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HopTime Harvest Ale - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.02%
Wants: 26
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: marc77 on 10-08-2002

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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 27
Photo of AgentMunky
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed on 15 November 2013.

A: hazy translucent golden amber. Good lacing.

S: Pine and pine-like hops. Smells great; like American IPA.

T: Super tasty. Fruity! Guava and grapefruit. The aftertaste is hoppy and enjoyable.

M: Rich malty and rewarding.

O: This is a delicious, fruity IPA.

Photo of elNopalero
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was not the earth shattering, mind-blowing event beer that I had hoped for. Perhaps my anticipation got the better of me?

Hop Time poured a golden tan color. There was a malty aroma with some sticky pine and tangerine notes.

I tasted piney and tangerine-grapefruit citrus, with a pronounced malt and a dry lingering finish. Good, as the RR brews tend to be, but missing that extra oomph.

Photo of scottfrie
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub. Nonic pint glass. 6.75% ABV, 100% wet hopped.

A: Cloudy lemon iced-tea color with a thick, oily, foamy head that faded into a greasy film leaving great rings of sticky lace.
S: Light nose, not much there actually, with notes of “green” hops that emit an earthy herbalness.
T: More bitter and stronger than the nose let on. Same young green taste, hints of lemon zest but not really citrusy. Sweet, especially the finish, with hints of caramel and bread crust of malts. Flavors fall off in the finish, and the aftertaste really falls off quickly and the bitterness doesn’t last. Clean, green, light and earthy.
M: Meaty mouth, chewier than expected but very smooth and drinkable since the flavors aren’t heavy. Good carbonation, bubbly and wet. No booze.
O: Actually a really great ipa. The nose is light but everything is very smooth, flavorful and easy to drink. Flavors are green and very unique.

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6oz half pint pour
Enjoyed at the brew pub in Santa Rosa, CA on 9/5/12

A: I don't know what others are writing but I saw this as a light, golden/orange color. Even in the smaller glass, it had a nice bright white head. It left some nice lacing.

S: What you'd expect from the fall seasonal fresh hop beers. Very clean clear smells of fresh wet hops. There normal citrus, but not overly fruity. Also, some fresh piney notes.

T: The taste follows the nose to a T. It's a very nicely put together fresh hop brew. It's hard to say in words but there definitely is a difference in using the wet fresh hops to the dried hops. I know that the fresh don't produce as many aromas, unless you use more etc. That must be it, the aroma and flavors are there just not as pronounced. The finish is dry and not overly bitter.

M: It's very session forward. I'd say light leading to medium bodied

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2012 version of this beer, currently on tap at the brewpub. Abv. is only 6% this year, according to the RR beer menu board.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive as well, as I get some dry citrus, pepper, and considerable leafy tobacco notes. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this nicely crafted IPA, and while there is considerable underlying herbaceousness from the wet hopping, it's not over done and adds a nice additional element to the flavor profile. The finish is crisp and clean, with a nice wash of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly light, though the beer certainly delivers plenty of flavor.

A nice enough beer... sort of like a wet hopped version of the regular RR IPA.

Photo of litheum94
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. First time made in five years.

Very murky, dark golden brown. Definitely looks unfiltered, and reminds me of a Heady Topper. Presented with a scant, bone white head that leaves a strata of foam down the side of the glass.

Aromas of grapefruit, peach and spice. Slight resin aromas. Caramel and honey from the malts.

Viscous hop oil flavors: ruby res grapefruit, semi-sweet peaches, apricots, spice and some pine pitch flavors. Some toasted biscuit malts, with some caramalization. Oily on the finish with a light bitterness.

A very nice wet hop ale. It's a little different, as the hop flavors aren't as in your face. Easy drinking and full of flavor.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes

amber, with great clarity. two finger head of white foam had graced the top for a quick while, but faded down to just a thin veil of lace, but not before depositing the nice web like side glass foam.

pine like hops. A nice bit of fresh resin like aromas coming off of it throughout. But as it warmed, it turned a touch biscuity, showing that there were some underlying malts that were causing it to be a bit more of a balanced offering then what I was expecting. deep pine resin freshness. Sticky, bitter, and sweet all at the same time, it had a nice refreshing quality to it as well.nice tangerine and orange hints whirling around in the back as well, letting you know there was a nice mix of west coast hops. The finish was strong, very dry and bitte

Photo of francisweizen
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

super green hop goodness had on tap at toronado about one zillion times. Dark golden orange with a nice zesty head of white foam that dies quickly but can be beought back from the dead. Aromas of fresh hops! A nice blend of C's for sure with some others thrown in for good measure. Zeasty, piney, resiny, it's all there with a biscuity sweetness on the nose as well. Taste follows through big time with hop explosion like flavors. Big time citrus, pine, oil, resin, tree, and weed flavors with a big time biscuit malt backbone that scream pillsbury. Mouthfeel is gerat but slightly astringent, drinkability is retartedly good. This stuff be like hop crack yo.

