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Row 2/Hill 56 | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by litheum94 on 01-22-2012

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4.33
pDev:
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Photo of BierJager89
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper color with a white head.

S: Pine, orange, tangerine, passionfruit. Smells amazing.

T: Flavor does not disappoint! Pine, citrus and passionfruit come up again and mix and a deliciously beautiful way.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: One of the best pale ales out there. Definitely worth a try if you can find it (I personally had to go to the brewery to find it).

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle (bottled on 6/26/12) into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color with a 1/4" white head.

S: Some light citrus, a hint of pine.

T: Great way to taste simcoe on it's own. Light citrus in the form of orange and grapefruit. A hint of pine as well. Moderate yet pleasant bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. All of top of a light malty body.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

O: A great pale ale. Excellent showcase of the simcoe hop.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a golden color with two fingers of generous slightly off white head. Wonderful head retention with some good lacing.

S- huge bouquet of Simcoe hops! Floral with pungent fresh pine and juicy citrus yellow grapefruit. Resiny and sticky with hop oil in the middle. Finishes with a biscuity malt with a lingering hop character.

T- big Simcoe hop flavor with fresh pine and bitter zesty yellow grapefruit. Substantially bitter and hoppy with some balancing biscuity malt on the very dry crisp finish with a resiny hop flavor lingering in the aftertaste... delicious.

MF- slick juicy mouthfeel with a full light medium body. Average carbonation.

D- superbly drinkable and refreshing.

Overall a superb pale ale. More please!

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Photo of Philousa
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a sample to start, then decided on this for a growler at RRBC. Pours a clear golden color, tending towards orange. Laces thinly, but consistently from an airy head. Lots of hops in the aroma, very prominent. I thought cascade until I read the description on their website, which says this is a 100% simcoe hop beer. Nice light malt behind the strong hop presence, some nutty/biscuity notes with a swirl. Lots of malt up front in taste. Orange with a hint of biscuit. Light and zesty malt goes well with the hop taste, which is very grassy, not as piney. Great bitterness. Definitely there, but not in your face. This is a balanced beer with a somewhat dry finish.

I've been brewing pale ales lately and man, I wish I could brew something like this. I like the hoppiness and malt base. It's something you'd find in an IPA, but it's not high in ABV. I love a beer that I can have a couple of without being too tipsy.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Beatification release on 3/30 and also took home a growler. Pouring into a 3 floyds pint glass.

Medium-light golden color with a thin-off white head. Good retention.

Pine and citrusy hops in the nose.

Initial burst of hop flavor, primarily citrusy/piney. Malt profile mostly clean but firm enough to support the hops and offering balance. Medium-high bitterness lingers on into a medium-dry finish.

Medium bodied with moderate level of carbonation. Smooth.

Recent trends in American Pale Ales continue to push the hop envelope further with increased levels of bittering and a more pronounced hop character. Zombie Dust is a great example of this and Row 2/Hill 56 isn't far behind. Excellent flavor, balance, and drinkability make this an exceptional beer and one I'm glad to have a growler of.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
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 dubinsky
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
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 uustal
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light to mid orange with with a monstrous white head. Great lacing throughout. Really hop sticky aroma. Citrus, grapefruit and orange, dank pine and some earthy qualities. Nice light, but hop showcasing flavor profile. Very nice citrus notes to start. Orange, grapefruit and a hint of tropical notes. A sticky, fresh and earthy pine hop follows that adds a bit of bittering on the tongue. Finishes very light and dry, much like the flavor profile. This is a awesomely, single hopped Pale Ale.

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Photo of gandres
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap to glass @ Russian River Brewing tap room@ 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 flayedandskinned
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 8/26/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head IPA glass

Appearance: (4.75)
Pours a gorgeous pale gold with a 2.5 fingers tall pure white head. The has great retention and leaves a thick coating of lace down the edges of the glass. Great looking pale ale.

Aroma: (4.75)
Absolutely bursting with pure Simcoe hop character! Juicy peach, lemon rind, bitter grapefruit, resinous pine, light tangerine and of course, that signature Simcoe astringency. Underneath the mountain of Simcoe, there is a light bready maltiness.

Taste: (5)
Your palate is slapped by a wallop of Simcoe hops right away; tons of juicy grapefruit, pine resin, tangerine zest and peach flesh. You can definitely tell that Russian River dry hopped the heck out of this beer by the tell tell 'burnt plastic' impression that comes with an intense dry hopping schedule. The beer finishes very dry, leaving only light coating of slightly sweet, bready malt left on your palate. The malt is very low profile and offer just the right amount of residual sweetness to balance out this very hoppy pale ale. Other than the light malt coating, the dry finish leaves you with long, lingering notes of bitter Simcoe hops;
mostly big notes of pine, grapefruit pith and lemon peel.

Mouthfeel: (5)
light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing and crisp.

Overall: (4.75)
Russian River takes seemingly their favorite hop varietal, Simcoe and formulated a pale ale to showcase it's very robust aromas and flavors. What Row 2/Hill 56 turned out to be is a fantastically hoppy pale that has a malt/hop ratio that isn't all that dissimilar to their legendary Pliny the Elder. Very crisp and amazing pale ale that really allows the Simcoe hop to shine!

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Photo of PerHops
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful looking pale ale. Light, but bright golden orange with a head that begins bubbly but than quickly dissipates, almost disappearing entirely.

S- Heaven. This is so fruity, citrusy, a little pine, some herbal qualities, so good! I would say the perfect smelling american pale ale. No complaints here.

