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Russell IP'eh! - Russell Brewing Company

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 80
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 10.33%
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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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 80
Photo of lumikuuro
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Maltzilla
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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)

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.9/5  rDev +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

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Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Roby923
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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Photo of bobsy
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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

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Photo of BDTyre
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This sort of is a "Canadian IPA" using British malt & pacific northwest hops (Cascade & Willamette). While it a little more balanced and subtle like an English IPA, the hop flavour is definitely American.

A: Clear copper with an off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Good hop aroma floral & citrus with a little rind & spice. Light fruitiness.

T: Citrus & floral spicing, grainy biscuit, balanced bitterness (modest for the style). While the flavours are all really good, they just don't seem to have the intensity that a Pacific Northwest IPA should.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a crisp finish.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of marty21
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Almost pours an amber ale red. Little head. Slightly cloudy.

Smell: Grassy. English style hop forward aroma. Some bready malts as well. Seems a touch more to the English interpretation of IPA...

Taste: Quite similar to the smell. Much maltier than other west coast hop bombs. That malt is definitely backing up some aggressive hopping. But again, more grassy, grainy, green hop flavours.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and well carbonated.

Drinkability: I'd be happy just having the one.

Overall: Nice attempt by Russell and I have a feeling this beer will eventually become more influenced by the American hops that are finding their way into more breweries IPA's here in BC. It's a nice hoppy beer, just not quite as expected for an "American IPA".

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Photo of Rutager
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of ssmack
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, thanks to pubstyle for sharing.

Pours a clear orange, copper highlights, medium sized white head forms, settles to a medium ring around the glass, some lace spots stick. Smell is nice, kind of an American/English IPA hybrid, big maltiness, caramel and earthy, some biscuit, citrus, grass, floral, lightly fruity, nice. Taste is similar, big citrus kick, floral, caramel middle, biscuit, toast, pretty malty, nice herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty decent IPA, easy to drink. Thanks Troy!

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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