Mash Illustrated Ale Series Russell
Brewery: Mash Brewing
Style: Amber Ale
Format: 330ml Bottle
Russell. He's an American Amber Ale and also a rather demonic looking dog in what appears to be the torso of a skeleton in a vase. Or something. The artwork's by Mike Maka, AKA Makatron – part of the Everfresh collective; this beer is a joint between 3 Ravens and the Mash brewers. First whiff brings to mind Jaffa Cakes (or whatever the Aussie equivalent of a chocolate orange cakey biscuit is), with those chocolate, orange and citrus characteristics carrying through to the flavour too. At 4.5 per cent ABV it's not chewy like some American ambers can be, instead pretty light on its feet, but still hides a pretty solid punch behind its sweetness and light. Like the sabre-toothed Russell on its label, it has bite.