Shipload Of Hops - Granville Island Brewery

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 30
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: biboergosum on 05-21-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 30
Photo of leaddog
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

8.7% ABV

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber with two fingers of creamy white head.

Smell - citrus and hint of piney hops, brown sugar, bready caramel malts, hint of lemon.

Taste - Sweet malts followed by the citrus and hint of piney hops. The lemon and brown sugar finish off the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes on the sweet side and hint of bitterness.

Overall - A DIPA that has a lost identity. The aromas suggested a good brew but the taste is more on the sweet and sour side. (519 characters)

Photo of Ghrymm
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bought one 650ml bottle overall not a very good IPA.
Poured a cloudy amber. Not really a hop hit at all.
So many better IPA's around i won't try again. (151 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.34/5  rDev +11.3%

650ml bomber poured into tulip 6/9/14

A 4 dark murky amber, looks thick, lots of suspended sediment, and just enough clarity to see a few bubbles, two fingers of foam has decent retention leaving a few partial rings of lace

S 3.25 some lemon, lime, orange, and candied pineapple, but mostly brown sugar and caramel, smells old but I don't think it is, call me crazy but I get a little pepper, perhaps just very spicy hops?

T 3.25 again its a little malty, some pine and more rind then fresh fruit

M 3.75 has some body and enough bubbles to give it some life, very bitter, a little gritty, and faint heat on the way down

O 3.25 kinda all over the place, reminds me of a faded DIPA but I don't think its that old, malty and the booze is hard to miss in the mouth

not awful but a one and done for sure, a little disappointing (840 characters)

Photo of dougmeredith
2.08/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hops? What hops? Couldn't find a date anywhere, so I can't say how old it was, but ewwww. All malt. Not bitter at all. Not an IPA. I'm not sure how they were able to write the label text with a straight face. What hops? Seriously. I loved the name, and was hoping to enjoy it, but... no. Don't buy this. (303 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.43/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Something about the phrase "Granville Island DIPA" seems incongruous to me. Like these guys should not be trying something that has the potential to taste so bold ... In any event, the brew arrived a light orange-yellow hue, like dark apple juice perhaps, with maybe half an inch of whitish head. Although it is possible that my preconceived bias is filtering things here, like any good bias should do, this beer comes across very much as a scaled-up Brockville IPA, with the same catty, "tomato leaf" hop character and sweet cereal bowl malts, although the latter are considerably amped up here. Sour and bitter yet doughy and sweet, all at the same time. A DIPA with an identity crisis, strong lemon, middling grapefruit and orange, lime, something green and vegetal, subtle overripe mango (particularly on the nose), apple and pear pomace, a little raisin and molasses (?). Fairly thin body and the carbonation pops. A honeyed sweetness builds over time, as opposed to a more-expected accumulation of hoppy bitterness, although that catty resinous vibe never goes away. Not a phenomenal beer from the constructional standpoint but every so often I can appreciate the "sourpuss" approach to hops (see also the adorementioned Brockton IPA and Wild Rose IPA). (1,304 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Granville Is. 'Shipload of Hops Imperial IPA' @ 8.7% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.90

A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-mostly a pine presence , some spice

T-malts are well hidden but have a presence in this nice Imp IPA , spicey , definate certain bigness to this beer , not overpowering

MF-mild carbonation , full bodied , no lingering dryness on the palate

Ov-not a great beer , butt a damn good one from the Black Note Book Series , which isn't saying much

prost LampertLand (613 characters)

Photo of souvenirs
2.18/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

650 ml bottle bought for $5.90 plus deposit.

A: The sediment floating around is kind of disturbing. Cloudy beers, sure, but beer that looks like it has little chunks all through it? I dunno. Might be a drain pour.

S: Sweet and grainy. It reminds me of breakfast cereal. For an Imperial IPA, I'm not picking up much in the way of hops.

T: Should I even taste this? I don't really want to. Okay, so it's bitter, a bit piney, pretty sweet, and reminds me of Shreddies. Still kind of tempted to pour it down the drain.

F: Thick. (528 characters)

Photo of oakbluff
2.49/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber- pours a good looking beer- amber with excellent clarity and a sticky two finger head with very soapy lacing. Nose- very sweet candy like nose, only a faint bit of citrus hops. Taste- fairly cloying sweetness, with a boozy finish. They must have used a pretty small ship if this is a shipload of hops. Hop flavour and bitterness only slightly evident on the finish, otherwise its a sticky caramel beer thats quite underhopped for the size of the beer. (458 characters)

Photo of smekermann
2.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(review of the May 2015 batch) This beer would've been pretty good if it came from Bulgaria or something. It's not from there, though. It's made in BC, by Granville Island Brewing. You'd think they'd know how to make a decent double IPA by now, but you'd be wrong.

It's overly bitter and grassy with almost no aromatics whatsoever. Mouthfeel and body are ok, aftertaste is pure beta acid bitterness. I'd say this was a "babbys first IPA" sort of thing, but that would be insulting to babbies who brew IPAs because I'm pretty sure they could make something better than this. (575 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass at Beer Revolution in downtown-adjacent Edmonton. A sort of surprise to me, once I plonked my ass down at the bar - in a 'new beer' sense, as opposed to the lingering weirdness that I feel when BMC craft offerings appear at such establishments.

This beer pours a rather hazy, and sediment-flecked medium apricot amber hue, with one fat finger of weakly puffy, tightly foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a pleasant patchwork of painted Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of a peppy white grapefruit and mandarin orange citrus fruitiness, leafy pine and spruce tip notes, subtle earthy yeast, a touch of aerosol white pepper, and a sturdy bready caramel/toffee malt. The taste is sharply tangy grapefruit, orange, and lemon citrus bitters, a hint of spicy, peppery yeast, bready, well caramelized malt, with a twinge of burbling, and slightly threatening booze. Simple is as simple does, I guess.

The bubbles are pretty peppy in their edgy, somewhat metallic astringency, the body a sturdy medium weight, one whose smoothness is more or less plundered by the hovering, yet still under-informed hoppiness. It finishes, well it finishes well-balanced, is all I can say - the various instances of the heady caramel malt doing well to offset the still proliferate hoppy and boozy interlopers.

I'm not quite sure what the difference is between this 'Black Notebook' offering, and the recent, and rather plain DIPA from this brewery - other than a much more agreeable current memory vis-a-vis, ceteris paribus, and all that. Anyways, even if this is nothing more than a rejiggered re-issue, it's still pretty darned impressive, even for my high expectations for the style, so kudos, GIB, for your slowly evolving awareness. (1,769 characters)

Shipload Of Hops from Granville Island Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.