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Russell Brewing Company House Call Hazy IPA – American IPA at 6% ABV | 47 IBU

Russell Brewing Company House Call Hazy IPA – American IPA at 6% ABV | 47 IBU (C$4.35 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 28-Apr-2020, acquired 14-May-2020, reviewed 20-May-2020)

Appearance: hazy brown-tinged pale amber with two fat fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, melon, caramel, hint of wet cardboard. (6/10) Taste: moderate bitter, moderate sweet. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration bitter finish. (4/5)

The first impression here is, “Holy shit, that’s ugly.” It isn’t so much “hazy” as “murky” or “dirty”. I was immediately tempted to conclude this was oxidized, and that was borne out by the hint of wet cardboard in the aroma. Pretty disappointing, considering it’s hopped with Mosaic, Ekuanot and Simcoe, so I was hoping for a big juicy blast that never really materialized. (13/20)

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