lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1 litre bottle with new artwork for 2009, abv now 6.0%.
Appearance: Partly opaque, golden bronze with three finger thick off white head when poured into curved pint glass. Good lacing as head becomes bumpy before reducing and settling into a thin flat layer of still tight bubbles which stays for the whole pint.
Aroma: Lots and lots of hops, moderate tart grapefruit aroma.
Taste: Taste lives up to the aromas. Very hoppy with tart grapefuit flavours and no sweetness. Hops tickle the tongue considerably.. Bitter, long lingering finish with grapefruit fading gently into the background as pure bitterness takes over. No discernible malt flavours; this beer is all about the hops. However, unlike some IPAs that donít have a strong malt backbone, this offering from Howe Sound has a rewarding, balanced taste that manages to not make you crave for some malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very slightly more carbonated than might be expected, but this only serves to emphasise the sensation of the hops on the taste buds.
Drinkability: Very appetising and moreish. Not a complex beer, but an excellent example of a very hoppy pacific northwest IPA that delivers.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber colour with thin off white head. Citric hop nose. Mild bitter hop and floral taste with lingering bitter finish.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy dark amber, nice hoppy scent, excellent balance with malts, chocolate in finish. Not an over-the-top IPA, could be a session ale although the body’s fairly thick. Very well done.
DuffMan (5795) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright orange, slightly hazy, clingy foamy head. Fresh citrus peel aroma. Medium mouthfeel, background sweet malt balances the fresh hop character, finish is a little woody. Very nice indeed!
mds (2118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours an orange-coloured murky body with a small white covering. The aroma is farily hoppy with orangey biscuit.
Flavour has some raw piney hops and biscuit sweetness. Mostly bitter palate.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2009 [1048-20080112] Bottle (w/ garthicus, HogTownHarry, jerc, mds, Radek Kliber). Hoppy citrus aroma has a bit of juicy grainy malt. Hazy, light orange brown body with a medium-lasting creamy white head. Light bitter citrus lemon pip/peel flavour has a bit of leafy plant notes. Medium body is bitter throughout. Nice bitter brew. ( 8/3/7/3/15) 3.6
[2425B-20090807] 1L bottle. Hoppy citrus aroma has notes of spruce. Hazy, light brown amber body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Bitter grainy citrus rind flavour. Medium body. Really nice, drinkable, hoppy. ( 7/4/8/3/15) 3.7
(c/o Derek, w/ others)
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (1000ml - swing-top). Shared with garthicus, jerc, mabel, Radek Kliber and mds - courtesy of jerc?. Cloudy light amber colour, small white head. Light aroma of sharp citrus zest, a some soapy hops, quite dry. Dry, generic hop-bitter taste, slightly stale, mildly acidic, and it builds a decent peppery then grapefruit pith bitterness in the long finish. Average body, ultimately quite astringent mouthfeel - in the end a pretty solid IPA ... just give it some time.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 17, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Slightly hazed dark gold brew with hint of copper , bright yet smallish top 3-
Nose : Refreshing hop nose , west coast in style but not over the top. Sweet honey malts sitting at bottom.
Flavor/Palate : Citric i.e. grape , lighter aromatic hop on side . Rougher more hop pronounced at finish with hints of green raw leaf.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange bod with a small white head. Sweet orange citrusy hops have a sweet juicy character. Flavour has similar orange citrus hops with decent bitterness throughout. Very light resin, grapefruit seeds, very lightly astringent. (7+) Average palate. Suprisingly good, hop forward.
garthicus (2471) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Sweet hop - candy aroma. Gold hazy colour. Flavour is a juicy bitter-hop one with some malt mixed in there too. Pretty good.