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Hop Therapy - Russell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 14
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russell Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Derek on 12-02-2012)
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Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bomber- cloudy tangerine with a very fluffy white head. Nose- tropical fruits, slight pine. taste- fairly astringent, woody hop flavour with some peach. Not as sweet as expected, drinks quite cleanly just too astringent for my tastes. Not boozy at all for a 9% beer so has that going for it at least.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 21:22:39 | More by oakbluff
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, split

Purchased @ Brewery Creek in Vancouver - Knowing there was a relatively new batch on the shelf, I was excited to grab this one. Lots of sediment and a bit of a stale aroma :( Malty, pineapple juice, peach candy, heavy pine. Perhaps past it's prime, perhaps just a bit malt forward. A dissapointment.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 20:18:41 | More by dirtylou
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

04-14-2014 17:12:59 | More by berley31
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine is pretty intense with light caramel malt notes also noticeable. Taste is also pretty heavy on the citrus notes with plenty of piney hoppy notes with some lightly sweet caramel malt that can be detected and a bitter finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable but unfortunately a tad too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 16:01:21 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-16-2013 13:45:36 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-04-2012 03:47:49 | More by chickenm
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-15-2013 16:06:37 | More by CurtisD
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-11-2013 15:40:06 | More by ericj551
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-19-2013 17:10:41 | More by cbnz
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-10-2013 13:50:25 | More by marvmoreno
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slight white head over murky and resiny golden amber liquid.

S: Simcoe hop aromas of spearmint predominantly; along with some grass, earth and leaves.

T: Mint, pine, aspirin, grass, flowers, grapefruit and alcohol.

M: Medium viscosity with a thick resinous character and a medium to low level of fine carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol and high IBUs.

O: This is a heavily hopped imperial IPA. You are about to find out whether or not you like Simcoe hops with this beverage.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 01:05:08 | More by DaftCaskBC
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-08-2013 08:40:41 | More by schopenhauerale
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Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle. Nice to see more of the small batch Russell offerings making it to Alberta - from East or West, I do not know, though the label does proclaim 'brewed in BC'.

This beer pours a slightly glassy, pale bronzed amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky coral reef lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of musty pine and resinous leafy hops, orange and grapefruit rind, biscuity and crackery pale malt - with nary a trace of caramel or toffee to be found, really - subtly spicy yeast, further tropical fruit, a flinty mineral astringency, and more minty, grassy hop notes. The taste is more sharply bitter pine and leafy hops, bready, and now somewhat caramelized malt, toasted, and unbuttered breakfast biscuits, wet stone, a further drug-store minerality, thoroughly denatured grapefruit pith, and oh so little evidence of anything approaching 18-proof alcohol.

The carbonation is pretty understated, just a minor, if sassy at times frothiness, the body a plain Jane medium weight, and not particularly smooth, especially if you go looking for such a thing. It finishes generally dry, a bit of biscuity caramel persisting, I suppose, but in the end, this is really a showcase of big west-coast US hops, rendered through a Canuck filter.

A pretty decent big-ass IPA, the alcohol's whereabouts still more or less unaccounted for, while the hops fulfill their '100' IBU contractual obligations. Edgy, and enjoyable for it, the hops doing well in aping yer typical Yankee west coast IPA wankery (full disclosure: I am said sort of wanker), and making for a strangely drinkable version of the style. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2014 04:53:48 | More by biboergosum
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Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rutager for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: A totally hazy orange-gold body, thick 2-3 finger foam that drapes itself on the side of the glass.

Smell: Nice sweet hops, grapefruit flesh, oranges, intense and good.

Taste: Piney at first, sweetish a bit but balanced, lots of grapefruit and fresh clementines.

Mouthfeel: Deceptively drinkable, supremely balanced.

Overall: The balance on this DIPA is incredible. Very good hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 12:19:06 | More by papat444
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Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a light copper with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- Caramalts, leafy hops, pine resin, touch of tropical fruits.

Taste- Caramalts, leafy hops, and some pine resin. Caramalts and hops are nicely balanced. Finishes with a clean bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- A DIIPA that is nicely balanced between malts and hops. Overall, a pretty solid DIIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 22:19:00 | More by leaddog
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Russell Brewing's limited release 'Hop Therapy' a Double IPA with 100 IBU , @ 9.0% , served from (quite alot) of 650 ml bottle's purchased for around $9 each (ouch!)

