DuffMan (9497) - 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 IIPAís in a taste-off, and the quality of this brew was strikingly apparent. Stands up against its peers!
Sammy (11069) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very drinkable leafy minty IPA, citrusy and there are hop oils. 100 IBU takes a first sip or two to get used to.Regular sized bottle, which is not enough, thanks Piscator. Why this isnít available in our own provinceís liquor stores amazes me, but here is something that is as good as a top US DIPA.
Boutip (5842) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a cloudy deep amber color ale with a rather larger frothy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops with nice caramel malt backbone. Taste is not bitter at all but more dominated by citrus and grapefruit notes with some light piney notes as well with a huge caramel malt backbone. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very good execution of a West Coast style IIPA.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - SEP 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours Deep red with a brownish green head. Strong floral aroma, lots of cascade. It smells amazing. Thick and hoppy. Slightly malty, followed by a floral bitterness fiishing in a very citrus aftertaste. You can hardly taste the alcohol. Great IPA
VertBaconStrips (2309) - Blerkablerka, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ya! beer! Pours out a less than medium sized off white cap that is quite thick and has decent retention and ropy lacing. Dark amber or further down the line. The aroma is massive and in my face big time. Huge sweet fruits (ruby red grapefruit, nectarine, lemon, lychee, all hell just type them all in), quite floral (non pungent), background caramel that I had to search for just to discover that it is right there and tied in quietly to the hops, spearmint that peeks out... man, this is making me drool. Very thick nose indeed. The taste is also very good and very very bitter which has wiped out my donair breath nicely. Taste isnít quite as good as the aroma. The bitterness is almost absolute. Pine, spice bite associated with the alcohol I think.. then again, maybe itís just the massive shit load of hops punching my taste buds into submission. The citrus take a back seat to the pine here, even though the pine is not totally overwhelming. Large, thick dose of caramel with grapefruit, hard nectarine skin, slight white pepper (maybe), this is a huge beer. Full bodied with a viscous drinking effect. Super huge beer, this is a mouthful without question. When too warm it looses its depth so keep a bit of cold in your glass. A no holds barred sludge-like IIPA (% is a bit weak) that is packed with a so many hops that it resembles that old Bugs Bunny / Yosemite Sam cartoon where Sam goes insane and stuffs apx 5600lbs of dynamite into the rabbit hole in his house floor... and as he is jumping up and down to get get the last massive kegs in and there is so much explosives packed in that the wooden floor boards of his entire house flex and reveal enough explosives to decimate the entire planet. I like this beer a lot but it is not a fast drink at all - itís to damn thick! Iím clearly drunk on beer, wine and whiskey tonight... Hail Mike Comrieís return to Edmonton! Half Pints pumps out another excellent beer - all hail those mysterious provinces between Alberta & Ontario for producing wonderful beer. In the end, despite the high marks, I wish that this beer had more depth, but that is just me being a selfish douchebag cuz this is an excellent brew. Time to chase this sucker with Scotch just because itís still so damn early!
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very dark brown body that appears deep red when held to light complete with a thick cap and roapy lacing, nothing wrong so far. Sweet candy hops with more of a peach flavor then a grape fruit in the mouth watering good aroma. This be peachy hop bitter awesomeness in a glass sayís I to you, but really when compared to others this isnít that bitter it has tons of hop flavor without being overly bitter. Brew is thick and will carbonated. Donít taste the alcohol but my stomach can sure feel its warming affects. Nice smooth caramel and wood flavored malts come through stronger the warmer the beer gets. This is highly drinkable due to its not so intense bitterness but still packs tons of flavor, this is a beer that could get me in trouble.
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml brown bottle. Dark orange/amber in colour, some haze. Maintains a good sticky head, good lacing. Nice piney, spicy hop aroma. Big malty body feels full in the mouth, caramel malts provide a balanced sweetness against a ton of C-hops. Grapefruit notes, medium bitterness. Aftertaste is grapefruit. Overall a nice DIPA, good drinkability, medium carbonation, goes down fast for itís strength. If only I could get this in bombers...
Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a vice honey amber color with a thin white. Very nice lacing in the glass. Smells of pine forest, juniper and freshly cut wood. Very rich flavors of pine and toffee. Creamy, full and rich mouthfeel. This ones a winner.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark and caramelly-looking amber, with a thin off-white head with passable lacing. Nose is quite sweet and malty, hops are to the fore, spearmint, grapefruit, and pine needles are all present, but so is a very big, round, sweet, and nutty maltiness. Palate is big on both hops and malt again, hops are slightly more assertive in the mouth than on the nose, finish is spicy, sweet, and minty. A solid effort for a Western Canadian brewer, but too much malt, it masks the hops. Decent IIPA, but not more than that.
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle sealed in wax. This yearís release. Lucky enough to grab this in person at the brewery last week.
The beer is certainly one of the best IIPAís in Canada but sadly that isnít saying much. What do I compare it to? Regardless, thereís an abundance of hops but perhaps too one note in the palate. The malt is there but subdued. Alcohol is well integrated for 8% and yet it tasted more like an IPA than an IIPA. Curious. No matter what I am gladthe brewery are pushing the boundaries in such a staid and conservative beer marketplace. Hats off!