Happy Hops | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ArrogantB on 08-21-2008

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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 16.9 oz/0.5 l 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

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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Photo of DT509er
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hops, hops hops, & hops as in Amarillo, Azacca, Brewers Gold, Cashmere, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Strata, Happy Hops IPA goes Heavy Metal with hops! \m/

From the first taste to the end of the glass, the hop flavor is excellent with mild bitterness. A nice yellow-blonde color, a good flow of carbonation, minimal head, a light, crisp IPA and excellent drinkability. I am a Blind Pig fan through and through but Happy Hops is as good in the pint glass as it is in the bottle; its one of the IPA's I recommend to folks if they like hop flavor.


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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vitALEity
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught: Pretty flat with minimal head. Nice but light aroma of pine and citrus. Taste is smooth but a fairly subtle hit of the happy hops. Dry and clean. Nice beer but average west coast IPA

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Photo of pkalix
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No Raul, you are wrong on this one... this one is superb! excellent carbonation! with a beautiful lace around the sides.... super easy-going flavor with a nice hop bite.... and may i note it is my first one also due to the distro accentuation. side by side with a BC Vanilla and i am really impressed with it. perhaps it's all in our mood?

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

I find this beer to be a bit ‘blah’ quite frankly. No, Raul isn’t feeling happy, nor hoppy. I think really, Raul doesn’t feel much at all. Raul gonna rename this one zombie beer, cuz it’s kind of lifeless.

...as Raul had time to contemplate this beer, Raul ain’t wanna do it dirty like that. It wasn’t bad, and definitely not lifeless like Tara Reid taking the SATS. I guess I just always expect perfection from Russian River.

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

Very clear beer that smells and tastes like bright citrus with piney hops. Crystal clear and orange with a sticky white head. Scents and tastes of grapefruit, a touch of lemon and a big dose of piney hops. Finishes dry and clean.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Antfugue
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not as hoppy as the name implies, but terrific!

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Photo of whatthehull
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hybrid glass from a 16.125 oz bottle

A - A beautiful golden copper, lovely velvety white head that leaves behind some serious sticky lacing.

S - Rich sweet melon, peach/nectarine, and a hint of passion, bright pine and citrus, mountain brook fresh water, dry and toasted malts/grains, no booze and a slight sweet and pungent yeast.

T - Pine, citrus, dried flowers and some serious dry malt/grains up front. The sweet comes right after with some cracker yeast, a bit of peach, O.J. and lots of fresh green earth.

M - Full bodied, great balance, awesome complexity, medium plus acidity and medium plus carbonation.

D/O - For me, this and Blind Pig, I actually enjoy more than PtE and I know, how dare I, but man. The tastes are phenomenal, punchy and of course refreshing. The balance and complexity are near perfection and wow, just awesome. Paired it with an amazing pork lion roast, sweet potatoes, asparagus, biscuits and mac 'n cheese (it made every bit even more rad than it already was). Wish I could have this at least weekly. RR, stop making me love you more with each beer.

Final thoughts - The price I am not sure cause it was gifted to me, the ABV (6.5%) is not too high or too low. Need to have this on tap with a nice tri-tip pizza or something, haha.

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Photo of emyers
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a DogFish Head IPA glass.

Cloudy straw gold with a thick white head

Nose: tons of citrus hops, some papaya and floral notes.

Taste: similar profile to the nose but lacks the punch. A bit of malt on the finish.

Feel: dry, clean, medium-high carbonation.

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Happy Hops from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 384 ratings