1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Registration Ale - Russian River Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Registration Ale
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

54 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 6.64%
Wants: 17
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aglose45 on 06-13-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 49 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Foxman:
Photo of Foxman
Foxman

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear, shiny golden yellow, almost clear but with just a hint of murk. A full finger of white head sustains well and layers the inside of the glass with sticky lace rings.

In the aroma, caramel malt and the aura of brown sugar are countered capably by a muscular wash of dry citrus and resinous pine. Lemon and orange linger distantly. The leanest floral lilt flits about the periphery.

Upon sipping, the hops and malt battle in virtually equal proportions. The grain is sweet and earthy with caramel and dark cherry. The hops soon win out though, as the front of grapefruit, mandarin orange, pine, and peach lay claim to the ground and refuse to cede the middle. Vanilla accompanies a tickle of alcohol. As the finish nears, notable grain is residually sweet but mellowly so. In the finish itself, there's an arid crispness that fades to a peppery grassiness. It's not groundbreaking, but it is very well done.

Medium bodied, it has a crwamy, spicy presence that ends up glowing with a crystal clean aura.

No, it doesn't do anything new, but what it does, it does wonderfully, with a clean, crisp spirit that invogorates and makes you wanting the next sip. It's not huge, but it's big enough to bring a hunky bat of hops, and the malt, while bested in the end, makes a nice effort with nothing to be ashamed of. The ABV is above the median, but it never really makes you want to forego the next sip, or pint, for that matter. There are more bitter beers, and more massive beers, but the balance and quality make this among the better beers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 18:22:27 | More by Foxman
More User Reviews:
Photo of Bouleboubier
Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

01-03-2012 14:37:47 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of SPRichard
SPRichard

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -11.5%

12-27-2011 15:19:23 | More by SPRichard
Photo of oline73
oline73

Maryland

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-16-2011 00:57:07 | More by oline73
Photo of sideshowe
sideshowe

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-15-2011 15:00:59 | More by sideshowe
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-14-2011 17:54:04 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of ktrillionaire
ktrillionaire

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From (old) notes. Big thanks to Alex for the share.

A - It pours a golden hue with tinges of orange, slightly hazy, and capped with about an inch of white froth. Retention and lace are moderate.

S - I am getting a well-rounded hop bouquet here; some juicy notes of tropical-citrus, some woody-piney greenness as well as some dank, resiny, cannabis notes. The malt contributes a very nice subtle sugar cookie sweetness, but is otherwise not very apparent.

T - The flavor is more herbal, mineral and spicy than the nose suggests. The citrus is far less nuanced, lending only flavors of zesty pith and not delivering on the expansive juiciness found in the nose. There is a bit of a spicy wood note from the malt which is less successful, but overall the malt is still very nice, light, and crisp. This tastes like a good IPA, but no better than, say, SN Torpedo or Two-Hearted.

M - IPA. Good.

D - Pretty good, not amazing though.

Serving type: growler

03-09-2011 18:18:12 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of victory4me
victory4me

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Served into a nonic pint at TJ's in Paoli.

Pours darker than your typical CA IPA, but beautiful with a ton of lacing. A sight to behold, even though I prefer a more pale IPA.

Smells like someone squeezed a hop into my face. Pungent grapefruit, spicy, piny, citrus...

Taste floors me. The piny/grapefruit almost knocks me over. No off flavors, malts are noticable, but perfectly placed. This is the best IPA I've ever had. Undoubtedly better than Blind Pig.

Mouthfeel is very spicy and slightly cloying. I love a spicy IPA that almost burns your tongue. Very comparable to ultra fresh Maharaja, but still a bit cloying and sticky.

I could drink a couple of these, it's just too damn tasty to only have one. Despite the 7.5 ABV, it feels stronger and not something I could kick back all night, but I could drink a few.

A tremendous beer. I pulled these notes after having my first taste of Younger last night and if my memory serves me right, I am of the belief that Registration was superior.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2011 15:25:32 | More by victory4me
Photo of orangesol
orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Served on-tap at TJ's scraps event into a nonic pint.

A - Pours light orange, with good clarity, with a strong one finger head leaving minimal lacing down the glass. Quite the unassuming pour.

S - The nose is just awesome. Bright pine and citrus hops dominate the nose and are ever present. The pungency and bitterness of the nose reminds me most of blind pig. As it warms up, the floral character of the hops just continues to grow and grow. Not as floral as elder but the nose is still a great expression of hops.

