Dubaï Pillée – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

Dubaï Pillée (Extra Strong Invasive Beer, IIPA)- Le Trou du Diable, 9% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“In 1954, Dubai was invaded and looted of its alcohol by extraterrestrials. Unfortunately, very few realize that the stocks are constantly diminishing… Their return is imminent.

Thus, we present this offering consisting of a beer with a white, lasting head, from which emerge fine exotic bubbles filled with predominant aromas of mango, passion fruit and apricot. Initially fruity, this beer features a well rounded and smooth a palate, punctuated with an alcohol warmth and a pronounced bitterness, which are both engaging in an ultimate conflict, therefore convincing the sceptics [sic] that the Great Invasion is coming.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast.

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  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA)
  • Taste: toffee malt sweet slight apricot heavy alcohol
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.90 (after 20% off) – 600ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not in particular
  • What made an impression: overbearing alcohol

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). (Cellared for 1 year). Pours rich golden orange with a fine 1mm lasting head, sticky lacing, very tight clustered micro active streams.

Nose: honey biscuity toffee barley malt, chamomile. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp-thicker, heavy malt with alcohol impression

Mid-palate: honey toffee malt, (lvl-7-sweetness) with some alcoholic heat, chamomile, tangy apricot

Finish: woody honey exhale, residual malty bittersweet

Summary: Drinks good at 17.5°C. Good body and flavour, but the alcohol detection is on the invasive side, making it too heavy after multiple sips. Not quite as tropical as the description.

 

India Golden Ale – Breakside Brewery (Portland, OR, USA)

India Golden Ale (Double India Pale Ale) – Breakside Brewery, 8.1% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)


from ratebeer.com:

“Formerly a collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing. IGA highlights the route that lots of new hop bombs are headed: light in body, lighter in color, and HUGE in citrus flavor and aroma. India Golden Ale or “I.G.A.” is a showcase for two relatively new hops, Mosaic and Eldorado. Mosaic gives the beer a bright mix of stonefruit and tropical flavors along with a big piney backbone. Eldorados are fruity and soften the finish. Breakside keeps the malt bill incredibly simple to allow the hops to take center stage in this elegant and beguiling beer. 8.1% ABV 60 IBU malts: 2 Row, British Munich hops: Mosaic, Eldorado, Chinook”


  • Style: Imperial IPA / Double IPA
  • Taste: Tropical fruity to grainy barley malt stealth alcohol subtle bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $9.42 CAD – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., July 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: for sure

Visual: Pours virtually clear golden orange with a small 1mm head, half lacing, loose clusters of active streams.

Nose: passionfruit-tangerine brightness with a touch of grassy hop, very clean and inviting. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: thicker-crisp, slightly creamy, citrus malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), alcohol hit-low detection, passionfruit, mild pineapple, big tangerine citrusy, fruity-toffee barley malt

Finish: mild grapefruit bitter, tangerine exhale, off-dry bready grain, subtle bitter

Summary: Super stealth 8.1% ABV happening here, meaning that the complexity and balance matches its moderately high alcohol content. I wished for the tropical fruitness in the mids to last longer but instead the sweet barley kicks in a bit early.

Final Frontier DIPA – To Øl (Denmark)

Final Frontier (DIPA) – To Øl, 9% ABV, 33 cl., (Copenhagen N, Denmark)


info from ratebeer.com:

“Efterfølgeren til To Øl humlesucces First Frontier er nu på banen og har navnet Final Frontier. Øllen er lige den tand mere af det hele end sin forgænger, med lidt ekstra krop, ekstra fylde, ekstra alkohol, ekstra smag og selvfølgelig ekstra humle. Dette giver en utrolig potent og samtidig velafbalanceret Double India Pale Ale! Øllen bør drikkes når du når din yderste grænse i det mest ekstreme vildernes, hvor eksistentialerne bliver sat på prøve og livet for alvor nydes!

Ingredienser: Vand, Malt, Havre, Humle (Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus) og Gær.

English: The sequel to To Øls Hop devil “First Frontier” is here and the name is Final Frontier. It is a hoppy DIPA with a little more of everything compared to its predecessor. We recommend taking this baby into the wild!

Ingredients: Water, Malt, Flaked Oat, Hooooooopppppppsssssss (Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus) and yeast. ”

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  • Style: Double IPA / Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Supremely creamy smooth heavy alcoholic toffee soft grapefruit barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 33 cl., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: excellent mouthfeel

Visual: Pours translucent luminescent orange with a large 3cm head, a 1cm layer of retention, ultra-sticky lacing, tight clustered slow steady streams.

Nose: sweet toasty bready toffee barley malt, dull citrus hop overtones. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: super smooth thick-creamy entry, incoming alcoholic malts

Mid-palate: continuously creamy, background subdued tanginess, (lvl-5-sweetness), thick toffee-grapefruit citrus barley malt,

Finish: resiny-numbing hops, residual medium hopped bitterness

Summary: Quite a bold one, monstrously meaty toffee malts and a somewhat dull grapefruit hop component. It drinks on the darker, weightier side, but still has enough tangy brightness to keep it balanced. You can certainly taste the Danish To Øl quality.

