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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (17158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 10, 2007
Slightly hazy. More dark amber than copper but thats splitting hairs - with a loose tan head this beer looks great. Very toasty aroma...vague chocolate/coffee dark malt stuff in there, too. And fuggleish hops, that horrid yoghurty-mossy note. Yeah. Lots of this same stuff - the toast, that same hop character - on the palate as well. Thats two things that I dont like and they are predominant in this beer. I cant fault the workmanship of the brew but ultimately success starts with concept. A good idea executed poorly doesnt work and neither does this - a bad idea (combining two of beers laziest, most unappetizing flavour possibilities) done well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (16956) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2012
On tap at the Alibi Room, pours a hazy copper / orange with a small white head. Aroma of copper-like malt and metallic notes. Flavour of metallic notes and dry English bready malts. Very bland, but dry and would be very drinkable if not for the metallic notes. Too much metallic / coppery flavour.

   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (7471) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (6205) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2011
1 litre swingtop bottle poured a copper color with a modest white head and some lacing. Aroma is caramel malts and some mild hops. Taste is grainy malt sweetness and some light hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (5924) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Poured into a pint glass, the appearance was a ruddy amber color with a sly transparency about it. Fingers worth of white foamy head quickly dissipated. Left some stringy lace. The aroma had some nuts, toast, brown sugar and a touch of caramel malts. The flavor blended the prior noted aromas sweetly and then the toast and just a tad of roast. Semi-sweet malty aftertaste with a nutty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt spot on. Overall, nice amber ale worthy of coming back to if I could get it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (5123) - 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 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 14/20
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2008 Original rating (7-4-6-3-13 is equal to 3.3): Toasted and caramel malts blend well with floral hops and berry-like fruity esters in the nose. Clear burnished copper coloured body is topped by a generous and foamy off white head. Toasted and caramel malts with floral hops, mild bitterness and fruity esters. Mild buttery character is notable especially in the aftertaste. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes more along the lines of British ale than an American amber. Well made if not terribly exciting. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (Brewery Creek, Jun-07). Rerate (6-5-7-4-14 is equal to 3.6): Malty clean straight forward aroma. Clear copper coloured body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled off white head that recedes to a lasting cover with some lacing. Caramel malt sweetness is pronounced with moderate offsetting bitterness. Quite dry medium body with fairly strong lightly prickly carbonation. Sampled on tap at the brewpub in Mar-07.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3950) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2007
Hazy amber, lasting beige head. Lightly fruity carmel malt nose. Light sweet brown sugar profile, very light hop bitterness

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