rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a sampler glass at the brewery. Appearance: translucent brown, small head. Aroma: raspberries, blueberries, spring time, oh so delightful! Palate: smooth, dry finish, medium bodied. Taste: slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Probably the best of the bunch at Howe Sound. One of the few I would walk away with.
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2014
2014-10-05, draught at St. Augustineís, Vancouver, 7-5-7-4-14=37
Dark amber color, clean, with creamy head. Solid, smooth and silky; malty and resiny; but also buttery and the aroma is footy.
2011-04-08, bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver, 8-5-7-4-16=40
Hazy amber color; generous head, compact, and leaving a nice lace behind. Strong hoppy aroma, first of all sweaty, then a bit fruity too; there is also some yeast. Strong body, sweet toffee flavor; the bitterness is strong, but correctly balanced to the malts; the hops are enough fruity, and also resiny; light yeast; the final is somehow on the harsh side. Better from the bottle than on tap.
2011-03-18, draught at the brewpub, 7-5-7-4-14=37
A bit sweaty hop aromas. There is a moderate sweetness.
2011-03-04, draught at St. Augustineís, Vancouver, 7-4-6-3-13=33
Hazy amber color; creamy head. Mild aroma of fruits, apples; light resiny hop; light earthy character, maybe yeast. Good body strength, but the malt doesnít show its true flavor; there is some residual sugar; strong bitterness. Powerful but not shining.
bhensonb (11675) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1L swingtop from Malt & Vine. Pours hazy copper with a creamy bubbling off-white/beige head. Aromas of light roast malt and floral hop. Med+ body with foamy carbonation. It has a dash of sweet that is quickly overwhelmed by a godawful amount of hop. Got hop burn. Hop seems floral/spicey with some fruitiness. Finish is burning bitter with enough malt tagging along to support it all. This is really tasty stuff. After awhile my mouth got hop fatigue, and it was going pretty smooth. Not harsh at all.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Manuchamp. Kick ass bottle in general. Aroma very malt forward with a grassy and citrus bitterness. Pour caramel to amber with pillow of slight off white head. Taste very malt forward and tasty with a spine of floral/grassy/citrus hops, there is a good range of bitterness, caramel and toffee. MF medium body soft carb. Overall I donít generally like to many Canadian IIPAs or malt forward IIPA but this was very well balanced and tasty.
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Biscuity pale malts also deliver honeyed sweetness while citrusy hops try to shine in this balanced Double IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the misty honeyed golden.
-The aroma is a tad deficient for a Double IPA, but the flavor profile fulfills the hoppy promise.
-The mouthfeel is cuddly; not too lean, not too round.
-Worty allusions show up in the aroma at times.
-This is not nearly as intense as your average West Coast Imperial IPA, but it is very tasty and well put together.
On tap at Alibi Room.
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice light caramel color with very slight haze and little head, just some bubbles of various sizes. Little lace. Slight citric hop aroma with a malty aroma as well. Malt body is solid but not quite chewy. Balanced by solid hop punch, which is not overpowering. Easy drinking for a DIPA, little alcohol burn. Iíd drink it again.
BillardsBitter (4) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1L bottle w. swingtop. Pours dark copper to reddish copper with amazingly sticky lacing. I do agree that for the Imperial stature, the bold, big hoppiness is somewhat lacking. For the price though, a mere 9.99, and being a local brew, iím giving it a healthy thumbs up!!
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
1L swingtop. Hazy pale golden pour. Thick white head. The aroma is sort of herbal. Light malt sweetness with a kiss of faint hoppiness. A little bit of peppery alcohol. Itís sticky but there isnít nearly enough hop flavour or bitterness to get this into DIPA territory - meh, really poor. The malt is appropriate and there arenít any real brewing flaws but thereís a whole lot more hoppiness required.
after4ever (6315) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
1000, swingtop, capped. Pours an opaque dark brown, nearly black. Enormous dense surging creamy tan head, tons of suds, dense sheets of lace, just an absolutely gorgeous beer to look at. Nice rich mango and grapefruit nose, fruity and acidic both. Creamy medium body, almost thick, with lively carb. Toast, caramel, nuts, pine, and grapefruit on the mid-palate. Very pleasant, refreshing, and drinkable, if not a startling revelation. Nice crisp piney finish. Thoroughly well-executed DIPA.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Medium amber orange pour with a surging, thick off-white head, lots of lacing. Caramelly, sweet nose on this with some citrusy hoppy notes. Moderately sweet body with a sharp resinous finish cut into by a lot of booziness. Not a lot of the aromatics I associate with IPAs here, some earthy herbal qualities but mostly booze and one dimensional bitter. Not as good as other Howe Sound beers Iíve had, but at least I got a cool swing top bottle out of it.