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Registration Ale - Russian River Brewing Company

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 6.64%
Wants: 16
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)
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Reviews by phillybeer7779:
Photo of phillybeer7779
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on tap during Philly Beer Week at Local 44 in a tulip glass. Appearance was a orange/golden color with about 1 inch of head. Aroma was of hops, very similar profile to PtE. The taste was very similar as well, kinda like a dry-hopped PtE. It was a very hot day in a crowded bar, and I was completely refreshed by it and could have drank it all day if it wasn't for the presence of Supplication, PtE, and Consecration on tap. Definately should have had a few more, though!

phillybeer7779, Jun 30, 2010
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Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this at Local 44 x RR event to close down beer week. The beer poured into a tulip with a little head but a bright and hop hazy golden yellow. The bouquet was full of floral and citrusy west coast hops, the server told us that the hop profile was the same as PtY but obviously scaled down in amount. I have not had Younger yet, but it does have a bit of aroma as well with the juicy mango and pineapple flavors mixed with grapefruit and piney resin. This beer is well attenuated witth good hoppiness that makes it a pleasure to drink many of. I would've been happy having a couple more if not for PtE, Consecration, and Supplication on tap...

Soonami, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev -11.5%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of nickd717
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared thanks to largadeer, who currently resides in BA purgatory, a place I know well. I didn't have much time to enjoy this since I stopped by largadeer and alfrantzell's love nest for a quick tick while my mom and fiancee waited in the car and my little sisters stood there impatiently as I consumed my rather generous ~10oz pour.

The beer pours into the tulip glass an excellent golden color with a well-formed one-finger white head and some decent lacing.

Very nice aroma somewhat different from other Russian River beers, but still very west coast IPA. The hop profile is very fruity, especially grapefruit, with some pine and a little sweet malt and honey.

Very hoppy and tasty on the flavor. Grapefruity with other citrus and some resin. Malts are very restrained, but maybe not as much so as in other Russian River IPAs. Just a little sweetness to balance. I didn't pick up the sweet taste of rarity in this one, believe it or not. I guess my palate was probably shot from being forced to taste wines over much of the weekend.

Medium-bodied with a clean and crisp mouthfeel and hop oils on the palate. Good carbonation level.

Well what do you know, another good IPA from Russian River. Extremely drinkable and up there overall with Elder and Blind Pig. Brew this again, Vinnie!

nickd717, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of BigIrishman
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Local 44

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a big creamy head that is gone pretty quick but leaves lace all over the glass.

Smell: RR's finest assortment of west coast hops has this glass absolutely bursting with citrus and fruit. If I had to pin down the aroma I'd say there's the usual grapefruit with hints of mango/pineapple/apricot. Absolutely fantastic...Probably the second best aroma I've smelt in an IPA (Sculpin being the top)

Taste: Whatever was in that smell is concentrated in the taste. Those citrus hops really run rampant in this beer and the finish is a nice lasting bitter kick. The hops are definitely more concentrated in this than they are in Pliny. This is a beer (along with the other great RR IPAs) that shows how immense those great west coast hops (simcoe, etc) can be when used right.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and clean, leaves your mouth a bit dry and carries a fairly light body.

Drinkability: Well I had three of them, so it had to be high...However the biggest problem with these super hopped beers is that they tend to get a bit bleh if you have too many over a few days. Overall though, going out of the way to get a glass of this work out awesome. It's something special alright...

BigIrishman, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of hippityhops85
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pizza Pub in Towamencin PA. Hilarious cause this place is a craphole bar but I digress...

Pours a crystal clear golden orange, slight head that dissipates relatively quickly leaving excellent lacing and a thin layer of head.

Nose is an excellet balance of extreme grapefruit citrus and christmassy pine. Hops smell extremely fresh, almost overwhelming. In a good way.

Taste is bity with the grapefruit taking the main stage. Makes the mouth water. Excellent hop balance we're used to from RR.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium carbo allows the hops to be very prominent. Extremely drinkable as I'm on my 3rd. Slight alcohol bite.

I really enjoyed this but it wasn't unique as far as Russian River goes. Appreciate the nod to our draconic government here in PA. Abolish the PLCB.

hippityhops85, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So thrilled to be able to write this review. Through Incredible generoisty I was able to acquire this masterpiece. Growler served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 07/04/2010!

The pour was a wonderful clear medium amber that was highly carbonated and topped with a wonderful head of white that reached about two inches into the air before settling down into a nice layer of lacing.

Huge aroma, immense and enormously fresh citrus. Just dripping through the air. Hard to really describe it any other way but the pineapple and the grapefruit were so ripe and fresh it was absurd. Chewey, thick, it was a wonderfully tasty IPA that seriously had the crowd cheering. Quick hits of hops, rich, super fresh flavors and well hidden ABV left everyone scratching their heads in amazement of this wonderful beer.

Near perfect I woudl put this up against anything including pliny. Just soo lucky to get to try this.

mikesgroove, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let me be clear. This is not just another hyped up IPA. This is an incredibly made IPA that is dry-hopped beyond all reason. Registration is a beast that cannot be tamed.

Poured into a nonic pint glass at one of my favorite bars. The body is crisp and clear, not hazy, like many dry-hopped IPAs that I have encountered. There is only a touch of white head when my glass arrives, and it evaporates leaving only a thin film of bubbles atop the amber-to-orange body. It is accentuated by the thicker ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is unpredictable, and there are contours that crop up here and there as the level of the beer drops.

