Crit (3606) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque dark amber,lasting beige head.Piney hop nose.Flowery citrus hop profile,lots of malt, strong alcohol heat.Poorly blended. Long strong hop end
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet caramel and toasty, bready, nutty malts mingle with grapefruit/lime citrus and spruce hop aromas in the nose. Opaque darkened tan coloured body is topped by a generous beige head that recedes slowly to a persistent cover and coats the sides of the glass. Flavour is less sweet than the aroma suggests with plenty of bitterness that really lives up to the beer’s name. Citrus hops linger in the aftertaste. Hop notes also take on a bit of a floral character as it warms. Medium bodied and quite dry in the mouth with lightly prickly carbonation. Tulip glass. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in Nov-09.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Resinous hops and their strawberry halo adorn this flavorful Double IPA’s toasted and biscuity malts for a very pleasant take on the style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the clear copery amber.
-The resinous bitterness is firm and quite long.
-Carbonation is relatively soft, increasing drinkability.
-The hoppy onslaught also has quite a few citrusy angles.
Bottle. Thx Mike!
markas101 (2063) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA via Winnipeg (traded some Bell’s Two Hearted at the brewery for it). Hazy bright orange copper colour with tantalizing smoke-like sediment mutating within the glass. Citrus and stone fruit aroma with coriander. Very smooth and not-to-syrupy. For an IPA the flavor is relatively balanced, upfront caramel that transitions to citrus and peppercorns. Long dry finish..
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Poured with an average-sized, off-white head that slowly diminished to 1-finger or so. Very hazy and a nice, dark amber color.
S: Extremely strong aroma of hops, with some citrus mingled about. I kept taking whiffs of this beer, because it was damned heavenly.
T: For a DIPA, this beer is quite nicely balanced. There’s a bit of malt sweetness at the beginning, ending (of course) with a medium bitterness from the hops. Not as strong as you would think from the ABV, or as hoppy from the aroma.
M: Medium-bodied with an oily/creamy texture, and soft-to-average carbonation.
D: A great DIPA from Half Pints... makes me want to seek out some of their other beers.
patricks110 (2191) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2011 Rerate of fresh Bomber:
I forgot how much I loved this brew. The pour is a bright orange amber with a massive whipped and frothy beige head that leaves a ton of lacing. The nose if huge on the hop with a nice toffee malt and caramel malts. the hops are citrus heavy with a nice amount of tropical notes and grapefruit. Taste is amazing with an incredible balance of toffee and biscuit malts and a massive resinous and sticky hop. A sweet and sticky taste overall with the most incredible hoppy taste. The palate is medium to full body with a sticky and resinous mouthfeel. This beer gives me recollections of tasting it in the past. An incredible brew.
Bottle with waxed cap. Pour is a deep amber brown colour with creamy off white head. Moderate lacing and an aroma of hops and fruits as well as some sweet and spicy aspects. Flavor is ridiculously amazing. Starts with citrussy hops, grapefruits, lemon and then sweetness, finishing with a nice hoppy burn and alcohol taste. Smooth and very bitter. An awesome beer. First taste left me speechless.
TheDoctor (67) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2009 Bottle. Aroma slightly minty and floral, with citrusy presence of grapefruit and oranges. Rich mouthfeel with very citrusy aftertaste. One of the finest Canadian beers I’ve had.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First, thanks to Brad (mmmBeer) for sending this down my way. Bottle dipped in green wax. Beer pours out a medium amber color, crystal clear with a creamy dingy white cap with decent lacing. Aroma is spicy, piney (even a bit pine woody) with a nice sweet note to it. Not as agressive as some CA IIPA’s but very nice. Flavor has all the wonderful qualities I look for in an IIPA. Assertive grapefruit hops on the tongue, sweet juicy pit fruits, caramel, alcohol, and a huge lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is sliky and quite smooth. I think fresh, this might even get a few points more. Really a damn good beer.
Diogène (1069) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark red brown with a thick creamy off white head. Good retetion and great lacing. Aroma is citrusy with grapefruit, pineapple, orages, mint, pine and caramel and sweet toasted malt. Flavor is biscuit, alcohol, sweet malt, piny and citrusy hops, caramel, Great hops with a solid malt backbone. Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Very good double IPA
DuffMan (8202) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 Bottle. Pours a dark orange with a dense lightly golden head. Ahhhh the aroma! Loads of resinous goodness, green mango, beguiling spicy undertones. Sticky, heavy mouthfeel with chewy sweet toffee malts and an oily, hoppy body that brings enormous conifer resin and grapefruit rind flavours. A wheelbarrow-load of hops is in here! A terrific IIPA from friendly Manitoba!
ADDENDUM: Recently had this again, pitted against 5 other IIPA’s in a taste-off, and the quality of this brew was strikingly apparent. Stands up against its peers!