Russell IP'eh! - Russell Brewing Company
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3.51/5 rDev -3%
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
10-22-2013 05:02:09 | More by wordemupg
3.61/5 rDev -0.3%
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: 3.61, 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.
09-23-2013 23:12:18 | More by thehyperduck
3.79/5 rDev +4.7%
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
09-21-2013 23:38:25 | More by mick303
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
09-18-2013 00:35:27 | More by ssmack
3.31/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
09-09-2013 22:02:10 | More by TerryW
3.56/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
08-14-2013 00:17:01 | More by spinrsx
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
08-03-2013 02:57:13 | More by leaddog
Russell IP'eh! from Russell Brewing Company
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