Hopraiser West Coast IPA | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rutager on 08-12-2013

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 7
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Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tilly
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale golden hue. Lemons, grapefruit, tonnes of citrus. Malty and hoppy aroma. Tastes as the aroma suggests. Mouth feel us a brilliant bitterness on the side i of the tongue. WHY CAN'T ONTARIO BREWERY'S MAKE AN IPA TO THIS CALIBER?

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of souvenirs
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub.

Honestly, this one was kind of disappointing. I was hoping for a top-notch IPA. It was grassy from the hops, and bitter enough to be an IPA, but there wasn't as much flavour as I'd expect. If anything, there was a bit of honey flavour and aroma - I sort of wondered if maybe I'd gotten the wrong beer by mistake. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but crisp. Quite murky, and kind of an orange colour.

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Photo of Rutager
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Named for the Squamish Valley Hop Raising Company of 1891-1917.

Appearance. Pours a clear rich gold with over two fingers of off-white head.

Smell. Sweet red and bitter yellow grapefruits, a bit of grainy malt and some floral pine.

Taste. Again, sweet red grapefruits and some bitter yellow grapefruit rinds. Some sweetish malts backing it up and some nice pine and grapefruit rind in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, Smooth and creamy medium carbonation. Very nice.

Overall. A very nice west coast ipa with some good hoppy bitterness but still nicely balanced. Superb mouthfeel.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great story behind the name of the beer. The beer, for me, was average. It's not bad and it has enough juicy hop bitterness with floral notes at the finish to end up being decent - but I was hoping for more.

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Photo of Jeremy7
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mr_Rocca
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RedAleMan
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Howe Sound Brewing 'Hopraiser West Coast IPA' @ 6.0% , served on tap/cask at HOPoxia '14 & '16 , and from a 1L pot-stopper purchased for $8
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a hazey gold in the glass with a small off white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
T-crisp & clean , dry bitter finish
MF-ok carbonation , big medium body
Ov-good beer (or I'm buzzed)
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Drknight
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1000ml bottle that is resealable poured into a pint glass. Reviewed freshly after cracking the bottle. Purchased for under $10 CDN form the LCBO.

Appearance - Slightly hazy bright golden straw color with some bronze hues. Two fingers of fluffy white head with decent retention and a nice patchy amount of white lacing left behind around the brim of the glass.

Smell - West coast hops all the way, tons of fruity goodness with oranges and grapefruits being the primary conspirators. Tiny bit of leafy hops thrown in but the tropical fusion takes the cake.

Taste - Plenty of orange and some grapefruit but also a green tea like characteristic imbued within, some more fruity bitterness maybe passionfruit thrown in and finishes quite bitter. A little bit of honey shows up after a few sips.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, moderately carbonated, a little bit oily from the hop oils in the beer and finishes very dry with the bitterness in check.

Overall - A solid west coast IPA, that is simultaneously impressive yet fits in without standing out into a group of similar beers. Still a great nose and worth a shot, especially with the ability to reseal the bottle in case drowning any worries at 9pm on a Sunday with a liter of IPA's isn't your thing.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrenaline
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrempel
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of biegaman
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hopraiser comes in a really big bottle that apparently contained a lot of sediment; even the first pour contained varying sizes of floating yeast particles. While a little unsightly, these suspended dots do little to disturb the beer's truly bright, sunny golden radiance. Bottle-conditioning may have also helped in the production of such a full, steady head.

Appropriate for a West Coast IPA - and in this case, being from Squamish, British Columbia this can *literally* be called that - the aroma is reminiscent of forest brush as well as pine needles and sap. But it also has the air of spring flowers which lends a kind of "pink" quality to go with all that "green". There's some definite orange fruit in there too.

Accompanying all that hoppiness is a nearly as noticeable malt bill. The use of Munich malt, specifically, is easy to appreciate as the beer has both smells and tastes of fresh-baked bread and toasted farm grains (with a prominent yeastiness emphasizing the notion of a rustic country loaf). The malt provides enough sweetness to soften those 50 IBUs without exterminating them.

After all, Hopraiser, as its name suggests, is all about the hops. To that end there's an abundance of candied grapefruit, orange and lemon rind flavours in the finish, as well as notes of rose petal, pink bubblegum, pine serum, and grass clippings. It's an IPA every bit "in touch" with Mother Earth as many in BC and the Pacific Northwest.

But Hopraiser is, overall, a stereotypically Canadian IPA in that it presents all its hoppiness (and the corresponding bitterness) in a more tempered and less in-your-face manner than its American counterparts just south of the 49th parallel. (As Canadians, we compulsively define ourselves in opposition to Americans.)

To call this a "more polite" IPA is not a bad thing, mind you. Hopraiser doesn't drink a decimal stronger than its 6% alcohol (I'd have guessed even less) and its bready malt profile ensures more than just hopheads are looked after. This has what it takes to appeal to wider audiences and yet still loads up on the resiny, citrusy lupulin. It is a truly well-balanced IPA from a very good brewery.

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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZachT
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Molson2000
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hopraiser West Coast IPA from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 29 ratings