Mad Hops | Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square

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Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square
Alberta, Canada | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by biboergosum on 04-11-2014

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed 12 oz. tulip glass on tap at Brewsters Calgary Crowfoot location. A lightish red-gold amber color with a half-inch of densely packed small beige bubbles and an aroma combining fresh orange juice with medicinal pine and a hint of onion. Silky smooth mouthfeel and massively juicy, chock-a-block with orange peel and flesh (with co-occuring grapefruit but orange decidedly leads the way), fresh pine/spruce boughs, bramble fruit jam, unripe pinapple, black pepper, canned peaches, and a little pot resin. Low to moderate carbonation that lends a near-syrupy, jelly-soft mouthfeel which foils the hop aggression in an interesting fashion. Semi-dry finish and not that oniony, really. Not on this occasion and to this palate, at least. Certainly does flash Simcoe all over the place. Almost a poor man's Lagunitas Sucks, dialed down a few notches and without the grain bill complexity. Maybe people will loathe that comparison. In any event, worth a shot for any self-respecting Brewsters stalker.

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2.19/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz chalice at the Century Park location.

This beer appears a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with one faf finger of lazy, and mostly creamy ecru head, which leaves a wall of speckled lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of crackery caramel malt, sticky toffee, grassy, leafy hops, raw onion, and a late-arriving pine-Sol booziness. The taste is onions, right off the bat, sheesh, raw and acrid, and pasta-dish ready as ever was. They damned-near overpower the underlying, and still heady caramel/toffee malt, and the now innocuous, and apparently quotidian citrus and pine astringencies. A huge dose of Summit and Simcoe hops, ummm, represent?

The bubbles are pretty low-lying, and generally unavailable for comment, the body an adequately hefty medium weight, and smooth like the tears of a chef chopping, oh, I dunno. It finishes dry, like said sous-chef's tear ducts after less than a round of this wankfest.

Ok, I get showcasing particular hops, or even particular hop attributes, but this one takes it way too freaking far - onions are hardly a leading sort of lady, y'know? I powered through this, even at the earnest bartender's duly noted protestations, just to get the full-on experience, and brother, I'm starting to wish I hadn't - a few glugs, and you get the whole idea here.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Sathanas
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you're a fan of West-coast IPA's, this ones for you!. Beautiful orange colour. Citrus-forward brew with a nice dankness and piney, floral from the mad hops and a slightly chewy malt background. Love seeing beers like this being introduced to Alberta. A definite fan over here! Cheers.

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Mad Hops from Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square
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