Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Natural Selections 6 Pack--Russell IP'eh!

Russell IP'eh! comes from Surrey, British Columbia's Russell Brewing Company. It's got a vaguely irritating name, comes in at 6.5% alcohol, and comes in mighty patriotic 341mL bottles that look somewhat like a Team Canada hockey jersey.

IP'eh! is a hazy auburn ale, moderately carbonated, that pours beneath a thin, off-white head. The aroma is slightly metallic, with caramel and dank hop notes. The flavour is quite malty for an India pale. There's a faint caramel sweetness that eases into a bitter finish. It's quite hoppy, in a resinous, basement-y kind of way. There's a pretty boozy streak running through the middle of this stuff which allows it to taste every bit as strong as it's 6.5%.

This is a full flavoured I.P.A. with an unusual taste profile. Russell IP'eh! is unique, though the flavour isn't among my personal favourites. Give it a try if you're interested in the different and cool tastes that can be imparted by a boat load of hops.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10.

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