Row 2/Hill 56 - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by KAVSE:
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Had this one on tap at a local brewpub.
A: Orange/Yellow color with thin head that quickly dissipates leaving swirling lacing on the top of the beer. You can almost see the hop oils on top of the beer.
S: Smells of Simcoe and sweet malts. There's a perfect balance in the nose. No alcohol esters present and the hops are not overwhelming.
T: Tastes hoppy but balanced again with the malts. Very smooth and intensely drinkable. No "tongue fatigue" from a barrage of lupulin flavors as the malts bring your senses back around for another taste. Seriously addicting for the tongue.
M: Feels crisp and smooth; yet with a medium malty thickness that carries the hops from front to back on the tongue. The beer coats your mouth and doesn't hit one direct spot which is a pleasure. Pretty much a blanket of balanced hops/malts for your tongue. Doesn't feel like it'll melt the enamel off your teeth either.
Overall - this is one fantastic beer. If you love hops; this one's for you. If I could use one word to describe this brew I would say "balanced." Nothing overpowers your nose or mouth and this beer begs you to take another sip. Great job Russian River!
Serving type: on-tap
12-09-2012 18:41:28 | More by KAVSE
More User Reviews:
4.06/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Review from notes
Growler filled up a few hours ago to a pint glass
Pours a vibrant golden orange with a finger of head. Low carbonation, good retention and okay lacing
Smells like....simcoe. Very catty pine followed up with a light citrus. A very submissive caramel malt works to back everything up
Taste is nearly identical to the smell. Lots of pine and kitty litter on the tongue, followed again by some citrus and tropical notes. Again, caramel backbone holding everything together
Feel is a light / medium body with moderate bitterness, low carbonation. Alcohol is hidden, it's easy to drink
Overall it's no Pliny but good none the less. Single hop beers are great for getting to know the hops, but I'm always reminded drinking them how boring they become without others to mix up the flavor
Serving type: growler
07-10-2014 18:36:11 | More by lordofstarside
Row 2/Hill 56 from Russian River Brewing Company
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