Russell Luck Of The Irish

Reviewed by on March 9, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Russell Brewing Company

  • Origin: Surrey, BC, CA

  • Rated On: March 9, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Irish Red Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Surrey, BC’s Russel Brewing has been rather consistent with their seasonal releases of late, and now, my first Irish-themed brew of the year, as we slog our way through early March, to hopefully pass the Ides, and finally arrive to THE day.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, medium red-brick amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some rearing swamp beast lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, biscuity toffee, a touch of chalky cocoa powder, and a tame leafy, earthy hop bitterness. The taste is more fairly sweet grainy and bready caramel malt, a reduced toffee cracker essence, bitter chocolate, a hint of sour milk, and still understated, yet plain earthy, leafy, and wet grassy hops. The carbonation is quite low and unobtrusive, what with its restrained frothiness, the body punching at a decent middleweight, and showing of a certainty agreeable smoothness – a suggestion of airy creaminess arising with time. It finishes well off-dry, the biscuity caramel and toffee blockading this rustic country lane, for the people, you see!

Yeah, a red Irish ale, through and through (say that while eliding the leading ‘h’ sounds) – the focus is the malt, with mere afterthoughts spent on the balancing hops, so, in the end, it isn’t. Whatever, it’s easy to drink, and not think too hard about, so it’ll fit in just nicely in the coming weeks.

Brady White

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