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


on tap

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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2009
650ml bottle from NB Liquor. Pours a hazy dark orange with a rich fluffy head that stayed to the end of the glass. Wonderful hoppy aroma, with a bit of malt and fresh bread. Flavour is big, rich and lots of body with a long lingering bitter finish. Very nice beer indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2011
500ml bottle
7.0% ABV
I tried this beer on October 18, 2010 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a dark golden colour, hazy, with brownish hues. The aroma was very citrsuy hops, some caramel malt, and some pine. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was pink grapefruit, with a little bit of malt. The hoppiest Canadian beer I’ve tried to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 341 ml bottle, unfiltered, re-rated blind side by side with Propeller IPA. Hazy red amber colour with a mostly lasting frothy off-white head. Orange, bready, grapefruit, tangerine, woody, light pine, and rich caramel aroma. Bready, caramel, and orangey malts with a citrus, light pine, light resin, and grapefruit pithy bitter finish. Medium bodied, juicy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking. Overall I prefer the Garrison compared to Propeller IPA, but the Propeller comes across as the more complex of the two. Certainly nice to have both of them around. 8/4/8/5/16

Samples from tap at the Halifax Seaport Beerfest:

Unfiltered version - Cloudy amber colour with a mostly lasting frothy off-white head. Fruity, grapefruit, lime, light pine, and woody hop aroma with caramel notes. Lightly yeasty, lots of citrusy hops - lime, grapefruit, and orange peel - along with woody, pine, and earthy bitter flavours. Medium to full bodied, smooth and very drinkable. 8/4/7/4/15

Filtered version is much the same as unfiltered - clear amber colour with a mostly lasting frothy off-white head. Less yeasty obviously, with orangey malts and a bit more caramel malt coming through to balance the grapefruit and woodiness of the hops. Same numbers for both, both very good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2009
500 ml bottle from a KW group private order. pours a hazy orange with a lasting off white head. aroma of C hops and pale malt. huge hop assault for the flavour. lingering bitter finish. bigger then most ipa’s. really good stuff, im glad i bought a case.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwhipp3980 (4) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2010 does not count
Aroma of floral hops with a bit of citrus, balanced with caramel. Nice amber color and just a touch hazy. White head. Pretty bitter as expected, with a light sweetness at first. Medium body, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Damn good and a true tribute to west coast IPAs. Glad I’m in walking distance of the brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (5182) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2010
Liquide ambré orangé trouble. Mousse amande, solide et persistante. Présence de dentelles sur le verre. Au nez, mélange d’agrumes dominé par de gros morceaux de pamplemousses juteux. En complémentarité, douceur du malt caramel et notes de pin. En bouche, le liquide explose pour nous donner des saveurs collées aux arômes : encore et encore des agrumes avec une prédominance au niveau du pamplemousse. Sur la langue et sous le palais, le liquide est crémeux, pétillant et moyennement lourd. Finale intéressante sur de longues et franches notes d’amertume. En résumé, excellente bière. (Bouteille du ANBL via O. P. D’akujem za Vas dar!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2010
Dark, cloudy amber and a powerful aroma chock full of hops. A harsh, almost brutally intense hoppy ale with a long-lasting bitterness that attacks the tongue and stays there. As intense an ale as I have ever drank. Not easy sipping by any means, but a well-made ale for those who like hops... and more hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
optimator13 (31) - Louisiana, USA - OCT 22, 2011
A think, creamy off white head sits atop a very hazy, opaque, dark orange body. Lacing was great, as was retention. Floral hop touches on the nose, with some rich malt backing. Smells good, but it’s not very bold. Stark initial bitterness on the tongue, with ripe citrus fruits, a bit of alcohol heat, and a rich balancing malt profile. The bitterness is lingering. Creamy, full bodied on the palate. Overall, this is a rather great IIPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Luvystypotables (1694) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Great grapefruit aroma, rich caramel colour with a nice head nice lacing. Complex taste of hops, citrus, malt with a bitter hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Canmoore (413) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2013
Pours a clear copper, with a frothy white head. The aroma notes include Pine resin, Grapefruit, caramel, and honey. The tasting notes include a blast of thick resin bitterness that lingers, caramel, and honey rounds out the palate. Then the bitterness takes over and lingers! This is spectacular!!

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