Hop Therapy ISA | Russell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russell Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
India Session Ale : A hop forward ale , but with a lower alcohol level so you can savour that superb flavour over a longer session. Like our Russell Hop Therapy Double IPA , enjoy the seductive Amarillo, Cascade & Columbus Hops. It's the refreshing hop remedy you've been searching for!

Added by ZachT on 06-22-2014

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Niceroad77:
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can. Along the lines of Central City, who keep the IPA (or DIPA, in this case) base name when denoting the ISA (India Sissy Ale) version.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale copper amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, frothy, and rocky eggshell white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of soap scum lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of musty, faintly dank (and I know dank after dealing with a flooded finished basement for over a week now), grassy and leafy hops, watered-down orange juice, and oddly little else. The taste is mildly biscuity pale malt, the ghost of caramel sweetness that was, danker (dankier?) weedy, grassy hops, wet pine forest floor, and a sort of rain-soaked papery mustiness.

The carbonation is quite soft and innocuous for the most part, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth, I suppose, those hops popping up here, sure, but to no real effect. It finishes off-dry, in the way that makes one wonder - why? Well the wee bit of fruitiness from the hops combines with the limited sweetness from the wee malt, and there ya go.

Meh - even done well, ISAs just can't escape the dumbing down evident in malt and alcohol body - no matter the amount of hops you throw at it. Hoppy, yup, but obviously watery in its IPA-ness, which begs comparisons to other 'lighter' beer trends of yore, doesn't it? Y'know, the stuff no one is talking about?

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Photo of Rutager
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of pudoo
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of Kobold
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Burnt honey brooding in a clear case of amber. The lather of clingy foam recedes at a moderate rate.

Smell: A proudly netural club soda houses an angry peach spitting pine needles and sharp ice cubes at oblivious passersby.

Taste: In its temporal aspect, it is the wraith of a self-erradicating memory. However, cracker crumb malts seasoned with tart herbs and grasses scattered on the tongue resist any complete disperal of fleetingness. The second quaff is sweeter: grasses have aged into a late Spring perfume while the crackers exude a hint of lemon flecked fruit jam.

Feel: Smooth, dimpled golf ball in the forefront with delicate prickles shimmering thereafter.

Overall: While initially hesitant, unwilling even to reveal its full name and smile, this coy little creature quietly warms to the tongue and nose with a sharp hop story that mellows, though not to any cloying degree, into bitter-sweet indecision.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Suffers from the fate of so many ISAs--the reduction in malt required to get to the desired ABV leaves this one spine-less, malt-wise. The result: a bracingly bitter, grapefruit pith, rind-y, piney, sap-y hop-forward beer with a bit of a metallic twang, some light yeastiness, and a profile that's not nearly as refreshing as the packaging suggests. Light carbonation makes it quite drinkable, but the all-hop-everything profile just isn't quite working here (I want more fresh citrus, less citrus pith).

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Photo of LampertLand
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Russell Brewing 'Hop Therapy ISA' @ 4.2% , served from alot of 6pack of 355 ml can's purchased for $10.50 for most of this summer & served on tap at GCBF'14

A-pour is gold from the can/tap to slighty dark gold/amber in the glass with a small tight off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-has such a similar profile as the original Dbl IPA , just mellow'er

T-again similar to the original , way mellow'er

MF-ok carbonation , feels like a decent medium body , even at 4.2%

Ov-this a great session beer for the summer , which it was , good taste , no big booze

prost LampertLand

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Photo of derdtheterd
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BcCraft710
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DCB1196
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasty, but thin. A decent sessionable IPA. Underwhelming.

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Photo of goalie35
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mack
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rogue Kitchen, Vancouver.
Burnished bronze served without head. 3.5
Pine and orange peel nose. 3.5
Caramel base, then resin, slight flower and peach hops with some IBUs. Gets peppery as it warms. 3.75
Orange Swedish fish finish and zesty linger.
Almost medium, chewy, round. 3.75

Amarillo, Cascade + Columbus

Good contrast to Bottle Rocket - much more body at a lower ABV, but at the expense of all that aroma. Hopping is standard old Cs. Ultimately fails as an ISA, ending up just a dialled down APA, though not bad for that. 3.75

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Photo of LoudRed
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of wordemupg
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into tulip 12/6/16

A clear copper liquid full of fast tiny bubbles feeding a well sustained two finger foam that hangs around for ages leaving lots of random lace

S soft caramel and butterscotch, maybe diacetyl, faint spruce, orange cream, herbal hops and some citrus

T more of the same really, fairly malty for the style, maybe the hops have just faded? more pine comes in later

M lighter side of medium, not as carbonated as I'd guess after looking at it, slimy on the palate, odd piny butterscotch finish

O perhaps this ones over the hill but hard to tell with no clear date stamp, either way its OK even if its full of diacetyl

OK brew but I'm not sure if this cans in perfect condition, not exactly what I was expecting from this brewery

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Photo of canucklehead
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber liquid with slight carbonation and 1/4" white head.

S: Oranges, grapefruit, grass.

T: Peanuts, green beans, herbal, weeds, compost. Some orange and grapefruit in the finish as it approaches room temperature.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium to low level of carbonation.

O: It seems like the CTZ hops are making this beer taste funky and overpowering any presence of Amarillo and Cascade.

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Photo of ZachT
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Kenmac19
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Red Racer pint glass in a regional nod. A coppery orange hue with a solid five fingers of creamy off-white head, retaining its form quite well.

Aroma is floral, bright, sparkling, and gently resinous, with some citrus rind (grapefruit and orange), dry peppery spice, black tea-like tannins, a whiff of pine needles. Fits the classic "ISA" mold, all hoppy top notes with little obvious malt or heavier resin components on the nose.

Palate was more impressive than expected, with new layers revealing themselves over the course of multiple sips. An overall "orange spice black tea" effect on top of a cracker-like slightly nutty malt base. A robust Columbus hop type peppery spice emerges over time along with some fruity plum, white grape, and melon notes. The malts also gather steam, curiously enough, becoming toasty and rather coarse perhaps. I will say that this curiosity adds something new to the ISA template and that such deviations are not necessarily a bad thing.

Light of body and middling in terms of carbonation, with the aforementioned earthy spice notes and nutty malts creating a perception of greater thickness than is actually the case. Finish is quite clean and dry when all is said and done, with some lingering bright fruity notes. Nice slick hop oil mouthfeel. Perhaps the hop flavors are not as "pure" and vibrant as in Central City's take but this is a more complete package methinks.

As you can gather, I liked this. It exceeded my expectations. Perhaps my can was ultra fresh. Will look out for this next summer when in need of something to imbibe in quantity.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hop Therapy ISA from Russell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 25 ratings