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Russell Cream Ale - Russell Brewing Company

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Russell Cream AleRussell Cream Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

23 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russell Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 03-26-2003)
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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Vancer:
Photo of Vancer
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This creamer poured a clear oak into the Sammy Adams freebie glass, ½ inch of ivory head with some sticky sheets of lace. Label states it's 5% abv.

Notes of chocolate malt in the aroma, but almost non-existent in the quaff. This is along the lines of a weak brown ale, semi-sweet start with a touch of hop in the finish. Not to bad of a session type beer, light and easy going.

Brought to me by my son working in the Seattle area, glad to have tried it - but he says the Vancouver beers are very high dollar ($15 sixers for a "plain" beer).

Vancer, Jan 02, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20oz pint at the Cactus Club Cafe - a Vancouver restaurant chain showing a little love to a fellow Lower Mainland business in penetrating the Alberta palate?

This beer appears a clear, shiny medium bronzed amber colour, with one fat finger of frothy and soapy off-white head, which leaves a band of thin hanging curtain lace around the glass upon its short wake.

It smells of sweet nutty caramel malt, a bit of stale brown sugar syrup, and flinty leafy hops. The taste is more blandly nutty, bready and caramel malt, a twinge of sour dark fruit, and plain leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low, barely a tickle here and there, the body medium-light in weight, mostly smooth, and perhaps a bit creamy. It finishes off-dry, the nutty malt sweetness persisting.

A decent enough cream ale, nothing all that out there, but that isn't the nature of the style. Could easily drink a few of these while my attention is drawn elsewhere, especially at this pretty-people place, amusingly attached to 'The Mall'.

biboergosum, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on cask at St. Augustine's. A bit of carbonation here, just tapped cask. Some colour in the body and even a bit of red. Smooth, some flavour, Ok drinkability for a basic mild ale.Tad of hops and malt.Decent cask.Neutral aroma.Sessionable, nothing exceptional.

Sammy, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of CWVegas
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%

CWVegas, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of BigBry
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a standard pint glass. Deep gold amber color, white head but foam quickly disappeared. Smells a bit grainy and some hops.
Flavor is good, mix of malt and hoppiness, nothing great, just a good beer. Slightly thin mouthfeel. Right around average.

BigBry, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Idrankthat
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Idrankthat, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bumchilly25, May 13, 2012
Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

fizzyted, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of joefinnigan15
3/5  rDev -9.6%

joefinnigan15, May 25, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed while out for dinner with my family in Kelowna, BC.

A - Pours a dark rudy red colour with a finger of light bubbly head which dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.

S - Some a dominated by sweet malts, with caramel, toffee and a nutty scent coming through. Not noticing any overwhelming hops on this one.

T - Flavours are rather mild, but again are dominated by the malts with a light caramel flavour followed by a nutty after-taste which lingers on the tongue. The hops do come through a bit on the finish, making for a decent balance.

M - Very light, goes down smooth, perfectly balanced carbonation.

D - Nothing spectacular, but still rather tasty. Easily sessionable, and non-offensive.

andrenaline, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Coastal_Brew
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of cbnz
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

cbnz, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the local brewers that only produces draught product
and is not available everywhere.

This beer is dark gold with a weak head but the taste partially
makes up for the appearance. I liked the sweet finish and the
drinkability but could have done with more hops. This is a
decent pint but competition is strong in the B.C. market and
a good pint often is a dime a dozen. A great beer is not so
common.

canucklehead, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of Syr
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Syr, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of BDTyre
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a pitcher. Dark amber-red colour with a foamy white head. Smells a wee bit like a lager, which would shouldn't get with a cream ale.

Taste is okay, but a bit on the watery side. Traces of malt, hops a bit more dominant. Thin on the mouth, but serves as a good session beer.

BDTyre, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Exeter, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

Beervana, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/2" soapy cream colored head that dissipated over about 3 minutes. Dark amber colour that is slightly cloudy.

S: Nutty, and maple syrup.

T: Sweet, maple syrup, slightly malty, pleasant aftertaste.

M: Average thickness and carbonation.

O: Good sipping beer, better than average taste, is a good go-to beer since the six-packs cost $10.50 CDN in the BC Liquor Stores here.

DaftCaskBC, Jun 09, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark amber with 1.5 fingers worth of off white head. Settles to a ring around the glass but didn’t leave any lacing.

S: Nutty with caramel malt. Maybe some earthy scents as well.

T: Caramel malt with some nuts later on but the taste is on the lighter side.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a light body.

O: I would say this is more of a gateway beer to different beers. It’s pretty mild but you could session this beer.

marty21, Jun 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

scameron, Mar 20, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

KStark, Jun 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

schopenhauerale, May 13, 2012
Russell Cream Ale from Russell Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.