Russell Luck of the Irish Red Ale

russel_irishBrewer: Russell Brewing, Surrey BC
Style: Red Ale
ABV: 5%
IBUs: 30

Description: A single batch brew with very limited availability, this Irish-style red ale is brewed in advance of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day. Employing imported roasted malts (Amber I think) and specialty hops (Kent and Golding?), this brew is available on tap and in bombers until supplies run out.

Tasting Notes: This beer was definitely a good example of a malt-forward Irish ale, employing a syrupy malt based, some subtle smoky flavor, and packed with lots of toffee, caramel, and sweet bread flavor. Similarly, it finished clean and was quite refreshing. Definitely a nice addition to their limited release lineup, one which I hope will enter regular circulation.

Appearance: Deep ruby, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Syrupy malt, hint of peat, caramelized sugar, dry hops
Taste: Smooth, creamy malt, hint of smoked peat, sweat bread, toffee, mild hops
Aftertaste: Lingering malt flavor, peat moss, and baked bread flavor
Overall: 7.8/10

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