Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Squamish, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   IBU: 92   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A high gravity India Pale Ale brewed with 100% barley, six varieties of hops, water and yeast. Extra barley malt nicely balances the huge volume of hops in this brew. Produced as part of the John Mitchell Series. Turn around bright eyes! 17 Plato.

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yespr (47567) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 8, 2011
From bottle, courtesy of fiulijn. Pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is bitter, grapefruity and dry herbal. Bitter, grassy and grapefruity citrusy. Bitter and grapefruity finish.

rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
Had a sampler glass at the brewery. Appearance: translucent brown, small head. Aroma: raspberries, blueberries, spring time, oh so delightful! Palate: smooth, dry finish, medium bodied. Taste: slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Probably the best of the bunch at Howe Sound. One of the few I would walk away with.

fiulijn (21274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2014
2014-10-05, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 7-5-7-4-14=37
Dark amber color, clean, with creamy head. Solid, smooth and silky; malty and resiny; but also buttery and the aroma is footy.

2011-04-08, bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver, 8-5-7-4-16=40
Hazy amber color; generous head, compact, and leaving a nice lace behind. Strong hoppy aroma, first of all sweaty, then a bit fruity too; there is also some yeast. Strong body, sweet toffee flavor; the bitterness is strong, but correctly balanced to the malts; the hops are enough fruity, and also resiny; light yeast; the final is somehow on the harsh side. Better from the bottle than on tap.

2011-03-18, draught at the brewpub, 7-5-7-4-14=37
A bit sweaty hop aromas. There is a moderate sweetness.

2011-03-04, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 7-4-6-3-13=33
Hazy amber color; creamy head. Mild aroma of fruits, apples; light resiny hop; light earthy character, maybe yeast. Good body strength, but the malt doesn’t show its true flavor; there is some residual sugar; strong bitterness. Powerful but not shining.

bhensonb (15760) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 26, 2011
1L swingtop from Malt & Vine. Pours hazy copper with a creamy bubbling off-white/beige head. Aromas of light roast malt and floral hop. Med+ body with foamy carbonation. It has a dash of sweet that is quickly overwhelmed by a godawful amount of hop. Got hop burn. Hop seems floral/spicey with some fruitiness. Finish is burning bitter with enough malt tagging along to support it all. This is really tasty stuff. After awhile my mouth got hop fatigue, and it was going pretty smooth. Not harsh at all.

JB84 (652) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2011
Bottle from Manuchamp. Kick ass bottle in general. Aroma very malt forward with a grassy and citrus bitterness. Pour caramel to amber with pillow of slight off white head. Taste very malt forward and tasty with a spine of floral/grassy/citrus hops, there is a good range of bitterness, caramel and toffee. MF medium body soft carb. Overall I don’t generally like to many Canadian IIPAs or malt forward IIPA but this was very well balanced and tasty.

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Biscuity pale malts also deliver honeyed sweetness while citrusy hops try to shine in this balanced Double IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the misty honeyed golden.
-The aroma is a tad deficient for a Double IPA, but the flavor profile fulfills the hoppy promise.
-The mouthfeel is cuddly; not too lean, not too round.
-Worty allusions show up in the aroma at times.
-This is not nearly as intense as your average West Coast Imperial IPA, but it is very tasty and well put together.

On tap at Alibi Room.

turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
Nice light caramel color with very slight haze and little head, just some bubbles of various sizes. Little lace. Slight citric hop aroma with a malty aroma as well. Malt body is solid but not quite chewy. Balanced by solid hop punch, which is not overpowering. Easy drinking for a DIPA, little alcohol burn. I’d drink it again.

BillardsBitter (4) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2011 does not count
1L bottle w. swingtop. Pours dark copper to reddish copper with amazingly sticky lacing. I do agree that for the Imperial stature, the bold, big hoppiness is somewhat lacking. For the price though, a mere 9.99, and being a local brew, i’m giving it a healthy thumbs up!!

JoeMcPhee (9553) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2011
1L swingtop. Hazy pale golden pour. Thick white head. The aroma is sort of herbal. Light malt sweetness with a kiss of faint hoppiness. A little bit of peppery alcohol. It’s sticky but there isn’t nearly enough hop flavour or bitterness to get this into DIPA territory - meh, really poor. The malt is appropriate and there aren’t any real brewing flaws but there’s a whole lot more hoppiness required.

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
1000, swingtop, capped. Pours an opaque dark brown, nearly black. Enormous dense surging creamy tan head, tons of suds, dense sheets of lace, just an absolutely gorgeous beer to look at. Nice rich mango and grapefruit nose, fruity and acidic both. Creamy medium body, almost thick, with lively carb. Toast, caramel, nuts, pine, and grapefruit on the mid-palate. Very pleasant, refreshing, and drinkable, if not a startling revelation. Nice crisp piney finish. Thoroughly well-executed DIPA.

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