Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Amber Ale
Squamish, Canada


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A delicious, malty, copper ale brewed in limited quantities every spring, it is made with 100% barley, hops, water & yeast. It is named for the Canadian epic, Squamish BCs Test of Metal Mountain Bike Race, a 67 km single-track race featuring 1,000 riders and an army of community volunteers to make it Canadas most successful grassroots mountain bike race
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 19, 2009
Weak malty aroma. Pours slight cloudy copper, nice thick head. Some sourness with a dry finish. Not alot of malt. Drinkable if not enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
1 litre bottle with new artwork for 2009. Spring seasonal. Appearance: Transparent coppery brown colour with three finger beige head when poured into tall half litre central European style glass tankard. Head recedes after a short while to a heavy ring and thin layer of froth, leaving modest lacing. Aroma: Tempered malty sweetness and chocolate, but not as strongly chocolatey as, for example, some European beers that are reminiscent of chocolate mousse. Taste: Restrained malty sweetness with gentle coffee and chocolate flavours, leading to a gentle hop bitterness that mingles with the malts and a finish that doesnt linger for very long. Extremely well balanced, rewarding, and rounded. Unlike some amber/copper/brown ales from the pacific northwest, this does not even begin to taste like cola or rootbeer. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight silkiness. Minimal carbonation. Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. Its easy finish does not detract from its wonderful flavour. Easily sessionable and capable of maintaining the appreciation. If you want a beer with a long, lingering finish, this beer is not for you. But you are missing out if you dont try this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (7472) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - JUL 2, 2008
1L bottle. Spicy malt aroma, light honey , light aromatic hops. Mahagony colour, tanned head, big bubbles. Good malty base, light roast, slight honey sweetness and a proper hop balance. Falls a bit shy in the body department - lacks chewyness in the finish. Nevertheless quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
Bottle. Dark amber. Good off-white head and lace. Malt and yeast aroma. A bit chewy. Caramel grows from thin young-tasting to very nice middle. Hint of roughness and hops in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2008
Clear copper with a musty, caramel aroma. Flavour is more of the same with a bit of earthyness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (10148) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
1L swingtop. clear amber brown, vanilla-tinged head. Straight shooting toffee-nut, a little earthy, a little fruity. Approachable, a little thin, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Nice dark copper pour with a big creamy head. Vanilla, butterscotch and biscuit aroma. Flavour was sweet caramel and toast, sugary zing but overall a bit weak and watery impression for me. Cashier had claimed that lots of people were keen on this one, but its charm was lost on me...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2008
Copper body with quick fading head. Aroma is brown bread with a hint of nutella. Medium body with nice carbonation. Malty, some roasty flavour and a carmel sweetness before finishing quick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (5124) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2008
(1 litre flip top) Purchased at The Strath for $6.95. Also seen at Spinnakers and The Swan. Pours a clear, well carbonated, mahogany body with a medium, white head. Nose is surprisingly sweet - brown sugar and chocolate malts. A good elixir of toffee malt, roasted nuts and floral hop flavours. Fairly basic but well executed. Some minor butterscotch in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
Pours a clear copper with a decent head and some lace. Brown sugar aroma, sweet and malty and enticing. Tastes very much like a pale ale crossed with a brown ale - interesting chocolate malt flavour, not too heavy on the crystal and still enough hops to keep things interesting. Well balanced, light butter/diacetyl, with a warm toffee finish. Carbonation is quite good, considering the problems Ive had with Howe Sound 1L flip-tops. This beer reminds me of a basic macro "Pale Ale" but with enough character to carry it through. Very sessionable!

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