TheDoctor (67) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 5, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2009 Bottle. Aroma slightly minty and floral, with citrusy presence of grapefruit and oranges. Rich mouthfeel with very citrusy aftertaste. One of the finest Canadian beers I’ve had. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
First, thanks to Brad (mmmBeer) for sending this down my way. Bottle dipped in green wax. Beer pours out a medium amber color, crystal clear with a creamy dingy white cap with decent lacing. Aroma is spicy, piney (even a bit pine woody) with a nice sweet note to it. Not as agressive as some CA IIPA’s but very nice. Flavor has all the wonderful qualities I look for in an IIPA. Assertive grapefruit hops on the tongue, sweet juicy pit fruits, caramel, alcohol, and a huge lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is sliky and quite smooth. I think fresh, this might even get a few points more. Really a damn good beer. Diogène (1214) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2009
Bottle. Dark red brown with a thick creamy off white head. Good retetion and great lacing. Aroma is citrusy with grapefruit, pineapple, orages, mint, pine and caramel and sweet toasted malt. Flavor is biscuit, alcohol, sweet malt, piny and citrusy hops, caramel, Great hops with a solid malt backbone. Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Very good double IPA DuffMan (10772) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 Bottle. Pours a dark orange with a dense lightly golden head. Ahhhh the aroma! Loads of resinous goodness, green mango, beguiling spicy undertones. Sticky, heavy mouthfeel with chewy sweet toffee malts and an oily, hoppy body that brings enormous conifer resin and grapefruit rind flavours. A wheelbarrow-load of hops is in here! A terrific IIPA from friendly Manitoba!
ADDENDUM: Recently had this again, pitted against 5 other IIPA’s in a taste-off, and the quality of this brew was strikingly apparent. Stands up against its peers! Sammy (13000) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
Very drinkable leafy minty IPA, citrusy and there are hop oils. 100 IBU takes a first sip or two to get used to.Regular sized bottle, which is not enough, thanks Piscator. Why this isn’t available in our own province’s liquor stores amazes me, but here is something that is as good as a top US DIPA.
Boutip (6628) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2009
Bottle: Poured a cloudy deep amber color ale with a rather larger frothy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops with nice caramel malt backbone. Taste is not bitter at all but more dominated by citrus and grapefruit notes with some light piney notes as well with a huge caramel malt backbone. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very good execution of a West Coast style IIPA. Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - SEP 20, 2009
Pours Deep red with a brownish green head. Strong floral aroma, lots of cascade. It smells amazing. Thick and hoppy. Slightly malty, followed by a floral bitterness fiishing in a very citrus aftertaste. You can hardly taste the alcohol. Great IPA VertBaconStrips (2422) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - SEP 19, 2009
Ya! beer! Pours out a less than medium sized off white cap that is quite thick and has decent retention and ropy lacing. Dark amber or further down the line. The aroma is massive and in my face big time. Huge sweet fruits (ruby red grapefruit, nectarine, lemon, lychee, all hell just type them all in), quite floral (non pungent), background caramel that I had to search for just to discover that it is right there and tied in quietly to the hops, spearmint that peeks out... man, this is making me drool. Very thick nose indeed. The taste is also very good and very very bitter which has wiped out my donair breath nicely. Taste isn’t quite as good as the aroma. The bitterness is almost absolute. Pine, spice bite associated with the alcohol I think.. then again, maybe it’s just the massive shit load of hops punching my taste buds into submission. The citrus take a back seat to the pine here, even though the pine is not totally overwhelming. Large, thick dose of caramel with grapefruit, hard nectarine skin, slight white pepper (maybe), this is a huge beer. Full bodied with a viscous drinking effect. Super huge beer, this is a mouthful without question. When too warm it looses its depth so keep a bit of cold in your glass. A no holds barred sludge-like IIPA (% is a bit weak) that is packed with a so many hops that it resembles that old Bugs Bunny / Yosemite Sam cartoon where Sam goes insane and stuffs apx 5600lbs of dynamite into the rabbit hole in his house floor... and as he is jumping up and down to get get the last massive kegs in and there is so much explosives packed in that the wooden floor boards of his entire house flex and reveal enough explosives to decimate the entire planet. I like this beer a lot but it is not a fast drink at all - it’s to damn thick! I’m clearly drunk on beer, wine and whiskey tonight... Hail Mike Comrie’s return to Edmonton! Half Pints pumps out another excellent beer - all hail those mysterious provinces between Alberta & Ontario for producing wonderful beer. In the end, despite the high marks, I wish that this beer had more depth, but that is just me being a selfish douchebag cuz this is an excellent brew. Time to chase this sucker with Scotch just because it’s still so damn early! Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2009
A very dark brown body that appears deep red when held to light complete with a thick cap and roapy lacing, nothing wrong so far. Sweet candy hops with more of a peach flavor then a grape fruit in the mouth watering good aroma. This be peachy hop bitter awesomeness in a glass say’s I to you, but really when compared to others this isn’t that bitter it has tons of hop flavor without being overly bitter. Brew is thick and will carbonated. Don’t taste the alcohol but my stomach can sure feel its warming affects. Nice smooth caramel and wood flavored malts come through stronger the warmer the beer gets. This is highly drinkable due to its not so intense bitterness but still packs tons of flavor, this is a beer that could get me in trouble. pintbypint (3927) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2009
341ml brown bottle. Dark orange/amber in colour, some haze. Maintains a good sticky head, good lacing. Nice piney, spicy hop aroma. Big malty body feels full in the mouth, caramel malts provide a balanced sweetness against a ton of C-hops. Grapefruit notes, medium bitterness. Aftertaste is grapefruit. Overall a nice DIPA, good drinkability, medium carbonation, goes down fast for it’s strength. If only I could get this in bombers...