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Russell IP'eh! - Russell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

76 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russell Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BDTyre on 05-16-2009

53 IBU
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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 37
Photo of Roby923
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid IPA from the craft haven on the west coast of Canada. Clean and refreshing taste, lots of citrus and pine notes. Lower on the perceived IBU scale so it doesn't leave you reaching for water. Very drinkable.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright Amber orange with beige head that lingers and leaves lacing.

Nose has hints of lemony citrus, malt, and an earthy undertone.

Taste is smooth, not very bitter, and as someone already mentioned a very "tea" like taste and mouthfeel

I've really liked what I've had from Russell so far. However this one is average for me.

Photo of WQuirk
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too malty, for my tastes, especially for an IPA.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%

Single bottle poured into an English pub glass. A nice ruddy amber color with a finger of light beige head. Aroma is rich malts, nuts and caramels or brittle toffee, tree sap, clover, a little honey, lemon rind and orange marmalade. A well-executed English IPA with Cascade hops emergent in the flavor profile. Hybrid model I suppose. The citrus preserve flavor (with a lemon rind sourness) adds an extra layer to the malts, as on the nose but with a developing light molasses note as well. Orange/bergamot note note recalls Earl Gray tea. More bitterness in the finish than is typical for an English IPA but there are no prominent tropical or pine flavors to skew this too far away from expectations. Low carbonation. Tea-like tannins become more salient over time. Nice mouthfeel as well, quite thick but not cloyingly sweet. Apparently there is another pretty good brewery in Surrey.

Photo of wordemupg
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into tulip 20/10/13

A clear amber liquid with lots of slow bubbles, a finger of dense foam has great retention leaving a few partial rings before falling to a thin film

S iced tea powder is strong, real strong, I don't get much else really, a little caramel, spruce, and sweet orange peel

T lots of herbal leafy tea bag, lots of brown sugar, doesn't have the overwhelming iced tea power that the nose had going for it, a little orange marmalade as it warms

M medium bodied, a little creamy from the bubbles, a little grit left behind, orange rind and tea bag on the finish

O not bad but not great either, I know its not a West Coast hop bomb but I kinda wish it was, smells a little lame but there's nothing wrong with it just a little boring

I thought I'd like this more after having some of Russell's hop bombs thinking their flagship IPA would have more going for it, basic but drinkable

Photo of thehyperduck
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle from the BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler currently available in LCBOs (packaged May 23 2013). English, American, whatever, I'm in the mood for an IPA and when I opened the sixer, this one immediately caught my eye. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a translucent amber-orange colour, topped with one finger of frothy, soapy pearl-white head. Good retention; it sticks around for more than a few minutes, leaving swaths of sticky lacing stuck to the glass, and eventually culminating in a smooth cap and foamy collar. The aroma is enticing, with hints of juicy pink grapefruit, floral hops and tropical fruit, along with some underlying caramel sweetness. Not as pungent as I'd like, but an attractive bouquet nonetheless.

Promising flavour at first, with tropical fruit and a citrusy combo of orange peel and grapefruit pith dominating initially. Quite floral, with an undercurrent of caramel sweetness and biscuity malts that never quite manage to supercede the hop bill, although coming close at times. Resiny, almost herbal in the finish, leaving behind a bitter, pithy aftertaste lingering on the palate. Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a smooth texture that lends itself to fairly high drinkability given the 6.5% abv.

Final Grade: 3.63, an acceptable B. I am a big fan of both American and English IPAs, and while this one's hop flavours do tend toward those found in the former style, the smoothness, balance and quaffability of Russell IP'eh seem decidedly more English in nature. This bottle is pushing 4-5 months of age and is still drinking nicely, but I'd be interested in trying it fresh (or on-tap). This is a solid English-style IPA that I'd happily drink again, but not a stand-out.

Photo of mick303
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the LCBO BC pack, unsure of freshness date. Poured into a tulip glass, a burnt copper colour with a lively creamy head, good retention. 4

S – grapefruit, quite candy/gummy like, red berries, sweet, fair bit of caramel malt to it, strawberry, very full of juicy fruit, also maybe a hint of some pine and walnuts. 3.75

T – moderate coating bitterness, with a good solid peppery finish. Notes of citrus/grapefruit, burnt toast, strong floral tones, some tropical fruit notes, orange, herbal character with a solid malty and caramel profile, leading to a very peppery finish. 3.75

M – smooth moderate body, fairly full for style, quite a lot of carbonation actually, coating bitterness to it and also a lot of spicy presence, full satisfying presence with some citrusy hops and crisp malty body. 4

A fairly good all-round IPA, would like to see how it is fresh, judging by this there would be a lot of gorgeous tropical citrus and hop character to it. Balance is good, lot of slick spicy bitterness, the peppery note I found to really stand out, which was quite nice. As it warmed this faded though and it became more of a malt heavy ipa. Would have again for sure. 3.75

Photo of ssmack
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from BC craft sampler 6 pack.

