Hop 2 It (Sterling)
Russian River Brewing Company

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
ABV:
5.79%
Score:
Needs more ratings
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 6.94%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
6
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Russian River Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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bulletrain76 from California

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught at the brewpub, sterling version, 5.8%, 42 IBU. Gold with a white head. Aromas of doughy malt, and light spicy and mango/tropical fruit hops. Medium-sweet, bready malt flavor with a spicy, resiny hop flavor and bitterness. Nice hop flavor, but not high on the hop intensity. Interesting, but gets pretty overshadowed by the other hoppy beers in the stable.

Nov 10, 2009
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brokensail from California

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a golden orange color with a somewhat minimal head and nice lacing.

S: The nose contains some herbal, earthy, and citrus (oranges) from the hops. Not much in the way of malt in the nose.

T: The taste is much like the nose. Not overly bitter, but a definite presence. Noticeable orange flavor as well.

M: On the lighter side of things, which is by no means a bad thing in this case.

D: Very drinkable as it is not overpowering like some of the other hoppy Russian River beers.

Jul 07, 2009
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mjl21 from California

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a RR pint glass. Comes in at 5.80%.

A-Orangish amber with a half finger white head. Lots of lace is left with this beer.

S-Very soft nose when it first arrives. Smells of earthy hops and some orange. As it warms more citrus comes out. The Sterling hops also give off some pilsner aromas.

T-Tastes of oranges and earthy hop pellets. Like the nose, there are also some nice pilsner flavors that I am picking up. There is some nice bitterness. As it warms the citrus gets stronger and it begins to taste a little bit like fresh bud.

M-The body is on the lighter end of the medium spectrum and it has that nice RR smooth carbonation level.

D-Very refreshing and not heavy.

Another winner from RR. It is neat to see how one hop variety can give off different flavors and is able to shine on its own. This would be a great one to have while playing a round of golf on a nice day.

May 16, 2009
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ironlung from California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Broke my RR cherry and made the trek up to Santa Rosa today. Was all that and a bag of hops so to say...

A: Honey-orange. Nice frothy head. Served in a "real" pint!

S: Muted. Smells like pizza in here.

T: Knocks my socks off! Full of hop flavor, but still sporting a crisp malt balance.

M: Smooth&snappy at the same time, very hard to do. Somehow Vinnie makes it look easy.

D: One of the highest I've ever sampled. You really could drink this all day!

Apr 29, 2009
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largadeer from California

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple pints of this on tap at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto. Golden in color with a slight haze and a solid one inch head that retains very well. Spicy, herbal hop aroma at the forefront, bit of citrus beneath. Very dry and hop-forward, only a hint of toasted malt in the nose. Tastes more or less like it smells, with a big juicy herbal hop flavor nicely balanced by a dry biscuity malt backbone and a firm bitter finish. The sterling hops give this a pretty unique character, more Bavarian than West Coast, which is a nice change of pace from Russian River's other heavily-hopped ales.

Mar 30, 2009
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HopHead84 from California

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Largadeer for this unexpected and much welcome growler. Sterling hops, the American answer to Saaz, used in a Pale Ale? Sounds interesting, and I'm a big fan of single hop beers.

Poured into my Alesmith tulip (I should have used my Russian River tulip, what was I thinking), Hop 2 It is a lively and vibrant gold color that is very pleasing to the eye. A normal pour yields a one inch, pure white head. The head recedes in a couple minutes (in an abysmal fashion) and leaves really nice lacing patterns on the side of the glass. The temperature in my upstairs fridge reads 37 degrees, I guess I have a while to wait.

The hops do indeed smell a lot like Saaz. They impart a very pleasant spicy, floral, and herbal hop aroma, with some citrus. It's interesting to smell these characteristics in an ale, I'm not sure that I ever have before. Aside the hops stands a nice doughy, caramel malt aroma, which makes for a well balanced nose. The flavor is also quite unique and very well balanced. It's sweet up front, with caramel notes, and citrusy. The citrus quickly segues into a more spicy and herbal hop flavor that finishes very dry and clean, with some lingering spicy hop bitterness. The latter part of the hop flavor is reminiscent of a Czech Pilsner. The alcohol is barely detectable.

The beer is light bodied with great carbonation, and a dry, crisp mouthfeel. This beer demands to be sessioned, and I can't help but obey. I have the rest of the growler ahead of me.

Mar 27, 2009
Hop 2 It (Sterling) from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6 ratings