Sammy (9570) - 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 isn’t available in our own province’s liquor stores amazes me, but here is something that is as good as a top US DIPA.
Boutip (5185) - 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 (2179) - Asshat, 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 isn’t quite as good as the aroma. The bitterness is almost absolute. Pine, spice bite associated with the alcohol I think.. then again, maybe it’s 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 - it’s to damn thick! I’m clearly drunk on beer, wine and whiskey tonight... Hail Mike Comrie’s 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 it’s still so damn early!
Cirrhosis (1262) - 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 say’s I to you, but really when compared to others this isn’t that bitter it has tons of hop flavor without being overly bitter. Brew is thick and will carbonated. Don’t 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 (2953) - 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 it’s 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 (1243) - 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 year’s release. Lucky enough to grab this in person at the brewery last week.
The beer is certainly one of the best IIPA’s in Canada but sadly that isn’t saying much. What do I compare it to? Regardless, there’s 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!
GRM (3305) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown bottle, 660 ml, shared with Luc Bourbonnière (merci!); eye: caramel, hazy, thick, no effervescence, sheet of beige-tan head; nose: lots of hops, grapefruit, citrusy, light caramel malt, light sugar, pine; mouth: start all in hops, grapefruits, slight caramel malt, pine, short finale all in hops, rather bitter, slightly sweet, good carbonation, medium-full body
Bouteille brune, 660 ml, partagé avec Luc Bourbonnière (merci!); œil : caramel, voilée, épaisse, pas d’effervescence, couverture de mousse beige fauve; nez : beaucoup de houblon, pamplemousse, citrique, léger malt caramel, léger sucre, pin; bouche : entrée très amère, pamplemousse, très léger malt caramel, pin, finale courte tout en houblon, plutôt amère, très légèrement sucrée, bonne carbonatation, corps moyen-corsé