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Russell Cream Ale - Russell Brewing Company

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Russell Cream AleRussell Cream Ale

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Reviews: 11
Hads: 28
Avg: 3.39
pDev: 18.29%
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:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 03-26-2003

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Reviews by Vancer:
Photo of Vancer
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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).

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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'.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of CWVegas
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BigBry
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Russell Brewing 'Cream Ale' @ 5.0% , served from a 650 ml bomber purchased for $5.60
A-pour is a cola brown from the bottle to dark amber/brown in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-mild smelling
T-rich dark tasting cream ale
MF-mild carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer ,
prost LampertLand

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Idrankthat
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of joefinnigan15
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of andrenaline
3.05/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Coastal_Brew
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of cbnz
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of canucklehead
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of BDTyre
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of ZachT
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of marty21
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A darker than expected reddish brown with a finger of frothy suds for head.

Aroma is nutty brown sugar, vanilla, a slight coffee-like roastiness, a corn sugar undercurrent. Overall the smell is muted and unassuming. Palate is more robust and stands out compared with some other cream ales. There seems to be a few darker, maltier takes on the style (this one and Phillips Slipstream jump to mind) and many more lager-like exemplars with a thinner body and more floral overtones. Here I am getting a pleasing cacao butter flavor and a correspondingly slick mouthfeel, weak coffee, an anemic woody note, dry leaf hops ... Finishes arid and nutty. Classic mild ale body. Not as creamy as the designation might suggest. More bready.

Some interest here. Do not dismiss this one out of hand.

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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Russell Cream Ale from Russell Brewing Company
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