Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2009
"Crystal clear copper body with a tall long lasting rocky cap. Cold dusty aroma, citrusy hops that come across light, there is also some hoarse, Yes I smell hoarse. Smell be good but poor for an IPA. Bitterness with no real flavor is the impression that I get. Medician, mild citrus, faint wood, no real malt character to speak of at all. It’s a highly drinkable brew because it so light, I could pound this all day long just for a IPA this is bad."
VertBaconStrips (2402) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JUN 14, 2009
Poured out a small sized light tan head, leaves some spotty lacing and has thin retention. Brew is slightly hazy and orangy/brown. Aroma is off but not bad. Has a powdered juice crystal scent with some oversweet cirtus, grass and butterscotch. Taste is not bad either but misses the target. I find that I feel the need for more hops on some sips, then get a good dose on others. Fruitiness (lemon and orange??) and the noticable lightly toasted malts are blended good enough. Light to light-medium bodied, has a good swish. Sticks to your mouth quite a bit and does have a lengthy bitter aftertaste that hides. Very drinkable beer. More on the soft side and a decent alternative for hopheads that feel other IPA’s are overkill on the bitterness. If I saw this on tap somewhere I’d get it for sure. Below average doesn’t always mean that a beer sucks, just that if I had 10 IPA’s this one probally wouldn’t break even. I’ll buy this again. Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2009 Bottle. Pours a copper gold color, with a green hue. Good white head and lacing, but I felt the carbonation/bubble structure were lacking. Aromas are basic for an IPA, grapefruit, citrus, very little pine, a bit of crystal malt character coming through, herbal. Palate shows the pine, though it is a bit on the astringent side. Citrus, caramel, and herbs round out the palate. An acceptable, middle-of-the-pack IPA, but neither the equal of the Tree Hophead, nor their own Imperial IPA. barncatmatt (2355) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2009
341 ml bottle from a trade with hobbersr. very run-of-the-mill IPA. some decent hops in the nose but nothing too big. the malt was there to but was equally lacking. the flavour was balanced and followed the typical IPA progression. the bitterness was low but there seemed to be almost enough hops. close to being a good IPA but just OK in my books. this is a brew id buy if locally availible. thanks for the trade Riley! hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 pours an amber colour with a small off white coloured head. Aroma has pine, resin, grapefruit, some biscuit malt, and floral notes. Flavor has an initial sweetness, grassy flavors, some grapefruit, pine, resin, and some biscuity malt reminiscent of a English strong ale. Overall I think this is a good beer... not a great beer. It has the feeling of a IPA with one training wheel. Some restraint is shown... Maybe a little too much. But I still like it.
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 13, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 After giving a low rating the first time I am re-rating to see if I really was off by 1.15 style pts. 2nd time around - I want to smell a bouquet of hops but all I get is straw. A really nice red-brown but still much too clear to warrant a better rating. The flavour is smooth and then BAM that hops hits your tounge and stays there after you swallow. A bit more pungent that I would like it to be. It mellows the harshness after a few more sips but it’s still a pretty bold ale with hops on top formula in your mouth. Overall I am a bit shocked that the brewerey that created my favourite beer ever, thier Imperial IPA, also makes this. It’s not a bad beer, it’s just not that good of an IPA. Drink some brown ale and chew some hop leaves while sitting in a freshly hayed barn is the most accurate description here. Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JAN 13, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2009 from 330ml bottle. Hopy floral aroma. Bitter flavor, very hopy, very floral. very strong flavor a great IPA. Pours a very deep amber colour. My on;y complaint, would be the 6%alc. I would like to see an IPA with a strong hopy flavor and an 8%-9%alc/vol. JoeZasada (317) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2008
Pours with a nice copper colour, lots of hops, good body. Well balanced, good hop bitterness... Proteus93 (66) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Head sticks around moderately. Golden colour... like pine sap.
Clean, grapefruit / citrus rind. Very aromatic and pleasant.
Bitter citrus and leafy hops. Nice flavour, and just the softest balance of malt in there for good measure.
Fairly crisp... medium body and easy drinking. All of ’em are lighter alcohol and good session brews. Nothing TOO extraordinary, but good.
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 13, 2008
Strangely orange in colour. Mixed nose with soft fruit, bread & butter, and an annoying metallic hint.
Fairly carbonated in the mouth and hits with an immediate strong bitterness. Fades near the end and doesn’t leave much trace of that. This is good because now the malt and bundle of hops comes through. Decently balanced with one another as well. Turned slightly watery on its last breath down my gullet.