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Russell Blood Alley Bitter - Russell Brewing Company

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russell Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 01-04-2011)
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Reviews by djoprahwinfrey:
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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - clean amber pour, 1/4 finger of white head which dissipates quickly leaving moderate lace

S - decent amount of hops and citrus upfront, grapefruit and maybe some lemon

T - fairly potent hops, some pine, fresh grass, toasted brown bread, medium bitterness on the finish

M - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly slick/oily going down and afterwards

O - Overall this is pretty damn good, nothing outstanding but definitely enjoyable . A well put together ESB but i think the stated 50 IBU might be a bit high.

djoprahwinfrey, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

beerhunter13, Aug 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

FadetoBock, Oct 03, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head. Nice hoppy aroma with citrus and pine, as well as sweet malt. More balanced taste, caramel and bready malt with a decent amount of bitterness. Light bodied with rather low carbonation. Pretty good overall and quite drinkable; the quality of Russell's beers has been improving as of late.

chickenm, Mar 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jpbebeau, Aug 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Tarks, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 20oz pint at the new Craft Beer Market in Calgary.

This beer appears a clear medium copper hue, with two fingers of dense foamy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves a wall of storm cloud lace around the glass as it easily recedes.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, edgy orange and grapefruit citrus rind, a bit of brown sugar, and somewhat stronger floral, kind of soapy, hops. The taste is fairly bitter pine hoppiness up front, tempered at once by a decent bready caramel malt, and sandwiched by some latent floral/citrus hops. Simple, but quite duly effective at the same rate.

The carbonation is more or less average, the body on the low side of medium weight, and nice and zippy, which obviously precludes any overt smoothness. It finishes barely off-dry, with a noticeable citrus hop zing.

A pretty tasty ESB, with heady APA sympathies, the hops really predominating here. The comely bartendress volunteered that this was the most popular offering (of their more than 100 at the time!) so far that day - nice to see quality being ratified by the masses, I'd say.

biboergosum, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into a pilsner glass, clear bubbly copper, very tall head retained very nicely, bits of random lacing left
S - interesting mix of caramel, pepper, herbs, and mild orange citrus
T - starts with peppery hops and toffee malts, then grainy and herbal character, finishes with a mix of mild citrus and leafy greens, very well balanced yet big flavours
M - medium body with solid carbonation, mild bitterness, medium to full finish
O - this is a big and very well balances brew, the hop flavours are complex and balanced by big maltiness, a great example of one of my favourite styles

joemcgrath27, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Boozecamel, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 8/16/11. Thanks to kjyost for this bottle.
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Translucent medium to dark amber colour with one finger of thick, foamy white head with good retention.

S - Citrus and floral notes come through from the hops initially with some sweet bready and caramel malt notes in the background.

T - Biscuity malt flavours are initially noticeable up front with some floral and citrus hops flavours in the background. Some toffee and earthy notes are evident as well. A nice bitterness is present throughout that lingers in the finish.

M - Light body with a decent chew and light carbonation.

O - The first ESB that I have really enjoyed. I wish I could get this one locally.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with moderate carbonation rising. Small white head that dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma of grapefruit, honey and orange.

Taste of hops, grapefruit, malts, and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and stingingly cleansing.

Overall, a decent brew for the style. Worth a try.

atigerlife, Mar 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

DamageCase76, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of papat444
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a gift from my aunt that my brother brought back on a recent trip to their place in Surrey.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle. Sticker on the bottom has July 2011 which i assume is the bottling date.

Appearance: A bubbling foam above a light amber body with a a mild chill haze. Head really clings to the glass and there's always a bit of foam near the top.

Smell: Hops are noticeable @ once then segue to juicy tangerine. Floral a bit and like a breath of fresh air.

Taste: Hops are well balanced with roasted malt. Some grapefruit as well as a hint of orange. Flavor is full.

Mouthfeel: Just enough astringency mixed with some dryness. Upfront it's strong but the back end is a bit weak as it doesn't follow through though it leaves a bit of presence in the aftertaste. Gains some as it warms though.

Overall: Good flavor with a nice dose of dryness (not too much which i like) mixed with some mineral and bitterness. Be patient with the body as it improves nearing to room temp.

papat444, Oct 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

BigBry, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of LampertLand
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Russell Brewing 'Blood Alley ESB' @ 5.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchase for $7

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a clear amber in the glass with a medium size off white head leaving a minimal spotty lace along the pint glass

S-very citrus almost IPA like , hints of caramel in the back

T-crisp and clean tasting Bitter , doesn't have that IPA vibe

MF-mild medium carbonation , big medium body , the bitterness doesn't overly stay on the palate , seems to only linger

Ov-good beer , try it

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Idrankthat, Jul 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Tom_Servo, Nov 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

simonmoyse, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, good retention, great lace.

S: Plenty of finishing hops with floral, orange rind and leafy aromas, some earthy mineral, light fruity esters (mango & pear), with some underlying sweet grainy malts.

T: Plenty of dry hop character: orange rind, floral & leafy hops, sponge toffee, hints of steelie mineral, sweet biscuity malt with a balanced bitterness (doesn't seem nearly as high as 50 IBU).

M: Light to moderate body with a very modest carbonation and hints of hop acidity.

D: A great drinker.

An all-around great Beer. I'm glad a few cases made it to Kelowna's Mission Park store!

Derek, Jan 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

KeeganRohovich, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Calgary Craft Beer Market.

Beer is amber in colour with a small but solid white head. Great lacing.

After the appearance, it goes downhill. Smell consists of damp hops and a bit of bready malt. Not a lot else and the smell is not very good.

The damp hop taste is in the nose as well. Some biscuity malt is there to balance it somewhat. Mildly bitter. Not very complex.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall, very disappointing and not great. The hop flavour is odd. I have never had this beer before, but given the other reviews, I have to wonder if the beer was off or if there was a problem with the lines. I don't know the answer but the pint I had was not very good.

jrenihan, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

fizzyted, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this before, but apparently never reviewed it. Good thing I had an extra bottle kicking around!

A - Pours a nice amber colour, thumb of head with solid retention and solid chunky lacing.

S - Nice musty hop profile, slight citrus note alongside a solid caramel backbone.

T - Nice citrus hops, sour rind bitterness with some earthy cedar hop flavours with the musty caramel malts coming through on the finish. The musty caramel lingers on the finish with a hint of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Overall a solid sample of the style, hits the flavour profile and offers up a delicious lingering bitterness. Well worth seeking out and an all-around awesome ESB.

andrenaline, Nov 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

rogerdandy, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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Russell Blood Alley Bitter from Russell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.