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Leapbeer Review #166 Imperial IPA by Garrison Brewing Company

Today, I sample from the other side of the country for my beer. I went with the Garrison Imperial IPA today. I picked this from Cascade Liquor store in Victoria. Thanks again to Bryan for your help and supporting the blog.

This is the 2nd product of Garrison’s on the blog, or is it the first. They were included in the process to make the Baltic Porter with Phillips that I had in the beginning of the process. Maybe it’d be easier to say that this is the first wholely Garrison product in the blog. It is their award winning Imperial IPA. There’s a little chart beside the information on their website ( http://www.garrisonbrewing.com/beer.html ) of all the awards it has won. But you can notice below that it’s won Canadian Beer of the year 2 years in a row for 2007 and 2008.

This beer is an unfiltered and super hopped, strong and bitter India Pale Ale. This beer hits 81 on the IBU’s so I expected a nice hit of bitterness from it. And the site says it has a blend of 3 different hops variants, Cascade, Amarillo and Gr. Magnum. Before I even opened the bottle I had high hopes for this beer.

I cracked the bottle and gave it a pour in my trusty pint glass. This beer pours to a deep and cloudy amber with a nice head on it. I get a real smells of sweetness and malt. I was surprised not to get a hoppiness smell to it. When I sipped this it lived up to some of the billing, being a super bitter ipa. You get a real wash of bitters from this beer though, not a blend of the hops. It isn’t a bad IIPA, but to me it seems very one note. They assembled a lovely band of players, but turned up their instruments to 11 and the music is just a wash of distorted noise. It advertises a ‘Robust malt body”, but it is almost entirely eclipsed by the bitterness. After you sip it the malts come in late. It was almost an unwelcome element for me, kind of like a bagpiper stepping up 3 blocks behind an overblown marching band. While I didn’t care for this beer too much I wouldn’t say it was all that bad. It’s just not my favorite IIPA. Even so, I do plan to grab another one when I get a chance to try it a second time, just to make sure I wasn’t wrong the first time. Hopefully I can get another one if Cascadia hasn’t sold out.

Leapbeer #166 is the Imperial India Pale Ale by Garrison Brewing Co. of Halifax Nova Scotia

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Leapbeer Review #138 Revolution Russian Imperial Stout by Propeller Brewery

This review is one I was eager to try because I had an idea about it. Because my review of their London Style Porter made me rethink how I drink beer, by it improving when I drank it warm, I totally intended to do the same with this beer.

A little digging on their website yields some great information on this beer. I was kind of shocked to see it is a 60 IBU rating. Its natural for most beer drinkers to compare a stout with Guiness. And, while I’m a fan of that beer, I believe that it is a ‘warm blanket’ of a stout. There’s always room for more bitter in my beers. Another thing I’d like to note about this is that the website for this brewery is great. There’s so much information on it. I’d love to see more sites packing in that much information. Good on you, Propeller brewing.

This beer pours to a deep deep black colour with a mocha coloured head. I purposefully poured this to a large head on it. It took about 10 minutes before it dissipated. There is a thick tan coloured lacing left in the glass where it was.

Initial tasting, cool direct from the fridge. This beer smells of rich malts and licorice. It tastes super smooth. The beginning of the sip of this beer is ubersmooth, but it finishes surprisingly bitter. The bitterness in this beer really lingers in your mouth. It sits in all corners and on my tongue. Even though it sits there, in all its bitter glory, it still remains quite drinkable. This goes down shockingly easy.  I get all the licorice and deep maltiness. The bitterness is really present. The one note I’m not getting in the cold tasting is the dark fruit notes. Time for me to let the other 1/2 of the bottle to sit and acclimate to room temperature.

Room temperature tasting time. I was a little worried that I’d get to do this because my lovely spouse decided to pilfer some of my beer. I had about 2/3 of my glass left in the bottle, phew. Warmer this stout really comes alive in the scent department. I really get the rich maltiness in it, plus also a hint of currant. The other thing that I get in the warm tasting is the bitterness. It is super amplified when consumed warm, shockingly bitter. Someone plugged this in to a marshall and turned it to 11. The Double album, bitterness comes alive! This is a big bold stout in every way.

Personally I preferred it cold, but it is a very great beer. I want to thank Propeller for turning me onto this beer after they read my review of their London Style Porter.

This beer comes from a 500ml bottle at a strength of 8.0% ABV. I also have a 2nd bottle of this presently engaged for another project I’m working on for later in the year. The beer geeks will know what I’m eluding to, but I’m gonna keep it under wraps for now.

Leapbeer #138 is Revolution Russian Imperial Stout by Propeller Brewing

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Leapbeer Review #97 India Pale Ale by Propeller

Prologue: I apologize again to anyone who got this twice. Any more screw ups and I’m going to earn the ‘obviously amateur blogger’ award for 2012.

I was excited to find out that the lq I get most of my goods got in a couple of new Propeller products. I went in and picked up a 6 of the India Pale Ale and a couple of the Revolution RIS. I’ve heard good things about this brewery, and my one foray into their product was good. I look forward to trying both of these.

So tonight I’m going to start off with the India Pale Ale. It pours to a lovely golden colour with about a 1cm head on it. Not a big hit of hops on the nose, but its definitely there in the drinking. It tastes pretty good. It doesn’t have the citric hops the pacific north west breweries have gotten us used to. That said its quite refreshing. My glass is left with a nice lacing on the sides from this beer as well. It’s a 6.5% ABV so I’d rate it between a normal and strong beer. It seems low enough to be a session ale. When compared to what western canada thinks of a maritime IPA (keiths) this takes the cake in spades. I used to love that aforementioned beer, but now I understand where I was going wrong. This beer is definitely worth your time.

#97 is the India Pale Ale by Propeller Brewery in Halifax

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