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Happy Hops | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,460
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
396
pDev:
9.25%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
49
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 396 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unclekeith
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle , a clear golden straw color with short white head leaving lots of frosty lacing. Nose is good and hoppy with some fruity notes. Taste follows with a moderate hop bite . Nicely done. Definitely a WC IPA.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rammed96
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zorro
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden ale with a tall white colored head. It does have a slight orange cast so it is sort of that IPA Orange color.

Smells of hops, what else would you expect? INTENSE scent of tropical fruit. Lots of pineapple, passion fruit and grapefruit. Maybe faint mango, but more peaches and turpentine. Smells sweet but what malt there is is completely hidden by the hops.

Starts out savory with a grilled pineapple slice after taste. Pretty much tropical fruit all smashed together, not much definition of the different flavors. Bitterness is medium.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a hophead type IPA.

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Photo of paulman86
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice new, yet throwback beer from RR.

Almost clear, really nice complex hop taste coming through - citrus dominant with a little melon on the finish. Excellent new offering from RR

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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEERdedCharmer
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hrocket
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw filtered with no visible carbonation and 3 fingers of rocky white head.

Smells of gravel, pineapple and mango, and pine needles.

Tastes of gravel, pineapple, pine needles, a nice balance of earthy, rocky hops, a hint of sweetness and tropical fruits.

Medium, syrupy body with little carbonation.

I got this in Windsor at the new Russian River Brewpub, and am drinking it in Redding, CA, Feb 14th, 2019. Excellent brew, reminiscent hop profile with Alpine's Nelson.

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Photo of festizio
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fmccormi
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 1 pt 1.25 oz/510 ml pry-off bottle to a teku. This has a bottling date of December 20, 2018 printed in white ink below the “Bottled On” square at the bottom left of the label (“BOTTLED ON: 122018), which would make this beer about three and a half weeks old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.75): This pours out two and a half fingers of bone-white foam, capping a crystal clear, golden yellow body. The head dies away slowly, receding into a fat-bubbled, rocky cap and leaves a mix of wide, arcing legs connecting a thin, broken collar to wide, fluffy clumps of foam and a pock-marked cap. This is just about as beautiful as West Coast (D)IPAs can get.

Smell (4.25): An interesting mix of juicy fruit, passionfruit, soft berry tones, and navel orange come out of the glass. Undertones of slightly piney, moderately fruity, resinous ganja mingle alongside the fruit aromas, paired with a pale, grainy malt body that suggests soft boule, a touch of slightly over-baked sugar cookies, and light toffee. As it opens up a bit, more conifer comes through.

Taste (3.5): On the palate, Happy Hops is clean, bitter, and clear as a bell. Yellow grapefruit zest is the dominant note here, pairing very naturally with a slightly starchy, clean and crisp malt character that suggests toasted baking soda biscuits, white boule crust, and toasted sugar cookie crumbs. Pine resin comes through the bitterness as it opens up. The finish lingers moderately, leaving a slightly soapy impression in the wake of that bright, clean bitterness. Oddly, a touch of lemon-lime soda water comes out toward the end. If you look at the palate from a different angle, the beer projects a few mineral tones that bridge the gap between pithy and piney bitterness and light, toasted malt. No booze.

Mouthfeel (5.0): The body is about medium weight, but crisp and dry without feeling parching or astringent. Carbonation washes in with a nearly liquid feel, transforming evenly into a fine-grained tingle that covers all surfaces and quickly subsides, dissolving into a dry feeling aided by piney bitterness. This is classic West Coast, all the way.

Overall (3.75): So, this is a great beer, and a very good American (West Coast-style) IPA. It’s clean, crisp, technically flawless, and easy to drink. It’s bright, clear, bitter, and smells great. What I’ve found, however, is that it also lacks a really distinct character that sets it apart from the archetypal West Coast IPA, as well as anything within that framework that exceeds what I expect from a very good West Coast IPA. Like, it’s great, but colors within the lines in every single aspect. That said, it’s technically outstanding, and the joy of drinking an old school West Coast IPA that ticks every box and nails every point never gets old. Recommended, if that’s what you want.

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Photo of BennyProfane
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dynobolt
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft. Copper body, one finger white head, clear, good retention, no lacing. Mild tropical fruit, grapefruit and a fair bit of caramel sweetness. It's fairly standard as far as an IPA goes; it captures a bit of that balanced sweetness and grapefruit bite of Pliny and Blind Pig, but with a bit less oomph to it. Lighter bodied, good carbonation, grapefruit zest on the finish. Not Russian River's best IPA, but then again we are talking about Russian River!

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Photo of od_sf
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbauer
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spelingchampeon
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 11-8-18 into 16oz IPA glass.
L: Pours bubbly, quick receding head.. average lacing.
S: Pine, GF. Citrus. Mild floral.
T: GF and pine dominate. Citrus and malts are mild, but hold their own.
F: Mild carbonation and bitterness. Smooth, a bit too watery.
O: Nice overall beer, but a bit off-kilter taste for me.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018-12-23
500ml bottle served in a tulip. Dated 11-08-18. Brought to me by my brother.

Pours clear light yellow with a biggish head that fades moderately quickly to a reasonably sized head with thick lacing. Smell is refreshing and lemony.

Taste is slight sweetness with a nice lemon crispness and lemon rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Overall, nice beer.

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Photo of grapeshops
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hophazzard
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stoumi
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Happy Hops pours a clear gold color with a one finger velvet like head that leaves some sticky lacing. The smell is big citrus hops; grapefruit and orange with grassy undertones and a tantalizing pine. The taste is hop forward on the palette as the citrus fruits shine through including orange, grapefruit and a light melon sweetness, finishing with a bitterness.

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Happy Hops from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 396 ratings