T - Starts out with a big, spicy, piney, citrusy hop bite. The strong citrus hops never really leave this one. Some sweetness in the middle from the malt but not as overpowering as some DIPA's. Finish has a touch of alcohol with a light, lingering, hop bitterness. Not as good as either of the pliny's or maybe even blind pig but still one of the best IPA's I have had in quite some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter but not to the point of being overpowering. Very nice feel.

D - One of the best. I had two because it was just so good. I have had almost all of the russian river IPA's on the market right now and this was one of the best I have had. I still like younger more but this is strongly in that second group.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 18:55:20 | More by orangesol
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured from a freshly tapped keg. Served in a pint glass for $7.

A: Served with a finger and a half of foamy head, not quite white, sudsy, with medium retention. The body is perfectly clear and pale peachy-orange in color with the faintest copper tint. Lacing lays down in sporadic torn-sheet patterns.

S: The citrus and tropical fruit character on the nose is tremendous. Tangerine dominates, followed by orange cream, mango and peach. Pale bready malts are present but nowhere near prominent.

T: The flavor is identical to the nose, only marginally less impressive. Incredibly juicy, fruity and rivaled [almost] only by other Russian River DIPAs. When considering the higher alcohol content of PtE and the much higher content of PtY, the flavor of Registration Ale is extremely impressive. The ABV is condensed here, yet the aromas and flavors aren't compromised at all.

M: The mouthfeel is spectacular. Tongue-surfing bubbles ride a fine fizzy wave providing just enough bite to keep things lively and inspired. The mouthfeel is complete and substantial, grabbing your attention immediately and holding on until you can no longer resist another sip. Medium body, happily bitter and appropriately so since the sweetness ultimately reigns supreme. Bitter and dry on the finish, yet the flavor enndures throughout.

D: This is like juice for the hop head. All aroma and flavor components are huge and identifiable. Truly an amazing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 22:39:28 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of craytonic
craytonic

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from a very generous trader; from notes:

Appearance: Nice clear straw-amber pour, decent head and lacing

Smell & taste: Fresh citrus, pineapple and grapefruit hops, just a notch below blind pig and Pliny the Younger.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy

Drinkability: Shines in this regard, a bit more drinkable than PtY. That said, I'd place this one right behind the two Plinys and Blind Pig. Funny how that still is above most IPAs in the country. Certainly something that should be brewed again. I have no clue how vinnie makes the hops pop, so fresh!

Serving type: growler

09-08-2010 02:47:17 | More by craytonic
Photo of Mora2000
Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this hand bottle.

The beer pours a standard yellow color with a white head. The aroma is awesome. I get notes of mango, pineapple and pine. This is what an IPA is supposed to smell like. The flavor is just as good. I get a lot of pineapple, orange and mangos, with some piney hops mixed in. The beer is fairly bitter but is not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An awesome beer.

Serving type: growler

09-02-2010 04:54:48 | More by Mora2000
Photo of koopa
koopa

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler received today in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours goldfish orange with a bit of haze and a 1 finger white crown that shows little retention but moderate lacing.

Smell: Lots of grapefruit, tangelo orange, pineapple, pine resin (quite like pliny the elder only more herbal) with a hint of toffee malt.

Taste: Same as nose but with an enjoyable hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation but still comes off quite crisp.

Drinkability: All day!

This is one awesome brew that I hope Vinnie continues to make!

Serving type: growler

08-25-2010 23:32:16 | More by koopa
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alex for this; what an absolutely amazing surprise.

A: Pours a slightly caramelized golden color with a nice white head and good lacing.

S: Quite a few hops packed in here with some nice citrus rind notes.

T: Note nearly as intense as the nose and with a bit more sweetness, although much of the sweetness seems to be perceived based on some of the fruity flavors imparted by the hops.

M: Nice amount of bitterness on a medium body. Good hop flavor to bitterness balance.

D: Very tasty all around. Never thought I'd get to try this unless it was made again. Thanks again, Alex.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2010 17:41:59 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of drabmuh
drabmuh

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ut oh! Did Matt drive to Philly to buy a 5$ pint of beer? Pretty much. That's right I'm pathetic but I (again) have shut down the top 10 IPAs with this beer. Drank at Resurrection Ale House in Philly, two 12 ounce drafts.

