sitronbus (11) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 Pale amber with moderate head. Good lacing. Medium body with average carbonation. Moderate bitterness with citrus flavour. Tasty IPA. Hope it’s a regular feature. Rerated because new version has Simcoe hops. Very unigue spicy flavour. harrisoni (19157) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2006
On gravity from cask "Gillian 2" version at Dix. Hazy orange gol with thin of white head. Intense grapefruitcitrus hop aroma. Grassy rather than piney. Good biscuity malt underpins the hop. Well constructed. Then a rather fabulous hop finish. Alcohol is fine. The hop on end is really astringent, flowery, intene, grassy, grapefruit. Malt carries some juiciness. Hop finish really puckers the gum. Is the hop too much on the finish? Yes just a bit too much for me. Hanratty (36) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
This is no longer a seasonal at Dix according to the brewer Tony Dewald. The beer I sampled was a dry-hopped cask version of the product regularly on tap. Very floral hop aroma. Light amber. Good balance. BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2007
After Oakes told me of this great beer I finally headed three blocks down the road to try it. This really is a great IPA, one of the best. The hop and malt balance is bang on and it finishes with such a clean dryness. A beauty. fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 2010-03-25, cask gravity at the brewpub, with Centennial and Sterling hops, 64 IBU, 7.5% ABV, 8-5-8-5-17=43
Oakes (18472) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
Cloudy amber color; sparse bubbles, more than being a thin whole layer. Very nice fruity hop aroma, apricots; lightly earthy and cheesy. Lovely toffee flavor, with just the required residual sweetness; smooth mouthfeel; powerful hopping, yet well integrated, resiny and partially fruity (bitter oranges). Long final, it gets extremely bitter. Perfect example of American IPA.
2008.07-16, draught at the brewpub, 8% ABV, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Copper color, with a creamy head. Quite nice hop aroma, grassy, earthy and a bit fruity too. Good caramel flavor, with a smooth and round mouthfeel and a good body strength; it has a powerful hopping, well aromatic, with a lot of hop oils. Good, at last.
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2010 March 2010 rating. 7.5%, 64 IBU w/ Centennial & Sterling. Hazy, vibrant amber/tan colour. Thin head. Earthy, herbal hedge-like hop aroma. Rich, earthy pithy centennial bitterness. This still remains, in all its myriad incarnations, one of the best balanced and most compelling IPAs in CanadaBarleyMowat (17) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2008
Olde 77 - The first solo brew from new brewer Derek Franche continues the excellent tradition of Dix IPA. Rich piney, grapefruity, orangey hop notes, clean pale malts. Being a much bigger brew than Tony’s IPAs, the malts are a bit chewier, the hops a bit more resiny, and there is a splash of alcohol in the finish. Still, excellent IPA and one of the PNW champs. The next batch will be a bit lighter, with different hops due to the hop shortage.
It’s been a while...Derek 2, keg. Bright amber with rich, lasting head. Aroma is woodsy with some pommelo. The flavour is rounded - abundant pommelo, wood, pine, breadcrust. Wicked balance, rich lingering bitterness, cutting edge...and everything is just nailed right on. Lately, since Gillian 2, this has been the best in the PNW. May it survive the transition...
Gillian 2 version, cask. This was probably the best Dix IPA, maybe even the best IPA ever in BC. Truth, it was a Simcoe bomb but that’s only part of the story. The malts were minimal, pale and clean as befits the PNW style. The hops were bright, fresh and bursting from the glass. Not only was the balance bang-on for a hop-first style like IPA but the brightness, the brashness, the refreshing quality were all in line. At the top of the pile. Already a go-to IPA, seeing this version even once a week will make mandatory drinking. Approximate score would be 4.4
The summer 2006 edition was promised to be the hoppiest yet, and it delivers. Amber colour with a big woody, citric aroma, almost reaching Washington-State levels. The flavour is quite bitter, with lots of Columbusy (tastes like it, I didn’t ask) goodness, wood and citric notes. The malts are still there in a backing role and the yeast is clean. Dry and quenching, if lacking in brightness (hey, it can always get better!)
This possess a big floral hop aroma with some English hops. The body is a bit thin but yet some earthiness shows through along with rich, resiny hops. A chewy take on the style.
Golden colour. Minty-citric hop aroma. Flavour is crisp, hoppy, with a toasty maltiness fading into a dry finish. Ar 7 Ap 3 Fl 7 P 3 O 14 = 3.5
Very hoppy aroma. A massive body offsets the hops, but overall the high alcohol unbalances an otherwise excellent beer. mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2008
Pours a nice orange with a creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet with lovely fresh grassy hops. Holy lupulin batman! Nice oily hops, light maltiness, good crisp finish. Astringent, fresh, yum! Good body & carb. Could use a touch more malt. Nice! Chris411 (18) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2006
[2006 GCBF] Liquid hops really. Good gold color and and nice head which leads to a high carbonation and alcohol that really showcase the hops. If you like hops, you’ll love this. frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2006
This is a great I.P.A. .Golden colour and cloudy with a medium thick head. Big peach and grapefruit aromas. Big hoppy flavour with enough malt to keep it in check. We need this available in bottles.