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Hopfather - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 143
Gots: 4 | 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:
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(Beer added by: mjl21 on 08-08-2009)
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Photo of nataku00
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

On tap poured into a nonic glass. Beer is a clear orange color with no head with the glass filled to the top. A few bubbles here and there.

Nose is citrus, grapefruit and orange peel, fresh pine, lighter stone fruit. A bit of caramel malt sweetness as well.

Taste follows the nose, grapefruit orange and peach hop flavor, a good hit of pine and citrus peel bitterness, balanced with a light caramel sweetness. Lingering citrus peel bitterness on the tongue.

Light bodied with mild but present carbonation, enough to keep the tongue clean. Easy to drink and very aromatic, with a light refreshing flavor.

nataku00, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of litheum94
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

On tap at Russian River.

Bright, orange-golden body. Presented with scant head. Some lacing.

Juicy, sweet, tropical fruits. Light spicing, with a vegetal, leafy essence. Some caramel aromas.

Peachy fruit flavors. Not as fruity as the nose. Good spicing, with vegetal hop flavors and a good dose of bitterness. Dry, crackery malts. Some warming alcohol.

Will Vinny ever make a bad IPA. Super good and refreshing. And it's definitely distinct from Blind Pig and Pliny.

litheum94, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.5/5  rDev +2%

DarthKostrizer, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of hooliganlife
4.5/5  rDev +2%

pours a golden orange, thick white head, lacing down the sides.

very citrus forward, tropical, with strong orange and grapefruit.

flavor is complex, lots of tropical fruit, bitterness, orange/tangerine, and some pine. light malty backbone.

full body with a hint of lightness, goes down easy. resin and oily. dry finish.

easily one of the best IPA's ever.

hooliganlife, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Rado
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Rado, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of AndrewK
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

AndrewK, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

womencantsail, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of pawpaw
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

pawpaw, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

elNopalero, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Alieniloquium, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

AgentMunky, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

brotherloco, Aug 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

popery, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of mrbubbler
4/5  rDev -9.3%

mrbubbler, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

rbrefbeerman, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of opwog
4.5/5  rDev +2%

opwog, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

drummermattie02, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Gilmango
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Gilmango, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

jwelsh, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

jmfc8237, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Diomede, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

MrFootstones, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Hopfather from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.