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Brockton IPA - Granville Island Brewery

Brockton IPABrockton IPA

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.41%


Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brockton IPA is a celebration of our 25th anniversary. Brewed in the style of a Pacific Northwest India Pale Ale, this refreshing IPA is golden coloured and well hopped. It’s destined to become a highlight of this great city, just like its namesake in Stanley Park.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 03-30-2009)
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another warrior holding ground in the current Granville Island "tap takeover" at Beer Revolution. Quite a light color for the style, a golden amber hue with about an inch or so of white foam. Aroma is notably grassy, weedy, and herbal, with some co-occurring powered sugar and citrus rind to provide a modicum of balance. Palate was again quite green and bitter, with mellow grapefruit rind, nondescript tropical fruit, lemon, gooseberry, assertive catty pine sap, dill pickle, green tomato, and apple pomace detectable to varying degrees. The dank, almost rank sap, weed and green vegetable hop flavors are center stage. There is some toasty malt in the background along with a cardboard-type oxidized off-flavor that thankfully is not overpowering. Dry and fizzy, with a flinty earthy finish. The hops flavors are interesting here and rather hard to describe verbally. The whole package tastes like an earthy tomato garden drizzled with pine needles and citrus peels. Enjoyable for Cascade fans and those who enjoy bitter medicinal resin flavors unencumbered by too much sweetness. Reminds me of Wild Rose IPA although I prefer the latter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 19:30:06 | More by CalgaryFMC
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Pours orange with white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, biscuit malt and ripe fruit. Body is full and crisp. Taste is of citrusy hops, biscuit malt, hints of caramel and fruit. Finish is long and bitter. Good IPA among, many other.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 14:16:43 | More by mikeg67
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep golden, caramel colored ale topped with a rather thin ivory head. Aroma is weak with some caramel and semi-dank, piney Pacific northwest hops. Tastes are balanced with plenty of caramel and bready malt coupled with pine and pungent grapefruit rind. Mouth is medium and creamy with lingering bitterness. Overall, not a palate punisher, but I did appreciate its balanced flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 21:06:14 | More by barnzy78
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jeffjeff1

California

3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My parents brought this back from Vancouver, British Columbia for me.

Appearance- copper color, almost no head, decent lacing

Smell- hops, malt, more on the malty side

Taste- some hops, more on the malty side but still pretty well balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was an ok IPA. I have definitely had way better but it was still ok.

Serving type: can

07-29-2013 22:24:10 | More by jeffjeff1
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 6%.

A - Poured a clear golden copper with a thick white head, head reduce to surface, decent lacing is produced.

S - Caramel, citrus (orange peel and lemon in particular) , some grass. I found the nose on the malty side.

T - Caramel sweetness, fruits (orange and a hint of pumpkin), bitter finish follows into the aftertaste. As it warms there's a slight metallic taste to it.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, sticky, mostly dry finish.

O - Certainly an approachable IPA but not a stand out for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:32:48 | More by decimator
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Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My store had one last 6 pack of Brockton IPA in cans that nobody has been wanting to buy, so I thought fuck it and bought it just to make shelf space.

I grabbed my Heineken glass to pour it into. It pours a beautiful orange colour, pretty much as orange as it can be without being brown. Nice head with a great aroma. It smells of summer fruits like apricot and some nice hoppy notes. The taste is not as hoppy as some of the craftier IPAs out there (as I would expect from Granville Island Brewery), but is still very pleasant. The taste is very light for the style but still has some sweet malt notes and again, fruit, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall I love this beer, and it must be my favourite of the GIB bunch, even in cans. This is flavourful enough to introduce to someone as a nice, inexpensive craft beer, and yet is mild enough that it leaves a lot of room for introduction to more intense beers like impIPAs and some of the heavier porters out there. As it stands, I`ll certainly buy this again.

Serving type: can

05-24-2013 09:25:05 | More by Olek4374
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There a low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel/toffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with toffee/caramel. There is also a rustiness and a bit of nutiness. It ends with a caramel/toffee sweet aftertaste.

Overall - It smelled fairly decent, but the taste is disappointing. There is a slight stale/rusty flavour that really ruins it. It also needs more carbonation to make it seem less watery. I wouldn't buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 00:46:06 | More by spinrsx
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: That's awfully clear for an IPA and not a lot of head either as I barely got half a finger. It didn't stick around, it didn't lace and there isn't a lot of carbonation present in the body.

