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Bowen Island Artisan IPA

Brewed by Kamloops Brewery
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Kamloops, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 2.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Pale gold colour and hoppy aroma. Hoppy bitterness at the beginning, followed by a medium level of maltiness. Finishes with a fruity-grapefruit flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerAndPonies (128) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2015
355 ml can from a sixer purchased at Real Canadian Liquorstore, served in a goblet. Pours a clear, bright light copper hue with active, moderate carbonation streams, and an off-white cap that retreats after holding strong for a few minutes, leaving a few bubbly lace webs and rings. The aroma immediately tantalizes, with hops presenting bright citrus and sweet berries, moderately strong, and somewhat like fruit punch. A moderate current of toasted malt weaves its way in between. The flavor sneaks in an unexpected bite of resinous bitterness, sandwiched with grapefruit and cherry, that happily settles back after the initial sips, and the warm toast of the malts coasts along in turn. A little bit thick, with a softly lingering bitter pine note. The overall impression suggests an India Session Ale, but with an added 0.5% punch above 5% abv. Like Red Racer ISA, a similarly configured favorite beer, this ale does a fine job of balancing maltiness and hoppiness in a eminently drinkable and enjoyable whole. I feel blessed to have found three new affordable favorites for my go-to list. Yay me! Yay beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strangebrewer (1037) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2015
can. Poured clear golden with a off-white head. Malty aroma with a touch of hops. Medium-light body, mouthfeel is a bit chewy with a tart dry finish. Caramel malt flavour with grassy citrusy hops, slight spiciness with bitter-sweet grapefruit note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MunBro (890) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - APR 10, 2015
Nice amber pour with a foamy head. Decent fruity aroma, flavour is mildly grassy and citrusy with a strong malt presence. Nice, fairly generic IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
vadie (1107) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015
Jaune pale avec un petit col blanc. L’arôme faible de houblon et agrumes. Mince en bouche avec carbonation haute. Plein du malt pour le style. Simple et honnêtement pas bonne.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
RD400F (222) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
Can to Sam Adams fancy pint glass, the beer pours a dark amber with a white head. The aroma is weak and consists of citrus, grass, orange peel and not much else. The taste and palate are ok...nothing wowing flavour wise with typical notes of resin, herbs, general hoppiness but nothing really to back it up. The body is thin, co2 high. Drinkable enough but boring and uninspired.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angle (1) - - AUG 7, 2014 does not count
Very drinkable beer. No where near the heavy flavour and IBU count of some other IPAs - this is my current ’session’ IPA. Lack of a fruity taste also makes this beer easier to pair with food. The lower price compared with other brews (macro and micro) make this an easy choice if budget is important.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lizardking3 (192) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Really not as bad as I thought it would be. Faint smell of citrus. Body is thin, but the hop bitterness comes through and lingers a bit. The malty aspect of this is to prominent for an IPA. to weak to be considered an iPA, but it is smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Masterkush7 (580) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
Minimal head. Dark amber with a bit of haze. Light hop scent of a nice craft amber or thin pale rather than IPA. Light malt and stronger hops. Weird bit of soda character to the body. It’s like they are trying for an IPA but without committing to the cost for quality, depth and body. Hops are strong enough for thin body but overall comes off like a weak bodied APA ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
micheung23 (7) - - JUN 18, 2014 does not count
I really don’t like IPA’s I am not a fan of bitter beers. It was really unfortunate that when I bought a sample pack this was in it. I always like to taste beers at least once and for an IPA this is not too bad. It reminds me of hanging out with my cousins when I was younger. It wasn’t the most fun thing I could do but better then going to work at subway.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
simonblaine (469) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 8, 2014
Pours like am IPA, looks like an IPA, that is where the similarities end. Aroma is weak, taste is weak. Not good. More lager than ipa ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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