thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2012 A - Citrus and spice
A - Amber in color, with thin, but lasting head
F - Light sweetness that is quickly overtaken by a strong, but controlled hoppy bitterness
P - Oily, full bodied with medium carbonation
O - A great double I.P.A 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. cfrancis (3450) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2009
Big props to presario for this!! God damn if this isn’t the best DIPA that I’ve had. Everything about this beer is awesome. Pours a gorgeous brown colour, aroma is great hops. Taste is just a beautiful palate pleasing hop flavour and bitterness. Just cherish this. andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2012
Pours a nice dark copper colour with a bit of dry hop pellets left settling to the bottom. Nice big white head settling down to a sticky lace. Smells of pine and some alcohol tingle finishing with some nutty maltiness which becomes more prominent as the beer warms up. Taste is initially bitterness and booze that complement each other with a perfect carbonation letting the malt profile to show through at the end with notes of nuttiness. JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2010 Opened the bottle and nice strong orange aroma right away. Pours a nice copper colour with a light head which leaves a light lacing. Taste light sweet hoppy and leaves a dry feeling on the palate little or no acl. flavour. Great beer
Bendrixian (1514) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2010
wow! big head, nice reddish hue. i would have given it full marks for colour but I had a piles o’ bird droppings in the bottom o’ my glass. I’ve seen sediment and I’ve seen hops put in beers before but this was a bit excessive...not that I minded that much. Actually had a chunk and it was a bit crunchy. Anyways, Big brew! extremely fruity. peaches and apricots on the nose as well as pine cones, pineapple. This is a full bodied brew with tons of hops but is balanced by some malts . When an IPA is done right(like this one) there is nothing finer on the market for me. eric_victor (57) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 18, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2013 650ml bottle (absolutely love this size; don’t have to feel guilty about having "just one beer") Found this seasonal brew hiding deep within the confines of my beer fridge; not sure how it went unnoticed. Nice deep amber colour. Beautiful hop aroma. Thick white head lasts with nice lacing. Thick with Excellent malty feel and hop flavour that lingers. This is fantastic! Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2012
Pours a clear orangish amber color with a big off white head that lasts the duration of the beer and leaves lots of lace. Smell’s of bready citrusy and nutty notes. Taste is sweet on the tongue right away and then the hops kick in and you’re left with a big bitterness and some nuts to balance it out. Faint hint of booze on the finish as well. Great imperial ipa! tdavie (19) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 11, 2007
Released Aug 11/07. Purchased right at the brewery. Tasting this beer was a bit of a surprise (after all, I knew what *I* meant from a double or imperial IPA). I was expecting something rather like Victory Hop Wallop or Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. What I got was an extremly balanced beer that to me tastes like an assertively hopped barleywine (Rogue Old Crustacean). The hops are there, they are mouth puckering, and they do linger long after you’ve tasted it, but they do not overwhelm; they follow up a firm malt backbone, with the bitterness building and building. About 2 minutes after you’ve sipped, it tastes like you’ve bitten on a pine cone (a compliment when it comes ot beer in my opinion )..Definitely not a mono dimensional beer either; you’ve got a pronounced treacle/toffee note omewhere in the middle.
A bit too heavy to consider as a session beer perhaps (Little Scrapper IPA will do quite nicely for this). This is something that I would serve to company instead of wine.
I’ve tried it twice from the aging tanks, and once bottled at room temperature. I’ll follow up with some comments after I’ve had a properly chilled bottle. I don’t see the case I bought lasting very long though.
Tom DuffMan (10433) - 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!