Zaakistan (19) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
Interesting long slightly-bitter hop aftertaste. Very light clear colour. Could be a little maltier to add body.
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Can - Earthy pine hops with a bit of sweetness and orange. Clear copper with a nice beige head. Tastes a bit orange and flat, with a low bitterness that only shows up in the finish. Pretty nondescript. XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2013
Taste out of a can. Slightly burnt orange colour with an airy, white cap reducing to a decent drape. Aroma is citrus, cookie, and muted caramel but more on a simple syrup level. Taste is more citrus, a slight amount of pine, and that "simple syrup". Lasting, medium dry finish. IMO, this is an English ipa, and a pretty decent one.
I was handed the print-out from the brewery after tasting and writing my notes:
"Vancouver Island Grown hops are at the epicentre of this medium bodied ale, which boasts high hop bitterness and an aftershock of intense flavour. The Big One is crafted in a classic British style but features 100% whole-flower, Island grown hop strains like Brewers Gold, East Kent Goldings, Styrian Goldings, and Fuggle. The result is a dry but intense and uniquely Vancouver Island beer."
It'd help the brewery if this information was on the website, at the very least. Lagerboy (2221) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2013
Bomber, repackaged as ’The Big One’ IPA 6.5% ABV.
Opaque brown orange, foamy off-white head settles and fades. Piney fruity citrus hop aroma. Moderate citrus pine bitter hop taste dominates, lightly resinous, some grapefruit. Mild caramel malts emerge as it warms. Average carbonation, light-medium body, medium hopped. Softens towards the finish, a lighter version of a PNWIPA, but still NFL (Not For Lagerboys) RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
Good beer, but not really what I really how I like my IPAs. Good bready malt backing with a decent amount of hop flavour. Nothing is really prominent, it all blends together quite nicely. Pour is a murky amber.
toddomundo (10) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle 650ml ex liquor store. Definitely a different north west IPA - bitterness is there without much flavour to support. A bit too bitter to be honest and not really worth it as the hops don’t come through and the malt is non-existent. turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle. I rate this one on overall impression here. It’s more of an English-style IPA. In that regard it is a successful effort. In local terms, it would be more of an ESB. Anyway, this is a fairly well-executed IPA-lite. LarryBeast (616) - - JUL 24, 2012
Draft sampled during HOPoxia 2012. Golden amber, white head. Citrus hop tang with earthy, meatiness to the malt. Somewhat sweet and zesty; well-balanced. Medium-bodied, easy on the carbonation, slick with a dull bitter finish. Mellower than its North West fellows at HOPoxia, this was described to me as an "English stlye" IPA by the dude behind the bar. WheatKing (1338) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - JUL 22, 2012
With "Port Alberni hops". Not much head, light amber. Pineapple aroma, tangerine flavour. Definitely a NW IPA, in the light vein. Reminds me of Tropicana brand juice. Gerbeer (3795) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
On tap. Pours a clear yellow with a light head. Aromas of citrus and pine. Flavors of grapefruit, malt, and cedar resin. Light bitter finish. Very nice