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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
Hazy dull tan, has a mellow hop fruitiness. Modest bitterness, biscuity malts, nice fruity character. Good APA really.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7239) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2010
Draught at Banff Ave Brewing Co, Banff, AB, Canada.
Slightly hazy amber colour with average sized frothy white head. Deliciously fruity bitter hoppy aroma with some maltiness. Grainy malt and fruity/floral bitter hoppy flavour. Bitter aftertaste that doesn’t last that long.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6980) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle, brought fresh from the brewery by Parksy. Light orange amber, medium off white head. Aroma features nice coniferous hop notes, just not very aggressive. Palate features much the same, with a nice underlying caramel malt structure. The only problem with this brew, and it has been commented on before, is that it is just too light. Really this constitutes a nice APA, but is not assertive enough to fit an IPA style. Still a decent beer though.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (6882) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
On tap at Banff Ave Brewing, pours a hazy orange with a medium white foamy head. Aroma reveals British hops and some herbal fungal notes. Flavour matches accordingly, with fruity hops, British malt, and again that fungal quality. Not overly pronounced on the hops, but well-enough balanced. Not very inspiring.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (4752) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2013
Draft - Nice fresh grapefruit and some sweet tropical fruit. Cloudy orange with a thick head. Grapefruit and resin with a very muted bitterness. Not bad for a local, but could have a bigger punch. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4695) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2010
Sample glass. Ran out just after I got my sample the first time and had run out the night before my second visit. Dark amber. Moderate hop nose without assertiveness. Flavour is middle of the road hoppy but it has promise. I look for a more aggresive version down the road or a stronger alternative when they get more taps running.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
solidfunk (4322) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4311) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3298) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 13, 2014
golden amber color. Very floral nose with a touch of tangerine. Thin body, lacks back bone, but drinkable moderate bitter finish. Stepping stone ipa, but enjoyable

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2669) - 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.


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