Photo of SwillBilly
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at RFD, left over from the RFD Wet Hop Tasting:

Appearance: Light amber almost peach like in color with a very creamy and foamy 1 finger head. Very clear with streams of carbonation flowing to the surface. Thick sheets of sticky lacing line the glass.

Smell: Full of citrusy hops, predominately grapefruit with just a touch of fruity malt sweetness poking through. I have to say, trying to make out the aroma of a beer with a guy smoking cigs next to you is virtually impossible. Tried my best.

Taste: Starts with a grapefruity hop bitterness that transitions to a middle where the malt breaks through with a pleasant fruity sweetness that really balances out the hops. The finish is more those delicious grapefruit tasting hops with the bitterness linger long on the tongue well after the swallow. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, somewhat dry in the finish and very smooth.

Drinkability/Notes. Glad I had the opportunity to try HopTime Harvest. A really nice and well balanced IPA from the folks at Russian River. Plenty of grapefruity hop bitterness with the perfect amount of amber fruit like malts to balance things out. Very smooth in the mouth and extremely easy to drink. A very appealing beer visually with tons of lacing and a very thick and foamy head. I wish I could get my hands on this on a regular basis. Extremely drinkable and one I would not hesitate to order again. Highly recommended. Seek and Enjoy !

Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 0x bottle filled using a counter-pressure system. The beer is a vibrant golden color, with absolute clarity. A healthy 2 fingers of head over top fall to a finger of ivory foam, with a soild cascade of bubbles streaming up that serve to keep the head stable. As the head falls, there is a nice bit of chunky lace left in my glass. Inhaling over the top finds a ton of very sweet and chunky grapefruity hop, with a mild sweet caramel malt base. This one is really about the sweetness. I am digging it. The flavor brings a more subdued character. It hits with a chunky caramel malt, along with very sweet and citrusy grapefruit hop, with a touch of vegetal character. There is also a spicey to peppery character in the hop. It finishes with a solid bitterness that clings to the back and sides of my tongue. This is a tasty brew. Mouthfeel is just at moderate with a lighter carbonation. I could stand a little more substance and a touch morecarbonation. I'm really taking this beer down fast. It is smooth, full flavored, and just damn good beer. Very nice.

Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sample this beer with another BA who owes thanks for the opportunity to a trade with RedwoodGeorge.... Hand-bottled via counter-pressure system, this beer was fantastic and well worth the effort.

Appearance: Pours a peachy copper/gold color with an off white head.

Smell: It is both sweet and hoppy in the nose with a cinnamon-sugar covered grapefruit aroma with a light caramel malt base.

Taste: Spicy. A flavor that initially came off as catty may actually be more vegetal greens - cabbage? But don't let that throw you. While the strange unidentifiable flavor stood out at first it did fall by the side and let room for that pleasant flavors of yeast, pepper, ginger and sugar along with gently bold fresh hops to mix and mingle and play on your palate.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but spicy and nicely carbonated to keep the mouth active.

Drinkability: Bring it on. This is a very pleasant drinking beer, but it may be better in a few more months.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks again to RedwoodG for sending this one my way. Hops harvested and beer brewed on Aug 28, 2006, meticulously hand bottled on Oct 10, 2006. Pours from the 22oz bomber and into my glass a clear golden orange with a nice half inch of bubblin white foam on top. There's a hint of red there too. Aromas begin with a blast of vibrant green hops featuring citrus and melon. Herbal and grassy, it brings a picture of a pile of hop cones to mind. An underlying mellow pale/caramel maltiness is present but the hops definetly win out.

