Russell Punch Bowl Grapefruit IPA

Reviewed by on July 24, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Russell Brewing Company

  • Origin: Surrey, BC, CA

  • Rated On: July 24, 2016

  • Best Before: canned July 4, 2016

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Surrey, BC’s Russell Brewing has released this variant of their popular summer fruity ale – and wow, the original Punch Bowl was citrusy enough, so I guess the answer is, more grapefruit, eh?

This 473ml can pours a somewhat glassy, medium bronzed amber colour, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of mitochondrial lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of fresh-squeezed red grapefruit juice, grainy pale malt, a touch of herbal and grassy green hoppiness, and some ne’er do-well metallic alcohol.  The taste is bready and lightly honeyed caramel malt, Texas red grapefruit, some lesser orange and lemon/lime citrus zest, further sugar fruity notes, and a laid-back leafy, piney, and floral hop bitterness.  The carbonation is adequate for the supportive job at hand via its genteel frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, the various citrus esters more of the polished than raw sort, surprisingly.  It finishes off-dry, the (grape)fruitiness still outweighing any lingering pale and/or caramel maltiness.

Overall, this is still quite refreshing, very much in the manner of its more pineapple-focused predecessor.  Lots of various fruit beyond the titular guest star making gravy here, so much so that I might mistake this one for a trendy-ass radler, except, of course, for the mostly well-hidden 13-proof wowee sauce quotient. Good stuff – enjoy crushing this at the lakeside, or wherever, this summer.

Brady White

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