Beer served in a really narrow tulip both times. Beer is yellow and moderately carbonated. Forms a thin head of white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Beer is kind of hazy. Looks good.

Aroma is fruity but primarily piny. Smell is reasonable.

Beer is quite bitter, strongly so. Quite chewy and resiny. Medium bodied, not very sweet and not too dry. Overall a great IPA. Glad I got it. My wife commented, "You are giddy now"...not everyday something works out the way you hoped. The hop flavors on the midpalate are mostly earthy and piny. Not a lot of citrus going on here. Its pretty similar to Pliny the Elder but less malty and lighter overall. A very good beer, it was a privilege to drink it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 03:13:52 | More by drabmuh
Photo of InspectorBob
InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was on tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Olde City. Poured into a 12oz. goblet. Had a golden/orange color with about one finger of an off white head, slight lacing throughout. Aroma was of tropical fruits, grapefruit stood out for me, with some orange and tangerine. The taste and mouthfeel were very smooth with slight carbonation and a little bitterness on the end.

This was a very good beer, you would never know that it clocked in at 7.5% ABV, that's how smooth and drinkable it was. I had two...

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 12:38:29 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of berpwillie
berpwillie

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

had on tap at TND's this past weekend. pours a transparent copper yellow color with spare head that recedes quick. spare lacing as well with soft to flat carbonation. super strong fruity citrus smell that all but takes your breath away. probably the best smelling beer i've ever had to this point. smell pulls through in the flavor with some grass piney hints. light body, thin texture, and long flavor duration. slightly bitter in the finish but not much. probably the most refreshing beer i've ever had. very complex.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 13:43:16 | More by berpwillie
Photo of zoso1967
zoso1967

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Registration was served up looking very much like any other fine RR IPA. Deep golden with a bright white and sticky head that left appropriately sticky lace as I drained the glass. The aroma is like crack to my hop head soul with tons of grapefruit, orange, pine, pineapple and tropical hop aromas. I really tried hard to smell some malt in there, gut the full on hop assault made it nearly impossible to pick up anything but a slight whiff of biscuity malt sweetness. The flavor was a little bit different than the aroma in that it seemed much more piney and tropical. Don't get me wrong, there was grapefruit and other citrus in there as well, but this definitely seemed to have a little bit different mojo than a Blind Pig or Elder. Also, these hops were dank as hell. Has Vinnie started to dry hop with medical herbs? They are just so resiny and lend to a super long and bitter finish that begs for another sip. Oh yeah, there is also some malt in this beer, though it really is just there to hold up the hops. It does its job and lends a sort of candied flavor to the different hop contributions. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is a bit sticky in the finish, but what would you expect from a beer like this? Dangerously drinkable without even a hint of the 7.5 ABV. Not quite living up to Pliny standards, but this is one DAMN good IPA that lives up to the hype. Hopefully Vinnie brews this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 01:17:04 | More by zoso1967
Photo of BARFLYB
BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Local 44, The Iron Abbey, Teresa's Next Door, Hulmeville Inn and one other spot I cant remember.

Registration looks bright yellow with some small gold spots interweaved, From every pour there was a nice amount of bold white cramy foam that left some squiggly line patterns down the glass. It's bright and delicious looking beer.

Smell consists of grapefruit mango and just whiffs of the tropics. A small amount of pine and under that a smaller amount of sweet malt, small bisquit quality. Pungent and pleasant.

West coast hop juice blended with a ton of grapefruit, mango, oranges, and tangerines. I get alot of tangerine quality with just some pine and malt. Hop forward, lightly malted, and delicious. Less piney than pliny and the pig, citrus bursts.

This goes down real easy while the body is above light, nearing medium. A whole lot of carb but not bitey. Just enough hop oils, not muddled. A very clean IPA here, it does not kill the mouth. A few glasses won't destroy your palate. In one word, refreshing. Finishes a bit dry with enough malt to keep things in check.

It's 7.5% so a few will do, insanely drinkable and tasty. I could not get enough of this stuff. Another winner from the west.

Best keg in the city (from my choices.)

1. Hulmeville Inn
2. Local 44
3. The Iron Abbey
4. Teresa's Next Door

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 23:36:31 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of TheFightfan1
TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Hulmeville Inn.
Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slight hazy golden-auburn color. A decent string of lacing around the edge of the glass.

Smell has some amazing hop aroma's. With a nice zesty lemon and tropical fruit that mixes with a nice crisp cracker maltiness.

