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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sask89 (399) - Regina, Saskatchewan, - AUG 13, 2012
Pours a rich clear amber colour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is of citrus hops, some grapefruit, and a little pine. Taste is sweet up front with an earthy bitterness that quickly takes over. Medium body, good carbonation, and a smooth-creamy mouth feel. An enjoyable Imperial I.P.A.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeZasada (282) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2014
Bomber bottle. Pours a hazy reddish brown, bits of hops visible suspended in the beer. Aroma is citrus like, resinous, hoppy. Taste is malty, like caramel, with a warming hop bitterness overtone, some earthiness, a bit of floral. Finish is a sweet maltiness with some hop tones, kind of grassy, Overall pretty good with a wide palate, appearance would be improved without the floaties.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ILduce (200) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
500ml bottle lcbo: cloudy orange pour with tight, lasting head. Abundantly hopped with notes of peeled fruit and malt. Flavors of pine, citrus, hops, and spice. Sticky mouthfeel with an unbalanced and lingering finish. Very decent IPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CRock (18) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
Love the look and aroma of this beer. Very flavourful and crisp and easy to drink. Wish I had another one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentAle (426) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
Aroma: Mostly have fresh cascadian hops Taste: Very bitter start that mellows out nicely. Some sweet malts can be detected but very subtle indeed Appearance: Cloudy brown/amber with a well maintained lace head

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Canmoore (203) - 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!!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jksipa (204) - NEWMARKET, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
500ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a very deep hazy amber with a generous off white head that clings to the glass. Nose is heavy pine and citrus with a good dose of bread thrown in. Taste is great bitter pine and grapefruit and spice with some sweet caramel and honey to keep it under control. Nice long resinous bitter finish. Mouth is medium slick with slightly soft carbonation. Excellent Imperial.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Freaky_tiki (403) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 Pours the colour of beechwood with a sticky one finger cap. Flavour is fresh peeled citrus & caramel malt. Hops are pronounced, maybe not as juicy as you’d hope for in an imperial. Glad I’ve found this & even more pleased that I picked up an extra bottle. If I see one of these puppies on the shelf then its going home with me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shaynsawchuk (364) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
500 mL bottle. Pours hazy amber with a foamy white head of lace. Aromas of tangerine, honey, beeswax, pomelo and grapefruit. Moderately sweet on the palate, followed by a bracing hop bitterness that balances out quite nicely. Medium plus body with slightly below average carbonation. Leaves a lingering sticky feeling on the palate. Not as dry as many; well done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HipHopOpotamus (216) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
It is a very piney taste with strong bitterness. It was sold in Ontario at 8% alc vol. Overall great IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (383) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2013
500ml bottle bottled on Oct 11, 2013. Drank Dec 10, 2013. Pours a cloudy copper with a frothy, off-white, one finger head that leaves mild lacing.Aroma is great. Big notes of pine, citrus, grapefruit, resin, and a hint of bready malt. Taste is a solid bitter with big resin, grapefruit, and pine notes. Really, really good.Medium body and carbonation with a resiny texture in the mouth.Overall this is a very nice brew. Big aroma and a taste to match. This is a solid choice and well worth trying. Would buy again for sure. Cheers!


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