1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Charlie Russell Red - Harvest Moon Brewery

Not Rated.
Charlie Russell RedCharlie Russell Red

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

11 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 27.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harvest Moon Brewery visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Named after the great western artist Charles M. Russell.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 12-08-2010)
View: Beers (8) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of troobie


2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

12-26-2013 02:42:38 | More by troobie
Photo of richkrull


3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

12-08-2013 20:29:55 | More by richkrull
Photo of rhinonau


2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

10-28-2013 20:25:50 | More by rhinonau
Photo of MTGriz


3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

04-17-2013 21:18:46 | More by MTGriz
Photo of

1/5  rDev -69.2%

You rated this beer. Consider writing a review.

12-27-2012 03:09:04 | More by
Photo of beergoot


3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber-orange body capped with a nice, white head. Smell comes across with a slightly spice and malt character. Cinnamon and graham crackers come to mind. Taste has a comparable spice and malt note with a sharp bitterness developing near the finish. Slightly sweet undertone that lingers along with the hop bitterness. Soft and light feel; bright.

A decent beer. It can almost seem a bit watery, but the overall flavors bring this beer out from meritocracy. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 22:29:33 | More by beergoot
Photo of vinhgoh

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-14-2012 04:11:45 | More by vinhgoh
Photo of EricCioe


3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a murky redbrown with a one finger eggshell head that rises and falls into a ring with just hints of lace. On the nose there are strange barleywine notes, deep, dark fruits, and quite sweet. In the mouth those flavors don't really transfer over as well, and there is almost a lager yeast component. I was looking for caramel and toasted malt and got weak esters instead. It doesn't really meld together, with a thin but not pleasantly so body and a short finish.

Overall, I thought this was a strange brew, not particularly good, but it smelled great. I'm not sure I've seen such a disconnect in nose versus taste. A thought: double the recipe and have a nice barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:41:30 | More by EricCioe
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a beautiful clear, copper color with reddish hues against a white background...maybe just slightly lighter in color than I expected. Nice puffy, pillow-like foam creates the head and it is a creamy color with very good retention. Lacing is very decent, clinging to the side of my glass nicely. Carbonation looks to be plentiful but of a finer variety.

S- Good spread of aromas going on here...starts out with lots of rich sweet smelling malt. This is followed by some moderately roasted barley grain and finishes slightly dry and hoppy, but floral at the same time.

T- Very nicely flavored beer, this is! Upon initial contact with my palate, it is robustly sweet, with a hint of blackstrap molasses. It has a slightly toasted profile and I have to say, just a bit of an herbal/flowery taste near the end. The finish itself has just a tinge of bitter dryness but it is mild.

M- Smooth and medium-full bodied. The carbonation is mellow and just allows the flavors to break on the palate....I find it also enhances the dryness found on the end.

D- This is a highly drinkable beer that I wouldn't mind enjoying on a regular basis if it was available here in Alberta! I can't even find this around anywhere in Montana so I'm glad I picked this single up when I saw it! A nice balance of sweet and floral/dry, alcohol is well hidden and just such a smooth drinking brew. Along with being a nice beer on it's own, I think this would be a great meal drink as well. As always, kudos to Harvest Moon!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 01:49:20 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a mixed 6-pack I picked up from Brook's Market in Lewistown, MT. Nice people, good food, and the best beer selection on town. Poured into a red wine balloon.

Tannish head with twinges of yellow... the brew is a nice crystal clear amber despite some proper sediment left in the bottle.

Nose is toasty and pretty malty.. soft grassy/spicy hoppiness... pretty nice fruity esters that immediately make me think "English".

Descent bitterness with a good caramel point and pretty heavy toast. Hops seem a bit floral and again grassy.. some nutty notes on the finish with a lingering ester quality that I am having a hard time pinpointing... a bit salty on the finish with warmth.

Mid/lite carbonation with about the same in body.

No doubt this should be in the ESB category.... a lot going on here that screams English... reminds me a lot of Fullers ESB.


Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 08:59:30 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of t0rin0


3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased while in WI at a place called Brennans. Opened 12/8/2010.

Pours clear, dark orange/red, silky white head that doesnt last all that long, good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly caramel with a little bit of cardboard and grassy hop. Some chocolate too.

Flavor is bitter, chalky, roasted, chocolate. The caramel really takes a back seat here. Interesting.

Body is light/medium and amply carbonated. Easy to drink.


Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 22:11:24 | More by t0rin0
Charlie Russell Red from Harvest Moon Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.