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 (8987) - 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 (9169) - 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 (7354) - 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.
riversideAK (6034) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of caramel malts, toffees, and lightly tart fruity hops. Pours dark copper, nice creamy head, sticky lace - probably the best part of the beer. Flavor is moderately sweet with caramel, toffee, some darker fruit is there as well. Hops are medium assertive - earthy, a little floral, a little fruity, a little tart. Kind of whatever. Not problematic, just kind of boring and uninteresting and not worth the twelve bucks I paid because the label said imperial ipa and I am trying to win internet competitions.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Dark amber, hazy, large frothy sandy head, very nice lacing.   Damn, that lacing is thick, and sticky!   Sweet resiny nose, some citrus rind, but that too seems a bit sweet.   Smells good!   Moderate to assertive hoppiness on the tongue, decent malt base, not as sweet as the nose suggested but still good.   Has a sweet rindish aspect, citrusy, but not candyish.   This one is already better than most other Canadian Double IPAs I have had.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Could be a little thicker, but as is its well balanced.   The finish has a bit more unsweetened citrus rind to it.   This one wasnít too bad.   Looks great, and smells great!   Didnt deliver on all the sweetness I was getting, but it was still fairly well balanced.   Not a hop bomb, not a malt bomb.   Very respectable.
Sask89 (504) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich deep amber colour, mostly clear with a small tan head. Aroma is more malty than hoppy with caramel most noticeable, there is some pine and spruce present though. The taste for the most part is mild, slightly sweet and not overly bitter. Medium bodied, smooth on the palate and soft carbonation. A nice beer but not what I would expect from an imperial IPA.