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

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Devil's Elbow IPADevil's Elbow IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 08-07-2005)
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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3.2/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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4.33/5  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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.28/5  rDev +10%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of CrazyMike
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Devil's Elbow IPA from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.