Russell Hop Therapy Double IPA
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Brewed by Russell Brewing Company
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Surrey, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Hop Therapy Double IPA is the newest single-batch brew in the Russell Brewmaster Series. As a beer style, a Double IPA is designed to showcase the hops. Weíve used a massive amount of 100% American hops including: Amarillo, Cascade and Columbus. For this batch we had six hop additions in the brew kettle and two rounds of dry hopping to finish. At 100 IBUís this beer is dry, strong and bitter. We hope you enjoy its clean bitterness, refreshing aroma and big hop flavour.

Crit's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, - FEB 12, 2013
Murky orange,fluffy white head.Citrus hop nose. Oddly, this is bitter from start to finish,citrus & malt hints.Taste and nose donít seem to mesh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (11812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
Golden-bronze colour. Thin head. The aroma is cantaloupe and grapefruit with light pine and a lot of chewy crystal sweetness. On the palate it has a fair bit of chewiness but has a sweet candied fruit character, with light alcohol. Good brew, balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pictoman (369) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
Poured from 650mL bottle. Clear, golden amber with dissipating white head. Iím not so sure about this bottle. Aroma has mild apricot, sweet bready malt, I literally donít smell hops in this. Taste of mild toffee malt, very very subtle hops, and rubbing alcohol. Medium body. Seemed more like a lackluster double pale ale (the hops are almost hidden completely - whereís the India in DIPA?). Based on the reviews (and the reviewers), I donít think thereís a lot of consistency with the product.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brontebeach (149) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber with a white head. Citrus resinous nose, rich and sticky on the palate but with a positive comforting afterglow of fullness and flavour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Had high hopes for this, but it left me thoroughly unimpressed. (Bottle purchased in B.C.) Malt flavors were bready, cracker-like and slightly nutty. Hop flavors and aromas seemed muted and subdued. Definitely didnít seem to have 100 IBUs, as claimed. Bitterness was curiously mild, in fact, and it wasnít like it was hidden behind a big malt backbone or anything. Alcohol was noticeable and fruity. Some off flavors of cleaner and green onion were distracting, but not overwhelming. I really had to search for the faint hop aromas.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2013
In short: A harsh boozy IPA. Not my thing.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed fresh a few weeks after receiving the bottle from mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Mostly clear pale golden body topped by a small off-white head.
In long: Nose is citrusy and floral hops that are a bit on the dank side of things along with annoying notes of fusel fumes. Standard clean beer mouthfeel. Taste is juicy hops, a bit of caramel, too much alcohol, some nail polish, an alcohol-related astringency. There might an ok beer buried in the there but something went wrong along the way and the alcohol took over the whole beer. Rather lame, worst therapy since curing alcoholism through speech therapy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rejtable (1140) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
Pours slightly hazy orange/brown with limited head and spotty, clumpy, lacing. Nose is fresh earth. Notes of breakfast tea, cheerios, some orange rind. Taste is light/medium sweet and medium bitterness. Body is medium to full, somewhat sticky with medium carbonation. Finish is pretty bitter, although not extreme but doesnít last much at all. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9042) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bomber poured a hazy golden amber with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, orange zest, pine, dank bud, earthiness and pink grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and crisp[ with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, orange zest, grapefruit and light pine with a crisp dry bitter lingering greapefruit finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
archer (3) - - SEP 7, 2013 does not count
Really like this, it has a comparable taste to heady topper without the hype. It is definitely worth a try

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (3833) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 7, 2013
650ml bottle pours a golden orange color with a finger of white head that leaves a few spots of lacing behind. Aroma is fruity with some grapefruit and pine. Taste is a bold grapefruit and pine hop bitterness with an underlying fruity and malty sweet backbone. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stantheman (566) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2013 Bomber from Central City Liquor Store in North Surrey. I notice some of the reviews are, shall we say, lukewarm? Not a good word in the beer industry, methinks. On first impression I quite liked it. More to come.

Decent hops with grapefruit in the hop profile, balanced with a good amount of malt. Not a world-class double ale, but a very decent first outing. I do believe this is Russellís first attempt at a double IPA.

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