Russell Punch Bowl IPA

Reviewed by on August 3, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Russell Brewing Company

  • Origin: Surrey, BC, CA

  • Rated On: August 3, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Russell Brewing recently released a grapefruit-flavoured variant of this, their original summery Punch Bowl Northwest IPA, so let’s step back in time a bit, shall we?

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some patchy paint-swath lace around the glass as it quickly falls out of sight.

It smells of musty tropical fruit (i.e. stale pineapple), further orange, grapefruit, and lemon notes, grainy, bready caramel malt, a twinge of acrid yeast, and nose-twitching, kind of bristling alcohol.  The taste is more mixed and matched fruit up front, with the pineapple blending well into yer typical domestic fruit bowl – oranges, grapefruit, and maybe some ‘exotic’ kiwi – alongside a so-so grainy caramel malt backbone, and further leafy, herbal, and well-perfumed hops.  The carbonation is quite prevalent in its far-reaching fizzy and frothy natures, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth (the fruity hops exacting a minor tithe), with a subtle airy creaminess.  It finishes on the sweet side, both complex fruit, and mildly stunned malt canvassing for the cause.

Yes, a fresh, and engaging example of one of the things that brewers seem to be into right now – big, worldly hops, the sort that evoke images of local markets in far off island paradises.  Overall, the flavours meld just a little too much, in the sense that I’d like to know a little better what they are, but in the end, s’all good, man (is Better Call Saul really not back on until next year?!!).

Brady White

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