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Banff Avenue Head Smashed IPA
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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ABV in between 4.2% and 4.9%. This excellent brew is our flagship beer. It is a heavily hopped pale ale. India Pale Ales originated during the lengthy colonization of India. British servicemen in India expected beer, however, the styles of the time did not survive the long voyage to India. Brewers quickly discovered that hops acted as preservatives in beer. As such, the heavily hopped ales designed to survive the long trips were born – now known as India Pale Ales.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdnguyen (31) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2012
The pour: a nice warm amber colour with a thin white head. The aroma: a sugary odour, malty sweet caramel, and some spiciness from the hops, a bit of cereal as well. The taste: a nice prolonged bitterness with a medium body. Feels a bit dry in the mouth. The verdict: overall a very nice IPA that highlights the hop without having it overpower the beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1996) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 16, 2012
On draft at the brewpub. Gold/orange in colour with medium carbonation. Aroma are of Centennial hops and light pale malt. The orange-spice of the Centennial hops are strong in the mouth as well, backed by more light pale malts. Light bodied with medium bitterness. Coult be a bit more bitter to translate as more IPA like, but this is a pretty tasty beer as is. Could be Bells Two Hearted’s little brother.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4375) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
Pint on tap at the brewery was listed at 5.4%ABV on the list of beers on their chalkboard in the bar. Pour was a clear golden color with a small white head which left behind a thin lacing. Light floral hop aroma with a hint of grains. Taste is a modest hoppy bitterness with an light sweetness underneath. Finish is very crisp and mouthfeel is decent. This was a surprisingly good IPA which was my favorite of this brewpub.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2696) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
Tap at brewpub. Golden and clear. Holds on to a small creamy white cap. Nice lace. Sweet orangey hop nose. Taste has biscuity and toasty malt. Grapefruit hop accents. Grapefruit and orange aftertaste. Nice lingering bitterness. Light body and nice mouthfeel. Hard to believe its so light in alc. super drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patricks110 (1758) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2011
The pour was a hazy amberish orange with a thin off white head that died quickly. On the nose, there is a mild hop with notes of pine, grapefruit and slightly grassy or earthy notes. Mild caramel malts on the nose go mostly unnoticed. The taste had a good hop on the finish with a predominant grapefruit sweetness and prolonged dry bitterness. Moderately malty in the middle despite the lack of malts in the nose. Mostly a nice caramel and bready malt. Nice crisp hoppy session brew in general with easy drinkabily. I think this could be a home run IPA if they added a few more hops and brought the alcohol up 1%. But this would be a great starting point for newcomers to craft beer and hops in general.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
Sample at the Rocky Mountain Wine Festival in Calgary, AB on 10/15/2011. Colour: gold with hint of orange. Minimal head. Nose: hop dominant. Sugar cane. Grapefruit. Taste: light sweet, medium bitter, light sour. Hops play lead role. Some some toasted oak splashes about. One dimensional but not void of depth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
solidfunk (4478) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2011
A great dose of hops. Taste comes down in a great arch lasting over fifteen seconds.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thb (707) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2011
Does the job of an IPA just fine. Deep amber colour, rocky head, lingering bitterness, the goodness of Cascade hops, all with a malt backbone. Does it with little fuss, but doesn’t offer anything terribly unexpected.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
pumpmaster (1144) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2011
4 ounce sample at the Brewpub in 6-beers sampler for $14.00 CAD. Very good!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2011
Pint at the brewpub in Banff. Pours a deep gold with orange tints, fairly rocky off white head. Aroma is mild grapefruit hops, slight grassiness. Taste is restrained but very fresh English tasting hops. Bitterness is good but mild. Malt is subtle as well but slightly cereal. Finish is bright and fresh. It’s a nicely made IPA but subtle and fairly middle of the road.


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