Brewed by Beyond the Pale Brewing Company
Style: Imperial IPA
Ottawa, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
ISG is the granddaddy of our Rye Guy IPA. More grain! More hops! The result is an incredibly flavourful, yet balanced Imperial IPA. There is a big malt flavour up front which presents in the form of rich caramel and serves to balance the high bitterness of a beer weighing in at 90 IBUs. The result is a nice, lingering, spicy taste on the tongue. And at 9.1% ABV, this is definitely going to make you super!

pushkinwow's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2495) - Ottawa, Ontario, - DEC 1, 2012
First have to say that of all the places that have opened up in Ottawa over the last few years this is the one that I was the most excited about and judging from the line-up when they opened today at noon (not too mention pretty much selling what they optimistically thought was a week’s worth of beer in 2 days) I am not alone. Now that being said I didn’t necessarily think this would be the greatest beer ever but based on some interviews and discussions the brewers are passionate about beer and enjoy many of the same styles that us beer nerds do. Anyways...poured from a small growler (more places in Ontario need to do this). Dark amber with pretty much no head even with a swirl. A fair amount of caramel malt with a nice blend of resin and some citrus, bit of green apple and no hint of alcohol. Carbonation is very low so curious if maybe this suffered from being put into the growler, moderate body, initial bitterness that becomes astringent on the finish, dry, lots of resin and a very nice bitter taste at the every end. Like this, need to try it on tap or another growler to see if the carbonation appears as I think it would substantially improve things - that being said its worth trying for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
electrotype (608) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2016
UPDATED: APR 15, 2016 Les critiques semblent très mitigées au sujet de cette bière. Quelle meilleure façon d’en avoir le coeur net que d’en ouvrir une cannette par soi-même? La couleur est d’un orangé profond et légèrement sanguinaire. La mousse est forte et tenace. Au nez, ça sent la grosse DIPA bien cochonne. Rien de très spécial ici cependant. En bouche par contre : Bang! C’est super original... Le seigle fait toute la différence et produit une DIPA différente et super intéressante, à mon avis. C’est riche, mais pas trop sucrée. Fruitée, mais bien dosée. Un alcool imperceptible, BTP semblent des champions à ce niveau. Je suis clairement dans le camp de ceux qui apprécient beaucoup la Super Guy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wolffish (501) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2016
Celle-ci me semble un peu terne et il n’y a pas de date d’embouteillage... L’effervescence est très faible et le 90 IBU n’est pas perceptible. On goûte bien le seigle et c’est bien malté. Appréciation: mitigée.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheJester (2419) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2016
473 mL can. Diacetyl ruins this one. Based on the ratings, this must be a bad batch, but how this gets through quality control is beyond me. A shame . . . I was looking forward to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (5005) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2016
Can (473 ml) at home. From Alexandre, thanks! Hazy orangey-amber with a medium off-white head, good retention, leaving little lacing. Flavors of piney hops, tropical fruits, medium rye spiciness, caramel and mineral notes. Taste is sweet and moderately spicy with a medium bitterness level. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Rye spiciness finish. A decent Imperial IPA but the rye spiciness is too much and makes the beer unbalanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (3234) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2016
473 ml can from.brewery. Pours a cloudy deep golden colour with average-sized whiteish head. Aroma is sweet tropical fruitless, grains and some caramel. Flavour is sweet tropical fruit, caramel, grains and a little pine resin. Big body. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CapFlu (5096) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2016
Pours a thin, white head atop a orange golden. Flavour is orange and off medicinal finish. Gross.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (18445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2016
Tasting at Matt’s, can
Cloudy amber color. A bit caramelly, sweet, orangey. Old IIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (11085) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2016
Can - a sweet caramel and candy like hops. Cleanish gold with a decent off white head. Sweet orange and mango with lots of sweetness. A bit vomity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (13054) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2016
473mL can, pours a cloudy orange with a medium white head. Aroma is quite spicy, with rye, earthy hops, and bready malt. Flavour is very earthy, with spicy rye, bready malt, and faded earthy hops. Seems a bit old, and heavily dominated by the earthy notes. Okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Freaky_tiki (998) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2016
Fantastic beer alert. This stuff is great. All the hops you’d want (ok, maybe I’d like to see a little more but still) & a bold rye foundation. It’s citrus hops meets rye grain goodness. Great balance. Classy spicy finish. You’d probably want to slow sip this one -- the alcohol clocks in at just above 9% -- but for some reason I pounded this (which is probably to blame for a few bad decisions I made (.i.e ordering multiple imperial pale ales throughout the evening etc) later in the night). Hey look: last guy to rate this is my main man from Ottawa, Mr Hippy Hop. He’s got good taste.

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