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Russell IP'eh! - Russell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

70 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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 thehyperduck
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
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: 3.61, 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.

thehyperduck, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of mick303
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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 22, 2013
Photo of Aleforme
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Aleforme, Yesterday at 04:13 PM
Photo of boatoar
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%

boatoar, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of cambrown10
5/5  rDev +37.4%

cambrown10, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%

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, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

CurtisD, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of rogerdandy
3/5  rDev -17.6%

rogerdandy, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of cbnz
3/5  rDev -17.6%

cbnz, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

DamageCase76, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Molson2000, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

MJ63, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of bigox420
3.75/5  rDev +3%

bigox420, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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
Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +3%

GoHabsGo, Oct 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

BigGruntyThirst, Oct 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

kelvarnsen, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of yancot
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

yancot, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of sbarre
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

sbarre, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of ssmack
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

ssmack, Sep 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

irishkyle21, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
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
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

RedAleMan, Sep 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ThinkAgain, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of jmkoscie
3/5  rDev -17.6%

jmkoscie, Aug 23, 2013
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Russell IP'eh! from Russell Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.