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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: 4
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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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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 15:10:45 | More by Viggo
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:29:07 | More by smakawhat
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 00:26:19 | More by Derek
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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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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - part of a mixed 6 pack for $13

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly decent lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and grassy hops. There is also a bit of a sweet fruitiness, but not a whole lot.

Overall - A decent beer that I'm sure is much better when fresh. Reminds me a bit of the phillips hop circle, with a little less hopiness.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 00:17:01 | More by spinrsx
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 17:54:21 | More by tbeckett
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 16:12:10 | More by canucklehead
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homebrew311

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 00:28:58 | More by homebrew311
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 22:55:11 | More by bobsy
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 22:14:58 | More by andrenaline
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 18:58:28 | More by BeerAdvocate
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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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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:29:56 | More by Rutager
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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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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-13-2012 19:07:33 | More by bumchilly25
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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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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 01:56:03 | More by joemcgrath27
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bsp77

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 04:50:52 | More by bsp77
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 07:34:07 | More by BDTyre
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-20-2011 19:58:07 | More by chickenm
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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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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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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 23:38:25 | More by mick303
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Russell IP'eh! from Russell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.