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Row 2/Hill 56 | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by litheum94 on 01-22-2012

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Photo of jas0n02
4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My favorite pale ale and possible my favorite russian river beer. Very fresh tasting. Pine citrus fruit flavors. Mellow/lit bitterness smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While the beer has a nice light body, it feels a bit thin. Despite this, a good amount of generic citrus, pine, and grapefruit play through, especially at a lower ABV.

82/100.

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Photo of gandres
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap to glass @ Russian River Brewing tap room@ Santa Rosa,CA
A: Deep Amber, clear, small white foam that last long
A: hoppy mildly fruity
T: Medium bitterness, sweet aftertaste lingers
MF: carbonation does not last
OA: Very good pale ale ok to repeat, not look for
Drank: April 14, 2016

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Photo of pkalix
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

been wanting to try this one for, like, ever.....
nice pine-y aroma and flavor. some citrus and very light, very easy to drink.
beautiful color but not much carbonation out of the growler. slight band aid taste, but part of the hop profile(?).

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delish pale ale, hops feel super fresh, very reminiscent of Born Yesterday ! This one was my favorite of my pub visit, although most everything was also great! This stood out because it was very easy to drink, yet absolutely packed with hop flavor which is impressive for only 5.8%. Below reviews can describe it better

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange and yellow, clarity for days, full inch of small bubbled, virgin white head almost exceeding the one inch range. Aroma was soft simcoe, lots of pine.

You've been here before, a dry light, barely toasted pale malt body, enormous flavorful hops, light mouthfeel, crisp finish, easy to drink, little to no sign of alcohol anywhere. Fruity, pineapple, apple, and pine. A treat for sure.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had poured on tap at russian river. Very solid APA with interesting pine notes blend well with citrus undertones....they should bottle this as a scent for candles / house. Another really good beer from rrbc

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is flat-out awesome! I have a new favorite Pale Ale (sorry FW Pale 31).

I first tried this in one of the RR flights. Seriously...I would even take this over PTE in a heartbeat (and did for an extra 2 pints on my B-day)!

Its light, easy, and packs the hops in both aroma aroma and flavor.

Summed up?

Stunning Simcoe Pale Ale! I wish this was bottled regularly like Pliny....if so I would buy a bunch!

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Photo of ddugan
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at RRBC. Pours a nice clear yellow/amber color white a thick white head leading to considerable lacing. Smells great. Pine and citrus hop aromas. Not yet to the level of an IPA, but definitely more than your average APA. Good taste brought on by the hops. Nice mellow bitterness and citrus flavors. Bitterness hangs around longer than most for a nice, smooth, and dry mouthfeel. Overall a nice hoppy APA and a very good beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is nearly a mirror image of the smell and is packed with citrusy flavors—grapefruit and oranges stand out in particular—and has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is packed with lots of hop aromas and flavors without being overly heavy on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Hoppy APA! Had this on tap at the source and loved it! Would have had several but I was driving :). Nice clean crisp hop character with a slight malt backbone

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Photo of frasergrove
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler pour into Sierra Nevada IPA glass

L-Light golden pale body, bone white frothy head. Lots of lacing.

S-Semi sweet melon/berry from the Simcoe, hints of pine.

T-Crisp dry finish, ample bitterness. Creamy smoothness in the mid palate.

F-Smooth up front, dry and bitter finish. Enjoyable lingering bitterness.

Overall-Absolutely killer pale ale, bordering on IPA status. Very sessionable, never disappoints. One of my personal favorites

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Photo of kscaldef
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber, with a healthy head and lots of bubbles rising. Moderate, splotchy lacing.

S: An initial burst of pine gives way to a softer citrus aroma. Not a super hop bomb, but pleasant.

T: Orange, lemon peel, a bit of oily pine. As the hops subside, cracker malts, with a long, balanced finish.

M: Relatively light body with good carbonation.

O: Very nice pale ale

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Photo of chrisjws
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and purchased direct from the brewery, drinking ~3 weeks after bottled on date. Had this one on tap multiple times and from a growler. Poured into a snifter.

A: Nice orange color, see through. Single finger of head. Laced the glass nicely throughout the session.
S: Pine, orange, grapefruit, orange peel. Simcoe, oh so Simcoe. Sweetness from the malt.
T: Pop of bitterness, lots of orange and citrus. Pine. Delicious.
M: Medium body, well carbonated. Nice dry finish.
O: If you love Simcoe, this is the beer for you. Russian River's skills applied to a beer that showcases the awesomeness of the Simcoe hops.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

510mL bottle poured into shaped pint glass. Born exactly one month ago. Big thanks to my friend for bringing this back from a recent CA trip. Purchased at the brewery.

