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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
swanshotel.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
33
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
17.4%
 
 
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3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrempel
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of ZachT
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mack
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
1.09/5  rDev -71.7%
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 +3.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of danotronik
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of BashOnABike
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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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3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
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 +8.6%
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 +7.5%
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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Extra I.P.A. from Swans Brewpub / Buckerfield Brewery
3.85 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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