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Trillium Brewing Company Scaled Up – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8% ABV

Trillium Brewing Company Scaled Up – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8% ABV (C$15.75 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 15-Feb-2024, acquired 23-Apr-2024, reviewed 25-Apr-2024)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with one fat finger of fine pale ivory head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: stone fruit, dank pine resin, citrus, white grape. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (9/10) Palate: medium-full body, moderate carbonation, lingering mildly warming finish. (4/5)

I am indecently happy at the fact that my local beer shop was able to bring in half a dozen different Trillium offerings, four of which were new to me. (I also had a bit of a mini stroke when that four pack fell out of the back door of my truck into my driveway. Remember the baby carriage scene in The Untouchables? Think that, but with more swearing. Luckily none ruptured.) Expensive? Yes, but cheaper than a trip to New England, so on that basis  definitely worth it. Hopped with Galaxy, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin, and Columbus, and the flavours pretty much follow that. I went back and forth on the aroma and taste scores several times before settling on what I think is a pretty reasonable assessment. (17/20)

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Irrational Brewing Company Exp. Cairn – American IPA at 6.5% ABV

Irrational Brewing Company Exp. Cairn – American IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$5.90 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 23-Apr-2024, reviewed 25-Apr-2024)

Appearance: clear straw with one finger of loose white head, good retention and spotty soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: melon, field berries, dank pine resin. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate-lively carbonation, medium duration building bitter finish. (4/5)

“DDH Modern West Coast IPA”. I think maybe the name is supposed to be “Cairn” and the “Exp.” refers to “Experimental”? Brewer description says this is hopped with Idaho 7, Simcoe, and Simcoe Cryo, brewed with American Ale Yeast and Pilsner malt. With that profile, you’d expect it to be all hops with little or no yeast or malt character, and it pretty much is. I mean, it’s pretty decent and all, but I like a bit more dank pine in a WCIPA, even a “Modern” one. (15/20)

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Strathcona Beer Company Head Banger XXIII (Galaxy) – Triple IPA at 9.2% ABV

Strathcona Beer Company Head Banger XXIII (Galaxy) – Triple IPA at 9.2% ABV (C$6.25 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 23-Apr-2024, reviewed 23-Apr-2024)

Appearance: clear medium gold with one finger of loose white head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, minimal stringy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: white grape must, over-ripe fruit. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium slightly slick body, moderate-lively carbonation, lingering warming finish. (3/5)

That is… not good. Well, maybe I should say, “not great”. Just a sec, let me take another sip… No, no, I was right the first time. This may be the worst Galaxy single-hop effort I’ve ever tried, with muddy overripe fruit (verging on fecal) dominating. I have no idea why it’s so highly rated, other than it appears to be the 23rd (!) in the series, so maybe there’s a lot of residual good will from prior revisions. For me, though, this one is a long way down from X and XI, the only other two in the series I’ve encountered. And, OK, to be fair, after another few sips I’ve relaxed into it a bit and return to “not great” – but I can’t see rating it any higher than that no matter how many of them I drink. (12/20)

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The Establishment Brewing Company Tiny Dancer – Session IPA at 2.5% ABV

The Establishment Brewing Company Tiny Dancer – Session IPA at 2.5% ABV (C$5.25 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 13-Feb-2024, acquired 23-Feb-2024, reviewed 23-Apr-2024)

Appearance: hazy pale straw with one fat finger of fluffy white head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, spotty stringy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: zesty citrus, melon, light grass. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (7/10) Palate: light body, lively carbonation, short duration finish. (4/5)

I have much respect for this brewery, but I had serious doubts that even they could pull off such an extremely low ABV. Well, I wasn’t entirely wrong about that, in the sense that this is definitely not one of their best products – but it can sure hold its own against any number of offerings from less accomplished brewers. (14/20)

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Anchorage Brewing Company Grief – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.4% ABV

Anchorage Brewing Company Grief – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.4% ABV (C$9.95 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 7-Dec-2023, acquired 23-Feb-2024, reviewed 3-Apr-2024)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with one fat finger of fluffy off-white head, excellent retention and spotty soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, grape must, cereal grains, light pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (9/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-soft carbonation, medium duration finish. (4/5)

