Row 2/Hill 56 | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
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Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by litheum94 on 01-22-2012

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#725
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144
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1,247
pDev:
8.64%
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Photo of HopHead84
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2/11/2012

Growler from largadeer, thanks! Snifter.

A: Burnished yellow gold body with perfect clarity. The head forms two fingers of cratered sea foam. Very good retention and Brussels lace.

S: Signature Simcoe nose: spicy grapefruit with orange and a dash of mango. Dank pine resin accompanies pineapple, papaya, lemon, guava, and crackery malt. This is bright, vibrant, and intensely aromatic. I detect floral notes and a little herbal character.

T: Smooth moderate bitterness with some cracker and doughy malt. This is bursting with fruit: guava, pineapple, papaya, spicy grapefruit, orange, mango, apricot, and tangerine. Pine is notable. This is very hoppy but the malt is influential in providing balance, though not much in the flavor department.

M: Upper light to lower medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, crisp, and sticky.

Overall: It's a crime that this went under the radar while Younger was pouring. This is an incredible Pale Ale. Move aside, Parking Violation.

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Photo of JimmyTango
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler drank one day after poured. Would have drank sooner but after Younger all day yesterday, thought I'd need a day to recover.

If Blind Pig is a Pliny lite, this beer is a HopFather lite. Best and most drinkable Pale Ale ever. So much hop flavor and nose, cat piss simcoe dank, oranges, peach and mangos. Over ripe banana. Grassy pine signature house RRBC profile finish which is second to none.

Only thing lacking especially for the Pale Ale style was a malt backbone. Almost none to speack of. Just enough there to showcase the citrus hops upfront first and for most. Never had a more citrus forward pale although Zombie Dust just landed on my doorstep (thanks rfragga77) today and I'm currently in Tahoe. Only complaint for the style is that it should have a wee bit more malt but still, if this is a Pale, give me this all day.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer pours a a golden-orange color that is fairly clear with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - The aroma is full of lots of pine and citrus hops smells. There is some nice grapefruit and topical fruits as well as some floral elements.

T - The flavor starts off with lots of fresh piney and tropical hop flavor with some mellow bitterness that starts to grow on the tongue. Bit of grapefruit as well. Through the middle, the grapefruit, orange, and pineapple hop flavors get quite a bit stronger with some stronger bitterness coming through as well. There is just enough sweet toasted malts to keep a nice balance as well. The finish is full of pine resin and citrus hops with some more bitterness and some light sweet malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a really nice dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. The hop flavor and aroma is just fantastic on this beer. It is so fresh and strong from start to end without being overpowering. The beer also stays quite sessionable.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of Beerdy-- thanks brother!
Poured in my imperial nonic pint.

Very clear and bright looking golden body with a big 3 finger head of sticky slightly off-white foam. Tons of lacing form huge curtains around the glass and the head retention is spectacular.

I always feel obliged to mention this anytime I review a particularly good (or bad) American Pale Ale: This is handsdown my favorite style.... With that said, I feel comfortable proclaiming that this beer is outright delicious.
Some bready toast malt notes are overwhelmed by huge notes of tropical citrus hops with a piney/resin bite. Good strong bitterness lingers firm on a nice dry finish. Very good.

The body is medium-full with much oily quality to it. Decent carbonation.

Overall-- I continue to be impressed by the hoppy beers coming out of Russian River... Maybe someday I'll be able to make the Younger release (or maybe Vinnie would allow some one a growler fill if I begged him hard enough!)

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Photo of largadeer
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draft at the brewpub. An all simcoe pale ale from Russian River? Yes please.

A beautiful pale gold body on this one. Brilliantly clear, and very pale, bordering on a blond ale appearance. The head is about a finger high, and leaves rings of lacing following each sip.

The nose is hugely hoppy, without entirely overwhelming the doughy malt. There's plenty of signature simcoe citrus and tropical fruit on display here, predominantly grapefruit, orange and pineapple, with lesser notes of marijuana and evergreen. This smells fantastic, it even held its own side-by-side with Younger.

Bright citrus flavors wash the palate with each sip. Orange, grapefruit, lemon, and more tropical notes of pineapple and guava. The balance is so impeccable that I have to give this a perfect 5 on mouthfeel. It's light-bodied but not thin, and just malty enough to avoid tasting like hop water. Bitterness is reserved, just firm enough to dry out the palate and linger for a moment before fading into lingering tropical fruit goodness.

