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Formerly brewed at Granville Island Brewing (Molson Coors)
Style: Imperial IPA
Vancouver, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Imperial India Pale Ale is a hopped-up version of beers made famous by the British Raj over a century ago. Big malt, bold hops and a higher-alcohol content all mean one thing: more flavour. Combining local and English malts with Pacific Northwest hops and special yeast, our Imperial IPA is complemented by a unique citrus-peel bitterness that’s excellent for toasting Vancouver’s 125th birthday this year. Cheers, Vancouver!

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3.4
Eyrish (92) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
2013 edition. 8.6% just what they needed to do add more alc. hazy golden pour. Small head, nice lacing. Moderate carbonation. Great citrus hop nose. Maybe Amarillo heavy. Bitter finish. great creamy palate. Great beer and a classic double IPA. Well done

3.2
piscator34 (2622) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
Bottled sample. Orange in colour with moderate (and soft) carbonation. Aromas are of muted sweet orange and a hint or caramelized pear. Flavours are of chewy (but not overly sweet) pale malt, grassy and citrusy hops, a bit of booze and mint. Medium to heavy bodied with chunky bitterness. Has a certain British-ness to it inspire of the old school citrusy American hops. Ok overall.

4.1
Jokine (51) - Manitoba, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
Best IPA I’ve had so far. Smell is very fruity with Orange, Peach, Mango, and Grapefruit notes. Taste is similar, with surprisingly little bitterness on the finish in comparison to other IPA’s I’ve had.

3.5
eric_victor (57) - Manitoba, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
Very thin white head. Clear orange colour. Not too strong hop aroma. Nice soft carbonation. Very good. Probably the best from this brewery. I expected more from a "Limited release" though. Good beer.

3.5
patricks110 (2556) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
Pouring a bright, vivid orange-gold colour with a well carbonated body and a light beige head that fizzles instantly to nothing. A few white splotches of head coat the glass for a short while before fading away prematurely. The aroma has a mild Pacific NW feel with heavy resin and piney hop aromas full frontal with obvious citrus notes. The aroma lacks an overall malt character midst the heavy hop scents. The flavour is unbalanced and rather resinous upfront with heavy citric hop acids and a light toasted malt. A bit of an overall sweet flavour and notes of lemon peel and fresh grapefruit juice join the party. The finish has an abrupt and potent astringent bitterness although short lived as it fades quickly.

3.8
cards04 (2887) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
Pours a nice peach colour with big white head and nice lacing. Dank and resinous aromas. ..nice. bitter resinous flavours balanced nicely with a thick malty sweetness. The best dipa I’ve had since hopslam. Just kidding. But it is quite good, and probably Granville Islands best effort. If the people of said brewery read these ratings to get a beat on their beers, I say to you. ..make more beers like this.

2.7
Zeswaft (1777) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bomber. This is pretty bad. I haven’t had one IPA in canada that’s come remotely close to an american one. This is all caramel malt on the nose. Flavor is burned plastic hops and bitterness. A little bit of alcohol too. Late in the finish there is a flash of citrus. I would never get this again, especially for $8 a bomber.

3.4
Ferris (16302) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle - Sweet grapefruit and citrus hops. Clear copper with a thick off white head. Upfront bitterness with resin and grapefruit. Malts do peak through but the bitterness overwhelms and doesn’t dissipate. Finish has a bit of alcohol and the more I drink this the more I realize it is a pretty boring IIPA. Nice medium to full body. I am pretty impressed considering how bad their other beers have become, although nothing special it is decent.

4
manisthebeer (246) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 9, 2013
nice white frothy head smells of raw bitter hops with a sweet finish nice dark brown/ amber color really appealing look tastes like a nice bitter hoppy beer i al most taste a grape/ raisen flavor with a sweet finish so amazingly balanced for an 8.5% really great job guys tastes and smells better every second cheers molson

2.7
WheatKing (1338) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - OCT 13, 2012
Completely misses the mark. Sure it’s got a nice smooth mouthfeel, the alcohol is hidden, and there’s a lot of bitterness in the flavour, but so what? The entire point of this style is to show off a complex palate of hop flavours and this is really just one noted blend of citrus and pine.


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