Row 2/Hill 56
Russian River Brewing Company

Row 2/Hill 56Row 2/Hill 56
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #21
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
95
Ranked #802
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 8.6%
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
1,256
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Russian River Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was just really tasty and a great apa, the smell was Carmel and little malt with some
Nice mix of pine and citrus hops taste was the same . Can’t describe it but a touch of funk or odd note on the back end that kept me thinking what was that. (I hated typing it but it happened ). Even with that amazing beer was glad I was able to try on draft.

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Photo of GarrettB
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

July 27th, 2015 - I'm losing track of where we are in the tasters now, but Row2Hill distinguishes itself with an umami rich aroma of mushrooms. Earthy yet hoppy, it also has the smell of raw banana peppers, making it slightly herbaceous at the same time that it features some soil scent. The mouthfeel is fuzzy and filling, letting a clean hoppy flavor come through. The aftertaste echoes long after the sip, with a lemony zest and low-key hop bitterness. Biscuit and light, the balance here is superb. I'm not to the Pliny yet, but this seems worthy of setting at its left or right hand.

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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Half pour at RR. Finishing the evening with a smooth pale. Bright golden small creamy head. Aroma is lively, fruity and sweet. Taste brings in more creamy smoothness, grainy, sweet and dry. Gentle and tasty. Full and rich. nice!

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Following up Younger, tough luck. On Draft at LadyFace in Agoura, CA.

Pours a golden yellow, creamy white head and heavy lace retention.

Poured pretty cold, so the nose is a bit muted. Definitely getting lots of citrus and pine. Good.

Definitely getting those nice pale malt qualities to balance out a good amount of bitterness and pine. Definitely more citrus on the nose, but you get some lingering grapefruit as well. Not usually the biggest fan of APAs, but this one is undeniably good.

Light body, effervescent carb, very crisp.

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Photo of essjay
4.96/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Draft at a Healdsburg, CA restaurant. One of the best APA's I have ever head. Thrilling hop taste but beautifully balanced with malt. Shame I was driving and could only have one.

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Photo of NapaClancy
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yep its that good. Piney aroma. Citrusy, slight tropical but not sweet taste. That Russian River graham cracker esque malt hits the feel and clean slight creamy finish. Bravo! This is a bucket list beer for pale ale lovers.

For those who like beer period!

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Photo of jas0n02
4.96/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My favorite pale ale and possible my favorite russian river beer. Very fresh tasting. Pine citrus fruit flavors. Mellow/lit bitterness smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While the beer has a nice light body, it feels a bit thin. Despite this, a good amount of generic citrus, pine, and grapefruit play through, especially at a lower ABV.

82/100.

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Photo of gandres
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap to glass @ Russian River Brewing tap [email protected] Santa Rosa,CA
A: Deep Amber, clear, small white foam that last long
A: hoppy mildly fruity
T: Medium bitterness, sweet aftertaste lingers
MF: carbonation does not last
OA: Very good pale ale ok to repeat, not look for
Drank: April 14, 2016

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Photo of pkalix
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

been wanting to try this one for, like, ever.....
nice pine-y aroma and flavor. some citrus and very light, very easy to drink.
beautiful color but not much carbonation out of the growler. slight band aid taste, but part of the hop profile(?).

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delish pale ale, hops feel super fresh, very reminiscent of Born Yesterday ! This one was my favorite of my pub visit, although most everything was also great! This stood out because it was very easy to drink, yet absolutely packed with hop flavor which is impressive for only 5.8%. Below reviews can describe it better

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange and yellow, clarity for days, full inch of small bubbled, virgin white head almost exceeding the one inch range. Aroma was soft simcoe, lots of pine.

You've been here before, a dry light, barely toasted pale malt body, enormous flavorful hops, light mouthfeel, crisp finish, easy to drink, little to no sign of alcohol anywhere. Fruity, pineapple, apple, and pine. A treat for sure.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had poured on tap at russian river. Very solid APA with interesting pine notes blend well with citrus undertones....they should bottle this as a scent for candles / house. Another really good beer from rrbc

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is flat-out awesome! I have a new favorite Pale Ale (sorry FW Pale 31).

I first tried this in one of the RR flights. Seriously...I would even take this over PTE in a heartbeat (and did for an extra 2 pints on my B-day)!

Its light, easy, and packs the hops in both aroma aroma and flavor.

Summed up?

Stunning Simcoe Pale Ale! I wish this was bottled regularly like Pliny....if so I would buy a bunch!

