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Hop Therapy - Russell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 14
Gots: 1 | 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 Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Derek, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

dirtylou, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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

wordemupg, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an opaque hazy bright orange colour with a finger of cream colored head.

S - A massive pine aroma with some grapefruit and a fairly prominent caramel sweetness. Overall, the aroma was fairly muted.

T - Big pine as citrus flavours with a big caramel sweetness. The advertised 100 IBUs are masked by the sweet caramel malt bill, which is a bit disappointing. Fairly plain for a double IPA.

M - Medium body; full of sticky hop resin. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of canucklehead
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner. Big and bold with luscious hops that really ooze out of the beer. I like other DIPAs from BC such as Amnesciac but this is the first where the hops come alive above the malt . I really hope that this is not a one off brew as well as Russell is really hitting on all cylinders lately. One of the best BC beers of the year .

canucklehead, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Rutager, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jrenihan, May 29, 2014
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -3.1%

schopenhauerale, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of bumchilly25
4.5/5  rDev +9%

bumchilly25, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

papat444, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of SebD
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

SebD, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -3.1%

chickenm, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of kjyost
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

kjyost, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

DaftCaskBC, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Erik-P
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Erik-P, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of LampertLand
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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

LampertLand, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev -3.1%

ericj551, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of leaddog
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

leaddog, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of berley31
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

berley31, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of cbnz
4/5  rDev -3.1%

cbnz, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of CurtisD
4/5  rDev -3.1%

CurtisD, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of oakbluff
2.85/5  rDev -31%
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.

oakbluff, Jun 07, 2014
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Hop Therapy from Russell Brewing Company
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