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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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Photo of Hornet2003
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Almost pours an amber ale red. Little head. Slightly cloudy.

Smell: Grassy. English style hop forward aroma. Some bready malts as well. Seems a touch more to the English interpretation of IPA...

Taste: Quite similar to the smell. Much maltier than other west coast hop bombs. That malt is definitely backing up some aggressive hopping. But again, more grassy, grainy, green hop flavours.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and well carbonated.

Drinkability: I'd be happy just having the one.

Overall: Nice attempt by Russell and I have a feeling this beer will eventually become more influenced by the American hops that are finding their way into more breweries IPA's here in BC. It's a nice hoppy beer, just not quite as expected for an "American IPA".

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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 biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, procured on the way through Kamloops, with a label that looks like the old Team Canada logo, with an angular, bisected maple leaf front and center below the titular pun. Enjoyed on a lawn chair in the quiet parking lot of a Merritt, BC hotel.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark orange brick amber colour, with two skinny fingers of weakly foamy, and mostly underwhelmingly creamy dirty white head, which does stick around for a spell, eventually revealing some nice abstract webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet grapefruit and candied oranges, certain iced tea and brown sugar notes, bready, somewhat caramelized malt, and a further crystal toffee sweetness. The taste is at least a bit more bitter, the generic citrus flesh flipping sides, joined by some pine resin, a decent, slightly biscuity caramel malt, once again abutted by some hard toffee, and an additional floral, herbal hoppiness, bordering on perfumed.

The carbonation is generally low-key, and hard to discern at times, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and plainly smooth. It finishes mostly clean, and off-dry, with a blend of waning caramel malt and soft echoes of citrus and herbal pine hops.

While easy enough to put back, given my otherwise stark environs, this was just a bit underwhelming, I'm afraid to say. The individual parts seem to measure up, but the whole seems lacking. I was hoping for some punch, or at least a friendly slap, from this offering. Maybe all those other brash BC-bred IPAs have stricken my poor widdle palate.

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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 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 OskarL
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a off white dense head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

Smells of pine, citrus, grass with a malty caramel backbone. Quite faint actually.

Here most of the hops are gone but a faint citrus and grass taste is present, toffee and caramel backbone with bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some carbonation and a medium body.

This bottle is probably old since it's brewed once and no fresh hops in the taste. I can't find any botteling/best before dates on the bottle, quite a dissapointment. Defenitly going to try getting a new bottle if brewed again, it has lots of potential!

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, thanks to pubstyle for sharing.

Pours a clear orange, copper highlights, medium sized white head forms, settles to a medium ring around the glass, some lace spots stick. Smell is nice, kind of an American/English IPA hybrid, big maltiness, caramel and earthy, some biscuit, citrus, grass, floral, lightly fruity, nice. Taste is similar, big citrus kick, floral, caramel middle, biscuit, toast, pretty malty, nice herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty decent IPA, easy to drink. Thanks Troy!

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Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This sort of is a "Canadian IPA" using British malt & pacific northwest hops (Cascade & Willamette). While it a little more balanced and subtle like an English IPA, the hop flavour is definitely American.

A: Clear copper with an off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Good hop aroma floral & citrus with a little rind & spice. Light fruitiness.

T: Citrus & floral spicing, grainy biscuit, balanced bitterness (modest for the style). While the flavours are all really good, they just don't seem to have the intensity that a Pacific Northwest IPA should.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a crisp finish.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of bobsy
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Charming named IPA from Russell and shared by Derek - cheers man!

Pours a rich amber with a white head that left some good lace. Strong grapefruit and assorted citrus in the nose angainst a sweet, toasty background. The aroma is a touch deceptive, as the bitterness in the flavour isn't as high as it suggests. There's some candied grapefruit rind and orange, which plays off against a caramel background. More malt heavy than I'd expect and perhaps a bit more of a pale ale? Medium body and carbonation.

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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 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 BDTyre
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice take on an IPA by Russell, with a good amber colour and white head. Good dose of hops in the nose along with bread and hints of caramel. A little heavy handed on the hops for a standard IPA.

Nice hoppy taste, with a good dose of malts to balance it out. The hops are more prevalent in the smell than the taste. Fresh bread, caramel, citrus and yeast.

Good carbonation, but the scent is a bit distracting. Everything in this suggests a regular IPA, but then scent keeps suggesting a DIPA. Its just a suggestion, and not a very good one. In all other respects, this is a great beer.

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Russell IP'eh! from Russell Brewing Company
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