Pure Hoppiness DIPA – Alpine Beer Company (Alpine, CA, USA)

Pure Hoppiness Double India Pale Ale – Alpine Beer Company, 8.0% ABV, 12 oz., (Alpine, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

This mega-hopped, West Coast-Style India Pale Ale will take you to hop heaven! We’ve used hops in the boil, more hops in the giant hopback, and added to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting edge ‘hop bite.’ Once you’ve tasted this unique beer, all others pale in comparison. Drink better beer so… drink Alpine ale or go to bed!”

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  • Style: Double IPA / Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Balanced grassy citrus/dry peach toffee malt dry bitter hopped finish
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $5 (after 12.5% off) – 12 oz., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: clean DIPA without being excessive

Visual: Pours deep copper orange with a small but lasting foamy head, sticky lacing, lots of steady clustered streams.

Nose: peachy-grapefruity citrus hop oils. (lvl-6)-pungency – (optimal at cellar temp)

Attack: crisp, thick and smooth mouthfeel

Mid-palate: tangerine hop oils, (lvl-4-sweetness), toffee’d barley malt, subdued zingy alcohol

Finish: big-rounded orange citrusy hopped bitterness, dry grassiness, clean finish

Summary: Seemingly simple yet it’s because it is so balanced. What surprised me was how superbly sippable this was – the hops linger just long enough, without being overly harsh at any point. Very nice.

187 on an Undercover Hop – Parallel 49 Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

187 on an Undercover Hop – Parallel 49 Brewing Company, 10.0% ABV, 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“Another P49 joint, and we be rollin’ hard with  this hop bomb. An imperial IPA with a grip of westcoast hop flavours so real that there ain’t no keepin’ nothing under deep cover. Other fools be trying to hide they colours, but we don’t stop cuz 1-8-7 on an undercover hop.”

Ingredients: pale and pilsner malts, chinook, simcoe, citra & mosaic hops, water & yeast.


  • Style: Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Heavy alcoholic mandarin orange toffee barley malt brown sugar resiny bitter hops
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.30 (after 15% off) – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep, good body

Visual: Pours clear luminescent orange without a significant lasting head, light sticky lacing, thick ringed retention with a large island, suspended sediment, singular micro streams.

Nose: bright citrusy hop oils, very inviting. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: thicker-half slick, smooth mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), alcoholic heavy, toffee’d barley malt, mandarin orange, brown sugar

Finish: light nutty, bitter resiny hops.

Summary: Lots of weight and body in this one, the heavy alcohol is quite apparent and compounds with every sip. Good quality of brew.

Heelch O’Hops DIPA – Anderson Valley Brewing Co. (Boonville, CA, USA)

Heelch O’Hops Double India Pale Ale – Anderson Valley Brewing Company, 8.7% ABV, 22 oz., (Boonville, California, USA)


on the front-left label:

“A color of polished brass with copper tints and a wavy, dense tan head. Aromas of California citrus and aromatic biscuits, with hints of fresh redwood needles greet your nose.  An assertive hop bitterness is delivered to your palate, and balanced beautifully with a malty richness and long, warm, and hoppy finish.”

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  • Style: Imperial IPA / Double IPA
  • Taste: Heavy alcoholic biscuity barley malt orange/grapefruit citrus grassy numbing bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Burnaby
  • How much: $11.40 CAD (after 10% off) – 22 oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: mostly

Visual: Pours orangish-brown with a very small head, half-sticky lacing, thin big island retention, steady singular streams

Nose: sweet whiskey’d alcoholic barley malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: fine-creamy full CO2, incoming heavy malt

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), biscuity-toffee malts, tangy orange/grapefruit citrus, alcohol heavy

Finish: grassy woody bitter hops, residual alcoholic barley malt sweet, palate numbing bitter.

Summary: Good bold biscuity malt flavour backed by significant citrus hopped bitterness. It drinks quite alcoholic heavy, not the smoothest DIPA that I’ve had.

Vexillum Imperial IPA – Four Winds Brewing (Delta, BC, Canada)

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Vexillum Imperial IPA – Four Winds Brewing Co., 9% ABV, 650ml, (Delta, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

Vexillum, an ancient Imperial Roman symbol for strength and nobility. This insistently hoppy IPA reveals notes of Grapefruit and Melon while finishing bitter, yet affably balanced.

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  • Style:Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Full tangy tangerine sweet malt grapefruit/melon hop exhale
  • Where I got it : traded with my brother
  • How much: ~$9 CAD – 650ml., Sometime in 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: Pours golden orange with virtually no head, very thin hazy layer of retention, slow steady streams.

Nose: tangerine grassy hops, background alcohol. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: onset of heavy alcohol, micro half-creamy, mildly slick

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, tangerine hop oils, (lvl-6-sweetness), fruity-citrus malt, tangy

Finish: soft grapefruit bitter hops, lingering full maltiness, faint melon exhale

Summary: smooth-full tangy citrus malt, alcoholic but overall quite clean. Solid.