First sip brings a rush of hoppy goodness that has a strong grassy/piney taste right off the bat. As it flows down I get hints of melon and citrus as well. There's a nice pale, slightly caramelized maltiness in the background. A solid bitterness flows in around the finish and clings on afterwards with a bit of lemon as well. That lush, earthy green hop flavor is just so wonderful and keeps me comin back sip after sip. A wicked, flavor packed IPA for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, this is really and easy drinking brew. I could easily see drinking a good amount of this with no problem! I simply love these wet hop beers and I'm glad to have had a chance to sample this one. Just gives me yet another reason to get out to California as soon as possible!

Photo of mntlover
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Georges efforts I am holding a bottle of this fine brew.

Pours a lightly hazy orange/amber color a nice off white head forms and falls to a ring of bubbles that leaves some sticky lace behind.

Aroma is big on hops citrus grapefruit, orange mingled with scattered pine needles and fresh grass clippings.

Tate is fresh hops swimming in some light sweetness of malt. Lots of fresh hops imparting big flavors, the whole enchilada, citrus, pine, floral, grassy and herbal all seem to be there. Citrus along with lawn clippings seems to dominate with light spicy herbals in the finish, along with hints of pepper. Lots of hops added late or after the boil as not much bitterness is noted at least compared to the flavors.

Mouthfeel is a big medium bigger feel then the 6.7% would indicate. Nice peppy level of carbonation aides the flavor.

Drinkability is good a very enjoyable IPA. If this is any indication of wet hopped beers I am sold.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Santa Rosa's resident hophead, RedwoodGeorge, for sending out this bomber of fresh hopped beer as part of his 'Unauthorized Home Bottling Project II'.

Lightly hazy butterscotch with lemon drop edges. Close inspection reveals thousands of fine particulates that just have to be hop dust; at least I hope so. The orange-tinted, French vanilla cap is firmly creamy and looks like a dream, both in terms of color and texture. Abundant, lace-like lace only adds to the eye candy, especially since the glass is filthy with it in the end.

HopTime's nose is a thing of beauty as well. Even though it isn't as incandescently bright as expected, that isn't a negative in the least. It has more of a down and dirty, spicy, pungent, hopfunky aroma that smells like pineapple juice, pink grapefruit zest and ganja. I'd love to know the hop bill.

I never doubted Vinnie's magic when it comes to hoppy beer (or any beer for that matter), but it's still nice to see that he's come through yet again. This is an IPA brewed by someone who understands that beer of this style is all about the hops and that malt is only present for purposes of support. Damn, this is tasty stuff!

While isn't quite a hop daisy cutter, hop resins do detonate in my mouth with each upending of the glass and coat all surfaces with lupulin goodness. One of the most impressive things about HopTime is the depth and breadth of the flavor. It seems to expand in all directions and lingers long after the beer has left the mouth. Only a world-class brewer could have created this nectar.

Down deep is a sugar cookie-like pale malt base that contributes just enough sweetness to keep the bitterness from running rampant. Up top, the resinous hops ooze tropical fruity flavors of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon. If anything, I'm enjoying each glorious mouthful more than the last. I'd give anything to have a case of bombers in my cellar right about now. Insanely drinkable is an understatement.

Quality brewers brew quality beer. Nowhere is that more true than with regard to mouthfeel. This beer is, quite simply, a joy to drink as much for the mouthfeel as for the flavor. I have to credit to RedwoodGeorge as well for yet another amazing bottling effort. I can't imagine that anything was lost in translation.

Russian River will forever be at or near the top of my 'best breweries' list because of the Pliny beers alone. The fact that Mr. Cilurzo continue to release delicious hoppy elixir after delicious hoppy elixir only adds to his legendary status in my eyes. I'm a sucker for a great IPA and HopTime Harvest Ale is one of the best that I've had in many a moon.

Photo of merlin48
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

RedwoodGeorge strikes again. Thanks for the opportunity! This bottle pours a hazed amber body that is topped by a small, but sturdy, offwhite head that has excellent staying power. Sticky patch lacing covers the pint glass.

Aroma is lush with hoppy fruit esters. Pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, papaya, and tangerine esters tease the nostrils. Throw in some pine resin and caramel and you have a very nice nose.

Mouthfeel is a full medium, chewy with hop resins. Fresh and sticky. Yum!

Taste is well balanced and interesting. Bitterness is clean and dry, characterized by pink grapefruit, tangerine, and a hint of orangerind(not the Belgian style). A fresh herbal note enlivens, seems like catnip. Nice and soft caramel malt backing. Finishes dry and bitter, with a fresh herbs aftertaste.