A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to clear dark gold in the glass with a medium size white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-not as overpowering as some , big pine presence

T-big tasty , piney , double IPA , tad rough on the swallow at first ,

MF-ok/mild carbonation , nice big body (ok I've had a few)

Ov-well worth it's 'cred' in Canadian beer , a must try !!

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 07:48:45 | More by LampertLand
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Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into tulip 24/4/12, cheers Rutager for the bottle

A hazy amberish orange, very tiny bubbles struggle to find their way to a short lived finger of foam that leaves lots of random polka dot lace

S fuzzy peach candy and lychee juice mix up with some faint pine and tangerine, some caramel malt and a little juicy fruit gum and candied pineapple, no idea where the 9% is hiding there's zero booze on the nose

T a little rind but its mellow, not quite as tropical as the nose but still pretty solid, a little dank and the bottle says dry but I get some gummy bear candy and still no booze anywhere

M medium bodied with low carbonation, feels a little flat but it has some life to it, rind on the finish with a slight floral aspect

O a well made brew and I'm impressed with how well they concealed the booze, very drinkable for a strong beer, this one will hurt you for sure

I'd probably have this one in my regular rotation if I could get it in Alberta, perhaps a matter of time as Russel Brewing already has some brews on the shelf out this way

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 06:23:31 | More by wordemupg
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Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus (mostly grapefruit) resiny pine, toasty malts and some sweet caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grapefruit, bitter pine resins, toasty malts, light toffee and some caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Definitely doesn't feel like a 9% beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 21:48:23 | More by SebD
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-29-2014 06:22:27 | More by jrenihan
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-24-2013 20:07:33 | More by Geoffeweizen
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-07-2014 02:46:22 | More by kjyost
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bomber. Pours a bright cloudy yellow colour. The smell of this beer is really amazing. So complex and fruity: melon, banana, grapefruit, citrus peel. Lots of similar flavours on the palate with some added floral and spice notes in there as well. WIth an IBU rating of 100+ it's no surprise that the finish is puckeringly bitter after a few drinks. This may well be one the best BC examples of an Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 23:06:35 | More by CookstLiquor
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber gold with a finger of thick white head that leaves some nice bands.

Smell. BIG tropical fruits! Pineapple, mango, papaya with some great floral, citrusy and grassy hops. Some nice bready yeast and light toasty grains.

Taste. Red whole grapefruits, bitter rind and all, maybe some orange and lemon rind. Some fresh pine, just a little toasted malt. Lots of that bitter grapefruit rind in the fairly clean finish. Not getting any alcohol. Really nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with below medium carbonation.

Overall. Really awesome new IPA. Seems like a lot of care went into this one. Ranks among the best of BC's IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 02:13:23 | More by Rutager
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dirty straw with a creamy white head, good retention and it leaves some awesome lace.

S: Very dank hop aroma with some underlying hints of sponge toffee.

T: Lots of resiny hop flavour: pine, grapefruit rind, Amarillo/Aspirin, spearmint, more bong-water than the aroma suggested. It's bordering on briny, but hasn't stepped over the edge. Solid bitterness, but not at all brash... it's probably not quite the 100 IBU they targeted, but very close. There's a little sponge toffee from the malt, but this is really all about the hops. So much awesome flavour, the alcohol really sneaks up on you.

M: Well-attenuated, smooth & creamy with a light hop acidity and a crisp, slightly drying finish. Perfect.

O: Russell has been stepping up their game, but I'm still shocked. This is certainly among the best DIPA's in Canada.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 00:42:35 | More by Derek
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy tangerine with just a skiff of tight white foamy head.

S: Citrus smells and tropical fruit - big juicy pineapple scent with just a slight piney note and sweet toffee. Noticeable lacking in malts, replaced by terrific juicy fruits.

T: First taste of sweet toffee followed by big piney hops that stayed hidden in the scent - surprise taste - solid work! A smooth creamy middle note mixed with grapefruit rind and fruit.

M: Again a surprise in the mouthfeel, starts out with a quick fizz and leads to a thick syrup with creaminess that covers the entire mouth. Great combo of mouth feels - again solid work.

O: Hop Therapy offers a number of unexpected turns in the smell, taste and mouth feel, and expertly mixes the unexpected. Rivals some of the best double IPA's out there without breaking a sweat. We paired it with a spicy cauliflower curry - that allowed the hops to sing and the sweet toffee to stand strong. A bold brew worth getting your hands on.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 03:22:28 | More by FondueVoodoo
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Hop Therapy from Russell Brewing Company
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