Hopfather - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
4.66/5 rDev +5.9%
Freshly filled growler filled at Russian River's pub
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish head IPA glass.
Pours a lightly hazed, brilliant golden apricot with a frothy, tightly bubbled 2.5 finger tall white head. The head has great retention and leaves plenty of lacing alongside the edges of the glass as it recedes.
Wow, the nose is definitely all about the Amarillo and Centennial hops! Bright, juicy aromas of fresh, ripe mangoes, peaches, tangerines and pine needles immediately burst out of the glass as soon as the beer pours. i've never had a beer showcase Amarillo hops this intensely. As the beer warms, only a mere hint of a malty breadiness loiters beneath the mountain of hops.
The taste follows the aroma pretty closely, exploding with bright, intense flavors of ripe, juicy mango, peach, lemon peel, grapefruit and pine. The piny and fruity hop character dominates the majority of taste, easily batting away the lightly contrasting kiss of bready malts towards the bitter, dry finish. Long lingering notes of lemon, grapefruit and pine.
Medium bodied with moderate, but crisp carbonation.
Yet another magnificent beer from Russian River. This IPA really shows off the bombastic fruitiness of both the Amarillo and Centennial hops. With such a strong emphasis on the Amarillo hops and the very dry finish, I really can't help but be reminded of Ballast Point's Sculpin. Russian River yet again, succeeds at making a wonderful beer and I can't recommend this beer enough.
10-18-2013 04:13:22 | More by flayedandskinned
4.09/5 rDev -7%
Enjoyed on tap on 5 October 2013 at Russian River.
A: Pours a hazy (dry-hopped) golden brown with 1 finger of foamy white head, leaving sheets of lacing down the side of the glass.
S: Earthy and citrusy hop character dominates the aroma. A bit of malt sweetness shows through. This beer smells juicy with hop character.
T/M: Bitter up front is cut by a slight malt sweetness. Medium body and carbonation with smooth and slightly prickly finish. Hop character is juicy and deep in this beer, imparting abundant juicy citrus and earthy character to this brew. Finish is lingering hop bitterness.
O: A very solid beer. Nothing spectacular, but I'm glad I tried it while I was there for FfaC. Very different from the other RR IPA offerings I've had, which made it a nice change of pace.
10-06-2013 20:16:43 | More by jdhowe
Hopfather from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.