thejk (15) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the Alibi Room. Poured a nice orange colour. The aroma was very hoppy and had a distinct smell of apples or herbs. The taste was extremely well balanced. This is easily one of my favourite beers and hope it becomes a little bit more widely available
fiulijn (13000) - MalmŲ, ITALY - MAR 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the brewpub, 9.5% ABV, as Imperial IPA
Red amber color; small creamy head. Very nice hoppy, fruity aroma; light bergamot and cedar. Good body strength; strong toffee and caramel flavor, mostly dry (luckily, there is not much residual sweetness); strong hopping, but well blended in this brew; resins, pine needles, a bit of fruitiness, and a rustic, sweaty touch too.
Excellent hop brew. Balance and power.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 Draught at the brewery: Bright amber. Woody, flowery, powdery hop nose. Sweet, soft sugars temper resiny hops, with hints of pine, melon, grapefruit, mandarin. Smooth but insistent bitterness washes over the palate. Very fresh hop character and an incredible sense of balance.
Cask at GCBF: Vibrant, hazy amber. Assertive chinooky, amarilloish aroma. Sweet and fruity character, with amarillo and pommelo and some sugary notes to balance it off. Nice brew with a good sense of balance. Ar 7 Ap 4 Fl 8 P 4 O 16 = 3.9
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from brewery. Pours bright amber orange with a thick soapy head leaving a good amount of lace on the glass. Huge orange, grapefruit hop aromas. An Amarillo bomb. The freshness of the hops in this beer are outstanding again orange, grapefruit, big bitter component. Quite a malt presence in this as well but itís sweetness goes well with the citric hops and also gives the beer quite a full mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable, I must have killed half the growler in one sitting. A great rendition of the I2PA.
mcberko (4773) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2013 650mL bottle as Central City Imperial IPA, at 9.5% ABV, pours a hazy golden orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of loads of grapefruit, tropical fruits (mangos especially), boatloads of citrus hops and generous caramel malt to back. Flavour is remarkably well-balanced, with no shortage of palate-barraging citrus hops, mangos, pineapples, and a big caramel malt backbone. Exceedingly well-balanced and still very hoppy - absolutely delightful. This beer has progressed impressively over the years. From memory, the tap version of this used to be quite astringent and unbalanced. Recent tap versions of this are pretty much identical to this bottle Iím rating now. I hope this becomes a more regular brew as itís phenomenal.
DuffMan (5776) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GCBF 2010, on cask. Burnt orange, hazy. Huge juniper aroma. Enormously hoppy, stemmy, leafy, conifer aromas with earthy/woody elements. Crazy good stuff!
Crockett (998) - Steelback County, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Soft aroma of caramel, pine, alcohol, and birthday cake. Really nice. Very attractive orange amber with a lacy burned butter head. Big mouthfeel. Very round with chewy malts. The sweetness is sticky but not distracting due to all those IBUs. Lots of butter. Very smooth. Blind tasting shows a lot of English malts and roundness. This was a wonderful surprise. Not a hop bomb. Great bottle of beer. Totally worth the cost.
RumRunner101 (551) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber pour. This is a big, NW style DIPA with a great big malt backing. Alcohol is well hidden with the hops on the fore front. Great.
JoeZasada (274) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber with a thin but frothy white head. Hoppy aroma, notes of citrus. Taste is quite hoppy, notes of citrus, but warms to a toffee like maltiness. Warming mouthfeel. The citrus intensifies as it warms. Finish: grassy with a slight mild malt sweetness. This is a most excellent beer, one of the best examples of an IIPA, absolutely beautiful.
WheatKing (971) - Oak Bay, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal malt comes through for a beautiful IIPA. If I were to choose a fruit to describe it... which I will... pomegranate seems the best fit. Medium carbonation. Quite good... in fact, the winner of the Hopoxia mini-festival for me.