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Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Halifax, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Launched and enthusiastically received at the first annual Halifax Seaport Beer Fest in August 2007, this ale has quickly become known as the hoppiest beer in Atlantic Canada! Imperial Pale Ale is a robust, medium bodied west coast style ale with a lingering hop bitterness complimented by a malty caramel backbone and a strong citrus character. This beer is for the true hophead! Appeared on cask dry hopped with Comet Hops as Comet IIPA.


Maklean's rating

3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maklean (50) - Ontario, - JUN 2, 2013
Not much aroma for an ipa. Excellent color, nice pour, diminishing head. Not as well balanced as it should be, more bitterness than hop flavors.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tranquillity (1858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2016
Draft at the brewery. Golden body, clear and the color of a whisky. White head with small bubbles. The aroma has cola, wood, nuts. The taste is nuts and grapefruit.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bierdimpfe (327) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2016
Veiled dark amber color with tons of subtle activity. Creamy beige/orangy 2 finger head, lasting around 15 to 20 minutes, with very good legs. Aromas of fresh flowers and citrus. Flavors of orange, tropical fruits, lemon, pine, caramel, slight ester, floral and herbal spices. Strong grassiness with a burnt sugar feel. Smooth and slick medium body with nice carbonation. Strong and long finish, ending with a harsh spicy piney lingering tongue coat feel. Overall this is a good craft boosting interesting tasty flavors, while overly spicy. Slightly stale, boozy, and missing some freshness. Well balanced though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2638) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2016
ohh boy the hoppiest beer in Atlantic Canada!?! copper pour leaves a thick off white lacing coat. resin, pine. solid bitterness. medium to full body. Ok, i wanted to be a total douche and rip this beer but its pretty solid. Just a tip to you north of the border fucks out there.. we have the bomb so get inline.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1375) - Montana, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Dark gold pour with great off white head. Big nose of citrus with caramel. Flavor is very balanced. Hit up front, but is soon smoothed over by a nice hint of roasted malt. Clean finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanosX (54) - - FEB 8, 2016
Canadian ipa that rivals the worlds best. Tropical fruit on the nose and tongue. Sweet flavour of mangoes and grapefruit but keeps the bitterness down and makes for a very smooth a fruity ipa.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yourilevesque (1359) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2015
Bière dégustée en compagnie de Marco et Mademoiselle Irina. La bière est claire, légèrement voilée et surmontée d’une magnifique mousse collante et dense. Très belle présentation! Au nez je respire beaucoup de houblons mais les arômes ne sont pas claires et nettes. C’est sapineux et gazonneux. J’ai cependant l’étrange impression que le brasseur a cherché à y ajouter du fruit tropical, mais ce n’est pas clair. Il y en a un petit peu, mais pas vraiment. À mon goût personnel, les arômes tropicales sont agréables lorsqu’elles sont pleinement présentes. Ici elles n’y sont qu’à moitié, et encore là et c’est la même chose qui se passe en bouche. Le liquide est très collant au palais et l’amertume est présente, mais les saveurs sont plutôt fades et mal définies. Une chance pour moi que la bière jouit d’une base maltée appréciable qui confère au liquide une densité affirmée et plaisante. Peut-être suis-je simplement tombé sur une bouteille âgée ou simplement issue d’un brassin qui ne rend pas justice au produit.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12502) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2015
Keg at the brewery. It pours clear deep amber with a small white head. The nose is soft, juicy, bitter-sweet, orange citrus, guava, papaya and resin. The taste is rather bitter, oily, resinous, dry, piney, varnish, big hit of grapefruit, waxy rind, earth and peppery spice with a lingering bitter-dry finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Punchy, yet rather drinkable. Good double IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3163) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Not really a big pinch you on the face beer for an IPA but it's smooth with caramel and floral notes, worthy of your coin. On tap in Canada ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2015
An amazing IPA. Huge bitter citrus hop flavours with a nice amount of malts and alcohol to balance it out.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1486) - CANADA - MAY 2, 2015
Pours clear pale amber with two fingers of rocky white head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Nose is bright citrus and pine resin, tropical fruit, mild caramel malt. (8/10) Taste is mild to moderate sweet, moderately strong bitter. (8/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky and lingering bitter finish. (4/5) No bottle date, but definitely fresh - hop-forward all the way, bright and sharp, with just enough malt in support. Probably the strongest performer I’ve had from Garrison’s lineup. The ABV isn’t absent, but it’s also not intrusive. (16/20)


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