Tons of grapefruit aroma and a nice moist bitterness greet my nostrils as I approach the glass. Russian River is playing right into my favorite style here, IPAs overwhelmed by citrus and floral hops. This is a masterpiece. On the palate, it gets even better. The hops crush out any thought of malts that you might have. You won't miss them, I promise. The bitterness really flows in the finish. This is one friggin dank and musty IPA.

This beer is just about perfect in every way, shape, and form. Vinnie has done it again. I would drink this all night and every day if I could. In my estimation, this beer is better than PtE.

NittanyBeerFan, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at T&J's for their Scraps of Beer Week event.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange with about a half finger of head.

Smell: Wow, I could smell this one as soon as the waitress brought it to the table. Piney hops, floral aromas and citrus hit the nose in a powerful wave. One of the best smelling beers I've had.

Taste: This is a very hoppy beer. Almost hoppy to the point where I could be made to think it was a DIPA. Bitter hops hit first followed by grapefruit and tangerine. At the end only a small hint of malt can be found, but a very tiny amount.

Mouthfeel: This is really crisp and cleaning and an overall refreshing beer to enjoy, doesn't even feel close to 7.5%.

Drinkability: This is probably my second favorite IPA that I've had (behind Sculpin). Definitely would stock up on this if it was readily available. Vinnie, if you're reading this, please make this a year-round Philly only offering!

Axic10, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +10.6%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
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.

zoso1967, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of weeare138
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.

weeare138, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Triumph Old City

I was one of the first people to taste this. I read that this was coming to Philly in the days preceding it, but it wasn't until that morning did I know where and when. It was about 11AM when I read in a thread that it was being tapped at Triumph at 1130 that morning. I went to Triumph Old City right at 1130AM on Friday when they tapped it.

A: This was served in a 10oz snifter. It pours a nice copper with a thin white head, although the chick poured it slowly to minimize head it seemed. It leaves a nice little bit of lacing down the snifter, though not a whole lot.

S: Full of citrus and pine and some floral hop smell. It's got a bit of spices and a tiny bit of light grains along with it.

T: It's so full of hops, but not overboard like some can go. It's very full of citrus, floral, resiny hop notes. Huge citrus component like grapefruit maybe. It's got some spiciness to it and a great bitterness that isn't overpowering, and lasts just the right amount of time. The spiciness and citrus are up front and the bitterness is in the back. It's also got some light grains like maybe wheat grass or straw in there, but not too much.

M: Effervescent, very nice carbonation. Not really thick or anything, but works perfectly.

D: This was one of the best beers I've ever had. Ever. I had to get a second glass of this (even at $10 a glass). I could easily drink a lot of this in one sitting, though I'm sure it would eventually start to weigh down on me with all that hoppiness.

I wish I could have gotten a growler of this to take home. This was incredible.

VoiceOfTheSoul, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
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.

TheFightfan1, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Triumph Brew Pub

Pours a hazy, yellow gold color with moderate cap of stiff white bubbles, coating the entire glass in sheets as you drink. Scent is of citrus and tropical fruit from the hops - tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango - with a small fresh hay grainy background. Taste is hop forward as the scent dictates, the same citrus and tropical notes are there along with a touch of bitter pine and floral hops. The background is a slightly sweet, fresh grain taste. Lacks the big bitter punch of most of their offerings, probably covered up by the dominant sweet watery fruit, but very good none the less. Mouthfeel is medium, highly active carbonation, can feel a touch watery on some sips towards the end. An excellent IPA that doesnt quite live up to their regular lineup, but fantastic and better than most others none the less. For all the RR heads, id say its about 75% Blind Pig and 25% PtY in taste but lacking the big bitterness of even the Pig.

rfgetz, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of CraftAleRookie
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BLIND LUCK- decided to stop at the Grey Lodge on a whim, and this was on the chalk board!!! On tap, served in a small 8oz glass

A-golden/orange, clear; 1/8th inch (thin) head, quickly went to just a rim of lace. Lack of head was a bit dissapointing.

S- Hop heaven- BIG grapefruit, with a hint of sweetness. Pine notes. Hops, hops, hops. NICE.

T- very forward hop mouthful, slight bitter edge- finishes with a bite (and a slight pucker). The citrus/grapefruit taste is amazingly strong, but not overbearing. Tart, bitter.

M- medium to heavy, slightly dry, slight fizz tingle.

D- those who are faint of hop need not apply!! But as a hop head, this brew is a must- I could drink a few more of these no problem.

Thoughts- slightly different from PtE in that the bitter edge is a bit more pronounced, and the overall hop character is to the point that it misses the slight "sweet" tinge that PtE has. That said, this ale stands on it's own as a different brew, and a must try for BIG IPA fans.

CraftAleRookie, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +10.6%

sideshowe, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was afraid I might not get to try this beer, as I never was able to get up to Philly during beer week at the places it was featured. Thankfully, Jeff from TJ's saved a keg for his "leftovers" event, and I was able to sample it after all.

The beer pours a gleaming golden amber color with fairly decent head retention and OK lacing. The nose on this bad boy is exotic, showing tropical fruit, pine and orange citrus. In combination, it makes for a terrific aroma profile. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose pretty closely, with a heavy emphasis on orange citrus. The beer actually shows a considerable amount of sweet, tropical fruit intially, but then the hops come on strong in this well crafted beer, leading to a long, dry, bitter finish. Drinkability was pretty good, with the well integrated alcohol barely noticeable.

This is an excellent beer, though I don't think it's in the same league as Blind Pig and the two Pliny's. Regardless, another excellent beer from the folks at Russian River, and one I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to try.

John_M, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
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.

ktrillionaire, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of bwd110
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.

bwd110, Jul 18, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Bouleboubier, Jan 03, 2012
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Registration Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.