A hazy toffee brown colour with 1/2 inche of fine beige that soon disappeared. Streams of carbonation. Some lacing.

Aroma of sweetness and spices.

A nutty, slightly sweet malt taste. Soft, spicey British hops. Nice bitter aftertaste but it didn't last long. There was a weird steel taste that suddenly came and when.

A nice smooth medium feel.

A well balanced British IPA. But this is no hop bomb. There is no pine, no citrus.

Photo of TerryW
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber orange under a short head that gives way to a partial film, surrenders some spotty lace.

Nose is toffee malt, a hint of the hop. Undistinguished flavour. Hops there, but not really distinctive, anonymous toffee. Metallic mouthfeel, gentle lingering bitter finish.

A very average brew, drinkable, but undistinguished in any way.

Photo of spinrsx
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - part of a mixed 6 pack for $13

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly decent lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and grassy hops. There is also a bit of a sweet fruitiness, but not a whole lot.

Overall - A decent beer that I'm sure is much better when fresh. Reminds me a bit of the phillips hop circle, with a little less hopiness.

Photo of leaddog
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark amber/copper colour with a finger width of bubbly beige head.

Smell - Caramalts, floral and citrus aroma hops, hint of tropical fruits.

Taste - Bouquet of floral and citrus hops, with a nice caramel malt backbone. Hint of citrus peel and other tropical fruits. Nice light bitterness that lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice smoothness.

Overall - A solid English IPA by Russell Brewing. The flavours are in place and well-balanced. Bold floral and citrus hops really make this brew a standout.

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into mug.

Appearance: Amber with nice sized off-white head and good lacing.

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit and spicy, floral hops. A little light in the aroma department, as most EIPAs are.

Taste: Caramel and fruit malt backbone. Hops are mostly floral and spicy, with a titch of citrus. Light bitterness.

Feel: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, nice dry finish.

Overall: Very well done English IPA.

Photo of hreb
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I originally purchased IP'eh! 3 years ago during a trip to Vancouver. Alas, that bottle was tragically destroyed in transport. But enough crying over spilled beer. In the mean time this 650mL bottle reports the beer has won the silver at the world beer cup.

Beer pours crystal clear orange amber with soda-like bubbles and no head. Faintly sweet aroma, doesn't seem to have been dry hopped or anything. Hops are delivered entirely via the mouth. And a very respectable load of English style hops there is. Secondary flavors of grainy unmalted barley. Very dry in the finish. This is actually refreshing, if not literally in the palate, then in contrast to every other PNW style IPA out there.

Photo of NWer
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into standard pint glass from bottle.
Poured flat. No head, nice enough bronze color.
Nose sweet. Almonds. Where are the hops?
Taste. Where are the hops? Totally malt forward. Sweet. Flat.
Very disappointing.
Next time I bring back beer from Canada I'll double up on Red Racer and pass on this one.

Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A solid amber orange color body, with a nice sticky off white head, three fingers deep, and lots of clumpy retention. Some real nice clumpy lacing also.

Nose is a mix of dough malts and bread, but a nice mellow hop front, slightly sweet, quite airy. Subdued and subtle. Faint hints of chocolate malt like senses and caramel.

Palate is malt forward. Sense of solid body and chocolate milk tastes. Hop angle comes with lots of milky sweetness in the finish. Lots of good body in this, with a very good lingering tight and sweet hop presence on the aftertaste. Kind of a mix of malt rich and faint hop presence.

Overall a real interesting take, but for an IPA it's kind of buried, even for English style. A great solid milky malt backbone on this though really delivers. Drinkable, would drink this again easily. Good brew.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #60 (Jan 2012):

LOOK: Brassy amber, excellent lacing

SMELL: Hay, citric rind, tobacco, birch sap, caramel, biscuity

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, medium body, toasted biscuits, hop bitterness, orange pith, faint grapefruit, dried grass, rustic bread, evergreen, pipe tobacco

Brewer's intention here is a well-balanced English-style IPA, but generously hopped with PNW Cascade. Go figure. Even amidst the slight identity crisis, we've got a kickass IPA in front of us—balanced, yet still delivers that hop fix we long for in any true IPA.

