Happy Hops
Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #278
Ranked #4,755
4.14 | pDev: 8.7%
Jun 18, 2022
Aug 21, 2008
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Notes: 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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4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by TheBricenator from Oregon

Look: Translucent orange with a silky head that builds and settles slowly to a lid, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Pine, ruby-red grapefruit, tangerine, blueberries, lime, light raspberry notes, some sweet bready malt, and fir needles
Taste: Hits hard up front with a rush of mixed berries and pine that holds for a moment before being joined by waves of citrus fruit. Malt sweetness weaves in and out as the hops develop depth and closes with more pine, berries, and citrus
Mouthfeel: Full, medium-high carbonation, light slickness, and finishes clean with just a hint of dryness
Overall: I dig it. These folks know how to brew with hops so anytime I am able to try their hoppy offerings, it’s hard to pass it up, as was the case with this. A tasty WCIPA that checks all the boxes, has a tasty aroma/flavor profile, and has the Russian River clean finish. Definitely worth the buy and try

Jun 18, 2022
4.14 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts on Jun 13, 2022
4 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on May 28, 2022
Photo of Pivopijak
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Pivopijak from Washington

Medium light amber color. Light grapefruit peel aroma, with just a bit of medium light toasted malt. Light, very easy grapefruit peel flavor, with a little light toasted malt underneath. The rather thin body helps lead to an easy finish.

May 19, 2022
3.78 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on May 17, 2022
4.19 by dexterk1 from Illinois on Apr 21, 2022
4.29 by ryand14 from Michigan on Mar 06, 2022
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3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jonphisher from New Jersey

Pours a slightly cloudy yellowish straw color, nice white head with nice retention and very good lacing. I have noticed the great retention and lacing in all the RR beers I was sent.

Aroma is lemon and orange candies, a slight rind/grass note, and some grassiness combined with a slight bread like note. As it warms I also notice some almost coconut like flavors. Taste follows in the same manner; first candied citrus notes followed by some grassiness and then the nice little bit of malt.

Clean drinking medium bodied beer, it has a drying sensation on the tongue; almost has a sweetness that slowly shows itself with each sip.

Feb 20, 2022
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HipCzech from Texas

Serving: 510 ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass (“Bottled on 010422”).

Appearance: Clear, pale golden yellow with a pillowy head of white foam and patchy lace.

Smell: Aromas of citrus, stone and tropical fill out a lush hoppy nose.

Taste: Continues from nose with fruity hop notes of orange citrus, pineapple, peach, gentle bitterness and slight grain body.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth feel and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice West Coast IPA showcasing the range of hop-driven fruit notes with subtle balance.

Jan 17, 2022
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4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Before gauging the color and head--the beer's visuals--the aroma floods your senses. Big hop presence fills the air--floral! The pour is bright gold; the head forms a beautiful pattern, hugging your glass. The flavors--equally big--evolving citrus, tangerine/grapefruit and certainly pine. The finish goes on forever--finishing dry and emphasizing pine. Happiness in a glass!

Jan 10, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ChipChaight from New York

Bottle from the brewery in Santa Rosa, CA. Pours a clear straw yellow gold with a finger of rocky white head, nice lacing, smell is citrus/tangerine candy, mild herbaceous pine resin, hint of grapefruit flesh and caramel, taste is zesty and sweet grapefruit flesh, pine, hint of angel food cake, and pithy/piney/bitter grapefruit skin finish that lingers, feel is medium bodied, medium carbonation and mild carbonic bite. A pillowy grapefruit and pine treat.

Jan 02, 2022
Photo of 1509er
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by 1509er

A bit skunky but straight from the bottle a very nice tasting "hazy IPA".

Dec 26, 2021
Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Poured from a bottle. Pours clear with a modest head but one that lasts forever. Light, but bitter, and with a decent body. Kind of an everyday IPA. Floral and citrusy, this is a very well designed drink that I thoroughly enjoyed. Bottle courtesy of Bret27.

Dec 11, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly.

A -

S - Delicate sticky citrus with light and a little bit of malt. Overall aroma is very light and you have to dig in to really get a nose out of the glass.

T - Light caramel malt base lays foundation for some sticky floral and citrus to blend in over the top. Finishes well balanced with a lingering sticky floral on the back side.

M - Medium body.

O - Made the mistake of starting with a Pliny. This one goes down really easy.

Dec 08, 2021
4.24 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

on draft, in pint glass

clear, medium golden yellow in color, white head. decent head retention. Huge hop aroma - tropical fruits. Taste is similar, dry, bitter, crisp. medium bodied.

