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Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Squamish, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   IBU: 92   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A high gravity India Pale Ale brewed with 100% barley, six varieties of hops, water and yeast. Extra barley malt nicely balances the huge volume of hops in this brew. Produced as part of the John Mitchell Series. Turn around bright eyes! 17 Plato.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (7996) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
Enormous swing top bottle, shared with Parksy (our second go at this brew, actually). Starts off right: beautiful hazy dark orange with a lively golden head that retains well. Aroma is quite sweet and hoppy, peachy and slightly piney. Flavour is a bit of a conundrum: fruity and a little piney, but with an odd dirty quality to it. Not really earthy or funky, but just not as crisp and biting as I like. It became a little cloying after a while, but still a worthwhile brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2179) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2010
Excellent look - big thick tan cap with great retention, Guinness-like lacing, deep orange / red with lots of suspended flecks. There are tons of sweet citrus, resin, ruby red grapefruit and cotton candy from hops and it comes across fairly fresh as well. Taste wise this is an absolute raping by hops. My taste buds are taking a well deserved "Williams Beat down"(old old skool youtube vid of a black chick beating the hell out of some dude real good). Man, just a shit load of hops - damn! Iím so down with this. The malts donít balance this at all and I could care less. Semi-sweet caramel holds out when warmer. There is some hop heat as well.. actually, lots of it. Resin, raisins, grapefruit. Thick middle, just a massive hop atomic bomb. Fín A! Permanent hop destruction. 1L of bitter medicine.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2010
Best. Beer Name. Ever. Bottle. Pours hazy amber, medium, persistent pale tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is grassy, with citrus, hay, and a pronounced graphite/mineral/barnyard thing going on. Not "Bretty" or infected, but odd. Flavors of toasty crystal malt, grapefruit, orange rind, and mild pine, along with that earthy aspect again. Well balanced, but odd....

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Parksy (123) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2010
From a 1 L Bottle. Was very disappointed, as I thought this would be a lot more flavorful and hoppy. The best part of this beer is its name.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2010
Pours a glowing hazy orange with a nice white head. The aroma is malty and hoppy. Citrus, caramel, honey, pine, grass, and herbs. The flavor is somewhat malt forward with a decent kick of hops. Caramel, grapefruit, orange peel, grass, pine, honey, spice, and a nice bitter finish. Not a bad IIPA, just a little too malty forward for me.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2940) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2010
1L brown swingtop, capped. Dark orange amber coloured brew. Seems to have a little haze. Poured with a very large thick and pillowy head. Nice lacing with some sticky rings left on the glass. Aroma has candied orange/citrus, and some light leafy notes, undertones of caramel malt. Flavour is orangey hops, decent citrusy bitterness with a sharp grapefruit finish. Long hoppy grapefruity finish attacks the back of the throat nicely. Medium body, medium carbonation. Another higher strength beer that hides its alcohol well. Nice bottle presentation as well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Torontoblue (85) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 16, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2013 One of the most balanced, perfectly drinkable IIPAís Iíve ever tasted. Poured from a 1L swing top, with a hazy amber colour, with a white rocky frothy head which clung to the glass all the way down. Aroma is pretty subdued for an IIPA, nothing comes across as to overpowering. But nice pine, citrus, grapefruit aromas tease the nose. Taste is creamy, malt, biscuity and a real nice drying bitter attack on the back of the tongue. The hops donít totally overpower the flavour, but really blend well with the malt profile. This is so easy to drink itís a sin. An IIPA shouldnít be this easy to enjoy. A real lesson to other brewers who íthinkí an IIPA has to be hopped to high heaven to qualify.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3561) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2009
Hazy amber,large lasting beige head.Lighlyt alcoholic sweet malt nose.Full bodied malt start,earthy mid,big lasting bitter hop end. Great lace A nice effort

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2009
Tiggmtl brought this to Grey Cup. Good head on copper/dark amber. Soft scent. ESB - Brittish. Dry woody hop character with a dry hop finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2009
pours a nice copper colour with a big foamy head with good retention. smooth hoppiness and spice. easy to drink very good beer


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