Cosmic Punch yeast, double dry hopped with Phantasm Powder and Superdelic Hops. Very approachable and mild-mannered for a pretty emphatic ABV. I could probably have gone slightly higher on the scoring, but the aroma was just slightly lacking a certain emphasis. (Probably because it’s a little elderly, and I’d be happy to try it fresher, or better yet, on tap.) (16/20)

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Evil Twin Brewing Ridgewood Resurrection – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8% ABV

Evil Twin Brewing Ridgewood Resurrection – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8% ABV (C$11.75 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 25-Jan-2024, acquired 23-Feb-2024, reviewed 31-Mar-2024)

Appearance: hazy medium gold with one fat finger of loose pale ivory head, good retention and spotty soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, melon, cereal grains, dank pine. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (9/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-soft carbonation, medium duration finish. (4/5)

Brewed with Nelson and double dry hopped with Citra & Nelson. Nearly identical to the Evil Twin / Monkish TIPA I had a couple of days ago, except for this one’s lack of coconut in the aroma or warming in the finish. Easy-drinking, flavourful, and dangerous. (17/20)

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Evil Twin Brewing / Monkish Brewing Co. How About One Of Your Pug-Type Beer Names? – Triple IPA at 11% ABV

Evil Twin Brewing / Monkish Brewing Co. How About One Of Your Pug-Type Beer Names? – Triple IPA at 11% ABV (C$12.35 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 25-Jan-2024, acquired 23-Feb-2024, reviewed 29-Mar-2024)

Appearance: hazy medium gold with one fat finger of loose pale ivory head, good retention and spotty soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, coconut, cereal grains, dank pine. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (9/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-soft carbonation, slightly warming finish. (4/5)

“Double dry-hopped with Mosaic, Motueka, Galaxy.” Yes, it really has been three weeks since I’ve had a beer. Three long, LONG weeks. I’m just getting sick of being called an alcoholic, so I proved some shit. Alcoholics go to meetings, OK? I’m a drunk. Get it right. And this is a particularly good one to re-break my semi-healed hymen on. I have no notes – this is amazingly approachable for a double-digit ABV. Lovely, and I don’t care that its price tag is truly obscene, or that pugs are the epitome of what’s wrong with dog breeding. (17/20)

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Anchorage Brewing Company Dual Sided – Triple IPA at 10% ABV

Anchorage Brewing Company Dual Sided – Triple IPA at 10% ABV (C$9.75 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 4-Jan-2024, acquired 23-Feb-2024, reviewed 8-Mar-2024)

Appearance: hazy deep gold with one fat finger of rocky pale ivory head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: melon, citrus, white grape, dank pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: smooth medium-full body, moderate-soft carbonation, slightly sticky warming mildly astringent finish. (3/5)

Not bad, but a little edgy through the finish.  (15/20)

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Evil Twin Brewing Supreme Leader Marlon – Quadruple IPA at 12% ABV

Evil Twin Brewing Supreme Leader Marlon – Quadruple IPA at 12% ABV (C$15.75 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 18-Jan-2024, acquired 23-Feb-2024, reviewed 7-Mar-2024)

Appearance: hazy pale amber with one finger of fine pale ivory head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: juicy citrus, tropical & stone fruit, cereal grains, light pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: smooth medium-full body, moderate-soft carbonation, sticky warming finish. (4/5)

“Double dry-hopped with Citra, Comet, Mosaic”. That works. Totally not worth the price – the only other “QIPA” I’ve tried is Flying Monkeys Space Age Sunshine Orange Creamsicle, which is almost identically the same ABV and got exactly the same score, at one-third the price. Such minor quibbles aside, this is boozy good dangerous fun, that drinks much more easily than the ABV would suggest. (16/20)

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Drekker Brewing Co. Involuntary Narcissistic Rage – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.5% ABV

Drekker Brewing Co. Involuntary Narcissistic Rage – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.5% ABV (C$9.80 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 21-Dec-2023, acquired 23-Feb-2024, reviewed 6-Mar-2024)

Appearance: hazy deep gold with one fat finger of rocky pale ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, moderate soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: tropical & stone fruit, melon, mild lactose, light metallic. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: smooth medium body, moderate-soft carbonation, slightly sticky warming finish. (4/5)

A “lactose double IPA brewed with Vic Secret, Belma, and Huell Melon hops. It’s not bad, but there’s a bit of a metallic edge in the aroma that carries through the finish. A bit sticky and boozy too. (15/20)

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