pine/resin and bitter finish from the hops. Malt fills this one out nicely.

M - A little bit sticky with not much carbonation due to the growler, but it's forgivable. Medium bodied.

O - Great beer, really nothing to complain about with RR IPAs.

Serving type: growler

08-15-2011 02:38:51 | More by AgentZero
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Alex...not sure exactly where my review went. From notes.

A - Pours orange/amber color, very little head (growler didn't hold carbonation well), no lacing or cap. Can't really fault the beer though.

S - Nice tropical fruit profile, pineapples, some dankness, pine.

T - Nice bitter dank hops, pine, sweet tropical citrus. The alcohol is just right at 7% and very well integrated. Nice sticky bitter finish.

M - Light to medium, light carbonation, oily dank finish.

D - Another excellent hoppy beer by RR. They can do it all, and here's another fine example. Recommend!

Pours with little carbonation as the growler didn't hold well sadly. The beer is a really nice light peach color...The aroma is pretty nice, light pineapple on the front with lots of resin on the back. Sticky thick pine hops...The taste is really nice dumping some of the hops, thankfully as isn't isn't a dipa or have that high of an abv. All the RR ipa's are very similar, almost like the same base is used everytime, just boil the hops different times.

Serving type: growler

04-12-2011 02:57:19 | More by Sean9689
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kaseydad

California

3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw/light yellow colored brew with a bright white foamy head. Great citrus smells with pineapple and grapefruit leading the charge. Slight malt in the background. Very tart and bitter taste. No sweetness to be found. Very different from the aroma. Dry mouthfeel. Though this is quite bitter, it is still a relatively easy drink. Overall I wanted to be more impressed than I was. Still a nice offering and worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 21:42:58 | More by kaseydad
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NorCalYeti

California

3.65/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

light orange color, smooth mouthfeel, great hop aroma, sour tasting, light on the palate, slightly oily, bitter hop finish, medium-length finish, nice compact carbonation that stays active throughout the drink. would drink this again although i prefer some of their other offerings over this one-off.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 05:08:00 | More by NorCalYeti
Hopfather from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.