Russell IP'eh! | Russell Brewing Company

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Russell IP'eh!Russell IP'eh!

Brewed by:
Russell Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
53 IBU

Added by BDTyre on 05-16-2009

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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of cambrown10
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of ZachT
4.66/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lumikuuro
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml, bottled on July 5 2009.

Appearance: Coppery amber, clear, off white head when poured aggressively that has little retention but does leave heavy lacing.

Aroma: Very floral hops, some citrus, some caramel sweetness that mixes with the floral. Not an aggressive aroma but nice.

Taste: The first sip brings floral and noble hop qualities at first as it builds gently before becoming lastingly, earthily bitter for a long time. Grapefruit also. A gentle caramel sweetness is apparent to start with before blending in more as the hops bitter. Much less sweet than R&B's Hoppelganger or Tree's Hop Head Double IPA for example: here it balances the bitterness nicely. 6.5% abv very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium, silky. Appropriately modest level of carbonation turning into a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a good effort from Russell that cleverly manages to change the hop nuances across the palate and throughout each mouthful, with a nice balance. Not as aggressive in hop as many of its pacific northwest competitors, this seems to take the time to offer a spectrum of flavours to enjoy. It's not exceptional, but it's well worth having. Just don't expect a mega hop assault; it's more subtle and clever than that.

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Photo of BRYeleJR
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of ziggig
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mistahmojoryan
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour, finger of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Nice musty caramel, citrus hops and a touch of leafy greens.

T - The musty caramel and burnt sugar comes through nicely alongside a solid dose of citrus hops, solid bitterness profile and a resiny flavor lingers on the finish.

M - Medium, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty IPA that reflects the English side with a solid hop profile to please all critics. Glad to have had this brew.

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Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of WoodersonMB
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Maltzilla
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer review, so here goes . . .

Picked this baby up on a trip to the NW US and Vancouver. Came highly recommended from the fine gentlemen at the Alibi Room

Served at a tasting; from a bomber bottle to a snifter glass. Wonderful amber hue and poured a medium sized, white head. Dissipated rather slowly into thinner foam at the top with some lacing.

A nice punch of hops and maybe bread on the nose to kick things off. Pungent, but in a very favorable way for an IPA.

Up front had less hops than I anticipated, but the maltiness and breadiness complimented the hops well, though at the same time not overpowering them. Maybe some caramel in the back palate.

Very nice mouthfeel and finish. From what I recall (and it was a long night) the finish was quite clean and fast. Leaves you ready for another sip (or mouthful).

Highly drinkable. In my opinion, practically a session IPA but with a fair amount of complexity. Good Stuff, Eh? (couldn't resist)

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #60 (Jan 2012):

LOOK: Brassy amber, excellent lacing

SMELL: Hay, citric rind, tobacco, birch sap, caramel, biscuity

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, medium body, toasted biscuits, hop bitterness, orange pith, faint grapefruit, dried grass, rustic bread, evergreen, pipe tobacco

Brewer's intention here is a well-balanced English-style IPA, but generously hopped with PNW Cascade. Go figure. Even amidst the slight identity crisis, we've got a kickass IPA in front of us—balanced, yet still delivers that hop fix we long for in any true IPA.

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Photo of leaddog
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark amber/copper colour with a finger width of bubbly beige head.

Smell - Caramalts, floral and citrus aroma hops, hint of tropical fruits.

Taste - Bouquet of floral and citrus hops, with a nice caramel malt backbone. Hint of citrus peel and other tropical fruits. Nice light bitterness that lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice smoothness.

Overall - A solid English IPA by Russell Brewing. The flavours are in place and well-balanced. Bold floral and citrus hops really make this brew a standout.

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Photo of Jimbob-Aloobob
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chriswillms9
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MAB
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one tasted better than it looked or smelled.
Nice color-- mid amber range-- with lots of frothy white head.
Not much in the way of hop aroma, but big hop flavor and bitterness, with a smooth and sweeter finish. Definitely worth having another some day.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3/8" tan coloured head that dissipated quickly over a dark amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Faint smell of floral hops and malt.