Very nicely constructed and tasty ale that I wish were available more readily. Another masterpiece from Vinnie and the good folks at RR.

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with RedwoodGeorge. Thanks for the opportunity... Brewed 8/28/2006, hand-bottled via counter-pressure system 10/10/06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light beige head over the somewhat cloudy orangey amber brew. Frothy head isn't going anywhere fast, with good lace. Aroma is citrus hops, with a touch of pine and ample malt under it all. Flavor is moderate sweetness upfront, plentiful grapefruity hops character in the middle, and closes with a bitter aftertaste, as expected. More balanced than I expected, which is a benefit to me. Mouthfeel is smooth, lips are sticky, and drinkability is easy. Makes you wish hops were harvested more than once a year. Glad I got try this one, even if it's a bit of an unorthodox delivery method, via our CA hero, George.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

r to the edwood gee in da house!

hazy orange brilliance sits dank in the glass, crusty complex foam carves itself out some trippy craters and sticks with three-d lacing all over the glass' inside.

spicy, peppery hop aroma which defies standard hop definitions. walloping simcoe blast followed by a waft of fresh strawberry twizzlers. slight note of cough syrup or some other strange tweak on booziness with fruity yeast addition. one of a kind, for sure, and robust.

funky sweat gland excretions define the first sip. real cheesy fresh hoppiness with a bitter vegetal finish. a very non-west-coast take on fresh hop beer... no doubt the green spice is as raw and oily as can be- the river just chose to manifest its power in a less citrusy, more earthy and dirty yeast-peppered way. there is no off flavor to the beer.. no butter, no plastic. it is a hop bomb of a different kind, and admirable for its ability to shock and awe. is it my cup of tea, ipa-wise? not really.

aftertaste has a certain coating dryness that evokes a ballbusting white wine... which is rather interesting.

drinks easy enough for 6.7+, and there is nothing about the way it tastes that slows me down.. especially once my mouth is covered with the resinous bitters that this beer exudes. even long after sips, i can cue my salivary glands into an overproductive frenzy with a few puckers of my cheeks.

RR strikes again, and throws a knuckleball to all the fans of grapefruit-heavy india pale ales.

Photo of Zorro
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through the efforts of RedwoodGeorge without which it would not be possible.

This beer in the glass is a slightly hazy orange to copper colored ale with a good white head.

Smell is sweet spicy and very resinous with hop aroma. Pine, grapefruit and cinnamon are the strongest scents. Aromas of menthol, mint, tea and oregano.

Taste is mildly sweet but a shock of hops to the tongue from the very start. There is a base flavor of herbal hop and cabbage to this ale with a mild melon after taste. This has a very strong hop flavor but it isn't bitter. This tastes like it smells except it has something extra a taste that can only be described as hops as an actual vegetable. Something like the taste of grass and alfalfa it is best described as the flavor of "Green."

Mouthfeel is very full.

Drinkability is different to say the least. A very strong IPA that doesn't have any harsh bitter edge. A must try beer if you ever get the chance.

Photo of rayjay
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Bistro. Vinnie is the IPA master, and this one shines just like the others. Fresh cascades in this one. As popular as cascades are, their taste never gets old. Wet cascades are even better! Nice drinkable floral aroma and plenty of bitterness, and the flavor melts in your mouth. Aftertaste lets the hops show all their flavors, especially the fruityness and flowery aspects, while the bitterness fades to a gentle afterthought. I love how wet hops have that multi-dimentional flavor that goes way beyond simple bitterness. Seek this out now while it's fresh; wet hops don't age well. One serious beer. Absolutely outstanding.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow with a thin layer of white bubbles. Lots of fast moving carbonation. Very fruity smelling IPA, citrusy orange and grapefruit rind. This brew is nice and crisp on the palate, nice malt sweeness and a nice citrus friuty hop bitterness. The finish is rather light and pine-like. Really nice session brew.

Cheers!

Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/05/05- On tap at the Toronado Wet Hopped Festival in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- via the tap into 6oz sampler glasses.

Appearance- Deep orange rust colored pour. Largest head out of any of the samplers. Leaves nice streaks of lace after the beer is gone.

Smell- As the same with many of the rest....nice fresh hop scent. Lots of grapefruit and pine to be had.

