TheJester (1775) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 mL bottle. Almost transparent red-orange with a short-lived off-white head. The aroma is not as aggressive as some, and the balance actually siggests ASA as much as IIPA. Very pleasant, though. The flavour is very tasty. The hops are all resin and grapefruit, there is a solid caramel backbone, and there is a solid, lingering, bitterness. No alcohol presence. Very fresh-tasting. Very well done. The only thing holding it back is its civility; IIPAs should be unrestrained and wild.
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle samples on a few occasions. Rating taken from notes 03/03/11. Very deep and slightly hazed copper/bronze with a creamy and custardy cap with thick and heavy lace. The DIPA nose of pine, resiny hops, and citrus is apparent and abundant with hints of fruity and earthy malts. Conversely, the flavour profile is more prolific with juicy fruity malt sweetness and a balancing bitterness. Thick, almost oily finish with a full bodied approach to the style.Lingering bitterness is pleasant. Very good example.
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
decent, not great. pours hazy red with small head. aroma of hops. flavour is dominated by the malts.some pine and hops comes out in the finish, with a slight bitterness. being its an IIPA i expected a lot more hops that this, was a little disapointed. still a good beer, especially for a Canadian IPA.
JesseM (1145) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2012 650mL bomber from the lickbhoe. Pours a semi-hazed bronzish gold with a small beige cap. Aroma is more or less perfect, that awesome west coast hop amazingness on top of and surrounding some delightful toffee biscuity malts. Some serious resin going on here too. Flavour hits with the hops all the way through, juicy grapefruit featuring prominently (pause for drool...), with the same delicious malt body backing it up. Finishes prickly with some booze, but actually it’s pretty drinkable, especially considering I’m having this at near-room temp. Aftertaste is dry and puckering from the hop-effect. Feels thick and slightly oily, but with moderate carbonation to prevent it from getting cloying and gross. Almost creamy, as everything blends and flows so well. Seamless. DAMN this is good, I need not exaggerate or spout some sort of written orgasm, but this stuff is IMHO one of the best things the LCBO has ever done for hop heads in the Soviet Republic of Ontario. THANK YOU.
JRock72 (605) - - MAR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours big head that retains. Kind of thick palate with little finish but still quite good. Finish fades really quickly. I would like to try their regular IPA.
yarry (527) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8.3% A/V 650ml bottle.
Having had the single IPA on vacation 2 summers ago, I am very excited for this one. Gorgeous fiery copper colour with a nice light brown head. Positively beautiful beer! The aroma is a bit floral and malty with some grapefruit acidity in there as well (I had a stuffed up nose when I rated this, May affect it). The taste.. Sweet and gentle jesus there are alot of hops in here, just the way I like it. The malt definitely provides sufficient backbone so as not to just be a hoppy water. Aftertaste consists of tons of hops, and some caramel.
Overall, amazing beer for sipping on, and if you love hops. This isnt a beer you will want to drink a 6 pack of, or will enjoy AT ALL if you dont like hops.
GREAT JOB TREE!!!
yogibeerra (30) - KAMLOOPS, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
if you love a nice chewy I.P.A., this one is for you. dry hopping technique, slow brewing and conditioning made me very hoppy. my only complaint is that it’s somewhat pricey.
DerWeg (1482) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh 2011 bomber from LCBO. Pours a fuzzy deep amber with very fine carbonation and small tan head, and the fuzziness seems to settle more clear in ten minutes. Aromas are of pineapple-like esters, and citrus bitter hops. Taste is full and sweet-bitter with a round feel. Taste caramel and pale malts, candy lemon and bitter grapefruit pith plus some pine needle. Touch heavy in the feel, some warm replay of alcohol.
Lagerboy (1171) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2011 2010 Limited Edition: hazy amber, small head, spicy, piney, hoppy aroma, intensly hoppy taste overrides the malt, dry bitter alcohol finish.
Not my favorite style, but enjoyed it all the same. Lagerboys will want to steer clear of this one!
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2011 Re-rating, March 2011 - many, MANY $5.35 bombers from LCBO: Either we got a duff bottle or they stepped their game up with what the LCBO is carrying right now. This is thick, murky, nice head retention, lovely dry leafy/resin aroma, taste builds slowly to a fairly powerful bitter and somewhat boozy level, thick mouthfeel, astringent, decently carbonated, has a really earthy dry bitter linger and aftertaste - I have bought 22 bottles so far, and will probably buy another dozen, if available - they’re selling fast.
Original rating 7+3+7+3+14=3.4 February 19, 2010 tasting with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc & mabel. 660ml bottle courtesy of jerc. Clear amber with an average off-white head. Slightly boozy and sweet aroma, some tart fruit, light resin, and an odd bit of mint. Taste starts quite sweet, with building bitterness and mid-level booziness. Sweet, sticky and somewhat still mouthfeel - nice, but it didn’t really seem much like a double IPA.