Devil's Elbow IPA - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Devil's Elbow IPADevil's Elbow IPA

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 08-07-2005

An assertive ale that is heavily bittered and dry-hopped providing an intensive aroma and brewed using selected English and North American barley and hops. It is named for the dramatic grade 4 Devil's Elbow rapid on the Elaho River, north of Squamish, BC, Canada.

68 IBU
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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1L swing-top bottle, this one took up a whole hell of a lot of room in my cooler (unapologetically, of course) for a communal picnic on a nice turn-of-the-seasons afternoon in a North Saskatchewan riverside park. Red bikini represent!

This beer pours (into a glass, what am I, a heathen?) a hazy medium orange brick amber colour, with a ton of puffy, foamy, rocky, and ultimately creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent chunky and sudsy webbed lace around the glass as it very slowly abates.

It smells of bready crackery caramel malt, and a large-ish, yet muddled array of spicy, citrusy, floral, and leafy hops - simple, but quite enticing at the same rate. The taste is more fairly softly bitter, and still strong pine resin, citrus rind, and perfumed soapy floral hops, all on top of a still sturdy grainy, bready, and well caramelized malt backbone. Quite dual in its nature, once again, but 'tis no shame at this level of quality.

The carbonation is on the light side, just playfully mild in its frothiness, the body a tad short of full medium weight, and more or less smooth, the heady hops' attention apparently diverted elsewhere (did I mention the red bikini?). It finishes off-dry, the biscuity caramel malt and piney, citrus, and floral hops still having it out.

An English IPA with a whole lot more in common with the West Coast Yankee style a couple hundred miles or so to the south of its brewer than I had any right to really expect. A very decent blending of old and new, one that I will not hesitate to revisit, and an awesome bottle to share whilst contravening local ordinances, and basically just bloody well enjoying ourselves, down by the river, as it were.

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Litre bottle courtesy of Crushinator. A serviceable IPA in most respects, with grapefruit colour and white bubbly head, and some lace. Grapefruit flavour with medium and creamy mouthfeel, with a tad metallic. Good amount of caramel malts to lower bitterenss to the English style. Appropriate carbonation.

Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a $13 one-liter swing-top bottle in Monterey. I really enjoyed the Bailout Bitter (not retired) and was looking forward to this.

I like it, but it seemed a lot like it was simply a stronger version of the bitter. The fruity English spice dominated the beer up front and the hops kicked in for the finish and aftertaste with a grassy lemon rind punch. There's a smooth biscuit malt with light caramel notes in middle, making a classic English IPA.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of off-white foamy head that retains extremely well

S - floral and resiny hop odour with hints of citrus

T - the hops definitely dominate, floral and slightly metallic with lasting bitterness, and i think a little fruity yeast flavour on the finish along with the lasting metallic

M - starts bubbly, then the hoppy bitterness really starts to fill out your mouth, so much so that it finishes a little too dry and sharp for my IPA tastes

D - I enjoyed my 1L pot-stopper bottle in sitting, but I don't think I'd want to venture much further as the dryness and metallic aftertaste seems to build with more

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This recently arrived in WI, I spotted a rack of these in Racine along with the brown ale and oatmeal stout. A quart of IPA...sign me up!

Glugs into a .5L mug with plenty of creamy foam. The surface has that soft meringue sheen to it, and an intricate coating of sticky lace. Murky burnt sienna orange.

Delicate grassy aroma, with some orange citrus peel in the back. Fairly understated.

Very balanced you might say, malt forward with competing citrus and tea leaf bitterness from the hops. Some multigrain bread lingers in the aftertaste with a moderate hop bitterness. This is a nicely crafted IPA, balanced and subtle. Not a hop bomb, but good for a session. It's fairly full bodied but light on the palate, especially with the dry aftertaste. The quart bottle seemed like a bit of a novelty, but it's a nice size for a sessionable IPA like this.

Photo of Rutager
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Almost clear copper-amber with almost two finges of sticky just-off-white head.

Smell. Yellow grapefruit and sweet caramel. A little malty light grain.

Taste. Lemons and yellow grapefruit. Some toasty grains and caramel. Some lingering piney, citrus rind.

Mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and medium-light body. Crisp and really nice for the style.

Overall. Why has it taken me so long to try this beauty of a canadian west coast ipa?? I think it's that these 1L bottles seem intimidating ...but with a swing top included, they shouldn't be.

Photo of bearhugger
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Nice rich copper colour with thick lasting white head.

