andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2013
Dragon night! Pours a clear amber with a decent sized off white head that?s slowly settles but keeps a light cover over top and leaves a bit of lace. Aroma is floral, earthy, grassy and sweet caramel. Taste is earthy, grassy, mid-high bitterness that lingers a little without being too harsh and a nice partially sweet maltiness comes out. cfrancis (3586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
Thanks to reimer for this. Pours a clear orange gold with a small white top. Aroma is sweet floral hop and a honey like with some grass in the malt profile. Taste is a big blast of hop bitterness, floral with a touch of citrus. Interesting hop profile. Reimer96 (1778) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2013 Pours a clear orangish amber with a big white top that leaves lots of sticky lace. Smell is very malty and sweet like caramel. Taste is very malty, earthy and grassy with big bitterness at the end that hangs around but not too long. Retreated this after letting it age and it has aged well taking away most hop harshness. Interesting how much malt flavor the HBC experimental hops bring out but I think they work better as dry hops for casks. Have had an Indigo dragon and full moon casks dry hopped with this hop and it was fantastic! mcberko (19175) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2012
650mL bottle, pours a hazy vibrant orange with a small white head. Aroma is quite dank and slightly vegetal, with pretty much no traits of a IIPA showing on the nose. Flavour is very sweet, with loads of caramel, some tropical fruits, lots of grains, and a dry grassy bitterness that lingers on and on. The flavours don’t mesh very well, the sweetness is a bit bothersome and the bitterness is not too tasteful. Not sure what they were trying to do here, but it didn’t work. noctivagans (27) - - SEP 3, 2012
I was curious about the experimental hops and thought I?d give it a try. Overall, not terrible. But definitely below the level of quality I hold Alley Kat to. Appears and pours okay, but comes up short in aroma and taste... slightly sweet and tangy. Well ahead of most entry-level craft IPAs, but disappointingly not one I would buy again.
kliggerwar (155) - - AUG 23, 2012
It was good, A little hoppy and bitter but was expected drinking an IPA. Not bad at all don’t know how well a dozen would go down but 1 pint was good. presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
Bottle. Holden amber with fair white head. Light grain and flower shop aroma. As often happens flavour is similar to aroma. Lots of grain and grass and a chunk of floral cuttings. Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle - Shared with my friend barry, in a hotel wine glass. Pours clear orange, thin cream coloured head, spotty/ropey lacing. Nose is bitter melon, clean corrugated cardboard, fresh, light, and bright, rather soapy. This seems to be a very hard hop to nail down, as both Alpine and Minneapolis Town Hall haven’t delivered up to their normal brilliance... Flavours f rich and spicy melon, guava, passionfruit, with a clean, biting bitterness. Finish is tea-like, with tart nondescript citrus. Not bad, but really not world-class. thb (838) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 29, 2012
With a turbulent pout it generates a bubbly half inch of white head above a clear deep gold liquid. Aroma (to the nose) is really surprisingly...gentle for a 7.5% iipa. Subtle floral hops with a hint of malt behind. Taste is much more potent. Bitterness is there and punchy from start to finish. Hop aroma is amazingly minimal. Slight floral/herbal background. And man the alcohol in this is overdone. Mouth feels like I’ve done a vodka shot after having a little sip of this. Way too hot, and doesn’t add anything to the experience. VertBaconStrips (2408) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JUN 29, 2012
Had this on tap a couple of times and thought it was ok but this selection of cyber babble will reflect the bottled version. Poured out a nice clear golden brew with a small whitish cap and some speckles. Long break watching the wonderful animals that visit my yard. The dual tunnels fixed to the cartilage blob on my face is finding alcohol which is disappointing. It’s not dominating but... yea. It’s a hard aroma to put together but there be something that makes me think ’grains’, perfume orange, spicy note in veggies without the veggie bad rap, some nectar in there similar to those juices I used to be able to talk my parents into buying on camping trips, not much else. Pretty plain. The taste is marginally less than the tap version which doesn’t bode well. The foreign tasting pungent fruit and hard spice give this somewhat of a different look yet it’s quite disappointing. I am interested in the bitterness of this but it’s not enough. I’ll add on that rarely do single hop experiments make a good IPA or IIPA. Maybe I should tell the brewer how to brew a better beer but I’m not the savior for the province. I do, however, have stunningly great looks.