Russian River Row 2 Hill 56
From Russian River – 100% Simcoe hops make up this beer from start to finish! It is named for the location in the experimental hop yard in Yakima, WA, where it was first created. Simcoe is grown by 3 families in the Yakima area, from all of whom we buy this particular hop (and other hops) — Carpenter, Perrault, and Smith. This is one of several beers we plan to make in our NEW “Hop Grower’s Series” highlighting certain hops from our growers! It has that trademark Simcoe nose with citrus and pine, nice bitterness and tasty hop flavors round it out.
Russian River Brewing – Russian River Row 2 Hill 56 – 16 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. – 5.8% abv.
Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, slightly hazy amber tinted yellow gold with visible rising bubbles. A top sits white cap of foam that stays for the duration of the session.
Aroma: Unbelievably dank and citrusy. Smells of hard candy and a touch of pine too.
Taste: A big green mouthful of hops, very piney and earthy. Some citrus twang and spicy dry malt. Finishes bone dry and bitter that lingers and leaves behind a dank herbal aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, juicy, with very modest prickles.
Overall: This beer is killer, and very fresh. I’m a big fan of simcoe hops, but don’t recall a single hopped simcoe beer that had the best of all worlds like this (bitter, juicy, herbal, dank). I look forward to more beers from this new “series.”