Russell Blood Alley Bitter | Russell Brewing Company

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Russell Blood Alley BitterRussell Blood Alley Bitter
BA SCORE
3.9/5
Very Good
83 Ratings
Russell Blood Alley BitterRussell Blood Alley Bitter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russell Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
russellbeer.com

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BDTyre on 01-04-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,620
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
83
pDev:
8.97%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of BCborn
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mistahmojoryan
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ravenonrock
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

07/06/2016

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Photo of alew_os
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chriswillms9
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tiernan
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcCraft710
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of likeablepaper
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper with a fingers width of foamy head at the top of the glass. Smells of roasted malts, caramel, and pine. A little bit more hoppy than your average ESB but, nicely balanced by the malts which add caramel and roasted almond notes which balance the bitterness and pine flavor from the hops. Very smooth, almost creamy feel. Overall, an excellent beer and take on a ESB!

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Photo of Kenmac19
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of headlessparrot
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Garin
2.81/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Looks: A nice clear coppery gold colour in the glass, with a thin but creamy white head. It's suprisingly leggy on a swirl -- a bit heavy looking.

Aroma: a bit of hops, a little toasty malt.

Taste: Pine resin hops dominate, grapefruit hops support. I'm missing the UK style floral hops. The net effect buries the mild biscuity malt way down. Some graininess makes it into the finish, but the lowest-end maltiness combined with the maximum-for-ESB bitterness makes it a faraway echo of what an ESB should be. The key is balance! Also there's a bit of sweetness that suggests too much caramel malt. For me, this beer misses the point of an ESB: this is not an ESB. It's a good beer, and I'll definitely finish the ones I have, but I'll recalibrate to think of this as a sort of IPA, which is much more in line with what they've brewed. I wanted an ESB, I bought this beer, I didn't get an ESB. Points lost.

Feel: on the heavier side of medium, but within an expected range. Firm carbonation and a bit boozy, but again: within the ESB range.

Overall: It's more like an IPA, but given that Russell already brews half a dozen other hop-bombs, I guess they wanted to market this as something else. This beer could be improved dramatically with slightly less resiny hopping, and slightly more malt flavour with slightly less body.

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Photo of Corson
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Exeter
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eric_Standard
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mlkluther
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow with some orange highlights with fluffy white head that lingers and leaves a little lacing.

Nose is subtle. I didn't pick up to much for some reason. Piney hops and some malt.

Taste smooth, some malt that finishes with an aggressive hop bitterness.

Good beer. More hoppy than most ESBs but very enjoyable. So far I've been very impressed with Russell Brewing. I have three other of their beers in the fridge to try in the near future.

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Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whatever Russell does, I'm impressed. This is a very tasty ESB, more heavily hopped than many other beers in the style, but the final product is very enjoyable. It pours with about a half inch of head that dissipates rapidly. Blood Alley leaves a wonderful pub draft lacing - I could picture myself hoisting a pint of this with Brick Top from "Snatch". The flavour is delightful - brown bread, orange, and roasted malt. The piney hop finish is not overdone - it's just right!

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Photo of Jeremy7
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atsir
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shadman
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at the National in Calgary. A reddish-brown amber with two fingers of creamy beige foam. Aroma is nutty and semi-sweet, brown bread, brown sugar, and what I can only describe as toasted orange with floral notes in the background. Palate is also "nut forward" (haha), quite a rich and dark flavor counterbalanced by some saltwater taffy and grape notes. Fairly aggressive hopping lends a marmalade and tree sap element. Chewy body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish, more nut shells and a floral echo. I prefer some of the other offerings from this brewery, although this is by no means bad. For some reason I kept searching for more.

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3.9/5  rDev 0%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Russell Blood Alley Bitter from Russell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 83 ratings