Nov 21, 2021
4.11 by mdfb79 from New York on Oct 26, 2021
3.9 by crewfan1952 from Ohio on Oct 19, 2021
4.12 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Aug 31, 2021
4.25 by paulish from New York on Aug 11, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ANIMOUL from Vermont

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle born on 6/21/21. Pours golden yellow with thick & decent lasting head. Slight sweet and corn-like taste; subtle bread too. Hops is present albeit not in force. Good.

Jul 30, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewerburgundy from Virginia

510 ml bottle, red wine glass, bottled 6/21/21.

Beauty of a golden beer with a creamy off white head and generous lace.

Pineapple, Meyer lemon, papaya, grapefruit. Very tropical and strong.

Sweet and juicy up front with lots of tropical hops that display some small level of citrus tartness. Pineapple, Meyer lemon, peach. Stoutly bitter finish with a flash of grain character. All very clean and no alcohol apparent at all.

Juicy medium body, medium-low carbonation, and drying.

This delicious, juicy, bitter IPA is another example of Russian River’s prowess.

Jul 27, 2021
3.94 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jul 26, 2021
3.52 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Jun 29, 2021
4.09 by VashonGuy from Washington on Jun 05, 2021
3.98 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Jun 03, 2021
3.75 by mpenske from California on Apr 04, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by eppCOS from Colorado

Not a bad light IPA. But it just doesn't have the balanced taste of Blind Pig.
Look, aroma, and mothfeel is all good but the taste is a bit muddled. Will edit if I try another soon.

Apr 01, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by 5toutman75 from Illinois

Bottled 1/28/21
Consumed 3/27/21

I'm finishing my Pliny the Younger bottles and don't know why I waited so long to drink this guy. I've had it before but forgot how good it is. It's not super dank and bitter like old school Westcoasts, but definitely not a hazy New Englander. I love the dry bitter finish and full mouthfeel. It's a wonderful break from the super juicy sweet IPAs that are so trendy now. Wish they would can this and I could get it as I'd pick it up instantly next time.

Mar 27, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by KT3418 from Colorado

Im not giving this a 5 cuz that isn't fair to other beers I may not have had yet but this is absolutely slapped to me. An absolutely excellent hoppy IPA. I am happy with this indeed

Mar 27, 2021
4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Mar 19, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a brilliant, crystal clear golden color. Lovely effervescence is noticeable throughout. Thick, four to five finger, sudsy white head forms on the beer, then dissipates steadily, leaving behind a coating of lacing on the glass. Really nice retention leaves a hilly, residual head remains on the beer.

Aroma is brilliant with notes of orange, papaya, pineapple, and general tropical fruits. There is a certain grassiness and dried hay that comes through on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with notes of orange, pineapple, papaya, mango, and a lovely dried grassy bitterness on the back end. The malts are present on the backbone, but very balanced. The hop notes on the back end have some dried grassy notes but also some light pine notes. Moderate bitterness.

Feel is light, crisp, easy drinking. A bit slick, or oily. Moderate carbonation. Rather drier on the finish.

Overall this is a stellar IPA from Russian River. Its the kind of IPA I'd be happy to drink any day, any time.

Mar 06, 2021
4.25 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Feb 28, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Todd from California

510ml bottled on 01/28/21. Sample from the brewery. Thanks, Vinnie!

The pour on this beer is glorious. Clear, pale yellow with a big, foamy, two-fingered white head. Incredible retention, lacing, and cling. Big aroma of citrus, stone fruit, and tropical fruits. Super creamy and light-bodied. There's some light sweetness upfront with some orange and pineapple. Bitter with an astringent edge and sticky pine. Melon, mango, papaya, guava, and nectarine. Ripe and fleshy. Bready malt backbone with some light toasted grain notes, honey, caramel. Earthy. Nice and dry in the finish with lingering hoppy notes.

I'm glad that Happy is back and that he's hoppy. The old-school label is a nice touch too.

Feb 28, 2021
4.25 by aasher from Indiana on Feb 20, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Alieniloquium from Florida

500 mL bottle. Clear golden body with a fleeting white head. Smells of soapy hops, lemon, pine, and earthy (almost oniony) hops. Caramel and lightly toasted grain behind it. Tastes of aggressively earthy and pine hops with tinges of fruity hops. Light caramel malt sweetness with slight bitterness. Medium body. Hard to even call this a "classic" IPA, as it's a super aggressive earthy hop flavor and quite an aggressive bitterness. A complete and very welcome departure from the normal IPAs available these days.

Feb 16, 2021
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4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Awolter from Minnesota

Very solid offering from a great brewery. I think Pliny the Elder is a bit better than this, but at least it is a fair bit more enjoyable than Blind Pig. Slight haze, well rounded bitterness and citrus, very balanced.

Feb 16, 2021
5 by drewmuni from California on Jan 18, 2021
4.41 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Jan 16, 2021
4.24 by markhobbs1 from California on Jan 10, 2021
Happy Hops from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 540 ratings