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Russell IP'eh! - Russell Brewing Company

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67 Ratings
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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 NWer
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.

NWer, Dec 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

cfalovo97, Jan 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

likeemdark, Aug 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

rogerdandy, Apr 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

cbnz, Feb 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

jmkoscie, Aug 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

kelvarnsen, Sep 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

1stOffender, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of TerryW
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.

TerryW, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of ericj551
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.

ericj551, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of kjyost
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%)

kjyost, Nov 08, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

MJ63, Nov 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ThinkAgain, Aug 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

CurtisD, Aug 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

DamageCase76, Jan 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

bumchilly25, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

prisdefer, Jul 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

itomek, Jul 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

MylesMac, Apr 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

yancot, Sep 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Molson2000, Nov 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

sbarre, Sep 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

schopenhauerale, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
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

wordemupg, Oct 22, 2013
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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.

biboergosum, Jul 01, 2010
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Russell IP'eh! from Russell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.