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Row 2/Hill 56 - Russian River Brewing Company

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133 Reviews
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Reviews: 133
Hads: 1,171
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 26.1%
Wants: 281
Gots: 81 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: litheum94 on 01-22-2012

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Reviews: 133 | Hads: 1,171
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 Powderhornphil
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As I have come to expect from RR, the beer pours beautifully. Couple fingers of fairly dense head with great lacing.

Smells pine and citrus.

Piney hops come across with a dry finish. Nice use of bitterness and hop flavor working togather to create a very nice pale.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle dated 6/26 so this was three weeks old when I drank it, perfect. Thanks to bugdoc for sending this to me, appreciate it man. Orange yellow appearance, good head and lacing. Smells like simcoes, hints of cat pee, delicious. Mouthfeel is thick. Flavor is delicious simcoes with a good maltiness. This is a great hoppy pale ale but not something I would probably drink a whole sixer (not that I could ever get one) because it was a little chewy. Very glad to have had a shot at this beer.

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Photo of Philousa
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a sample to start, then decided on this for a growler at RRBC. Pours a clear golden color, tending towards orange. Laces thinly, but consistently from an airy head. Lots of hops in the aroma, very prominent. I thought cascade until I read the description on their website, which says this is a 100% simcoe hop beer. Nice light malt behind the strong hop presence, some nutty/biscuity notes with a swirl. Lots of malt up front in taste. Orange with a hint of biscuit. Light and zesty malt goes well with the hop taste, which is very grassy, not as piney. Great bitterness. Definitely there, but not in your face. This is a balanced beer with a somewhat dry finish.

I've been brewing pale ales lately and man, I wish I could brew something like this. I like the hoppiness and malt base. It's something you'd find in an IPA, but it's not high in ABV. I love a beer that I can have a couple of without being too tipsy.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahh. A day off sitting at Russian River.

A - Served a slightly hazy light orange with a small off-white head. Lots o lacing on the glass as the head fades to a thin layer.

S - Very floral and grassy. Here is some citrusy tones as well.

T - Floral and grassy again, but heavier on the grass side.

D - A light body and perfect carbonation.

O - A nice fragrant and light IPA. Perfect way to start my day.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken at brewery pub last night:
Pint is a clear and light amber with golden highlights, decent head that leaves lacing as the glass empties. Pure Simcoe aroma is stunning and resinous. Flavour is full of tropical fruit hop tones, with an abject bitterness that actually dries the back of the throat in the finish.

Not as well balanced as the other Russian River beers sampled last night, but I enjoyed it enough to buy a second pint and am disappointed that bottles weren't available.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours light straw yellow with a with a white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of hops in the form of pine, onion, and light malt.

T: Thr taste is a bit lighter than the nose led on. All the notes from the aroma are there.

M: The feel is nice and crisp with a lighter body.

O: The aromas alone are worth getting the bottle. I'd like to see more flavor but I liked it.

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Photo of davey101
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to yamar68 for this bottle. Bottled on 08/26/13 and served into a tulip glass. Pours a crystal clear amber body with two fingers of thick sudsy bone white foam. Awesome lacing and retention. Aroma is very pine and grapefruit forward with just a touch of crackery malts. Bitter grapefruit leads into resinous pine and smooth bready malts. Falls a bit flat towards the end but then again it is a pale and not an IPA. Very tasty and refreshing. Mouth feel is coating and sticky. This is just a solid, no frills pale ale. Damn good stuff, mmm simcoe!

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Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inch tall white head on a golden orange. Head never fully recedes. Sticky lacing.

Bitter citrusy hops on the nose.

Well balanced...malt backbone can stand up to the floral citrusy hop assault. Tasty!

Medium mouthfeel, seemingly low carbonation for the style.

Big time flavor on a microscopic abv'ed beer. Highly drinkable. Another winner from Russian River. Thanks kawilliams82.

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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 thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to BilbosNuts for this one! Served from bottle into a COAST Willi. Poured a nice golden yellow with slight orange hue with a two finger slightly off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, grapefruit, grapefruit hop, fruit, and very subtle pine. The flavor was of sweet malt, tropical fruit, citrus, citrus hop, grapefruit hop, fruit, and subtle grapefruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really intrigued by this one upon seeing its release from the brewery. I know RR is good at making IPA/IIPAs so I wanted to see what they could do with an APA. I can honestly say that they did quite a nice job on this one. The simcoe is a very nice hop and this brew definitely showcases this fact throughout each sip and especially in the aroma. This brew also brings a very nice balance of flavor and aroma with it as well to keep your palate intrigued throughout. Up there as one of the best APAs I’ve had, but not quite up to Zombie Dust standards as I would have LOVED to find.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man. A new Russian River beer, how exciting.

The appearance is clear and light orange hued with a constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the tulip glass. A nice half inch of white head sits atop the beer.

The aroma brings hops, grass. Smells like a Russian River hop profile. Nicely done.

The flavor offers an earthy hop character, citrus, grass. Malt presence is there, but light.

The beer finishes dry. Light bodied with appropriate carbonation.

Overall, highly drinkable and enjoyable. Another tasty offering from an outstanding brewery.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe.

Pours a clear golden peach color with a white head and nice retention. Tropical nose and citrus hops with light pine and pale malt. Mild flavor compared to the nose, but pleasantly fruity and sweet, particularly mango like hops. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very nice and easy drinking.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #5 on the "Top Beers - American Pale Ale (APA)" list on beeradvocate.com. Growler shared by Thorpe429 in his basement bar served in a Russian River -tion goblet. Thanks! Love Russian River and hoppy beers, always a good day I pick up a review of a top 10 beer for the style.

