Row 2/Hill 56 - Russian River Brewing Company
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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
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
07-06-2012 21:51:41 | More by Huhzubendah
4.23/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
07-06-2012 15:12:27 | More by jdense
4.3/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
07-05-2012 00:24:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
4/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
07-02-2012 01:40:54 | More by Sunhunters
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
07-01-2012 17:24:30 | More by kaseydad
Row 2/Hill 56 from Russian River Brewing Company
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