It's hard to find fault in this beer. I've got a soft spot for low ABV hop bombs, and this beer delivers. The only reason it's not a perfect 5.0 for me is because Alpine's Hoppy Birthday exists, but this is pretty damn close.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled from the brewery yesterday poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep golden color with a couple fingers of greasy off-white head that slowly faded into a wispy scum that left a crazy network of lace down the glass.
S: Huge fresh simcoe hop notes of clean citrus and pine resin. The nose is also very floral, and ‘green’ smelling. Hops smell extremely potent, fresh, sweet, and lightly bitter.
T: Follows the nose with clean floral and pine flavors. The citrus comes through nicely in the finish, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter and green tasting. I get just a touch of pale malts as well. Flavors are light, clean, and straightforward.
M: Very refreshing mouthfeel, clean all around, and very easy to drink. Body is medium-light and the carbonation is smooth and clean. Finish is lightly dry.
O: A very clean, refreshing and flavorful beer. Hops were fresh and easy to drink. Bitterness is mellow. I am having no problem finish this growler myself.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this growler at the pub yesterday while enjoying this year's Pliny The Younger. Served in a tapered 22oz glass.

Pours a beautiful clear gold with 2 plus fingers of off-white foam. Bubbles are dense and soapy. Lots of lacing left in glass.

Aroma, ah there's the Simcoe. I always knew this hop was a big part of Pliny The Elder, and now I have it isolated. Pine needles, tropical citrus, floral notes, and a solid marijuana dankness.

Flavor starts out rather mellow with that typical Russian River "malt in the background, hops in the foreground" character. Tons of super-juicy hop flavor appear in the middle and through the finish. All the Simcoe notes from the nose are present along with a very nice top-of-the-tongue bitterness. As with the Pliny's, there so much room for the hops to shine in this beer.

Body is on the lighter side with medium-low carbonation. A lighter overall feel than RR's IPA's, but quite slick and drinkable.

I'm looking forward to "Segal Select", the next in the Hop Grower's series. And I just happen to have a growler of that waiting for me too!

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Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of dubinsky
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler while at the PtY release on Friday, consumed the Monday after. Served in a snifter

A – The beer pours a crystal clear orange with a fairly light head that dissipated quickly leaving some large bubbles clinging to the edges of the glass.

S – This is one of the best smelling beers I’ve had in a really long time. This is a HOP bomb from the aroma. This was entirely brewed with Simcoe hops, and from the smell of it I would gather that Russian River is alone responsible for the worldwide shortage of Simcoe. Good work RR, I hope it drinks as well as it smells. Grapefruit, honey, pineapple, yada yada….

T – Starts off with nice bitter hop presence, followed by pineapple, and grapefruit. The finish on this has a slight biscuit and malt presence, kind of like what I really enjoy in prima pils. The balance on this is off the charts. Very clean tasting, and very refreshing.

M – Slightly lower carbonation than I like in a Pale Ale, but perhaps this is cause its from a growler. Fairly medium/thick mouthfeel. Very smooth and clean.

O – I’m really happy to see a beer like this from RR. They were missing this from their line-up. This would easily become my go to pale ale if it was bottled. Its not exactly a “session beer” but at 5.8% abv its damn close. PLEASE BOTTLE THIS!

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Photo of ales4baldo
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of avaldivia
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub today.

The beer pours a golden amber color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is better still, with something of a dry citrus, light skunky marijuana, cereal grain and light sweet malt aroma. On the palate, this beer is better still... the flavor profile replicates the nose, but this beer is so well balanced, and delivers so much flavor, it's astonishing. The beer definitely leans to the dry side, and I get a considerable amount of dry citrus, light skunky flavor and light pine. However, there is a kiss of sweet malty goodness that seems to keep the bitterness in check, that just makes this such an easy beer to drink. Alcohol is at most an afterthought with this great beer, and drinkability is off the charts.

I guess on occasion I might like a pale ale with a bit more of a malt back bone, but otherwise this is as good as it gets, and so this is a beer that would be my "go to" pale ale were it available where I live. Tried a sample size glass at the brewpub and immediately had to have a full glass. Would be nice if this were around all the time (I assume it won't be), but regardless, this is another well made beer from the folks at RR.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Giovacchini
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went and got a growler of this today at the RR brewpub.

A- clear amber color with a thick head that dissipates.

S- AMAZING smell. HOPS, Guava, pineapple, grapefruit, honey

T- Guava, pineapple, grapefruit, not overly bitter. The hops aren't to overpowering. Nicely balanced.. Zombie dust.

M- little carbonation with a nice bitter finish.

O- This is a great beer. I want this to be sold in bottles immediately. It's great. It very much reminds me of zombie dust and that is a really good thing. RR is awesome. Bottle it please!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of litheum94
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Brilliant golden body. Clear with a dirty white head. Good lacing. 

Loads of citrus, tangerine and grapefruit. Honey malts. Floral.

Floral sweetness with biscuit and honey malts. Juicy tangerine and grapefruit with a lot of carbonation making it dry. Nice lingering bitterness. Very clean.

This is a very nice pale ale from RR. Easy drinking yet it has a lot of complexity.

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Row 2/Hill 56 from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 1,247 ratings