Smell: Let me stress that there isn't anything bad here, it's just run of the mill. Fairly simple grassy hops to a backing of malt. This pretty much smells like a mild run of the mill IPA, if not a strong pale ale.

Taste: Now this is the hop level I would like to see IPAs stay around. The caramel malt accented by grassy hops starts out this beer and then slowly adds more and more floral hop character that eventually ends after it has just barely subdued the malt entirely, but still allows that caramel taste to remain.

Mouthfeel: It falls flat fairly quickly, and the lack of head does not impress. However the excellent transitioning and the fact that the hop oil aftertaste doesn't seem to become noticeable until the end of the beer seem to make up for it. It has a pleasant flower and grass aftertaste.

Drinkability: I had not issues getting this down, but more then one or two would be too many as the hop oil does build near the end. Fairly light, and the low carbonation helps keep it mild and seems to aid the malt more then the hops, which I like.

Final Thoughts: After two mediocre brews from Granville in my Granville/Creemore mixpack (I'm still a little ticked that my English bay pale ale review seems to have vanished..oh well) I really was expecting just another hopped to high heaven IPA with no other elements to the drink. Well was surprised and this is probably the first IPA I can say that I would want to have again. That being said, hop heads are not going to enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 02:09:24 | More by TheHammer
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle from the LCBO (via Molson's hand-picked 6 sampler). I wasn't terribly impressed with Granville's pale ale, but as a major hophead, this one looks like it might be a bit more interesting.

Pours a clear, golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of dense, creamy, off-white coloured head that sticks around for a good long while. Like all good things, however, it eventually comes to an end, leaving behind a smooth cap and silky collar, as well as rings of lacing. The aroma is clean, with a modest splash of citrus, pine sap, floral hops and caramel. Not bad, but not particularly enticing for an IPA.

The taste is actually quite decent, but (as with the pale ale) it seems more English than American to me. While there isn't exactly a shortage of hop flavour, it tends toward a more earthy, floral dryness, with only some slight piney citrus notes. This is balanced with a backbone of bready malts, caramel and honey. The finish is on the dry side, and the aftertaste doesn't linger long. Medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel and fairly mild carbonation. Leaves some stickiness on the palate, but not an especially persistent presence. Pretty drinkable as far as IPAs go.

This would actually make for a decent session brew, but it's not an especially interesting IPA, and I doubt most American-style IPA fans would be all that impressed with this. More of an EIPA or APA in terms of hop profile, but a decent brew regardless of the category, and probably the best Granville brew in this sampler.

Final Grade: 3.48, a B-. Granville Island's Brockton IPA won't leave any beer geeks astounded - it's a straightforward, balanced, relatively sessionable ale, with a mild hop bite that is unlikely to endear itself to many hopheads. I don't mean to be too critical - this is an enjoyable brew that I wouldn't mind trying again - but a repeat purchase is not a priority. A solid effort, and worth a try, but in the end it's nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 06:34:11 | More by thehyperduck
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly small head. Colour is a medium auburn brown.

Smell is light on hops. Somewhat vegetal and grainy, with a sweet element.

Taste initially is of a quite light sessionable hop bitterness. A touch of dark sugar sweetness comes later with bread and light hop notes.

Mouthfeel is initially dominated by carbonation. Medium bodied, with a decent hop body to it. Texturally not a ton else interesting.

Its a nice drinkable IPA, certainly more lightly hopped than quite a few examples I've had. Otherwise not a ton else to distinguish it in its field.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 00:17:53 | More by mick303
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle from a mixed pack alongside some Granville and Creemore brews.

Poured into a nonic glass. Light amber brew, clear, with a head of large bubbles that quickly recedes into a fine ring.

Sweet smelling, much more akin to an ESB or even an English Pale. Some hop bitterness, a touch of citrus.

Tastes fine, I'll grant you, but a far cry from a West Coast IPA. The hops just aren't there, and with that sweet malt character that more befits a cream ale than an IPA.

Thin bodied, decent carbonation.

A miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 17:45:55 | More by JohnnyBarman
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber-orange, one finger off white head, decent amount of lace. Smell is fruity and malty, some sweet bready malts, well hopped, a bit of earthy citrus. Taste is sweet and malty upfront that goes into a decent bitterness, some piney and earthy hops, sweetness in the finish, bready and fruity aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium body, pretty good feel. This is actually quite good, easily drinkable, not an American IPA though but would be a solid English IPA, something I probably liked more than the score will suggest.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 19:45:50 | More by peensteen
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one didn't quite work for me. It has some oddly unpleasant flavours going on and those didn't mesh too well with the higher than normal alcohol.

Looks great - poured a great big creamy looking head that settles to about a quarter inch and gave up some good lace. Handsome amber colour.

Soft nose, some hops and woodeness. Unfortunately, that woody character didn't translate into anything worthwhile on the palate. Slightly unpleasant with a touch of sourness in the finish despite an initially over sweet character. This one just hit one wrong note after another for me. Poor job of making the alcohol content work as part of the beer. Not a particularlly well integrated brew. Disjointed and slightly jarring.

So far I'm not overly impressed by what GIB has on offer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 22:47:45 | More by TerryW
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at a pub on Granville Island. From notes.

A - Poured dark gold with mild carbonation and one finger of soapy white head. Good rings of lace with a film of retention.

S - Caramel, piney hops, a little mild.

T - Piney with sweet malt, honey and floral notes.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body and a little bitterness.

O/D - Tame but nice and drinkable. Enough flavour to keep it interesting but not a superbly flavourful IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 23:06:31 | More by tbeckett
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McBastard

British Columbia (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip from a 341 ml bottle.

Pours a hazy, golden honey color with half a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Smells like floral hops, with a noticeable maltiness. Taste is quite malty, with a mild citric hoppiness, finishing with a bit of astringency. Medium bodied, with low carbonation. Seems off-style to me, almost like a cross between a APA and an ESB. Fairly balanced and easy to drink, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:06:20 | More by McBastard
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Rivers Reach in New Westminster.

A: 1/4" off-white head over light amber liquid with good clarity.

S: Citrus and floral hops and some sweet malt.

T: Citrus and floral hops which transition to a sweet corn taste reminiscent of Captain Crunch cereal.

M: Medium viscosity and low carbonation.

O: Easy drinking but very sweet middle of the road IPA. Nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 04:55:09 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Just under two fingers of bubbly, light-tan head. Great honey-amber hue to the beer. The head recedes, but retains well and just under half-a-finger. Some nice looking lacing here and there.

S - Caramel malt and fresh citric hops dominate. Strong undertone of lemongrass and leafy hops.

T - Upfront this beer doesn't boast a very strong flavor. Light malt, slightly piney, a touch of caramel malt. The finish and aftertaste bring forward a flavor of leafy hops and a bit of bitterness. Sort of herbal, slightly earthy. A little bland, but it's alright.

M - Low-to-medium carbonation with a medium bodied feel. Nothing exceptional.

D - You know, it's funny, not even five months ago this IPA was my introduction to the style, and I really didn't care for it. The bitter hop flavor was just too much for me, and now, just a few months later, I find it tame and a little boring. Still an enjoyable IPA, but there are better beers out there for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 06:45:29 | More by Converge
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - light copper colour with a thin layer of head with very good lacing, plenty of hops obviously contributing. Not a lot of visible carbonation.

Smell - nice solid malt aroma with a good whiff of the citrusy hop boquet.

Taste - very crisp flavour with a good bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - well-balanced and exciting hop activity.

Drinkability - easy-drinking IPA, definitely would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 01:06:09 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours a chill hazed amber/orange color with minimal head, but what there is, retains well. The lacing is quite good, leaving behind soapy white wisps of foam. The carbonation appears to be average for this style, big and bubbly....nothing really outstanding about the looks of the brew

S- I smell a huge malt aroma, followed by the typical citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon, and the finish is primarily of leafy, herbal like bitterness. Overall, the aromas are modest at best...not real bitter, and not super potent, which is okay IMO.

T- There are some distinct, yet again, typical, citrus notes, of the same aforementioned varieties, and a lot more malt sweetness than I anticipated. There are notes of caramel/toffee along with brown sugar. These are offset somewhat in the finish, by a fresh tasting, yet mild bitter hop flavor.

M- Thirst quenching for sure, and the mouthfeel is light; not really carbonated in that palate scrubbing way, but it's there for sure. This is actually quite well balanced but the flavors and body are not really as powerful as I would have thought they would be.