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Photo of ddugan
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at RRBC. Pours a nice clear yellow/amber color white a thick white head leading to considerable lacing. Smells great. Pine and citrus hop aromas. Not yet to the level of an IPA, but definitely more than your average APA. Good taste brought on by the hops. Nice mellow bitterness and citrus flavors. Bitterness hangs around longer than most for a nice, smooth, and dry mouthfeel. Overall a nice hoppy APA and a very good beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is nearly a mirror image of the smell and is packed with citrusy flavors—grapefruit and oranges stand out in particular—and has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is packed with lots of hop aromas and flavors without being overly heavy on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Hoppy APA! Had this on tap at the source and loved it! Would have had several but I was driving :). Nice clean crisp hop character with a slight malt backbone

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Photo of frasergrove
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler pour into Sierra Nevada IPA glass

L-Light golden pale body, bone white frothy head. Lots of lacing.

S-Semi sweet melon/berry from the Simcoe, hints of pine.

T-Crisp dry finish, ample bitterness. Creamy smoothness in the mid palate.

F-Smooth up front, dry and bitter finish. Enjoyable lingering bitterness.

Overall-Absolutely killer pale ale, bordering on IPA status. Very sessionable, never disappoints. One of my personal favorites

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Photo of kscaldef
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber, with a healthy head and lots of bubbles rising. Moderate, splotchy lacing.

S: An initial burst of pine gives way to a softer citrus aroma. Not a super hop bomb, but pleasant.

T: Orange, lemon peel, a bit of oily pine. As the hops subside, cracker malts, with a long, balanced finish.

M: Relatively light body with good carbonation.

O: Very nice pale ale

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Photo of chrisjws
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and purchased direct from the brewery, drinking ~3 weeks after bottled on date. Had this one on tap multiple times and from a growler. Poured into a snifter.

A: Nice orange color, see through. Single finger of head. Laced the glass nicely throughout the session.
S: Pine, orange, grapefruit, orange peel. Simcoe, oh so Simcoe. Sweetness from the malt.
T: Pop of bitterness, lots of orange and citrus. Pine. Delicious.
M: Medium body, well carbonated. Nice dry finish.
O: If you love Simcoe, this is the beer for you. Russian River's skills applied to a beer that showcases the awesomeness of the Simcoe hops.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

510mL bottle poured into shaped pint glass. Born exactly one month ago. Big thanks to my friend for bringing this back from a recent CA trip. Purchased at the brewery.

A - Pours a light amber/gold with just a finger of fluffy white head. Perfect clarity in the glass when poured at fridge temp. Not much lace left behind as I drink.

S - Pale biscuity aroma dominates. Some musty pine hops with a touch of caramel. Light citrus rounds it out. Not a huge aroma, but pleasant.

T - Well balanced flavor full of the biscuit and musty pine form the aroma. Has a rye-like spiciness. Citrus hits mid-palate. Leaves a very pronounced, bitter hop flavor on the tongue after each sip. Nice flavor.

M - Light bodied with lively carbonation.

O - This beer is a wonderful representation of the style. It has the classic bready characteristics I associate with pale ales, with enough hop bite to keep me interested. I primarily drink IPA/DIPA, but this reminded me of how good a classic pale ale can be. It is a refreshing change of pace from a brewery that sets the standard for big-hoppy IPAs.

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Photo of Roguer
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful brew: orange/amber, slight haze, great head retention. Hoppy aroma (citrus/pine).

Incredible balance and touch. Lots of hops, but not at all overwhelming, and a creamy base to the malts. There's no major alcohol presence, but it drinks much bigger than its modest ABV.

A really excellent APA. I think this deserves consideration alongside the best APAs in the business.

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Photo of teamchevymxer
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this brew, another quintessential classic from RR. Pours a nice rich light copper color with a lite white head that wisps away quickly. Classic west coast pale ale. The 100% smicoe hopping makes it even better!

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Photo of Crafty-Individual
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers at Russian River. I usually take advantage and drink Row 2 over Pliny or Blind Pig, or even some of the sours because it's not bottled. Top notch pale ale that can compete with any other beers in it's style category. Just right with hoppiness and abv. Had it on tap at the Russian River bar area. Ask for a sample if unsure.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tapage at Russian River

A: Pours golden amber with a creamy off white head settles and laces very well.

S : Pine, light fruitiness, a little citrus, with some light caramel malt sweetness.

T : Citrus hops up front, grapefruit and tangerine, bit of tropical fruit, some pine, a little lemongrass, balanced with light caramel malt sweetness.

M : Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O : Simcoe hop bliss.

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Row 2/Hill 56 from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 1256 ratings