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Row 2/Hill 56 - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 857
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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DrunkenMonk

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

06-18-2012 18:54:18 | More by DrunkenMonk
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Twrang

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

06-16-2012 02:39:55 | More by Twrang
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claaark13

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

06-08-2012 15:54:26 | More by claaark13
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

06-05-2012 03:40:38 | More by phishphorce
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-31-2012 00:37:36 | More by hoppymcgee
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316nuts

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

05-30-2012 20:55:45 | More by 316nuts
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2012 06:26:37 | More by BARFLYB
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rrraphael


4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

05-30-2012 06:14:31 | More by rrraphael
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Bike2work


3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

05-29-2012 15:05:51 | More by Bike2work
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Devi0us

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-20-2012 06:48:10 | More by Devi0us
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

05-17-2012 23:09:44 | More by waiting4lunch
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mjl21

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

05-16-2012 05:15:32 | More by mjl21
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

05-15-2012 03:59:34 | More by 2dogbrew
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pale golden yellow with a nice white head. Head is gone pretty quick and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Picking up quite a bit tropical fruits and a a lot of pine. A nice herbal earthy smell too.

T- Follows the nose pretty well. Tropical fruits for sure, nice amount of pine and the slightest bit of malts. Hop forward for sure.

M- Medium in body and carbonation was nice.

O- Very excellent brew for sure. I'm glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: growler

05-13-2012 02:25:18 | More by nrbw23
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

05-12-2012 15:54:33 | More by Mark000
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hiphophead316

California

5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-07-2012 19:18:10 | More by hiphophead316
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Chebyshev

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

05-07-2012 07:43:30 | More by Chebyshev
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

05-04-2012 18:47:24 | More by nickfl
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sjrosen

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

05-02-2012 07:41:35 | More by sjrosen
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Ultraman9000 for providing this treat (growler) in a recent trade. Sitting with my second glass from the growler as I write this review. Very excited as this is a great beer in the spirit of Daisy Cutter. (which is a huge compliment as far as I’m concerned.
A finger of foamy bright white head settles fairly quickly and begins to deposit lace everywhere. 1/2 the glass is covered in a single/complete sheet of lace. The beer is a bright brass color with perfect clarity.

Aroma is just fantastic. Huge floral, perfume notes that contain a lot of grapefruit peel and other citrus notes including a sense of tropical fruit. There are some slight green resinous things happening, but very subtle.

Bright, fresh, clean and balanced. Just wonderful. The malt backbone is cracker like, slightly bready and nice. Just some light toasted notes. Over this is a lot of juicy hop flavor and some green hop notes and also a lot of grapefruit peel. Again, the tropical fruit is here, but not quite in your face.

The body is one of the main differences here vs. am IPA. Definitely lighter and almost refreshing.

Hugging the line between a hoppy APA and an IPA is a beautiful place. The lighter abv and body are a welcome treat. I realize at 5.8% this isn’t a traditional session beer, but man it’s close. I am hoping that other brewers realize this is a great space and continue to produce beers like this. Kudos Russian River. Well done.

Serving type: growler

04-30-2012 02:10:08 | More by Reagan1984
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harrymel

Washington

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

Poured from growler filled about ten days ago.

Nice bronzed ale with a finger of light yellow foam and brilliant clarity. Smells of tropical fruits, pineapple most notably, with grapefruit and mango in there as well. Fantastic nose. Taste follows suit with a really citrusy, fruity flavor and lighter biscuity malts - Fantastic flavor I can only imagine would be even greater a week earlier. Medium bodied with lively carb and a wet finish. Man, this is a great beer, I hope they bottle it as i've heard might be in the works. Really, really delicious beer.

Serving type: growler

04-28-2012 04:14:46 | More by harrymel
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popery

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a few pints at the brewpub. It pours a gorgeous shade of gold, relatively pale. Nice white head and lots of lacing. The aroma has a ton of flowery hop aroma. It's a mouth-watering mix of bright citrus, tangerine, lemon, some tropical fruit (pineapple/mango) and light spruce/pine. Just wonderful. Some light sugary caramel malt peeks through the hops. The beer is dry and light on the palate. There's a gentle caramel backbone with definite but light bitterness. It's very easy to drink. I keep using the word light but it's a very flavorful lightness. For my palate, it's perfectly balanced and as good of a session-ish IPA (not really sure what to call these APAs that are dry and hopped up like IPAs/DIPAs) as I've had. The finish is crisp with more marvelous floral hop character. It's an excellent beer. I still remember liking Hopfather a touch more, so I'll stick with 4.5s, but this is an absolutely worthy edition to RR's APA/IPA/DIPA lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 22:07:36 | More by popery
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cpinto6

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-27-2012 01:40:24 | More by cpinto6
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Philousa

California

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-25-2012 04:03:40 | More by Philousa
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-23-2012 23:35:09 | More by DarthKostrizer
Row 2/Hill 56 from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.