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Russell IP'eh! - Russell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

65 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 33
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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NWer

Washington

2.65/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 23:13:28 | More by NWer
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-09-2013 01:27:45 | More by cfalovo97
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likeemdark

California

3/5  rDev -17.1%

08-26-2012 17:16:10 | More by likeemdark
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

04-16-2014 15:14:42 | More by rogerdandy
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-17-2014 06:51:11 | More by cbnz
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

08-23-2013 03:02:55 | More by jmkoscie
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

09-27-2013 11:40:32 | More by kelvarnsen
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1stOffender

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-18-2013 06:17:44 | More by 1stOffender
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 22:02:10 | More by TerryW
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 03:56:16 | More by ericj551
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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%)

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 23:58:39 | More by kjyost
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-05-2013 22:18:45 | More by MJ63
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-28-2013 01:49:21 | More by ThinkAgain
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-11-2014 15:10:37 | More by DamageCase76
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-13-2012 19:07:33 | More by bumchilly25
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prisdefer

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-24-2012 03:58:38 | More by prisdefer
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itomek

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-04-2013 20:30:25 | More by itomek
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MylesMac

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-27-2013 01:19:46 | More by MylesMac
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-22-2013 17:04:34 | More by yancot
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-23-2013 01:12:11 | More by Molson2000
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sbarre

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-21-2013 01:30:04 | More by sbarre
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-19-2012 06:48:32 | More by schopenhauerale
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev -3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 05:02:09 | More by wordemupg
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, procured on the way through Kamloops, with a label that looks like the old Team Canada logo, with an angular, bisected maple leaf front and center below the titular pun. Enjoyed on a lawn chair in the quiet parking lot of a Merritt, BC hotel.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark orange brick amber colour, with two skinny fingers of weakly foamy, and mostly underwhelmingly creamy dirty white head, which does stick around for a spell, eventually revealing some nice abstract webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet grapefruit and candied oranges, certain iced tea and brown sugar notes, bready, somewhat caramelized malt, and a further crystal toffee sweetness. The taste is at least a bit more bitter, the generic citrus flesh flipping sides, joined by some pine resin, a decent, slightly biscuity caramel malt, once again abutted by some hard toffee, and an additional floral, herbal hoppiness, bordering on perfumed.

The carbonation is generally low-key, and hard to discern at times, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and plainly smooth. It finishes mostly clean, and off-dry, with a blend of waning caramel malt and soft echoes of citrus and herbal pine hops.

While easy enough to put back, given my otherwise stark environs, this was just a bit underwhelming, I'm afraid to say. The individual parts seem to measure up, but the whole seems lacking. I was hoping for some punch, or at least a friendly slap, from this offering. Maybe all those other brash BC-bred IPAs have stricken my poor widdle palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 18:42:41 | More by biboergosum
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 10:23:19 | More by IronDjinn
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Russell IP'eh! from Russell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.