Happy Hops
Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #238
Ranked #4,784
4.14 | pDev: 8.7%
Nov 20, 2023
Aug 21, 2008
Happy Hops was originally brewed by the Grace Brothers Brewery in 1944 right here in Santa Rosa! Their brewery went out of business in the 1960’s, but we wanted to resurrect “Happy” and a new fun beer for him to enjoy! It is also a way for us to pay homage to the Grace Family and their brewing pioneer history. Happy Hops is an incredibly hoppy India Pale Ale with an immense hop aroma and flavor and a mild bitterness. Happy Hops is an IPA brewed with both new and old hop varieties, giving this beer bold aromas and flavors with notes of tropical and stone fruits.

50 IBU
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Rated: 4 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Nov 20, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by Taenim from Maine

Nov 10, 2023
Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Sep 28, 2023
Rated: 4.04 by LA2ED7

Sep 18, 2023
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Reviewed by draheim from Washington

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
510mL bottle (packaged 8/15/2023) into a tulip. Pours a clear pale golden color with a bright white head.

Aroma is a subtle blend of piney, citrusy, and floral hops. Lemon zest, clean pale malt.

Taste is sharply bright and hoppy with a clean bitter but not resinous finish. Neutral pale malt. More lemon zest and prickly alpha acids.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, finishes clean.

Overall a well-crafted, straightforward, refreshing IPA.
Sep 14, 2023
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Reviewed by UWDAWG from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 510ml bottle dated 7-6-23 into a tulip glass.

Look- Pale straw, moderately hazy, creamy white head, plentiful visible particulate, active carbonation, above average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Floral, pine resin, grapefruit, mildly dank, medium strength of scent.

Taste- Grapefruit, pine resin, slight apricot, medium strength of flavor.

Feel- Between thin and medium body, above average carbonation, moderately bitter, moderately creamy, crisp, mildly dry finish.

Overall- Pale straw and moderately hazy with plentiful visible particulate. Bouquet was pine resin, grapefruit and floral with dank notes. Flavor was grapefruit and pine resin with a slight apricot character. Body was between thin and medium with moderate creaminess and a crisp mildly dry finish. Overall this beer provided a very enjoyable drinking experience. It was a classic West Coast style IPA with great flavor at just 6.5% ABV.
Sep 08, 2023
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
1 PINT, 1.25 FL OZ bottle
Served in an imperial nonic pint glass

This beer pours a brilliant golden hue and is topped with a couple inches of beige head that coats the side of the glass leaving rings of lacing as I imbibe.

It has a nice, old-school grapefruit and pine aroma.

Citrus and pine flavor. Citrus upfront with a focus on grapefruit. Resiny pine on the back end with a lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied with an effervescent mouthfeel

I really enjoyed this beer. Just a nice, simple hoppy IPA.
Sep 08, 2023
Rated: 4.32 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Aug 24, 2023
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Chill hazed burnt gold with an unevenly short white head that dissipates quickly.

Surprisingly subtle for some Russian River hops, it's lightly pungent with an almost cornbready malt, a bit of an herbally European floral quality and a touch of citrus.

Beautifully dry though.
Aug 24, 2023
Rated: 4.23 by grittybrews from Washington

Aug 14, 2023
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a clear yellow bubbles feeding a small bar pour white head, great lace given it was bar pour. Aroma is bright citrus, tropical hints, sweetness from the malt. Light but hoppy smelling. Taste follows the nose light bright west coast style, citrus, light tropical, pine needle notes medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is lighter side pretty peppy carbonation. Overall pretty tasty.
Aug 02, 2023
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottle. White head with lace. Clear golden color.

Nice west coast ipa. Dank, weedy, piney, resiny. Also has some citrus and peach flavor. Nice hop combo and bitterness here. Clean, lower abv. Very enjoyable pint of beer.
Jul 29, 2023
Rated: 3.46 by btbcolo from Colorado

Jun 30, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by njbusa from New Jersey

Jun 05, 2023
Rated: 3 by Holderness from Massachusetts

May 19, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by VaporDome from New York

May 18, 2023
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with one third inch head. Taste is piney hops and starfruit. Medium body, bitter, moderate carbonation. Everything a west coast ipa should be. Nice and crisp.
May 14, 2023
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours clear, golden, with a short white head that fades quickly to a thin cap. Nose is pine and lemon citrus, flavor adds promised tropical fruits of pineapple and guava, with a very bright, bitter finish. Moderate weight and a clean close. Lovely.
Mar 23, 2023
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 510mL bottle into a dimpled mug. Bottled 2/21/23, so only a couple of weeks old.

Appearance: light golden hue with a dash of haze and a thick finger of frothy ivory foam leaving a nice lace on the glass.

Smell: earthy, grassy hops atop a lightly sweet malt base. There's a light fruitiness to the hops; perhaps a hint of lemon or something.

Taste: sweetish base malt with what seems like it might be a hint of diacetyl. It's not overpowering at all, and doesn't detract too much from the flavor, but I definitely think it's there. Hops are bright, lemongrassy, somewhat earthy, and quite fresh tasting. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: it's actually a pretty solid IPA -- I shouldn't have even mentioned the diacetyl. It's so low as to almost not be there, and even perhaps comes off a little bit as a vanillin-like flavor. Anyway, it's a solid IPA, and I'm glad Russian River is back in Washington!
Mar 09, 2023
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a two finger white head with great retention and solid lacing. Aroma of pale malt with a touch of caramel, citrus, dank and lightly tropical hops, orange, mixed stone fruit and some grapefruit.Flavor is pale malt, citrus and dank hops, grapefruit, lemon, mild light stone fruit and little pine in the finish. Unexpected modest bitterness after the amazing hoppy aroma. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. The first whiff of this reminded me of the first time I opened Pliny the Elder a decade or more ago. Russian River has not lost its ability to produce wonderful hop aromas from their ales. The taste is less intense then Pliny, but with solid, old fashioned citrus and pine character but with some stone and hints of tropical fruit. A surprisingly light bitterness in the finish. Satisfactory, but not what I expected from the initial taste and aroma. This may be a good introduction to Russian River for hazy IPA fans who appreciate mellow bitterness and lots of herbal hop flavors. I hopefully will be able to score a bottle of Pliny in the near future; it has sold out within minutes at local stores after being reintroduced to Washington after years of absence. Opening this bottle makes me want to experience Pliny the Elder again. It was a revelation in my early craft days.
Mar 04, 2023
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