Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Halifax, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Launched and enthusiastically received at the first annual Halifax Seaport Beer Fest in August 2007, this ale has quickly become known as the hoppiest beer in Atlantic Canada! Imperial Pale Ale is a robust, medium bodied west coast style ale with a lingering hop bitterness complimented by a malty caramel backbone and a strong citrus character. This beer is for the true hophead! Appeared on cask dry hopped with Comet Hops as Comet IIPA.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sask89 (529) - Regina, Saskatchewan, - AUG 13, 2012
Pours a rich clear amber colour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is of citrus hops, some grapefruit, and a little pine. Taste is sweet up front with an earthy bitterness that quickly takes over. Medium body, good carbonation, and a smooth-creamy mouth feel. An enjoyable Imperial I.P.A.

rosenbergh (11872) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 22, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2017 650 ml bottle. 8%. At the Timo A's Maritimes Tasting.

Cloudy orange color with a small off-white head.
Strong fruity hops, mild bitterness, sweetness and some malt in the aroma.
The flavor is strong piney hops, bitterness, harshness and some alcohol.

olio (10601) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 22, 2017
65 cl bottle (8.0% abv) @ Timo A’s Maritimes Tasting.

Pours clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma is nice and fruity, pine notes, lots of hops, citric tones. Flavor is citric fruity, faint apricot, grassy tones, resinous hops and an adequate bitterness on the finish. Nice aroma but slightly harsh taste. Okay still.


laiti (8523) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 22, 2017
65 cl bottle (8,0%) @ Timo A’s Maritimes Tasting. Thanks!

Aroma has sweet and heavy fruity tones. Also nettles. Flavour has nettles, grapefruity hops, menthol and biscuits. Alcohol in the finish. Aroma was promising bug flavour is somewhat harsh.

lux_edwards (307) - - AUG 18, 2017
75 cl bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a minimal white head. Aroma is pine resin. Taste is bitter like pine. Overall okay, but too heavy on pine for me.

kevinsenn (2294) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2017
Bottle from the NSLC. Resin and pine aroma. Sticky resin pine and citrus taste. Bitter finish. Not my favourite IIPA, but it’ll do.

papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2017
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, orange hued body that turns a deep brown as the rest of the bottle is poured. Murky and hazy as an unfiltered beer should be. Big 3 finger head sits atop.

Smell: Citrus, pine and a healthy dose of hops that aren’t forceful but nice. A little sweetness in there also.

Taste: A good hop bite though not as strong as it might have been. Ripe grapefruit with an earthen feel to it. A little mellow in taste with a certain spice-like feel in the finish. Though not as aggressive as it should be, i found the taste quite enjoyable regardless.

Mouthfeel: A nice lasting bitterenss that is felt everywhere in the palate and lasts long after the sip. Good carbonation with a solid body. Good balance between astringency and smoothness.

Brettsky06 (528) - Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 20, 2017
Pours a light orange color. Floral and citrus aromas. Taste is bold sweet citrus. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Strong finish. Very nice.

BlackHaddock (7771) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2016
Bomber between four at the 25th Oct 2016 Shrewsbury Beer Share. One of a box Mat and I traded with Duffman. Cheers mate. Poured a misty amber, small off-white topping. Aroma was caramel first and foremost before the piney hops kicked in. The taste was also semi-sweet caramel with plenty of piney hops on top. My thoughts ran to marmalade at one point, so there must be some fruitiness in there somewhere too. I liked it.

minutemat (6133) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2016
Bomber @ monthly tasting, Chez Sophie, Oct 16. From trade with Duffman. Many thanks! Pours a deep amber, small off-white head. Aroma is prominent caramel, pine and sweet malts. Taste continues with a big caramel malt presence and vibrant resinous hops. Not my preferred style of DIPA, a bit too malt-laden, but I can appreciate this.

decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 16, 2016
Gold pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma is bready and resiny hops. Flavor is bready, sweet malt and resiny hops. No abv warmth. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a solid resiny bitter finish. best beer on this stop

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