Russell Punch Bowl Grapefruit IPA
Reviewed by Brady White on July 24, 2016 in Summer Guide
- 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 !
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.