Double IPA (S2S) – Howe Sound Brewing


From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their new beer in the Sea To Sky Series of beers a “Double IPA”.  I am a little confused as this bottle states its the 8th release in the series but the Baltic Porter With Red Grape was also numbered 8.  The beer poured a golden colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of some maltiness, juicy fruit notes including pineapple, tropical fruit, oranges and floral hops.  The flavour is of passion fruit, mandarine oranges, stone fruit, candied mango, caramel, honey, resin, pine, bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 55.  Howe Sound definitely delivered with this new release and its nice to see that they are doing more of the Double IPA style now.

Commercial Description:  A juicy, full flavoured and delicious Double IPA. Hop notes of candied orange peel, watermelon, nectarine, ripe berry, passion fruit, rose petal, and resin are forefront on top of a clean malt profile. This beer is big balanced and simply beautiful.

Hardcore IPA – Brewdog


O’hare’s Beer Club February 2013 Box

From Brewdog out of Aberdeenshire, Scotland comes the “Hardcore IPA” a double IPA.  This Hardcore brew pours a  dark golden brown colour with an off white head.  The aroma is of pine, floral hops, caramel and mild fruits.  The flavour consists of pine, tropical fruit, caramel, tons of bitter hops and some mild alcohol.  The alcohol content of this beer is 9.2% with an impressive 150IBU.  This is a very nice Double IPA with tons of bitter hops to make every North Western USA/Canada Hops fan jump for joy.

Commercial Description:  This little bottle has a grandiloquent story to tell. 2,204 malted Maris Otter grains gave all they had to offer the world to provide the robustly delicate toffee malt canvas for the ensuing epic. 6 Hop Cones willingly sacrificed themselves in fiery cauldron that is our brew kettle to ensure your mouth is left feeling punished and puckering for more. 9,900,000,000 yeast cells frantically fermented their little hearts out as the sugars were magically turned into alcohol in the dark depths of our fermentation tanks. This explicit ale has more hops and bitterness that any other beer brewed in the UK. This is an extreme beer rollercoaster for freaks, gypsies and international chess superstars.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Smoked & Charred meats, BBQ’d lamb or ribs.

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Hop Zombie Double IPA – Epic Brewing Company


From Auckland, New Zealand’s Epic Brewing Company comes their “Hop Zombie Double IPA”.  The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head.  The aroma of the beer consists of tropical fruits, floral hops and sweet malts.  The flavour is full of pine with some tropical fruit and a sweet malty finish.  The alcohol content of this beer is 8.5%.

Commercial Description:  Hops have taken over the world. Permeated the senses of the minions. Hop Zombies now roam the streets. Lupulin ichor oozing from ravaged legions. Gorging, gouging, masticating. Salivating over insane hop flavours and aromas. The time is nigh. No more festering away in hopless oblivion. Join the HopZombie Revolution.

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