Row 2/Hill 56
Russian River Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #19
Ranked #907
4.3 | pDev: 8.84%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Row 2/Hill 56Row 2/Hill 56
Notes: Row 2 Hill 56 is a pale ale brewed with 100% Simcoe hops selected from the three original Simcoe-growing families in Yakima, WA, referenced on the front of this label. We have forged not only long-lasting partnerships but friendships with these families and cherish our annual visits during the hop harvest each fall. Row 2 Hill 56 has a classic Simcoe aroma with notes of grapefruit and pine with a lingering hoppy finish.
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sjrider from California

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour- clear pale gold straw color with thick white head leaving copious frosty lacing. Nose is all citrus and pine. Taste follows with a crisp lingering bitterness on the finish. A Simcoe hopped delight.

Nov 12, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

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

Pours golden yellow with a 2 inch foamy, white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma is pine, grapefruit, floral.

Taste is pine, grapefruit, earthy, resinous.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry finish.

Beautiful. Brewed with one of my favorite home brewing hops.

Apr 22, 2021
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beergoot from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent soft golden yellow body; good, lively carbonation; fairly thick and creamy white head, sticky with dense sheets and fingers of foam clinging to the glass. Beautifully balanced smell with soft, creamy notes of biscuit and bread dough scents with a gentle, earthy bit of hop aroma. The taste follows along the lines of the smell; mild biscuit notes; subdued and balanced hop bitterness; a kiss of esters and mild, light pepper spiciness. Medium-heavy, smooth and silky; semi-dry yet rich mouthfeel.

This pale ale just feels and drinks incredibly softly and smoothly. It has a mild quality overall yet exudes some subdued and complex taste and mouthfeel qualities. Very sublime...

Feb 02, 2021
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IBU_Hunter from California

1.51/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Very watery, imbalanced, third-class beer from a first-class Brewery. I love Russian River Pliny the Younger & Mind Circus. But this beer tastes like carbonated, hoppy water.

Jan 20, 2021
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Benberube from California

4.98/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely spectacular. Clean and smooth, with subtle bite and hops. Could not recommend this higher. More subtle than the rival Pliney but nothing short of what Russian River does best.

Jul 21, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: A pale orange when held to the light, with a tangerine appearance otherwise and a couple fingers of ivory froth settling slowly and leaving nice sticky patterns of lace on the glass.

S: Brilliant grilled and basted pineapple plus clean tangerine and a touch of pine and passionfruit. Mouth-watering.

T: Follows the nose. I don't get a fraction of the fruits the other reviewers are listing. The palate is mostly pine, then unrippened pineapple, then tangerine for me. The balance is superb though. Top notch quality. As flavorful as a beer nearly twice it's size.

F: Medium-thin, crisp and off-dry, carbonated and dangerously crushable. Smooth and bitter too!

O: Only my second Russian River brew thanks to @Pstone530 for the wonderful trade. Had Pliny the Elder and this one is a real match for it. The execution on this APA is amazing and I would call it tragically underrated for the style. Here's the thing the bottle I'm drinking is even two months old to the day!

May 25, 2020
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Zorro from California

3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed gold with a medium sized white colored head.

From a distance you can smell candied pineapple coming off of it. Smells hoppy as expected. Strong scent of candied pineapple. Strong tropical fruits, passion fruit, papaya, pineapple and lemon. Smells a little sweet but this really is a fruit basket in a glass.

Starts out mild and fruity and fairly dry. Wheat cracker malt. It is quite dry for the smell.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall not a bad ale but the Russian River STS Lager is better.

May 22, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in a nonic glass, bottled on 03/31/20.

Look- Clear golden color, large bright white head with great retention and nice sticky lacing. moderate carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Pineapple, citrus (orange, grapefruit and lemon), light stone fruit, bready malt, light pine and floral/grassy hop notes.

Taste- Similar to the aroma. Pineapple and citrus, peach, resinous pine, bready malts with a light lingering hoppy bitter finish. Very well balanced.

Feel- Medium/light bodied, dry and really crisp, super refreshing. Medium carbonation on the tongue.

O- Easily one of the best pale ales that I have had, this stuff is killer. A definite must try.

May 18, 2020
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 033120. Pleasantly surprised to find this when I went to the local store to grab a bottle of Sanctification. Who knew Simcoe hops could be so delicious?! One of the OG varietals that has kind of faded with the hazy hop trends, in my opinion. But this changes all of that. A stellar WC APA with an amazing nose and flavor profile, full of fresh fruit, some resin and grass, and a sweet malt bill that you pick up in the great finish/feel. Incredible beer.

May 10, 2020
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entheos from California

4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! This is such a surprisingly smooth brew that I did not know it the first time I tried this! Russian River delivers again! This is just delicious goodness!

May 04, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle slight less than 1 month old.
Hunting this down for a while.
Look: Golden slight chill haze. White fluffy head with lacing.
Smell: pine and malt.
Taste: grapefruit, pine, herbal, Grassy. Little fruity.
Feel: medium full and refreshing. Hint of crisp bite.
Overall: refreshing pale ale. 100% simcoe. Not over the top.

Apr 28, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 3/31/20

Just a delicious beer. It's well balanced and at a slightly lower ABV than the majority of RR's releases. I was told going in that it had a funky taste but I found it to be delicious through and through,

Apr 25, 2020
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

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.

Mar 13, 2019
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GarrettB from Colorado

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.

Feb 04, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

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!

Feb 20, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

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.

Feb 19, 2018
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essjay from California

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.

May 21, 2017
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NapaClancy from California

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!

Jan 10, 2017
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jas0n02 from California

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.

May 14, 2016
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DaverCS from Arizona

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.


May 03, 2016
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gandres from Philippines

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

Apr 20, 2016
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pkalix from California

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(?).

Apr 02, 2016
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Chcshammonde from California

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

Mar 08, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Jan 01, 2016
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Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

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

Dec 21, 2015
Row 2/Hill 56 from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 1293 ratings