S-nice aroma

T-Well balanced malt profile, caramel sweetness with hints of toffee and biscuit. The hops used give it a very nice balance with the malt, not over the top, but enough to keep you wanting another glass. Grapefruit citrus and pine are the main flavours.

M-Smooth and well carbonated

D-One of the better IPA's I've had recently. With tons of interesting flavour keeps me reaching for the glass.

Photo of evlu1441
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy copper/apricot colour with tons of carbonation rushing to the top. The head is substantial and foamy.

The aroma is a nice balance of flowery and citrusy hops, mixed with a solid caramel malty background.

The flavour is lightly bitter and slightly sweet as the malt character develops into some light caramel. The hops start to take over, and citrus and pine come through. It finishes on a complex, slightly sweet hoppy note.

Overall, this seems a little too intense on the hops for an English IPA. At the same time, it's hard to fault them for that, since the beer really is delicious. An interesting take, and worth seeking out.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 1L brown bottle. Pours out a deep hazy, nearly cloudy dark golden amber in appearance, with a very tall chunky and somewhat off-white head. Thick chunky patches of lacing.

Floral and fruity hops on the nose, nutty, mild earthy spice, biscuit malt.

Flavour has a decent balance to it, earthy nutty malt blended with floral and herbal hops, spicy herbal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but by no means watery, some stickiness on the finish.

Very approachable for an English IPA, and would make a satisfying session ale, worth returning to.

Photo of EspressoGuy
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: bright copper
S: fresh fruit blossoms, not a lot of citrus; interesting, complex
T: hops and malt are nicely integrated; bright fresh citrus rind,
long linging finish with justbthe right amount of bitteness ties it all together. A taste that makes me want to take sip after sip to discover more.
M: rich and full
O: I really like this IPA. So well balanced and full of flavour. This level of alcohol is perfect for my taste.

Photo of CrazyMike
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber-brown appearance with thick head that slowly settles down, leaving nice lacing. Smell consists of bitter hops, citrus, orange and caramel.

Taste consists of strong hops, with a taste of orange, citrus and caramel; picked up some hops, grape fruit, brown sugar and a hint of grain as well. This beer is very smooth and flavorful so far. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a bitter with a lingering caramel taste, has a kick to it.

Overall, very impressed with this IPA; has an interesting combination of smells and tastes that blend well together. Highly recommend if you are a fan of hops.

Photo of grub
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

group tasting at Derek's place. Derek contributed this one, so thanks!

1 litre swingtop bottle. sampled aug 7/09.

pours hazy orangey amber with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops very slowly and leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is nice. caramel. light grapefruit. bit of pine. wheat bread and cracker. bit of biscuit.

taste is nice. just over medium bitterness level. biscuit and whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. bit of citrus and pine. earthy. light alcohol. bit of caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. good balance. a bit english-leaning, but more aggressively hopped. sort of in between an american and an english ipa.

Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Vancouver. Pours orange with white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, biscuit malt and orange marmalade. Body is medium, creamy and crisp. Taste is of citrusy, peppery hops, biscuit malt, orange marmalade and ripe fruit. Finish is long and greapfruity. Very nice IPA.

Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy bronze, fluffy white head, good retention, great lace.

S: Grapefruit, pine, cotton-candy fruity esters, slight grainy bread.

T: Grapefruit, slight pine, biscuity, slight sulfer, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth & creamy, moderate carbonation, slight acidity.

D: Good.

Photo of froghop
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy amber-orange with a large white foamy head, and good lacing.

smell is of pine, hops, and some citrus.

taste is creamy, slightly metallic, hops, a touch of pine, grain, and some caramel, ends dry and bitter.

overall it could have been better.

Photo of soughtbygod
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, and rye. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, strong rye, slight sweet malt, and florals. Overall, great appearance, good mouth feel, and good blend.

Photo of LazyL
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect amber orange beer with a large pillowy cream head that resembles the meringue on top of a lemon pie. The foam sticks to the glass well and undulates on the roll of every sip.
Very nice citrus aromas, earthy pine sap and a little vanilla.
Taste is just plain good. Its just good. There is a great balance to this beer. Hops are right there but not over powering. Enjoyable bitter finish that makes your tongue slap around the inside of your mouth looking for more. 68 IBU's.
This is a very easy drinker and at 6% goes down far too fast.
This 1 liter pot-stopper should be a regular on your beer buying shopping list. Every time I put the glass down I immediately want to pick it back up again.
Yeah, I like this Ale.

Photo of DogFood11
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A truly amazing appearance. Soft cool whip type head that leaves huge streaks of chunky lace. Khaki body with aggressive carbonation.

