Happy Hops
Russian River Brewing Company

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #145
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,581
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 8.92%
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
447
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Russian River Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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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
Reviews: 100 | Ratings: 447 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs:
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden color, with a body that seems to be unfiltered though not murky. A small cap on a non-aggressive pour, and below average head retention, but strong lacing is left on the glass. Nice floral and tropical smell. The floral notes dominate the front end of the taste, while there is some old-school bitterness on the back end. Seems like the taste could have a bit more oomph with this being produced by RR. Light body, with lots of carbonation, and no apparent abv. An enjoyable and crushable single IPA that leaves you wishing it had just a tad more to it.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on tap a clear golden yellow under a half-inch thick white head which leaves spots of lace. Aroma is floral, orange citrus, fruity, stone fruit (peaches). Flavor is malt balance with citrus and pine notes. Semi-medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry and somewhat bitter finish. Easy drinking and flavorful.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of osubeav2003
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of lhaqq
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold, served with little (white) head.
S: Couldn't smell much. Some green tea, which I have smelled in a couple of their other brews (and exclusively so; haven't smelled it elsewhere).
T: Green tea, caramel, with a barley/wheat finish.
M: Not too much carbonation, smooth. Good mix of sweet and sour flavors.
D: Great beer, but somewhat strong flavors so couldn't have too many.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap while visiting the Brew Pub in Santa Rosa. The beer has a nice light color, good carbonation and a strong piney hop aroma. The beer has a dry finish and the piney hops linger. Another nice beer from one of the greatest breweries out there.
cheers

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Photo of lzepplin01
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sokol_1993
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of tropical fruit smell. Mango, peach combined with piney and hoppiness. A good West Coast IPA.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpaceStout
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of paulman86
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 potion
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Alron
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of gandres
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap to glass @ Russian River Brewing tap [email protected] Santa Rosa,CA
A: Golden, deep dark yellow, small off white head
A: very hoppy, earthy
T: Medium bitterness, sweet, taste lingers
MF: fizzy, carbonation lingers, then drops
OA: Very good pale ale ok to repeat and look for
Drank: April 14, 2016

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sunhunters
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

All about the mosaic, with all the beautiful mosaic notes though they manage to pull a little skunkiness out on the tail end of the finish. Not *the* best mosaic beer I've had, but pretty damned tasty. As usually, weird absence of malt flavors and body that are hallmark of rr beers, but prime hop flavors win the day.

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Photo of epyon396
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheEpeeist
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iSrALE
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of cdean801
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kaseydad
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Happy Hops from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 447 ratings