Taste- Fairly sweet in the hop dept. but not as bitter as expected. Grapefruit and pine jump into the frey. Malt then follows. A pretty dark malt at that. They work together oh so nice.

Mouthfeel- A tad bit of sugary mouthcoating with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Vinnie does it yet again. One of the tastiest and most drinkable IPA I've had.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

....mmm - hops...

Well, if you're a hop lover there's really no way you can dislike this beer.

The pour is a deep orange with a pure white head. The foam sticks around for quite a while and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

The nose is oddly muted compared to my expectations; it's not an over the top hop monster but instead an IPA that smells quite a bit more 'green' Primary notes are pine and citrus but quite a bit of new-mown grass thrown in as well.

Taste is quite yummy - a reasonable malt note to keep the hop in check. The malt is more dry than sweet - reminiscent of saltines (or matzo) . The hops are abundant but not as excessive as you'd find in the Plinys. There's actually a very 'clean' taste to this brew - no heavy or overpowering notes. Again the hops notes are Citrus peel, Pine tar and Kentucky Bluegrass - no real floral or herbal notes in this IPA.

Mouthfeel is fine - it's a medium to light bodied brew, plenty of carbonation on tap and no real bitter aftertaste (even though the focus is on hops)

This is a nicely drinkable brew and very nicely hopped for the hop-head in all of us... While the primary focus is on the hops, it's not the whack upside the head that most 2xIPAs are - it's more like a very clean ESB where the focus is on the green stuff.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation:-
Served on Draft at the O’Brien’s Wet Hop Festival, 11-20-04.
Sample #1 of 16.
Overall Mark (on the day) = 4.0.

Appearance:
Pale looking Orange-Gold body, pellucid it had a thin white head at first that maintained a thin covering but it eventually disappeared half way down the Pint Glass.

Nose:
This one had a very citric aroma with lots of fresh floral hops and grass-stains. Immensely attractive nose, I just sat and deeply inhaled this one as Vinnie from Russian River gave his fascinating speech at O’Brien’s prior to the Wet Hop festival getting into full swing. Gorgeous nose and one of the better aromas of all the Wet-Hop Festival brews on offer for me.

Taste:
100% Cascade and Chinook with Wild California Cluster. Fresh, fresh, fresh. The aromas really do hint at exactly what is in store here for the Imbiber. A very clean brew, the Malts are there and detectable, and they mix well with the very fresh lemony nature of the wet hops. Good bitterness but the grassy and floral hops really shine in this one.

Mouthfeel:
Above average, but a little bit of a let down from memory, either that or drinking on an empty stomach, was not conducive to getting the best out of this one.

Drinkability:
My first libation of the day, and a very nice brew to drink whilst sitting in the small assembled crowd at O’Brien’s listening to Vinnie giving his Speech. I finished this one easily half way through but just didn’t want to get up and get another at the risk of appearing rude! A real quaffer!!

Overall:
My first brew at the O’Brien’s Wet Hop Festival, a full Pint of this was purchased and served up to me by my good mate xlperro, and it certainly started the day on the right footing. A real “once-a-year” deal. Get it while you can!!!

Photo of meathookjones
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at a wet hop tasting at RFD’s in Washington DC. This appeared orange with a decent white foamy head that left decent lacing around the glass. Very citric hoppy aroma with a very strong orange juice smell and a bit. The taste is similar with the citric hop juice just flowing all over your tongue. Notes of all sorts of citric fruits on this one with a strong earthy hop presence as well and ends on a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was wonderful with a real juiciness to it and a slick oily feel that is just excellent. This stuff is very drinkable I could have this till I go into a hop induced coma if it was available around here. Hopefully I will try this again some day.

Photo of oggg
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at O'Briens. Bartender took a long time getting the pour right.

This beer is a cloudy light brown. Quite hazy. Copious soft white foam. The aroma seem restrained, not quite the monster aroma I was hoping for. The wet hops show in the taste though, as I get tremendous citrus amidst a solid hop bitterness. The bitterness is not harsh. The malt takes a back seat. The hop flavor lingers. I taste raw green plant matter. I like it. Alcohol subtle. Yummy beer, but the vegetable taste may limit its drinkability. On another note, this special beer has a fresh green taste but it's quite different from the fresh green taste you get from a randalized beer.

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HopTime Harvest Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.