Charlie Russell Red | Harvest Moon Brewery

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Charlie Russell RedCharlie Russell Red

Brewed by:
Harvest Moon Brewery
Montana, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after the great western artist Charles M. Russell.

Added by t0rin0 on 12-08-2010

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 20
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

meh, not real excited about this one, they do way better than this with their ipa and their porter. this one is a real let down for me, a highly tannic and slightly weird red, not sure if its fully done fermenting as its sweet, but still exhibits a lot of the irish yeast character in the taste, like its drying to be dried out, but wasnt allowed to get there. grains are watery in feel a little bit, between sweet and bitter, and nothing is more unflattering to a beer than an overdose of bittering hops without any real hop flavor in the finish. this isnt quite there, but its erring that way. i just dont like the clash in this one, and its hard to swallow after a little bit. one other issue is the head, it just doesnt hold. nothing i love more in a red than a tall rich head with great retention. this pours alright, but it cant hold it. overall not my favorite beer from these guys, not even close. its not bad necessarily, better than any BMC offering in the house, but i wouldnt select this one again. the finish after the swallow almost tastes like peanut butter candy.

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Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber-orange body capped with a nice, white head. Smell comes across with a slightly spice and malt character. Cinnamon and graham crackers come to mind. Taste has a comparable spice and malt note with a sharp bitterness developing near the finish. Slightly sweet undertone that lingers along with the hop bitterness. Soft and light feel; bright.

A decent beer. It can almost seem a bit watery, but the overall flavors bring this beer out from meritocracy. Enjoyable.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a murky redbrown with a one finger eggshell head that rises and falls into a ring with just hints of lace. On the nose there are strange barleywine notes, deep, dark fruits, and quite sweet. In the mouth those flavors don't really transfer over as well, and there is almost a lager yeast component. I was looking for caramel and toasted malt and got weak esters instead. It doesn't really meld together, with a thin but not pleasantly so body and a short finish.

Overall, I thought this was a strange brew, not particularly good, but it smelled great. I'm not sure I've seen such a disconnect in nose versus taste. A thought: double the recipe and have a nice barleywine.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a beautiful clear, copper color with reddish hues against a white background...maybe just slightly lighter in color than I expected. Nice puffy, pillow-like foam creates the head and it is a creamy color with very good retention. Lacing is very decent, clinging to the side of my glass nicely. Carbonation looks to be plentiful but of a finer variety.

S- Good spread of aromas going on here...starts out with lots of rich sweet smelling malt. This is followed by some moderately roasted barley grain and finishes slightly dry and hoppy, but floral at the same time.

T- Very nicely flavored beer, this is! Upon initial contact with my palate, it is robustly sweet, with a hint of blackstrap molasses. It has a slightly toasted profile and I have to say, just a bit of an herbal/flowery taste near the end. The finish itself has just a tinge of bitter dryness but it is mild.

M- Smooth and medium-full bodied. The carbonation is mellow and just allows the flavors to break on the palate....I find it also enhances the dryness found on the end.

D- This is a highly drinkable beer that I wouldn't mind enjoying on a regular basis if it was available here in Alberta! I can't even find this around anywhere in Montana so I'm glad I picked this single up when I saw it! A nice balance of sweet and floral/dry, alcohol is well hidden and just such a smooth drinking brew. Along with being a nice beer on it's own, I think this would be a great meal drink as well. As always, kudos to Harvest Moon!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a mixed 6-pack I picked up from Brook's Market in Lewistown, MT. Nice people, good food, and the best beer selection on town. Poured into a red wine balloon.

Tannish head with twinges of yellow... the brew is a nice crystal clear amber despite some proper sediment left in the bottle.

Nose is toasty and pretty malty.. soft grassy/spicy hoppiness... pretty nice fruity esters that immediately make me think "English".

Descent bitterness with a good caramel point and pretty heavy toast. Hops seem a bit floral and again grassy.. some nutty notes on the finish with a lingering ester quality that I am having a hard time pinpointing... a bit salty on the finish with warmth.

Mid/lite carbonation with about the same in body.

No doubt this should be in the ESB category.... a lot going on here that screams English... reminds me a lot of Fullers ESB.


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Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased while in WI at a place called Brennans. Opened 12/8/2010.

Pours clear, dark orange/red, silky white head that doesnt last all that long, good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly caramel with a little bit of cardboard and grassy hop. Some chocolate too.

Flavor is bitter, chalky, roasted, chocolate. The caramel really takes a back seat here. Interesting.

Body is light/medium and amply carbonated. Easy to drink.


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Charlie Russell Red from Harvest Moon Brewery
3.61 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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