Pale Ale
Russell Brewing Company

Pale AlePale Ale
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Russell Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
English Pale Ale
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3.27 | pDev: 11.01%
Jun 11, 2023
Mar 31, 2005
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Rated: 3.5 by boszormeny from Canada (ON)

Jun 11, 2023
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
355ml can, sort of a sneaky (or generally unassuming) recent entry into the Alberta beer market.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of rocky, loosely foamy, and faintly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some low-pressure cloudy lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of biscuity, bready pale malt, mild fleshy apple and pear fruit, ethereal mixed citrus notes, and a faint earthy, leafy hoppiness. The taste is bready, grainy pale and caramel malt, a more indistinct dried drupe fruitiness than in the nose, a touch of leftover-seeming yeast, equally inert citrus pith, and more sanguine leafy, earthy hops.

The bubbles are adequate, I suppose, in their generally supportive, yet wan frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly churlish at the memory of the smoothness that almost was. It finishes off-dry, the waning caramel/bready malt not altogether concerned with the new world hops that seem poised to take away from the inherent British pale ale goodness here.

Not too shabby of an offering, given the brewer, and the packaging format here (yeah, that prejudice still exists, and rightfully so). Lots of proper English malt character, and with an understated hoppiness that quashed my initial ESB spasms. Anyways, good on Russell for continuing to challenge my well-earned preconceptions about them.
Dec 28, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by schopenhauerale from Arizona

Nov 29, 2013
Rated: 3 by KStark from Canada (BC)

Jun 13, 2013
Rated: 3 by joefinnigan15 from Canada (MB)

May 25, 2012
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Reviewed by marty21 from Canada (MB)

3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours a clear golden/orange with two fingers worth of foamy off white head. Settles to a nice cap and left tons of lacing.

S: At first you get a small dose of hops but then its followed by some lemon citrus and caramel malt.

T: Malty with a bit of citrus and hops on the end. The taste is pretty thin though but it finishes very clean.

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body.

O: This actually surprised me a bit. I was expecting one of those below average beers companies put out that they call a pale ale but they aren’t anything close to one. This one was pretty good and would be very easy to session.
Jun 23, 2011
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

2.53/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Can: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light citrus hops with medium sweet caramel malt. Taste is blander then expected with light hoppy notes of citrus with a sweeter then expected malt backbone. Body is a bit thin with good carbonation. Not very remarkable overall.
Sep 21, 2009
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Reviewed by canucklehead from Canada (BC)

3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had this at the Arts Club lounge the day they put in new copper lines and it really made this beer taste fresh and good. The colour is dark gold with a decent head. The nose is hoppy yet restrained. The taste is malty with good hop notes bringing up the charge. It had a typical restrained BC feel with English grain bill. A definite must try on tap in Vancouver.

Now available in cans (as of March 2008). Tastes just as good as draft and I love any addition to craft beers in cans
Mar 31, 2005
Pale Ale from Russell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 9 ratings