Extra I.P.A.
Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery

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American IPA
Ranked #1,786
Ranked #13,299
4.01 | pDev: 16.46%
Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
Very Good
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Notes: A strong hoppy ale. Brewed specifically for the hop lover. A blend of hops, prized for their aroma, gives this beer it’s great hop bouquet and lasting hop flavour.
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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full pint on tap right at the source. Lightly colored, a dark apple juice hue with an anemic white head. Aroma is a tad curious, juicy pears right off the bat followed by some tangerine, mango, and peach notes and a subtle brown sugar malt backbone. This was a different American IPA experience ... Certainly this brew is hopped to that degree of intensity and the smell is west coast but the flavors are decidedly those of an "old world"/"new world" hybrid model. Potently bitter to my palate and super fizzy to boot. The flavor spectrum traverses pine and grass, chamomile and juniper, tomato leaf and gooseberry, hints of tropical fruit and fresh cut flowers but goes right back to a gin-like herbal/medicinal bitterness, slightly sour perhaps. Subtle butterscotch and caramel lurk in the background initially but the malts do grow as you go. Like a British IPA on steroids, really. I detect some booze. The mouthfeel remains reasonably smooth but I did not find the overall impact to be terribly gentle. Ratings could improve if I am in an appropriate mood.

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Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
1.09/5  rDev -72.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Rank, hellish IPA for those who love IPAs...

A - What you'd expect from an IPA - amber coloured. It looks nice but...

S - Paint thinner and peppermint, with a dash of ammonia.

T - Pure minty bitterness - pure s*** in my opinion. It's the ultimate trendy hipster drink - so hoppy and nasty, the singular reason why I would never touch an ipa ever again.

M - Honestly, the bitterness was so rank, I couldn't tell you.

Overall - A nightmare. It made me so sick afterwards - I could taste the minty bitterness for hours after, even the next morning. The worst beer I have ever tasted.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale and clear copper with 2 fingers of soapy white head leaving a scant ring of bubbles around the glass.

S: First hits pine, grassy notes and lemon, excellent lemon grass characteristics with mild bitter after taste. As the brew warmed up the tropical fruit scents developed, with notes of lycée, mango and pineapple. I'd suggest lingering over this drink a little to enjoy the changing scent as it warms.

T: Nice smooth pine and lemon with fresh cut grass echoing the lemon grass smell. A good level of maltiness up front that balance out the hops nicely. Overall it's a smooth IPA, with a level of malts that manage to compliment the hops, without outshining them.

M: Creamy, smooth and a little buttery, similar to an oaked chardonay, with enough body to leave a coating on the tongue. Fairly low carbonation - however I lingered over this for a good long time so that may be a result of the extended drinking time.

O: This brew is a well balanced mix of malts and hops with hints of tropical smells and tastes. I really enjoyed lingering over it enjoying the changing profile and recommend you try the same. Excellent paired with spicy noodles and fried eggs.

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Photo of BashOnABike
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20oz pint @ Swans Brewpub

A - Golden, fairly standard IPA colour. Good head retention, heavy lacing

S - Very hoppy and citrusy, no alcohol bite. Overall refreshing

T - Citrus immediately, with a long-lasting bitter aftertaste

M - So-so body, with the saving grace of good carbination

D - Of all the high-ABV beers at Swans, this is probably the most drinkable: It's fairly bitter, but the alcohol is nowhere to be seen. I find myself finishing these pints surprisingly fast. That being said, 1-2 are probably enough.

Overall, a very good IPA, not as witheringly hoppy as some Imperials, but still has a great bite while remaining refreshing. This is typically my second pint after the Scotch Ale.

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Photo of harrymel
3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Verbatim from notes 16JUL11

Golden ale with brilliant clarity and no head. No foam. Plenty of citric hps and just a hint of malt. Not special but not bad at all. Plenty of late addition hops give this a good flavor, but doesn't really pack much bitterness. slick finish.

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Photo of bobsy
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange pour with a creamy and long lasting white head that laces like a dream. Juicy tropical notes of papaya, mango and lychee greet the nose. Really pleasing, and a great combination with the hints of tangerine and toffee that are also present.

The tangerine is more prominent in the flavour, but the tropical fruits are still there, bringing a nice sweetness to balance out the bitter hop bite in the finale. Good caramel background throughout. Silky smooth body is a pleasure to drink. Resrained carbonation bulks up the mouthfeel nicely.

Mega drinkable. This is a nicely crafted IPA and a credit to the brewery.

