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Bowen Island Artisan IPA - Bowen Island Brewing Co. Ltd.

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Bowen Island Artisan IPABowen Island Artisan IPA

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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 11.18%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bowen Island Brewing Co. Ltd. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Defined by its distinct flavour profile and higher level of alcohol, the Bowen Island India Pale Ale has a light golden colour and a hoppy aroma. You will notice a hoppy bitterness to begin with, followed by a medium level of maltiness and body. It finishes with a refreshingly fruity grapefruit flavour. This IPA will taste more reminiscent of your classic, authentic English IPA, rather than a North American style IPA.

(Beer added by: ericj551 on 09-11-2010)
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

BigBry, Apr 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

intoxabroad, Aug 31, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml can - nice background image of Bowen Island, the actual island.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of foamy, rocky, and rather impressively retentive eggshell-white head, which settles at a pretty lazy pace, leaving some wild sea-spray lace around the glass.

It smells of bready, crackery caramel malt, aged, indistinct sweet citrus, and further innocuous earthy, weedy hops. The taste is again big on the somewhat sour bready caramel malt, with a touch of bitter lemon tea, musty honey, and tame earthy, floral hops.

The carbonation is on the low side of average, the body a pithy medium weight, yet quite adequately smooth by the same token. It finishes off-dry, the malt giving way to a kind of intrusive vegetal hoppiness.

While not what I imagine when I envision an "artisanal" IPA, this is still a pleasantly drinkable English version of the style, much like training wheels for newcomers, or whatnot. With a very subdued bitterness, this is a steal at less than 8 bucks a 'sextant of ale', for those who might not yet be ready for that other sort of BC hop goodness, one more in line with their direct southern neighbours.

biboergosum, May 18, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - bright clear golden, two fingers of soapy white head had decent retention
S - bread and tortilla grainy, faint leafy hops with a slight metallic
T - starts with buttery bread malt, then a mild leafy and grassy hop character, finishes with a crisp and slightly metallic note
M - well carbonated, lightly bready, dry's quickly to the point of puckering, and a metallic twinge comes through
O - not an outstanding IPA but tasty enough, and given the price it is not a bad value sessioner

joemcgrath27, Jun 09, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a clear, gold-amber with a finger of foamy white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Sweet caramel grains, some lemon and pink grapefruit with a little pine.

Taste. Caramel, toasty grains, pink grapefruit and fairly mild, spicy and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel. Just above light in body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Decent, easy drinking beer with nice flavours. Not really an IPA, but not a pale ale either. I'll call it a session ipa, and in that catagory it's a pretty good beer.

Rutager, Sep 28, 2011
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2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: golden with copper hints.
S: stale. Flat. Nothing.
T: very mild; little bitterness, more like a pale ale, not much at all
M: carbonation is fine; on the low side
O: too bad I bought a six pack. Very forgettable beer. It's been a while since I tried a beer from Bowen Island and based on this Artisan one I won't be trying another one soon. Too bad.

EspressoGuy, Apr 30, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At less than $C9 per six pack, for my money this is the best BC budget beer by miles. Of course "Bowen Island" is made at the Kamloops factory brewery, but what the hell. The rest of the line is very bland indeed, but they seem to have to put some effort into this one. Not yet available at gummint liquor stores (except in a mixed 12 pack) but is in most of the private outlets.

pontcanna, Jan 03, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden yellow appearance with lots of bubbly white head that slowly settles down leaving no lacing. Smell consists of bread, grain, and a hint of malt.

Taste consists of bread, malt, butter and strong hint of grassy hops; picked up a hint of caramel as well. Not a bad combination, a little light though. Light bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is a strong bitter malt taste.

Overall, this is a decent IPA for its price. Nothing spectacular but it is refreshing and tasty. If you’re on a budget and a fan of hopped beers, pick this up.

CrazyMike, Oct 20, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

bumchilly25, Jul 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

beerhaver, May 08, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very pale, plenty of head, good retention & lace.

Not overpowering, but some nice floral & citrus American hop aroma.

