austinpowers (2832) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Despite some of the other ratings of this beer, I did not find it to be the least bit hoppy. It utterly failed to challenge me and was merely a mildly malty brew. Not that it was bad, but I had hoped for a tad more character. bsii99 (13) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 2, 2002
This really hit the spot after a day on Whistler. Went great with my meal. Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2001
When at the High Mountain brewpub, I asked the bartender for his hoppiest offering. This is what he gave me and I was insulted. Bitter is not one of the words I would use to describe this ale. Decent nonetheless. Oakes (18194) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2001
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Notes from August ’07 with Dave Woodward as brewmaster...can’t remember if that’s the same as before. Bright dark copper. Brown sugar malts on the nose with rich woody, grapefruity hops. On the palate, more toast comes through along with a slightly pithy grapefruit bitterness. Clean, tasty. In time the brewer’s intent is to get an IPA into the regular lineup and recraft this brew in a more English style. But for now it’s pretty good.
Notes from Jan ’06 with the same brewer as last August: Golden-amber colour. Toasty-earthy English hop aroma. A bit thin. Astringent roast background hints at mashing/sparging issue. Unpleasant. Ar 7 Ap 3 Fl 4 P 2 O 6 = 2.2
Notes from August ’05 with the new brewmaster. Slightly hazy dark brown. Earthy, spicy aroma with crystal malt and light foresty hop. Light bitterness. A little bit of stale hop character and punchy dark malts. It’s not huge, but it’s got character. It’s also very similar to the brews at Howe Sound - is that where they got their new brewmaster? I’ll have to find out. Ar 7, Ap 3, Fl 7, P 3, O 14 = 3.4