T- Follows the nose, but is slightly less floral than I was hoping, but not at all out of line from what I was expecting. Tropical fruits, orange, bitter lemon. Malts are evident, but work harmoniously with the hop profile. Near perfection.

M- Beautiful carbonation, maybe a little too thin for the style. I guess I expect a tiny bit more viscosity with an apa, but that might just be because I've never had one this good.

O- Phenomenal beer. Another glorious showcase of hops by the master. Pray to the beer gods that they bottle this one in the future!

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Arbitrator. Huge thanks my friend!

A vigorous pour results in three fingers of rocky white foam. As the head recedes it leaves intricate lacing along the sides of the glass. The beer is a deep amber color. The scent of oranges mingled with pine resin fills the air as I pour. This smells more like an IPA than a Pale Ale, and I must say that it smells great. Taste opens with huge citrus flavors. Orange, tangerine and mango intermingle with hoppy bitterness. A sugar cookie malt backbone imparts a bit of sweetness which plays nicely against the hops. The beer finishes semi-dry with a very subtle aftertaste. The beer is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. This brew is yet another masterpiece from Russian River. The malt melds seamlessly with the hop profile providing an incredibly balanced brew. Fruity, piney, and mildly bitter, the beer is insanely drinkable and very tasty. Well done Mr. Cilurzo. Keep up the good work!

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Photo of t420o
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Row 2/Hill 56: The Story of Simcoe

A- pour produces a 1-1/2 finger white head resting of a pale golden body. Good retention and lacing. 4.5 

S- this thing smells awesome! The simcoe is very potent with it's earthy, green, resinous smell, and the malt balance is excellent. 4.5  

T- excellent APA. The simcoe is very strong upfront. Earthy, piney and dank it's excellent and even though the malt is taking a back seat here it's slight sweetness and bready/biscuty flavor evens out the simcoe nicely without taking anything away from it
4.5  

M- good. Lower side of average carbonation level and good body. 4 

O- one of the better apa's I've had. That said, the simcoe is pretty strong and that hinders the drinkability. I wouldn't have much more than the 17.25 ozs they have this bottled at in one sitting. Still an excellent beer though. 4

A

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes
Growler filled up a few hours ago to a pint glass

Pours a vibrant golden orange with a finger of head. Low carbonation, good retention and okay lacing

Smells like....simcoe. Very catty pine followed up with a light citrus. A very submissive caramel malt works to back everything up

Taste is nearly identical to the smell. Lots of pine and kitty litter on the tongue, followed again by some citrus and tropical notes. Again, caramel backbone holding everything together

Feel is a light / medium body with moderate bitterness, low carbonation. Alcohol is hidden, it's easy to drink

Overall it's no Pliny but good none the less. Single hop beers are great for getting to know the hops, but I'm always reminded drinking them how boring they become without others to mix up the flavor

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Photo of jethrodium
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler. Pours a clear light amber with small white head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is big pine hops, some dankness, some light caramel , and a bit of grapefruit. This certainly smells amazing like most Russian River hoppy beers. The taste follows the nose, with pine, grapefruit, and a dankness. Just a enough malt comes through to balance it with a little bit of caramel and sugar cookie. The finish has a decent bitterness to it. Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation. Quite dry throughout. Another great Russian River beer.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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 DaverCS
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Kmccabe33
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Appearance is good as always for Russian River stuff, orangeish hazy color, slightly gold, but great looking beer.

S- Great floral and citrus smells, very similar in smell to that of Pliny, and absolutely love it.

T- Absolutely great, very well balanced between the hop notes, but also has a great malt backbone, nothing major, but all around a great beer.

M- Great mouthfeel, well done, Russian river never lets me down.

O- One of my favorites APA's, and is more true to the style. Up there with Zombie Dust and such, although I feel its a stretch to call ZD an APA. But thats another discussion

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

fantastic speciality pale made with specific hops from a local grower. great color head and carbonation. pine on the nose and bitey hop with resiney dry out on the mouth. a must have.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 510mL bottle into a nonic pint glass at high altitude near Denver, CO. A big thanks to kojevergas for bringing this one out from California.

A: Pours a clear yellow golden color with a thick foamy white head. Decent retention and a moderate amount of lacing.

S: The hops come through quite strongly here. Almost all grapefruit here with some crisp malt notes in the background.

T: Opens with floral grapefruit notes from the Simcoe hops, followed by some clean malts and a bitter finish. Note a whole lot going on here.

M: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. The finish is slightly wet. Works well with the bitterness from the hops.

O: This beer highlights the hops quite well, but it's a bit of a letdown in light of Russian River's other offerings.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at RR Brewpub.

Simcoe is very evident from the outset, almost to the point of smelling it before the glass officially hits the table. Great malt balance as well, not just one dimensional. Really nice beer, would love to have this as a regular in the midwest.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tony's

Looks a lot better on draft. Great head and lacing, almost crystal clear toasted straw.
Yep, smells like hops. Citrusy piney delicious.
Flavor follows nose. Crisp, dry and refreshing. Great carbonation.
Fuckin eh, another homerun for Russian River.

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Photo of teamchevymxer
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Giovacchini
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of anders36
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle bought at Beer Revolution, Oakland CA.

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity peachy hoppy aroma.
Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter peachy grapefruit flavor with some very weak grainy hints.
Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter peachy finish.

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Row 2/Hill 56 from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.
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