Happy Hops
Russian River Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #155
Ranked #2,746
4.14 | pDev: 8.94%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Happy HopsHappy Hops
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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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 431
Reviews by whatthehull:
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4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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 wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
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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4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of osubeav2003
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of lhaqq
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sokol_1993
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of paulman86
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of gandres
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Sunhunters
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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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3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheEpeeist
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iSrALE
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DT509er
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Happy Hops from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 431 ratings