Beer is amber and mostly clear with a nice head, good lacing, steady carbonation, white head, looks nice.

Aroma is really nice, earthy, piny, mildly fruity, a little malt a good presence overall.

Beer is light to medium in body and smells better than it tastes, the beer is good though, nice finish, good body, nice mild bitterness at the end, good throughout. I could easy pound pints of this beer for a long time. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap – Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Another draught pour hits the rim of my pint leaving only room for a thin sheet of off-white head over a nice clear golden-amber ale. Streaming carbonation and just a few splashes of cling down the glass.

S: Smell is slightly muted however still displays some grapefruit zest highlights mixed with a bit of pine sap aromas. Picking up some faint hints of bready pale malts as well.

T: Tastes of pure Simcoe love! A nice array of grapefruit and pine with a lesser bit of woodsy herbs. Musky and pungent. This is somewhat aggressive and bitter with an actual touch of crusty bread noted that isn’t as apparent in say Pliny or Bind Pig. Little alcohol kick towards the end. A real step up from the nose. Dry and hoppy with some really fine balance. So much greatness from just one strain.

M: Has a light to medium body with a decent creamy texture overall. Standard level of carbonation with a real crisp drying finale. Ample dry-hopping gives a sticky residual lupulin linger.

D: This is not the new hop blockbuster to go off hoarding but just masterfully crafted as expected. A fine showcase to the versatility of the Simcoes with flavors ranging from citrus to evergreen and herbs. Balanced proper with some noticeable malt character to it. Very enjoyable. I will look forward to trying a few bottles.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler. Pours a clear light amber with small white head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is big pine hops, some dankness, some light caramel , and a bit of grapefruit. This certainly smells amazing like most Russian River hoppy beers. The taste follows the nose, with pine, grapefruit, and a dankness. Just a enough malt comes through to balance it with a little bit of caramel and sugar cookie. The finish has a decent bitterness to it. Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation. Quite dry throughout. Another great Russian River beer.

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Photo of Holland
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to CheapBeerBuzz for this tasty treat.

A: pale golden color with a decent sized white head that dissipates quickly to give way to a wavy, partially-covering white foam on top.

S: hoppy but not overpowering. Bready smell along with some fruity hops.

T: apricot is huge along with pineapple and some bitterness and malt.

M: medium body, medium-heavy carbonation

O: great beer overall. Well put together, and a really interesting hop flavor. Once it warms a bit mroe it has more smell.

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Photo of jdense
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado SF, $4 during Happy Hour "is for whores" (Don Younger) 7.4.12.

One finger pure white head, small bubbles, over medium gold clear body, multiple streams of rising carbonation. Nose is a combination of fruitiness, grapefruit pith, clean non-assertive malt with a bit of pine resin. Taste mirrors nose, more fruity than malty until the pine notes set in on the back end, increasingly so as it warmed. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium, good effervescence. A real revelation re single hop APA, glad I got the last glass before the keg blew. One of the hoppier APAs I've had, and one of the best tastewise. Definitely worth a try.

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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 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 Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a nice deep gold, with a medium fluffy white head, some spots of lace.

S: Very fragrant Simcoe goodness. Floral to a T with some pineapple, pine, honeysuckle flower, and grapefruit.

T: Nice soft bready malt flavour along with some very solid pine, citrus and tropical fruit notes. Nice undercurrent of grass as well. Complex hop character.

M: Medium-bodied, very soft carbonation, frothy.

O: Definite similarities to SNPA in flavour and mouthfeel. A very good product, Russian River always puts out great hoppy beers.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly after their Russian River/Sierra Nevada dinner. In a pint glass.

Row 2/Hill 56 goes in the glass looking a pale shade, a nice golden glow with some faint bronze and faded orange mixed within. A nice amount of semi sturdy bright white foam leaves notches on the glass.

Smell is abundant with that simcoe scent, a nice floral arrangement with some orange and earthy tones. After some time the faintest amount of malt pops up, and it is minimal. All in all very clean smelling beer.

My sips became gulps real fast, Im tempted to get some more, now. A floral pale ale with simcoe flavor and some citrus tones to keep it West Side. Again the malt is pale and minimal leaving no sweetness or intrusion from the simcoe. Faint pine notes come up but don't beat the citrus.

Feel is at about light and really easy drinking here. A pint is easy and the 2nd if i got one would of been easier to drink. A nice pale ale with flavor that wont hit you over the head.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 06/26/2012. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, lemon, pine hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, and pale malts. Lots of hops and lots of fruit; really awesome nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, bready malts, pale malts, fruity malts, lemon, and grapefruit. The slightest amount of bitterness, but not much at all. Not as hoppy as the nose, but still quite nice.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Very easy to drink, and only the slightest amount of bitterness. A little less carbonation and it'd be great.

o - Overall I thought this was a great APA, and another great hoppy beer from Russian River. The nose is super hoppy and full of citruus and pine, and the taste is great too. Glad to see them bottling this one, will love to have it again.

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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 Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to daysinthewake for getting this growler out my way. Served in a Russian River goblet.

Pours a clear peach color with a nice white head and pretty good retention. Nice lacing as it falls to a collar. The nose carries some tropical fruits along with a bit of citrus and a touch of pine. Really nice nose with multiple dimensions. It's not particularly over the top, either. Flavor is similar, but scaled back a little too much. Body is light-medium with good carbonation and a solid bitterness. Quite good.

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Row 2/Hill 56 from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.