Taste to me is more of a fruity IPA than a heavy hoppy IPA. Starts off with alot of tropical fruits, pineapple,mango. The bitter hops do make it's way through on tha palate just to let you know they are there.

Mouth more of lighter bodied brew with a nice mouth watering fruitiness. Decent bitter hops linger on the palate for a while.

I don't know how Russian River does it but it seems the higher the alcohol the easier drinking it becomes.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 00:41:53 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of bwd110
bwd110

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Hulmeville Inn 7/18/10

For whatever reason, I've been missing this beer by hours at each bar since PBW... Had several glasses today, however.

A: Looks like a pretty standard ipa,... Nice golden straw color. Bright white head that dissipated very quickly. Mild lacing down the glass.

S: Big nose. Major hop pungency... Grapefruit, orange and pine notes. Smells like the bastard child of Blind Pig and PTE.

T: Very decent ipa. Not sure if it is better than Blind Pig. Certainly not in the same league as PTE... but damn good! I'm getting more of the piney hops than most. But for sure it is a tongue smacker!

M: Light/medium body, nice slick hop oil presence. Good amount of carbonation.

D: Great. This if the type of beer you latch onto and drink all day.

Glad to have tried this one, but hype aside, it's certainly not one of those beers you have to try before you die.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2010 22:47:58 | More by bwd110
Photo of yourefragile
yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz pint glass at Teresa's.

Well, I wanted to write this off as being overly hyped by the PA crew, but damn this was good; I enjoyed this much more than the fresh Blind Pig I had last week. Appearance is the weakest part of the beer, a clear rich golden color with an almost non existent white head that leaves minimal amounts lacing. Aroma is a phenomenal punch of grapefruit and citric hops, slightly floral and a touch of caramel malt. The flavor is similar to Blind Pig but much sweeter and grapefruit dominant. Body is medium thick and soft with mild carbonation and a longbkasting bitter citric finish. Ugh, I hate adding to the hype on this, but damn these two glasses were good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 17:38:43 | More by yourefragile
Photo of krisandajt
krisandajt

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint of this beer while having dinner with the wife at Teresa's Next Door.

Appearance: The beer is a clear, bright amber color. There wasn't any real head on the beer, my guess is it was poured and then left at the bar for the waitress to bring to the table. There's a thin ring around the beer where it touches the sides of the glass. Lacing is decent, there's some sticky rings clinging to the glass where the beer comes to settle.

Smell: Despite our dinners and the relative proximity of everybody else's food, the hops from this one jumped right out at me. I have to say that this IPA has the most pronounced nose that I have ever come across. Heavy on the grapefruit and citrus, just how I like it.

Taste: An explosion of ripe grapefruit with a bitter, clean finish and just a hint of booze. The hops hit you hard and fast, and then fade away just as quickly. It really leaves you wanting to take another sip. Phenomenal.

Mouthfeel: Well, I guess if I had to gripe, I could say the carbonation was a bit lacking...but again, I think it has more to do with it being poured and left on the bar for a few minutes.

Drinkability: This is a fantastic IPA, and dare I say one of the best beers I've had in recent memory. The hops are huge and in your face, there's not much malt mucking anything up, and there's just the right hint of booziness to remind you that you are drinking a big beer. I really wanted another pint, but unfortunately I had to drive. Absolutely recommend!

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 01:23:05 | More by krisandajt
Photo of weeare138
weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at TND...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white head that slowly fades out into a gentle collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy citrus, pine, caramel, herbs, and vanilla.
Taste is of the aromas...obvious comparison to PTE.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter up front, balance coming...bitter finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 17:56:30 | More by weeare138
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a good friend for the growler.

Registration Ale is clear and golden in color, not unlike Pliny or Blind Pig, with plentiful carbonation that feeds a small head.

The first whiff reveals a big tangerine and orange hop aroma. Strong citrus meets a light pineapple sweetness, this is very different from Russian River's regular lineup of IPAs.

Surprisingly dry, the fruity sweetness I pick up on the nose isn't as present on the palate, lending only the faintest hint of pineapple. It's more resiny and bitter, though still displaying strong flavors of orange oil and tangerine. Very light bodied with barely perceptible malt and a firm bitter finish. Downright quaffable, this beer is excellent.

Serving type: growler

07-15-2010 16:25:33 | More by largadeer
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Registration Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.