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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   IBU: 92   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 8, 2011
Bottle 100 cl. Courtesy of fiulijn. Pours an almost clear amber with a creamy and lacing off-white head. A little sweet caramel in the nose with some spicy hops. Medium body, fairly high sweetness, caramellish with a little citrusy hops leaving a good hop bite. Decent if not exactly thrilling. 080411

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30908) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 8, 2011
From bottle, courtesy of fiulijn. Pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is bitter, grapefruity and dry herbal. Bitter, grassy and grapefruity citrusy. Bitter and grapefruity finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
UPDATED: APR 8, 2011 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10933) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 26, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2011
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillardsBitter (4) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011 does not count
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!!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2011
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.


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