Steamworks Empress India Pale Ale

Formerly brewed at Steamworks Brewing (Canada)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Vancouver, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
This ales golden amber color only hints at its full-bodied flavor. Its sumptuous maltiness is tempered by a goodly amount of bitterness and a mouth-filling hop flavor. In order to finish our I.P.A. with a truly fresh hop bouquet, we dry hop this ale in the serving tank with both East Kent Goldings and Mount Hood hops.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (17820) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2006
On tap at Steamworks, Vancouver. Pale copper/gold, thin white head. Excellent hop, rather intense hop, but the structure is great. Great malt and creaminess, followed by a hit of intense bitter hops, faint grapefruit, but very intense. Full in mouth, not overly piney. Soft and full in mouth and then intense bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2008
Pours a slightly hazy gold with a small lingering head. Aroma of fresh hops & sweet malt - nothing out of the ordinary. Tastes of canned peaches & astringent anglo-hops with a warm finish. Hops are grassy and fresh, and mask a bit of the otherwise obtrusive alcohol. Very tasty! Carbonation adds body to this otherwise thin beer, very crisp and for some reason, I wrote "buoyant" when I wrote my review down at the bar (this was my fourth beer of the evening, and my 6th that day). Dry, crisp, tasty. Nice IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (9243) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2006
Small white but lasting head. Hazy yellow body. Lovely malt aroma. Bitter hops flavor. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Originally reviewed: 5/9/09. Came out a very deep gold with no head on top at all. All that was there was a thin ring around the edge. No lacing at all. Smells very bready and malty. Some citrus in there, but very grainy scent. Interesting. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Flavor is bitter from a nice hop presence. Piney, slightly spicy flavor. This was wonderfully drinkable. I downed this very easily. I was impressed with this. Could be tweaked a bit, but very good. Id love to try their other offerings. Recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2002
Nothing super special. Strong taste, medium bitterness, could use some more hops

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
stantheman (983) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2013
On tap at the pub in Gastown. I see the ratings are crap, but I actually rather like it. Nice darker amber color, but cant get much nose off it so far. Very crisp, refreshing and unusual hoppy character, with a bit of malt in the background. Its an unusual hop variety it seems. Less citrus than some is about all I can say. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (16655) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2000
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2016 Hazy dirty blonde. The aroma is quite fruity- blueberry, pear, and mellow citrus. Has a fair bit of bitterness, nice fruity hop character. theres definitely some chewiness in the finish, but a solid IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (20029) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2008
UPDATED: APR 6, 2014
2014-03-24, draught at the brewpub, 7-5-7-3-13=35
Hazy golden color. The aroma gives some delicate peach, but it could be better defined. The mouthfeel is lean, dry; the malt profile is anonymous; good bitterness level with nice fruity component (peaches and mango), but suffering from being too dry, papery.
Pleasant, but more APA than IPA.

2010-03-17, draught at the brewpub, 5-4-6-3-12=30
Hazy amber color. Easy Ale, well bitter, with some malt flavor. Golden Ale, more than IPA.

2008-07-16, draught at the brewpub, 6-3-7-3-13=32
Hazy deep blond color; creamy head. There are some nice hops in the aroma, but very light. Some lost malt flavor, strong hopping, but with limited resins and interest. With the Porter, its the more balanced than the other beers here, quite ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeZasada (315) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2010
on tap @ steamworks. pours a light amber with a disappearing white head. aroma of pine. moderate malt notes, good hop bitterness. finishes with earthy hop bitterness. pretty good...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2015
Draught at brewery. Clear gold. Aroma of biscuit, caramel, mild sweet grapefruit, and bit of pine. Taste is bitter and slightly sweet. Creamy and low carbonation, dry finish.

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