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 Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ArrogantB on 08-21-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
338
Reviews:
68
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
9.44%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
43
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 338 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of gandres
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap to glass @ Russian River Brewing tap room@ 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 Jason_cs
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jack-ruby
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TriggerFingers
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what hops went into this, or if this is a rotator, but it was selling like mad at The Hop Grenade in Concord today. It also comes off a little more skunky/citrusy in the nose than the Altamont Scarcity I had next to it.

My wife said she wanted something hoppy and lighter, and man, she straight-up loved this! So did I. When I try beers that I can't easily replicate, I have to give props. This is a legit Pale Ale...no doubt!

First, let me say RR doesnt make a bad beer, and I would put this just below Row 2 Hill 56 in the APA department (which is my all-time fav APA). Seriously though, Row 2 and HH are pretty close.
I cut my teeth on SNPA and FWP31 in the late 1990's/early 2000's and this grabs them both by the neck like a pal with 'a nod' to the future.

If you ever get a chance to try a pint, do it.

A, 93+

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Photo of pisano
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Baby Pliny. Hops are earthy and sharp.

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Photo of Docrock
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ssippisam
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of littlebeer
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of Griggsy
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frasergrove
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber body, medium haze level...light white head. Aroma is pungent tropical fruit, mango and papaya. Bitter bite on the front of the tongue for the first sip, but mellows put after each drink. Delicious pale ale!

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Photo of grover37
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Far too bitter for my tastes.

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Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow and a light orange color. Nothing intimidating as usual for Russian River's hoppy selection.
Aroma is one of the mildest hop aromas for anything ipa/pale from RR. Good, just not the excellent world class stuff you've come to know from this place.

Super light and dry malt indicative perhaps of that west coast sugar addition. If this is on tap, I'd drink it first there, because its pretty damn light all around. That isn't to be confused with not good, but this one is kind of a precursor warm up for what you're about to get into.

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

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of facefox
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of swanfungus
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSJr
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Hops from Russian River Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 338 ratings.
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