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Row 2/Hill 56 - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 859
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 245
Gots: 34 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: litheum94 on 01-22-2012)
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ChulaVistaBarista

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

07-08-2012 02:30:45 | More by ChulaVistaBarista
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Hatzilla

California

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 00:55:10 | More by Hatzilla
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BrokenStones

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-07-2012 17:42:24 | More by BrokenStones
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quetzal013

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-07-2012 17:07:26 | More by quetzal013
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 21:51:41 | More by Huhzubendah
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jdense

Oregon

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2012 15:12:27 | More by jdense
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rbrefbeerman

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-06-2012 02:39:34 | More by rbrefbeerman
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jhimstedt

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-05-2012 21:50:41 | More by jhimstedt
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MFauver35

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-05-2012 20:43:40 | More by MFauver35
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danbush16

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-05-2012 20:20:21 | More by danbush16
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Pinche_Oso

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-05-2012 18:47:41 | More by Pinche_Oso
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at Russian River in Santa Rosa, CA. I'm not a huge fan of Simcoe, so I was interested to see if Russian River could turn my head.

Pours a quite light yellow colour, with some mild hazing to the body. Weight is solid but not overpowering. Head is filmy, patchy, but solid enough, and it leaves great lace. Overall, it's a pretty good-looking beer.

Nose is just lovely. Bright, punchy citrus like lemon and mandarin comes through strongly along with clean, fresh elements like passionfruit and lychee. Wow, this is Simcoe? It is, but not as I know it, obviously. This is powerful, sharp, fragrant and gorgeous.

Light clean entry on the palate, leading to more of those spicy lychee characters with deeper leafier hop characters. There's a slightly savoury note on the back with just enough bite to sharpen it, but no overt bitterness. Very clean and light feel, which is suitable.

OK, OK, Russian River. I give up. How did you perform this magic trick with Simcoe? This is gorgeous stuff, like no Simcoe I've ever had before—to me Simcoe was flabbily and lazily hoppy, giving citrus and oily pine with residual sweetness that always detracted from the beer. This is fragrant, juicy, tight and delicious. I'm just going to put it down to your skill.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2012 00:24:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.8%

07-04-2012 01:44:37 | More by BeerHunter76
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Rau71

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-03-2012 13:52:41 | More by Rau71
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-03-2012 01:44:15 | More by Texasfan549
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DP34

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-02-2012 21:54:16 | More by DP34
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Sunhunters

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500mL bottle into Tulip glass. Bottled 6/26/12.

Appearance (4.0) - A beautiful, pale orange with real clarity. Poured a 2-finger head of loosely packed foam with large caliber bubbles. Cappuccino-like head melts away quickly and leaves a few patches of medium-large bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. Spotty lacing with a few larger plaques.

Smell (4.5) - Earthy pine resin comes to the forefront of the nose, which is fairly potent in this fresh pale ale. Some mushroom and cedar compliment the pine and there is a balancing dash of guava, pineapple, and citrus. Quite heady.

Taste (4.0) - Pine resin and bitter orange in equal proportions. The mushroom aroma does not carry through to the taste, but there is an earthy tobacco-like spice that finishes with a crisp bitterness. The balance of fruit, pine and earth is masterful - really showcases the broadness of the Simcoe. However, the hops aren't adequately supported by a malt base (in my opinion) and the result is a somewhat watered-down flavor. Granted it's only clocking in at 5.8% and is meant to be sessionable, but it tastes and feels a little thin to me.

Mouthfeel (3.0) - Starts off nice and crisp due to the bitterness of the hops and the balanced carbonation, yet the overall product is a little thin and watery, and leaves a watery feel on the tongue. Not a deal-breaker but not spectacular.

Overall (4.0) - A fine showcase for Simcoe in an extremely sessionable pale ale. Really seems more like a diet IPA with all that fruit and pine. The aroma is killer, and the taste follows suit, but I feel that the slightly watery texture loses some points for this beer, which is still a great product overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 01:40:54 | More by Sunhunters
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kaseydad

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap though this review is from the bottle...purchased at the brewery.

Pours a hazy yellow/straw color with a billowing white head and nice lacing.

Smells of subdued citrus fruits, malt, pine and the woods.

The taste is awesome! The Simcoe hops shine in this beast. Tons of flavor with a hearty malty backbone that works. Maybe a touch of sweetness but this is the best Pale Ale I have ever had. Bar none! Nice hoppy finish with a dank grapefruit rind aftertaste.

Nicely carbonated as expected.

Overall, like I said before, this is the best Pale Ale I have encountered. Sure it's Simcoe forward but nonetheless, this brew rocks. I could definitely go this beer if it were brewed year around. At and 5.8%, this is highly consumable.

Well done Vin and crew. You hit this outta the park.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 17:24:30 | More by kaseydad
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Centennial

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

06-30-2012 20:47:30 | More by Centennial
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.8%

06-30-2012 17:06:49 | More by s1ckboy
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terence

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-30-2012 01:46:09 | More by terence
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-29-2012 21:17:09 | More by kjkinsey
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StoicBeast

California

3/5  rDev -30.1%

06-29-2012 02:47:12 | More by StoicBeast
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hobojon

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass at Russian River and bought a few bottles to go.

App- clear dark straw and light colored for a pale ale. Nice tight white foam laces the glass and sticks around for awhile.

Aroma- Floral, resin, blackberries?, wonderful clean hop aroma.

Taste- upfront bitterness that is almost sharp. mellows into a clean resinous and floral hop flavor and a light bready malt sweetness with a hint of caramel. lingering hop resins coat my mouth and leave a delicious hop flavor. crisp and clean, showcases simcoe very well.

Mouthfeel- better on draft than in the bottle, but good carbonation and dry finish. great lingering hop resin.

Overall- this is a very well made beer that shows off Simcoe. No flair needed here. It does lack the hop complexity that Blind Pig and Pliny have but it is refined and delicious in its own way. Very drinkable as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:39:02 | More by hobojon
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flayedandskinned

California

4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 8/26/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head IPA glass

Appearance: (4.75)
Pours a gorgeous pale gold with a 2.5 fingers tall pure white head. The has great retention and leaves a thick coating of lace down the edges of the glass. Great looking pale ale.

Aroma: (4.75)
Absolutely bursting with pure Simcoe hop character! Juicy peach, lemon rind, bitter grapefruit, resinous pine, light tangerine and of course, that signature Simcoe astringency. Underneath the mountain of Simcoe, there is a light bready maltiness.

Taste: (5)
Your palate is slapped by a wallop of Simcoe hops right away; tons of juicy grapefruit, pine resin, tangerine zest and peach flesh. You can definitely tell that Russian River dry hopped the heck out of this beer by the tell tell 'burnt plastic' impression that comes with an intense dry hopping schedule. The beer finishes very dry, leaving only light coating of slightly sweet, bready malt left on your palate. The malt is very low profile and offer just the right amount of residual sweetness to balance out this very hoppy pale ale. Other than the light malt coating, the dry finish leaves you with long, lingering notes of bitter Simcoe hops;
mostly big notes of pine, grapefruit pith and lemon peel.

Mouthfeel: (5)
light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing and crisp.

Overall: (4.75)
Russian River takes seemingly their favorite hop varietal, Simcoe and formulated a pale ale to showcase it's very robust aromas and flavors. What Row 2/Hill 56 turned out to be is a fantastically hoppy pale that has a malt/hop ratio that isn't all that dissimilar to their legendary Pliny the Elder. Very crisp and amazing pale ale that really allows the Simcoe hop to shine!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 23:44:48 | More by flayedandskinned
Row 2/Hill 56 from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 859 ratings.