T: Floral hops up front which transitions to a caramel malt finish that is somewhat nutty.

M: Medium to thin viscosity with a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Interesting IPA with its floral hop profile and English malt.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this while visiting Victoria B.C. Poured in to pint glass.

A: pours a dark amber with a thin white head, decent retention, somewhat on the dark side for an IPA

S: subtle citrus hops with a strong bready malt character to follow

T: lots of pine and citrus on the front with a considerable dash of bitterness, gives way to prominent malt profile with a bready finish, pretty nicely balanced IPA, however it reminds me more of a pale ale

MF: smooth and crisp, medium body

D: not bad, nicely balanced and overall quite refreshing

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Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into mug.

Appearance: Amber with nice sized off-white head and good lacing.

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit and spicy, floral hops. A little light in the aroma department, as most EIPAs are.

Taste: Caramel and fruit malt backbone. Hops are mostly floral and spicy, with a titch of citrus. Light bitterness.

Feel: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, nice dry finish.

Overall: Very well done English IPA.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the route Russell needs to take if they wish to be seen as a serious contender in the local craft market ( quality not sales). This is a dated bomber with some brewing notes on the bottle.

The beer is quite dark with a big head slightly coloured tan. The nose is quite hoppy with malt on the outskirts. The first sip of this beer was metallic and unbalanced and I started to lose hope when lo and behold the beer warmed up and more importantly opened up. The hops showed up backed up with a strong malt note and the beer really showed its strengths. Much like the IPA from Swans this is a malty take with big mouthfeel and a slightly sweet finish( think more UK than PNW). I really liked this beer and would buy it again. Not a hop monster like Phillips or Central city but very tasty and a step forward for Russell

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Photo of hunteraw
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Graham5161986
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pured from it's beautiful new bottle, this IPA pours a clear deep copper red colour with a huge rocky off-white head that lasts for a good while leaving an impressive mass of chunky lace on my glass.

Smells predominantly of caramel and toffee with the hops lingering in the background and with touches of cotton candy sugar and spice. I would have liked a little more hops on the nose but nice nonetheless.

This is one of the maltier IPAs I've come across. The hops definitely make their presence felt throughout but they are more than balanced out by the creaminess of the malts in this brew. Again, I am getting lots of toffee and caramel with notes of citrus and pine.

Because of all these malts, this beer's mouthfeel is heavier in body than your typical IPA with a nice, creamy texture but, also, with a massive amount of spicy carbonation that cuts right through the malt leaving a clean and dry feeling on the palate. A strongpoint for sure.

Drinkability-wise, this one might lose some points as it is heavier than your average IPA but at 6.5% ABV, it doesn't knock you out after only one bottle. That said, I might be able to polish off two bottles of this stuff in one sitting. Overall, a nice malt-driven IPA from a brewer that looks to be trying harder to, as Canucklehead put before, go more towards quality of product rather than quantity of sales.

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Photo of Roby923
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid IPA from the craft haven on the west coast of Canada. Clean and refreshing taste, lots of citrus and pine notes. Lower on the perceived IBU scale so it doesn't leave you reaching for water. Very drinkable.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%

Single bottle poured into an English pub glass. A nice ruddy amber color with a finger of light beige head. Aroma is rich malts, nuts and caramels or brittle toffee, tree sap, clover, a little honey, lemon rind and orange marmalade. A well-executed English IPA with Cascade hops emergent in the flavor profile. Hybrid model I suppose. The citrus preserve flavor (with a lemon rind sourness) adds an extra layer to the malts, as on the nose but with a developing light molasses note as well. Orange/bergamot note note recalls Earl Gray tea. More bitterness in the finish than is typical for an English IPA but there are no prominent tropical or pine flavors to skew this too far away from expectations. Low carbonation. Tea-like tannins become more salient over time. Nice mouthfeel as well, quite thick but not cloyingly sweet. Apparently there is another pretty good brewery in Surrey.

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Photo of Damacdon
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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Russell IP'eh! from Russell Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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