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HopTime Harvest Ale - Russian River Brewing Company

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 25
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marc77 on 10-08-2002)
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Sep 05, 2013
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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

orbitalr0x, Nov 11, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

SmellsofMahagony, Oct 23, 2013
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.

merlin48, Nov 03, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Reappropriated, Sep 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

buzzword, Nov 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

flayedandskinned, Sep 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

GRG1313, Sep 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

spark3148857, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

HoldenDurden, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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

mikesgroove, Aug 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

allstar255, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of mntlover
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

mntlover, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Zorro, Oct 31, 2006
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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.

Phatz, Nov 13, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange in hue, w/ a thin, static head that leaves intricate lace. Pungent dry hopped orange citrus and pine hop nose. Trace biscuit and light caramel malt. Very assertive and enticing in aroma. Sharp hop bitterness upfront lingers slowly and is backed by a solid malt backbone which reveals itself to be dominated by caramel complemented by Munich malt. Assertive, orange citrus Centennial hop flavor, w/ a note of grassiness and chlorophyll perhaps from the use of fresh hops. Medium bodied, with an appropriately dextrinous mouthfeel for excellent quaffability. Finishes dry, clean w/ lingering hop bitterness. A delicious and assertive IPA with a stellar hop profile. More malt character would make this absolutely top notch.

marc77, Oct 08, 2002
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Rhettroactive, Sep 19, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

meathookjones, Nov 17, 2004
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

rbrefbeerman, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Mark
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't get the poor reviews posted on this site. I liked this brew big time. nice amber color topped by a nice off white head, lacing was thick and sheeted. Very refreshing citrusy hop blast greets the taste buds. Incredibly drinkable. Vinny himself told me that it's made with "wet hops" I guess that means the freshest. Either way it was pretty darn good. One for hop heads.

Mark, Apr 19, 2003
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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.

ppoitras, Nov 02, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

crobinso, Oct 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Marco_Gtz, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

SocalKicks, Oct 11, 2013
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HopTime Harvest Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
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