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 I’ve had, but at least I got a cool swing top bottle out of it.
riversideAK (5557) - 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 (5980) - 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 wasn’t 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 (398) - 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.
jonas (5441) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at GCBF. Perfumed hop aroma. Cloudy amber, low head. Grassy and citric hops on a light body, mellow cask conditioned mouthfeel. Quite drinkable - dangerous session ale.
JoeZasada (281) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
1L Bottle. Pours a hazy, reddish amber with a lasting tan head that laces. Aroma of citrus. Tastes fairly malty, warming, with moderate bitterness, some pine and citrus. Finishes with a citrus bitterness. Very, very good...
Powertrip (998) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Colour: Fizzy peach-red, medium low head. Nose: Olive, hummus, roast chicken, tart hop, what an odd mix. Taste: Rich and vibrant lightly sugared hops burst onto the scene, candied figs follow, delicious malt, woody shrubs, and blistering bitter hops again to end the show. Medium finish. Just a touch over-carbonated but a damn good show.
DuffMan (6073) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
VertBaconStrips (2013) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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! I’m so down with this. The malts don’t 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. F’n A! Permanent hop destruction. 1L of bitter medicine.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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....