Showing posts with label Russell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Russell. Show all posts

Friday, June 24, 2011

Wee Angry Scotch Ale

If I remember correctly, this was one of the first limited editions put out by Russell Brewing. The canned stuff was unimpressive but the bombers were very good.

Wee Angry Scotch Ale = 9/10

The nose was heavy on the malt side, with loads of chocolate, caramel and slightly roasted malt aromas. A sweet alcohol warmth burned the tongue clean to enjoy the full malt tastes. Did I mention it was malty? Ample amounts of roasted caramel and off-sweet chocolate. This in an anti-hophead beer; the long linger was all sweetness with minimal bitterness.

Taste +4
Aftertaste +2
Alcohol Content +1 6.5%
Value +1
Appearance +1

Friday, December 17, 2010

Russell Pale Ale

Just culling the extras in my beer fridge. Didn't even take a photo; but you know what a pale ale looks like.

Russell Pale Ale = 3/10

Ratebeer 2.28 0 percentile
Beer Advocate C+

The nose was all pale ale: grassy, honey. Even the flavours were standard/boring with sweet grass and honey. Hops were a bit floral and vague with no fruit. At least the aftertaste was not bad; just a bit of clean flowery hops.

Taste +2
Aftertaste +1
Alcohol Content 0%
Value 0
Appearance 0 (boring can)

Blue Buck
Drifter Pale Ale
Mirror Pond Pale Ale

Black Death Porter (Russell)

I love a good porter, but you can keep the flavoured ones to yourself. It might not be good PR to name beverages after pandemic diseases. Maybe there should be a swine-flu lager or a malaria lambic?

Black Death Porter (Russell) = 5/10

Ratebeer 2.88 37th percentile
Beer Advocate B

So far so good; the nose is full of sweet and roasted chocolate. A full mouthfeel of roasted, slightly burnt, malts accented with bitter chocolate and weak coffee is also a nice touch. The slight cola-like acidity was a slight drawback. But the noticeable resinous and menthol hops presence made it all better. There was minimal coating of roasted and bitter chocolate.

Taste +3
Aftertaste +1
Alcohol Content +1 6.5%
Value 0 (standard, but not exceptional)
Appearance 0 (average artwork)

Sleeman's Fine Porter 0/10
Spy Porter
Butte Creek Porter

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Russell IP'eh

Russell IP'eh
India Pale Ale

Ratebeer 3.22 58th percentile
Beer Advocate B+

Taste +2

This is a standard IPA with a sweet citrus and pine hop nose with caramel malts. The taste is pretty standard also with caramel/biscuit malts and a mild chaser of citrus/pine hops. Oddly the hops did not bite; it was a creamy and dry mouthfeel . This beer won the bronze medal at the 2010 World Beer Cup in the English IPA category.

Aftertaste +1

It was dry and clean with just a hint of citrus.

Alcohol Content +1 6.5%

Just as an IPA should be.

Value 0

I thought this was an ordinarily mild IPA.

Ingame Enhancement 0

Nope, I'm done.

Overall 4/10

I thought it was a little malty for an IPA made on the West Coast. It is a good thing I'm not a World Beer Cup judge. Hopheads would not approve.

Paddywack IPA
Stone IPA
Yellow Snow IPA and New Years Resolutions