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Photo of ericj551
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Swans Extra IPA pours a hazy light copper, with a thin head that doesn't linger. Grapefruity citrus hops dominate the aroma with some sweet light toffee malt and an herbal tea at the end. The flavor is citrusy, with some lemon and grapefruit. The malt comes through briefly, but a moderate bitterness quickly covers it up. The hops turn to earthy for the slightly sour finish. Overall a solid IPA, but I would put it in the regular IPA category, this is no Imperial/Double.

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Photo of pugdogbeer
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours well and looks like an IPA as opposed to an extra or double.

Smell was of piney hops with a very subtle hint of citrus. Taste was similar with detectable backing of malt that was kind of sweet on the tongue.

Not a typical American / West Coast IPA but half way between British and West Coast, so a unique craft beer. Good but not the best there is out there.

Was pleasantly surprised by this and have since had a few more bottles as it is definitely one of the more affordable big bottles of IPA.

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Photo of josiahschlender
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The menu description had me prepared for a big NW style IPA, but this must be a double IPA to the British.

Medium gold in color, white cap leaves some lacing.

Aromas have some spicy, herbal and maybe slightly piney hops, but even stronger are the bready malts. Many IPAs I have don't even have malt aromas, so I'm liking the balance. It fits with the British theme of brewing that seems to prevail in Victoria.

Flavors are also on the caramel, bready malt side, with adequate bittering and somewhat lean hop flavors that replicate the aromas. Nice medium-full body, smooth. Maybe my favorite part of the beer.

Is there such thing as an English double IPA? That's probably the best category for this beer. If I had blind tasted it, I would have guessed it is a big, malty pale.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz pours a dark golden color with a little bit of frothy head that dissipates. A few bubbles, good lacing.

Smell is a fine mix of bready malts with liberal doses of citrus and pine smelling hops. Not overpowering but promising something good.

The entry is smooth, caramel and bread malts followed by a dry, bitter finish. Nice citrus hints with lots of pine notes - all framed with a strong (but not overly dominant) malt presence. Really, fairly nice. Slightly creamy mouthfeel but with enough zip from the carbonation and hops to carry it through.

This is a drinker. Not a true DIPA at 6.8% but with enough hop profile to satisfy all but the diehard hop heads. This would be my go-to choice at Swan's.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a bomber of this to share with a friend while visiting Vancouver, the goal being to find some interesting local-ish beer offerings.

This beer pours a light hazy orange amber hue, with a soapy white head, that melts away quite quickly. There is a slight citrus aroma and sweet caramel malt upon olfactory inspection. The taste is of bready malt, with mild pine hops evening things out to a dry finish. With low carbonation and only a slight alcohol warming, this is a decent drinker. It doesn't come near the intensity of its West Coast brethren, taking more of a cue from Vancouver Island's British cultural influence, it would seem.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cool,this is a baddass big IPA done as if PNW IPA's never existed. The colour is tawny brown with a monster tan head. The nose is hops, some fruit and yeast. This is a big beer but tastes like London Pride on steroids. There is a complexity to the finish which somehow involves hops, caramel and malt. Totally unlike any other IPA in BC this is a must buy must try. (Now available in Vancouver by the way).

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Photo of BDTyre
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great BC IPA. Shame I have to go to Victoria to get it. Not a "double" or "extra" IPA in the sense of Phillip's Amnesiac, rather a well rounded extra hoppy and malty IPA.

This pours a nice light copper colour with a dense white head that clings nicely. Aroma is malts and a strong dose of hops. There are definite fruit/citrus tones in the nose. The taste presents a good blast of hops that is accented by citrus notes and tempered by malt sweetness. Compares favourably to Old Yale, but less spicy, and Granville Island. Easy to drink, with no tongue numbing carbonation and no alcoholic hints.

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Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this at the brewpub.

A: Golden-bronze, off-white head, nice lace.

S: Fresh hops, bready malt.

T: Assertive hop bitterness up front, good hop flavour, slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Moderate body is a little creamy and oily. Moderate carbonation.

D: Bitterness pounds your taste-buds into submission.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber/Dark golden with a nice cask appearance. Slow cascade of tiny bubbles leads to a slightly frothy head of lowly carbonated foam. Aromas are much bigger than the pale, and I was very happy since this beer was on special on my first visit here! Hops are more complex spicy and herbal, but still UK sourced. Malts are biscuity and have some nice caramel hints to them as well as some buttery french bread like hints. Taste is nice and hoppy with a good kick of that buttery maltiness backing it all up. Talking the talk and walking the walk. Mouthfeel is cask goodness, smooth and easy going with the tiny bubbles hitting every little taste bud on your tongue. Drinkability is excellent. A real winner from Swans...

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