A - Pours a light amber/gold with just a finger of fluffy white head. Perfect clarity in the glass when poured at fridge temp. Not much lace left behind as I drink.

S - Pale biscuity aroma dominates. Some musty pine hops with a touch of caramel. Light citrus rounds it out. Not a huge aroma, but pleasant.

T - Well balanced flavor full of the biscuit and musty pine form the aroma. Has a rye-like spiciness. Citrus hits mid-palate. Leaves a very pronounced, bitter hop flavor on the tongue after each sip. Nice flavor.

M - Light bodied with lively carbonation.

O - This beer is a wonderful representation of the style. It has the classic bready characteristics I associate with pale ales, with enough hop bite to keep me interested. I primarily drink IPA/DIPA, but this reminded me of how good a classic pale ale can be. It is a refreshing change of pace from a brewery that sets the standard for big-hoppy IPAs.

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Photo of Roguer
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful brew: orange/amber, slight haze, great head retention. Hoppy aroma (citrus/pine).

Incredible balance and touch. Lots of hops, but not at all overwhelming, and a creamy base to the malts. There's no major alcohol presence, but it drinks much bigger than its modest ABV.

A really excellent APA. I think this deserves consideration alongside the best APAs in the business.

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Photo of teamchevymxer
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this brew, another quintessential classic from RR. Pours a nice rich light copper color with a lite white head that wisps away quickly. Classic west coast pale ale. The 100% smicoe hopping makes it even better!

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Photo of Crafty-Individual
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers at Russian River. I usually take advantage and drink Row 2 over Pliny or Blind Pig, or even some of the sours because it's not bottled. Top notch pale ale that can compete with any other beers in it's style category. Just right with hoppiness and abv. Had it on tap at the Russian River bar area. Ask for a sample if unsure.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tapage at Russian River

A: Pours golden amber with a creamy off white head settles and laces very well.

S : Pine, light fruitiness, a little citrus, with some light caramel malt sweetness.

T : Citrus hops up front, grapefruit and tangerine, bit of tropical fruit, some pine, a little lemongrass, balanced with light caramel malt sweetness.

M : Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O : Simcoe hop bliss.

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Photo of Gastone
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Had on draft two successive days on a visit to CA. The first time I tried it I didn't know the ABV and guessed that it was around 7%, not because you could taste alcohol, but because there was so much flavor. Hop forward with plenty of citrus, missing some of the pineyness that I expect from west coast ales and substituting tropical and earth notes, riding a sufficient and perfectly complimentary malt backbone. I find single hop beers to have more personality than usual, and not always in a good way, but here RR nails it. I've almost stopped drinking pale ales because they are less interesting to me than IPAs, but this is one I sorely wish was available locally.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

perhaps one of the finer american pales happening right now. i can recall very few that do what this one does, which is showcase a hop varietal brilliantly, without being filling, boozy, or tiring. this is so clean and light on the palate, golden in color and frothy to the feel. the hops are simcoe i think, but its such a delicate usage. not delicate in flavor, they are dripping resins and citrus notes, but they never get heavy or bitter like they sometimes do in other beers, quite often really. i never miss the bitterness here, and i dont wish for a more complex grain bill. i think its straightforward nature is impressive. not trying to cover flaws with tons of esoteric grains or anything, its just perfectly made beer. there are a few pales i like as much, but not one i can think that i really like better or would prefer to have a steady stream of, this is top tier.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

fantastic speciality pale made with specific hops from a local grower. great color head and carbonation. pine on the nose and bitey hop with resiney dry out on the mouth. a must have.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.07/5  rDev -6%
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

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at 38 Degrees, on to the beer:

This pale ale is a light orange color, moderate sized head on top, and solid lacing around. The aroma brings clean, piney, and vague fruitiness to the nose. It's a pale ale which leans towards the hoppy side, not just in aroma but in taste as well. Rather clean and fruity with a pleasant hoppiness that doesn't go into bold IPA territory, and adding a light honey malt base further enhances this ale.

This is one pleasing pale ale which is good for everyday drinking. Be on the lookout for this one.

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Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Honey colored with that familiar clear as a bell appearance similar to Pliny.One finger of soapy white head, sheets of lacing.

Aroma lets you know this one is about the hops: fruity tropical aromas of different varieties tantalize the senses, mouth watering.

Flavors are a great reflection of the juicy aroma,malt is there just for support.

Relatively low level of carbonation that is well suited for the style, crisp dry finish, delightful.

I can't help but think of Row 2 as a more hop forward, single IPA version of Pliny. The drinkability factor is off the charts, the IBUs and the tropical juiciness continue to shine with each pour. Row 2 is a sensational IPA that comes highly recommended.

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Row 2/Hill 56 from Russian River Brewing Company
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