Row 2/Hill 56 - Russian River Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev -7.2%
Churchill Pub in San Marcos, Calif., on July 14, 2012. Draft into pint glass. Honey pale color. Two fingers of head once I got it. Gray and tan lacing with good retention. Even on the sides and foamy.
Smelled a sharp whiff of grapefruit right away. Slight pine and lemon as well. Very bitter.
Sharp bitter taste right away. Grapefruit citrus hops dominated as expected after the smell.
Medium-to-light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish.
A pretty good beer overall, but I was a bit disappointed overall. That being said, I’d still give it another go.
07-16-2012 01:44:18 | More by BucannonXC5
4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
Picked up a couple fresh specimens this afternoon. First time with this brew. Poured into my tulip the brew is a pleasant pale copper with a nice inch thick cap of foam that reveals nice lacing as I drink down. The nose is fragrant with bright citrus, sticky resiny pine, all things Simcoe.Flavors falls right in line with red grapefruit, bitter lemon peel and bitter pine sap on a crisp dry mouth that leaves behind a very pleasant unique biting orange peel note. A delicious APA, much needed here on the west coast in a sea of sameness with this style beer. Very drinkable and almost sessionable at 5.8 abv. It's not Zombie Dust, but it's a serious APA for all of you that seek out quality in this style.
07-13-2012 23:53:34 | More by OTB
4.23/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
07-13-2012 20:28:19 | More by mdfb79
4.03/5 rDev -6.1%
1386th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
Purchased from El Cerrito Liquor, Corona, CA
App- More of a orange mixed with yellow and a bit clear. Good clarity in the bottle with a huge 2-1/2 finger white head. Nice bubble activity with a good amount of cling and sticky lace down the glass.
Smell- A bit of a damp citrus with some very earthy and grassy notes. Smells a bit like a small IPA mixed with some liquid simple syrup. A bit full on the nose with more orange and tangerine aromas.
Taste- For a APA its drinking very large. The flavors are well balanced between a damp citrus with a soft earthy flavor. A bit thick with a pine balance. Not over the top, not a 5 but for an APA its very good. The simcoe is only thing keeping it from a 5. Has a flavor I can't pin and that doesnt work for me.
Mouth- A larger medium body with a medium carbonation. A bit dry and sticky. Residual earthy citrus flavors.
Drink- Call it an APA its fine. Ill stick with a small IPA all day long. I'd like another bottle on a hot day but wont go crazy trying to find one.
07-13-2012 03:20:17 | More by FosterJM
3.95/5 rDev -7.9%
pours a golden yellow with about an inch of very light fluffy head, a bit chunky.
total tropical citrus domination. juicy and sweet
light tropical citrus hop flavor with a very light and thin malt flavor towards the end. very fresh and ripe.
light and easy, mild carbonation
very easy to drink, very flavorful and never overpowering. light malt lets the simcoe shine.
07-11-2012 23:41:01 | More by hooliganlife
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
A-Clear light orange, not much carbonation, two finger fluffy head that leaves behind nice lacing.
S-Floral hops, earthy/pine notes.
T-Balanced with nice floral, citrus and pine hops. Nice level of bitterness for an APA.
M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and smooth.
O-A wonderful, refreshing and most of all balanced beer. RR really knows how to craft balanced hoppy brews.
07-11-2012 22:42:17 | More by rlee1390
4.6/5 rDev +7.2%
Poured from a 16oz bottled into a tulip.
A: Pours a nice golden straw with a beautiful 2finger white head. A fair amount of retention and plenty of lacing.
S: Smells of citrus (mango, pineapple) and some pine/resin.
T: Hops, pine/resin, citrus in the middle and just fades off with citrus and some light bitterness.
M: Light bodied, medium carbonation. At first I thought it was a bitter watery at the end, but it's not, the flavor just fades out as it should.
O: Overall, excellent. Big citrus and pine, although not as profound as say an IPA or IIPA but the citrus and pine are profound above anything else. Delicious and session-able. A real winner here.
07-09-2012 03:33:37 | More by WesM63
District of Columbia
4.38/5 rDev +2.1%
Bottle shared thanks to Darrell, durwoodx. Thanks man, this beer is awesome for the summer.
The beer pours a nice orange color with gold highlights and a small frothy white head that dies to a ring, some lacing.
The aroma is awesome, it really highlights the earthy citrus of Simone hops extremely well, this is what mikkeller was trying to do with their single hop series beers I think. Some light bread and honey as well, very nice.
The taste is very nice, it has a super fresh burst of citrus grapefruit flavor and some earth, it's really nice and refreshing. Not a ton of flavor, but it really highlights the simcoe well without a lot of malt to support and no alcohol presence at all.
The feel is very light and carbonation is good. Just a small bittersweet lingering taste.
The beer is very nice, a great summer drinker I wish I could just session all day!
07-08-2012 23:01:23 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
Big thanks to eyebereej for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from two liter flip-top Russian River growler into pint glass.
A: Pours a beautiful clear gold to dark gold. Forms a two-finger white head that sticks around pretty well. Moderate amount of visible carbonation.
S: Wow, does this smell good. I definitely get orange hop aroma first & foremost, but there are some flower, pine, tropical fruit, and spicy notes with caramel malt also.
T: Citrus bitter hops, tropical fruit, biscuit malt. At the end, though, there is some weakness & drop-off to the flavors & a little thin mineral-y flavor that seems off. This does seem to diminish some as the beer warms slightly (or as I get used to it?).
M: Dry bittering finish. Good amount of carbonation, even from the growler. Nice weight for an APA.
O: This is a very good hoppy APA, and I feel like I'm being a little picky on the flavor profile. Still, it doesn't quite rise to the world-class category in my opinion. I would certainly drink some more, however.
07-08-2012 20:59:22 | More by macrosmatic
4.03/5 rDev -6.1%
Purchased from Barons Marketplace for $4.49. Bottled on 6-26-12.
A - light golden yellow with a touch of haze
S - citrus and pine. Simcoe is a hop varietal I really enjoy and this delivers as expected.
T - straddles the line between IPA and hoppy pale. Taste backs up the nose and my palate is splashed with a dose of bitter hops. A touch of mango and resiny pine finish slowly on the tongue.
M - moderate to high carbonation. Lightly oily and hoppy bitterness lingers on the finish.
O - quite tasty offering and can't wait for the next in the series.
07-08-2012 04:29:19 | More by Enish266
4.48/5 rDev +4.4%
Bottle poured into a Newcastle schooner. Bottle date of 6/26/12.
A: Pours a golden color with a touch of quickly dissipating head and a touch of lacing.
S: Earthy hops (mango, pineapple, grapefruit) balanced with a firm honey-malt backbone.
T: The simcoe hops assert themselves here, very flavorful, but once again the hops are kept in check by the malts. Very well rounded.
M: Smooth and slick but not oily, carb is medium, finish is dry.
O: A great hoppy APA, this beer is very tasty and highly drinkable. I hope Russian River continues to produce this ale, as I will definitely buy more. Cheers!
07-08-2012 00:55:10 | More by Hatzilla
Row 2/Hill 56 from Russian River Brewing Company
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