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

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour, finger of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Nice musty caramel, citrus hops and a touch of leafy greens.

T - The musty caramel and burnt sugar comes through nicely alongside a solid dose of citrus hops, solid bitterness profile and a resiny flavor lingers on the finish.

M - Medium, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty IPA that reflects the English side with a solid hop profile to please all critics. Glad to have had this brew.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear dark copper, two fingers of tan head retained very well, and big props for the classic 'Canada Cup' logo on the bottle
S - peppery and citrus along with big caramel, mild grain and leafs
T - big peppery hops, some mild pine and citrus, big caramel malty balance
M - heavier than medium, milder carbonation, a building bitterness through the finish
O - big flavours but very balanced for an IPA, tasty and worth a try, i'd like to see more from this brewer in Alberta

Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a slightly hazed ruddy amber hue, creamy off-white head that settles to a thick head that retains.

Mild caramel and toasty malt on the nose, some sweet orange and grapefruit, some dry earthy pine.

Toasty malt up front in the flavour with a hint of sweet caramel, followed by earthy, spicy hops, while finishing with some citrusy grapefruit hops, with an aftertaste of dry grapefruit pith that lingers.

Mouthfeel tends towards the lighter end of medium-bodied, soft texture punctuated by pin-pricks of an assertive carbonation.

An okay IPA, no flaws with it, yet it doesn't stand out regarding the style either. Still a good drink from this one, I have no regrets, however I'm not overly inspired to pick up more in light of other options available at the moment. Noteworthy for being nicely balanced for the style, although the malt never does quite get a leg up over the hops at any time.

Photo of tbeckett
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Numerous pints at Electric Owl in Vancouver. From notes

A - Slight haze in a dark golden colour, two fingers of beige head, mild carbonation, nice thick rings of lace with one finger of retention.

S - Citrus, pine, bread.

T - Citrus, pine, bread, prickly pinapple.

M - Great carbonation, medium body, light bitterness.

O/D - A good easy drinking IPA. Very basic but solid. Keeps attention for more than one pint.

Photo of kjyost
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle purchased at the MLCC for $6.5. Fairly fresh, poured at 4C into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Clear, copper, small head with light lacing.
S: Bready malts with a hint of sweetness dominated by hop aromas of grapefruit and other citrus.
T/M: Lacking here as the beer has no distinctive body (which IMO is not a negative in an IPA), with an earthy and citrus hop flavour that is a little too much in the background. The bitterness is low and takes a while to build on the palate. Nice crisp carbonation help save the day a bit on the mouthfeel front.
O: Not an IPA I would reach for over the other local offering, and in hind sight the IBUs are a little low for the ABV (53 : 6.5%)

Photo of marty21
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper orange colour with 1 finger worth of off white creamy head. Settles to a ring around the glass and a little island in the middle.

S: Not the strongest of aromas but you get some light hops as well as caramel and earthy scents. A tiny bit of citrus on the finish as well.

T: Hops upfront with caramel and earthy tastes. A bit of a lingering bitterness but not too much.

M: Medium carbonation with a light body.

O: I love the name and painted Canadian label on this beer. As for the actual beer itself it wasn’t too bad. I would of liked more hops in it but I’d drink it again.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3/8" tan coloured head that dissipated quickly over a dark amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Faint smell of floral hops and malt.

T: Floral hops up front which transitions to a caramel malt finish that is somewhat nutty.

M: Medium to thin viscosity with a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Interesting IPA with its floral hop profile and English malt.

Photo of Rutager
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Nice deep and clear amber. One finger head that lasts a minute and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Hops, citrus fruits and some caramel malt. Pretty nice.

Taste. Bitter hops with a stronger malt presence than expected. Bitter finish saves this otherwise lackluster, almost British style IPA.

Mouthfeel. A little thin, but nice smooth carbonation.

Drinkability. A decent drinker. I wouldn't refuse another.

Photo of ericj551
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Russell's IP'eh pours a bright ruby red with a fluffy head that lingers nicely. The aroma grapefruity and slightly piney hops, with some rich caramel. The hop aroma seems kind of flat. More mild grapefruit and earthy hops in the flavor, with some nutty, toasted malt with a bit of sweetness. The sweetness is followed by a solid resiny bitterness, which lingers nicely. Overall not a bad IPA, although it doesn't stand up to the Red Racer IPA I'm drinking with it.

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Russell IP'eh! from Russell Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.