Russell IP’eh!

Reviewed by on June 30, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Russell Brewing Company

  • Origin: Surrey, BC, CA

  • Rated On: July 1, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: English IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Russell Brewing Company makes this (English?) IPA, with a label that looks like the old Team Canada logo, with an angular, bisected maple leaf front and center below the titular pun.  Happy Canada Day, all you hosers out there!

This 650ml bottle pours a fairly clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat 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, as the generic citrus flesh flips sides, joined by some generic pine resin, with a decent, slightly biscuity caramel malt, once again abutted by some hard toffee, and some additional floral, herbal hoppiness, one bordering on perfumed.  The carbonation is hard to discern at times in its low-key frothiness, 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 those soft echoes of citrus and herbal pine hops.

While easy enough to put back, given my otherwise stark suburban environs, this was just a bit too middling, I’m afraid to say. The individual parts seem to measure up, but the whole seems just a tad lacking.  I was hoping for some punch, or at least a friendly slap in the hop jugular from this offering, however, maybe all those other newfound and brash BC-bred IPAs have stricken my poor little palate of late.  Overall, however, this one is still worthy enough, for all yer First of July imbibement options – yeah, I’m guessing it is!

Brady White

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