In very basic terms this is like Sierra Nevada pale ale kicked up a few levels. Hops finish dry and another gulp is welcomed. Its a very solid well thought out brew.

This is an excellent example of a brewer hitting the marks and making it interesting without being extreme. The price tag is a bit ridiculous so I won't be dabbling in this very often. Worthy of a pickup.

Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-amber color in the tall chalice. Plenty of foam and even some lacing, though on the coarse side. Tang of carbonation on the tongue. Light body with some fragrant resiny notes and a sweet flowery aroma.

This is a pretty unpretentious hoppy brew. Some browned biscuit taste but quite a light malt flavor. Resiny with the grapefruit peel taste taking over the rest of the flavor profile. It's not anything complex or interesting, but it's an easy drinking IPA as long as you like it plenty bitter.

I know I bought this one several months ago, so it may not do the hops any justice, but it's a pleasant light and bitter brew. From the big swing-top jug purchased at Wine World and Spirits in north Seattle.

Photo of Viggo
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 liter swingtop, thanks Derek!

Pours a hazy orange, some chunks floating around in there, thick and rocky white head forms, settles down to a thin ring, few lace spots, looks nice. Smell is good, citrus, herbal hops, floral, biscuit, caramel, lightly spicy and earthy, very balanced, not too bad. Taste is similar, very citrusy and herbal, caramel, honey, orange, fruit, earthy, biscuit, very balanced and a neat herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty nice stuff. Not going to blow your socks off but this is a real solid English IPA. Thanks Derek!

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a couple times now, but this is my first time reviewing.

A - Pours an nice hazy golden orange colour, solid two thumbs of light fluffy head with solid retention, which settles to a mountainous terrain, lots of sticky lacing and moderate visible body carbonation.

S - Scent is very earthy with leafy green hops with subtle citrus, pine and cedar notes, followed by some sweet caramel malts.

T - Much like the scent, with the earthy leafy green hops and the pine and cedar shining through. A bit of a smokey bark finish to it and a bit of caramel lingering on the finish.

M - No complaints in this department with a decent carbonation which goes down smooth and doesn't finish overly dry.

D - I could pound this stuff all night. Nice hop presence which isn't overwhelming and goes down smooth. Another winner from Howe Sound and highly recommended to any hop fan. Delicious.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from Beer Revolution in Oakland. Pours amber with a pancake head. Smells nicely balanced with fruity hops and biscuity malt. Quite pleasant. I really think the taste is even better, with the firm, slightly sweet biscuity malt playing nicely with the tangerine, lime, and orange zest of the hops. Definitely an English IPA style, without that west coast hop bite, but more balanced and rounded with just enough spice in the finish to keep the hop hunger away. The mouthfeel is oily and rich, and a bit mouth coating without being grainy. A pleasant surprise. This comes in a large, recappable bottle, so I'm glad its all worth drinking.

Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

liter swing pop top bottle poured into pint glass aug 10 2009

A hazy golden copper color, hard time getting it in the glass big booming foam. head hangs around for a while falls into a island and leaves a fair amount of lace

S quite floral with some pine and malt

T as it smells with a good amount of hops and a little caramel. pretty good overall i enjoyed it

M/D well carbonated, not too thin, not very heavy either. easy drinking the big 1000ml bottle sinks fast

the bottle caught my eye, the 9$canadian price tag helped its cause, the well put together beer inside the bottle will make sure i buy it again. give it a go you will get your moneys worth

Photo of Shadman
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has all the look of a good IPA..Hazy burnt orange color, bigg, fluffy off-white head and superior lacing.

Sweet malts, cirtus hop, and just a hint of spice.

Sweet malt is swamped by a huge wave of grapefruit peel bitterness. Doesn't disappoint in the hop dept. Malt sweetness makes a brief return midway through, only to be taken hostage again by a dry, grapefruit citric, bitterness that lingers like a Saskatchewan January.

Mouthfeel is decent and medium in body. I was hoping for a bit more slickness, but this is still a nice choice. Needs just a touch more balance and it would be a killer.

Photo of beershrine
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice gold color seems a little cloudy and not totally clear with solid white foam on top

Smell- Faint hops citrus and a little alcohol.

Taste- First taste I got was full of hops...citrus, orange blossom

Mouthfeel- Way more on the hoppy side than malty side

Overall- A well crafted beer the lace on the glass is great and the head retention is excellent.
This is an american IPA...NOT an english IPA
1 Liter bottle says 6% alc./vol.

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Devil's Elbow IPA from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
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