This would be considered quite good for a pale ale, but it's really not an IPA by todays standards. Some nice leafy hop, a little grainy biscuit, restrained bitterness.

Very light for an IPA, carbonation is a little high.

An easy drinking, sessionable beer in a can. It's alright, but there's just so many other alternatives in BC. Great bang for the buck though!

Derek, May 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of light big bubbly head with some retention and sporadic sticky lacing.

S - A tad mild, some musty cedar hops are noticeable off the top, a bit soapy, with bready caramel undertones on the finish.

T - Mild earthy hops off the top, bitterness is present, buttered bread and caramel follow through. A sour pine flavour lingers on the palette.

M - Lighter bodied ale, though it goes down a bit prickly and finishes a touch too dry for my liking.

O - A tasty IPA that I wouldn't turn down, and at $7.50 a 6-er, it is certainly the most full flavoured cheap beer I've ever had. I think I've got a new favourite discount ale! By no means a hop bomb, but they're definitely detectable. I've certainly had worse IPA's at much higher price tags. Well done Bowen Island!

andrenaline, May 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +25%

SamKetchum, Aug 18, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bowen Island IPA pours a orange gold with a foamy head that lingers nicely. The aroma is citrusy and herbal hops. More grapefruity hops in the flavor, with some faint malt sweetness. The bitterness is moderate the finish and a nice resiny bitterness lingers just a bit. Overall a pretty decent value priced IPA.

ericj551, Sep 11, 2010
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3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into pint glass May,3,2011

A clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles feeding a finger of fast falling head that leaves no lace

S some honey, sweet malt and just a little citrus and tea bag

T not far from the smell, needs more hops to form a balance with all the sweet malt, not exactly what I look for in an IPA

M enters silky and then creams up in your mouth almost turning to foam

O pretty basic but drinkable

considering it's 8$ a 6er I can't complain, don't think I've ever had a discount brand IPA and it could have been much worse, average beer for well below average price worth a try between paydays

wordemupg, May 04, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

morganwray, Aug 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

jmdr, Jun 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is good value. Under $9 for a six pack and an IPA to boot. Not the most hoppy IPA but still a tasty malt forward IPA ( more in the English style ). By far the best beer Bowen makes and thankfully doesn;t have that cheap extract flavour some of their beers have. I will probably buy this again when money is tight as it is a decent beer for a decent price.

canucklehead, Jul 21, 2011
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2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Can from a six pack. Cheap IPA so we'll see how it goes. From notes.

A - One finger of white head on a golden bright body. Mild carbonation coming up, spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Caramel, herbal hops and some earth.

T - Honey, caramel, bread, earth, sweet malt. Fairly sweet and not overly hoppy.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, sweet caramel finish.

O/D - Mild for an IPA. Not alot of hops. Too sweet for the style. Drinkable but not what I wanted.

tbeckett, Feb 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Dcm0062, Jul 23, 2014
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3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: 1/3" creamy white head over amber liquid.

S: Honey and grass.

T: Honey malt, grass, lemon. Very anemic in terms of hop bitterness.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Honey malt bomb with very little cascade. It tastes like an uncreative home brew.

DaftCaskBC, Jun 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

ZachT, Nov 27, 2013
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2.95/5  rDev -13.2%

Eric_Standard, Sep 08, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. It is not the hoppiest IPA. Some say it is barely an IPA, but it still has some of that distinctive IPA taste.

It is very easy to drink... it isn't too complex or bitter like some IPA's. This is good and bad; it is not a beer to "savor the flavor" but it is great to drink whenever. And it is priced to drink whenever.

I gave it a 5 overall because it is a good beer, but for the price it is freaking fantastic. Most IPA's are at least 50% more than a "standard" beer but this one noticeably less. I've found Artisan IPA for less than $8 for a six pack. I've found nothing that tastes anywhere as good for anywhere near this price.

1hotdr, Apr 09, 2013
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Bowen Island Artisan IPA from Bowen Island Brewing Co. Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.