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Russell IP'eh! - Russell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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:
53 IBU

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 05-16-2009)
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Photo of lumikuuro
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml, bottled on July 5 2009.

Appearance: Coppery amber, clear, off white head when poured aggressively that has little retention but does leave heavy lacing.

Aroma: Very floral hops, some citrus, some caramel sweetness that mixes with the floral. Not an aggressive aroma but nice.

Taste: The first sip brings floral and noble hop qualities at first as it builds gently before becoming lastingly, earthily bitter for a long time. Grapefruit also. A gentle caramel sweetness is apparent to start with before blending in more as the hops bitter. Much less sweet than R&B's Hoppelganger or Tree's Hop Head Double IPA for example: here it balances the bitterness nicely. 6.5% abv very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium, silky. Appropriately modest level of carbonation turning into a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a good effort from Russell that cleverly manages to change the hop nuances across the palate and throughout each mouthful, with a nice balance. Not as aggressive in hop as many of its pacific northwest competitors, this seems to take the time to offer a spectrum of flavours to enjoy. It's not exceptional, but it's well worth having. Just don't expect a mega hop assault; it's more subtle and clever than that.

lumikuuro, May 22, 2010
Photo of BRYeleJR
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

BRYeleJR, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Maltzilla
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer review, so here goes . . .

Picked this baby up on a trip to the NW US and Vancouver. Came highly recommended from the fine gentlemen at the Alibi Room

Served at a tasting; from a bomber bottle to a snifter glass. Wonderful amber hue and poured a medium sized, white head. Dissipated rather slowly into thinner foam at the top with some lacing.

A nice punch of hops and maybe bread on the nose to kick things off. Pungent, but in a very favorable way for an IPA.

Up front had less hops than I anticipated, but the maltiness and breadiness complimented the hops well, though at the same time not overpowering them. Maybe some caramel in the back palate.

Very nice mouthfeel and finish. From what I recall (and it was a long night) the finish was quite clean and fast. Leaves you ready for another sip (or mouthful).

Highly drinkable. In my opinion, practically a session IPA but with a fair amount of complexity. Good Stuff, Eh? (couldn't resist)

Maltzilla, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

andrenaline, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +10.5%

EskimoDave, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of WoodersonMB
4/5  rDev +10.5%

WoodersonMB, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of leaddog
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

leaddog, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this while visiting Victoria B.C. Poured in to pint glass.

A: pours a dark amber with a thin white head, decent retention, somewhat on the dark side for an IPA

S: subtle citrus hops with a strong bready malt character to follow

T: lots of pine and citrus on the front with a considerable dash of bitterness, gives way to prominent malt profile with a bready finish, pretty nicely balanced IPA, however it reminds me more of a pale ale

MF: smooth and crisp, medium body

D: not bad, nicely balanced and overall quite refreshing

homebrew311, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

DaftCaskBC, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

bsp77, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the route Russell needs to take if they wish to be seen as a serious contender in the local craft market ( quality not sales). This is a dated bomber with some brewing notes on the bottle.

The beer is quite dark with a big head slightly coloured tan. The nose is quite hoppy with malt on the outskirts. The first sip of this beer was metallic and unbalanced and I started to lose hope when lo and behold the beer warmed up and more importantly opened up. The hops showed up backed up with a strong malt note and the beer really showed its strengths. Much like the IPA from Swans this is a malty take with big mouthfeel and a slightly sweet finish( think more UK than PNW). I really liked this beer and would buy it again. Not a hop monster like Phillips or Central city but very tasty and a step forward for Russell

canucklehead, Jun 02, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pured from it's beautiful new bottle, this IPA pours a clear deep copper red colour with a huge rocky off-white head that lasts for a good while leaving an impressive mass of chunky lace on my glass.

Smells predominantly of caramel and toffee with the hops lingering in the background and with touches of cotton candy sugar and spice. I would have liked a little more hops on the nose but nice nonetheless.

This is one of the maltier IPAs I've come across. The hops definitely make their presence felt throughout but they are more than balanced out by the creaminess of the malts in this brew. Again, I am getting lots of toffee and caramel with notes of citrus and pine.

Because of all these malts, this beer's mouthfeel is heavier in body than your typical IPA with a nice, creamy texture but, also, with a massive amount of spicy carbonation that cuts right through the malt leaving a clean and dry feeling on the palate. A strongpoint for sure.

Drinkability-wise, this one might lose some points as it is heavier than your average IPA but at 6.5% ABV, it doesn't knock you out after only one bottle. That said, I might be able to polish off two bottles of this stuff in one sitting. Overall, a nice malt-driven IPA from a brewer that looks to be trying harder to, as Canucklehead put before, go more towards quality of product rather than quantity of sales.

Graham5161986, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

CalgaryFMC, Monday at 11:48 PM
Photo of BDTyre
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice take on an IPA by Russell, with a good amber colour and white head. Good dose of hops in the nose along with bread and hints of caramel. A little heavy handed on the hops for a standard IPA.

Nice hoppy taste, with a good dose of malts to balance it out. The hops are more prevalent in the smell than the taste. Fresh bread, caramel, citrus and yeast.

Good carbonation, but the scent is a bit distracting. Everything in this suggests a regular IPA, but then scent keeps suggesting a DIPA. Its just a suggestion, and not a very good one. In all other respects, this is a great beer.

BDTyre, May 16, 2009
Photo of mick303
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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

mick303, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of marty21
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

marty21, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of bobsy
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Charming named IPA from Russell and shared by Derek - cheers man!

Pours a rich amber with a white head that left some good lace. Strong grapefruit and assorted citrus in the nose angainst a sweet, toasty background. The aroma is a touch deceptive, as the bitterness in the flavour isn't as high as it suggests. There's some candied grapefruit rind and orange, which plays off against a caramel background. More malt heavy than I'd expect and perhaps a bit more of a pale ale? Medium body and carbonation.

bobsy, Aug 16, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

irishkyle21, Sep 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

RedAleMan, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

LampertLand, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

IanSpindler, Jul 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

BigGruntyThirst, Oct 06, 2013
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Russell IP'eh! from Russell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.