O- As far as drinkability, this one is really easy to do so! I would put this more along the lines of an APA or even and American Amber....it's just so balanced, yet mild for what Granville was going for I think. Really nice to enjoy out on the patio on a very warm evening, like I did with this review!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 00:51:31 | More by ChrisCage
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden/copper appearance with moderate-thick head and decent lace. Smell is grainy and malty with some sweetness, nothing big though.

Taste is very malty with decent hops, picked up citrus, caramel and grain as well. Slightly earthy. Light-moderate body with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and malty.

Overall, this is a good take on IPA's. Good combination of tastes and drinkable. Not an amazing beer, but good enough. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 04:38:58 | More by CrazyMike
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, named in honour of Brockton Point and Lighthouse, in Stanley Park.

This beer pours a clear, glistening medium golden copper hue, with two fingers of puffy and densely foamy off-white head, which leaves some low-lying broken cloud pattern lace around the glass as it evenly fades away.

It smells rather mildly of grassy, herbal, and softly citrusy hops, a twinge of musty yeast, and wan bready caramel malt. The taste is again, more herbal, leafy, and generic citrus hops, over a rather plain bready caramel malt, with a hint of hard water minerality, while some brewing yeast remnants muddle about.

The carbonation is on the soft and innocuous side, the body an adequate medium weight, fairly smooth, but a tad pithy, which strangely has little effect on its burgeoning creaminess. It finishes generally clean, and off-dry, the bitter herbal/citrus hops still at the forefront, and the grainy caramel malt starting to give in to the dark side.

I don't quite know about the American NW heritage worthiness of this IPA - it seems to me to possess more of that old country (read: English) sensibility that a lot of BC brewers tend to insist on retaining. Nonetheless, still tasty enough in its mangled hybrid nature, categorization be damned - as this one already is in its deal with the devil.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 23:08:23 | More by biboergosum
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass, as that's all that is available in this hotel room. Body is a golden-orange color topped by some wisps of creamy white head. Aroma of sweet malt (pale and some caramel), assertively fruity hops, and a touch of honey. Palate is well-balanced between lightly sweet malt and fruity hops with some tropical notes (pineapple, grapefruit). Finish is light, with any hop bitterness yielding to the sweet notes in the malt.
Body is a little thin, but nicely effervescent. This is a highly drinkable ale, but definitely lacks the punch of bitterness that is necessary in something calling itself a "west coast" IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 06:03:00 | More by ElGordo
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a crystal clear copper, finger of soapy white head, mild retention, decent carbonation noticeable on the body leaving some fine sporatic lacing.

S - Grassy hops, sour lemon and bready caramel malts on the finish.

T - Bitter hops dominate the palette, very citrusy with some wooden cedar bark off the top. Mild caramel and buttered bread malts linger on the finish.

M - Perfect carbonation, not too watery, but very dry on the finish. Leaves your teeth sticking to your lips.

D - Overall the flavours are nicely balanced, but the mouthfeel was a bit of a turnoff to me. I quite liked the hops on it, and the buttery bread malts were very complementary. Decent offering from GIB and a welcome addition to the Alberta liquor market.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 20:33:35 | More by andrenaline
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a clear golden bronze, one finger off white head retained okay with good lace up the glass
S - light herbal and leafy hops, somewhat grainy malt, with some resiny and metallic notes
T - leafy and herbal up front, some light citrus tartness with grainy notes, finishing with strong resiny and somewhat metallic flavour that are not the greatest
M - a fairly refreshing carbonation, moving to bitter and tart sensations, finishing somewhat dry
D - this is a decent enough brew, has just enough of the IPA elements buts doesn't quite stand out in any aspect, easy drinking enough to session but not my first choice, its straddles the line between common massed produced suds and a true style focused microbrew

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 04:13:26 | More by joemcgrath27
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this at Cactus Bar on a recent trip to Vancouver. Poured copper with very little head, and less than stellar retention. Not much of a nose to speak of, with only caramel and biscuit dominating. The taste revealed the same; copious amounts of caramel, and very little traces of herbal hops, leading up to a bitter dry finish. Expected more hop presence for an 'American' IPA. Very thin, but I guess this helps the sessionability. Not a fan. Sorry.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 21:32:51 | More by donniecuffs
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Brockton IPA from Granville Island Brewery
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