dudebun (136) - - AUG 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought the last bottle at the LC in Sydney River in early July 2012. Wasn’t totally blown away by it, but it was pretty good although I was expecting more. I guess I was hoping for more hop aroma... It was hoppy and bitter and malty and great but not double IPA hoppy enough on the nose for me. More on the nose would have been good. But it was fine. But not awesome. Decent. Would like to try it again. Maybe it was old, I didn’t check the best before date.
mcberko (6260) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks a lot, Mike), pours a dirty dark orangey brown with a medium white head. Nose is very malty, with loads of caramel malt, syrup, candied sugar and resinous hops. Flavour is unfortunately the same, with a way over-malted body, some resinous and piney hops, and some residual candied sugar. Way too malty and sweet for my taste, but somehow you get more accustomed to it after a while. Off the mark, but decent.
johnnnniee (2278) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the brewery shop.
Pours a fairly clear deep golden color with a smallish off white head that slowly dissipates leaving a light amount of stickies on the way down. The aroma is quite sweet and heavy with sugary caramel. Citrus and pine provide balance but this this one feels heavy and sweet like a hoppy barleywine. The flavor follows the aroma with lots of caramel and brown sugar offset with some earthy pine citrus and ethanol. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sticky almost syrupy mouthfeel. Feels like an IPA from the nineties, crystal malt sweetness light if any dry hopping. I can drink this but compared to some of the ipa’s out there now, I would choose something else.
I had to update this after noticing that the bottle I have was packaged in May even though I bought it two weeks ago at the brewery. It is possible that this is much better fresher, but right now the hop aroma is not strong enough to cut through the intense malt sweetness.
DomD (43) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 500ml bottle. Strong spruce and citrus aroma. Slightly cloudy amber, with white head. Has a strong bitter taste. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation.
I quite enjoyed this one, but it is not for those who don’t like the strong hop flavour.
vadie (664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur jaune brumeux avec une mousse moyenne beige. L?arôme d?agrumes. Un peu onctueux en bouche, un peu sucré, avec les agrumes et une finition amer atténué part le sucre.
dresden (824) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark amber pour with a big fluffy off white head. Aroma is not the hop bomb I was told to expect. Quite a malty aroma with some floral and pine hops. Taste is a very sugary sweet malt beer with a lot of buttering hops but lacking in the hop flavours. It’s not a bad beer but it’s not the west coast hop bomb they are claiming on the bottle.
shorlin (639) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange amber with a fizzy, pillowy head. Pretty good looking beer. Aroma is solid hop, pine and citrus. Second smell comes back with even bigger pine. Nice IPA. Taste is quite sweet at the start, followed by some bitterness. Really not the big bitter you’d expect from the style. Not the big dryness you’d look for either. Good beer, not a great double IPA.
bigaddie (75) - - MAY 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet aromas with the smell of jackfruit which is something I haven't noticed before in an aroma. A clear, red ale looking beer with not much of a head and not much lacing.
A very sweet taste of malts and aroma hops (presumably). Taste seems to disappear half way into the palate. Not much going on and not as bitter or full bodied as promised.
It's not bad but isn't what it is sold to be. (IMO)
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brentcusack (3) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 29, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A hoppy start with a sweet finish. Nicely balanced Double IPA from Halifax, Nova Scotia. With an 8.2% content, this is a worthy opponent to the Garrison Unfiltered Imperial Pale Ale.
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Ferris (3790) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Very sweet, much more than the hop bomb promised. Fruits and earthy hops are present, a bit spicy as well. A reasonably balanced IPA, which is not what is advertised. Still decent though, bitter with some pine.
mathieuc (1225) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lot of caramel in the nose, hops are a little more muted than when I had that < 2 weeks old bottle in August. Still smells and looks nice with big bubbles and extreme lacing. Tastes a bit like a soft barley wine really now. Still has an hop bite but taste is mostly caramel and it is slightly warming. I can only recommend that you seek a fresh bottle of this but this one is still holding up nicely (better than expected in fact).