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Head Smashed IPA | Banff Ave. Brewing Co.

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Head Smashed IPAHead Smashed IPA

Brewed by:
Banff Ave. Brewing Co.
Alberta, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This excellent brew is our flagship beer. It is a heavily hopped pale ale. India Pale Ales originated during the lengthy colonization of India. British servicemen in India expected beer, however, the styles of the time did not survive the long voyage to India. Brewers quickly discovered that hops acted as preservatives in beer. As such, the heavily hopped ales designed to survive the long trips were born – now known as India Pale Ales.

Added by Proteus93 on 08-14-2010

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 24
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Photo of Intrinsic
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HS has a medium amber colour, and is very slightly hazy on tap. My pint had very little head on it (bad pour?) and poor retention.

It smells of very piney hops, slightly spicy but not complex. Some floral and citrus notes. The hop varieties used are pallisade, perle, cascade, crystal and liberty.

There's great up-front malt flavour but this is of course soon taken over by some super piney hops, resulting in a high 75 IBU. Unfortunately, its not very complex and a little watery.

Nicely carbonated, medium dryness. Not as refined as its cousin, Rockhopper, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pint glass at the brew pub aug28 2010

A clear golden copper with very little carbonation and no chance for head or lace because my glass was filled right to the rim too the point where some of it ended up on my pants when the server passed it to me

S citrus hops with a little sweet bready malt and a bunch of pine

T not far from the smell, I rather like the pine and citrus flavors from the hops pretty good for a low alc% IPA

M fairly flat and thin nothing worth bragging about here

D smells and tastes good so that says something

after they teach the staff how to serve a pint and perhaps tweak it just a tad this one has potential. I was looking at the mans pint beside me and it was just caked with lace so perhaps if the foam had a chance this may have been a pretty looking beer. no matter how you look at it this gives Banff some hope for craft beer and I see this place doing well in the long run

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650ml bottle, also well enjoyed last week in a Banff hotel room, before venturing out into the -30 cold, to find sustenance in a virtually abandoned (save the ubiquitous service staff Aussies) urban snowscape.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of foamy whipped egg white head, which settles rather quickly, leaving a low, 'land ahoy!' vista of lace around the glass.

It smells of moderate piney and sweet citrusy hops, with a tame bready and doughy caramel malt, and a bit of muddled earthiness, origin unknown. The taste is much softened from the aroma - the pine and citrus hinting at an ill-advised sabbatical, with an echo of the promised bitterness actually delivered - it's more caramel cream and very mild swirling booziness, than anything.

The carbonation is on the low side, with a few pricks here and there (don't go there, Beavis...), the body a solid middleweight, and rather smooth, given the hop innie going on here. It finishes more sweet than I would have initially surmised, but not all that surprising by this end point.

While not a bad IPA by any stretch of the imagination, it just doesn't seem to want to run with even the average standards of the Yankee style bearers. The hops need a much greater staying power, savoury bitterness, and overall presence. Not quite English, not all that American, so by default, Canadian it is, eh?

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Photo of riotontheroad
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mlkluther
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid, drinkable IPA that has enough going for it that keeps it interesting. It's not complex and it's not the best IPA I've had - but at least it's decent enough to drink and enjoy when all you have to choose from are macros. This is much, much better than a macro.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head Smashed IPA (Banff Ave)

A: Honey-golden, quite a nice clarity for an unfiltered brew.

S + T: Strong points for this brew... Citrus, leafy, and a little bit herbal. The hops aren't overly intense, but they still dominate over the malt backbone. Some piney notes in there that settle in quite nicely. It's shocking that this is the initial batch, because I feel they dialed it in pretty much perfectly. Again, that water is fabulous... It's like that in the West in general, though. Not that big, sticky bitterness (that can be tasty!)... but not an English with the sweet malts. Very nicely done.

M + D: Moderate carbonation, just right for the body and flavour. Medium body, a little slick, with a clean finish leaving behind just enough oily residue to carry the flavour on for a while longer. Pretty much spot on as far as an IPA goes, I'd say.

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Banff Ave Brewing on recent latest trip to Banff.
Clear Gold color, full head that left thin streaky lace. Good hop smell and flavors. Citrus, earthy, a bit herbal. Does not have the powerful grapefruit and pine of some other PA/IPAs, but are still right on. Malt base is present to prevent to much bitterness. Nicely done. Medium body, with a clean, slightly dry finish. Nice fruity hop after taste. A very drinkable IPA, I see why it is their flagship and most popular brand.

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Photo of Tommo
2.46/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a malt beverage on the level of classic malt beverages. Smoother than Old english, but not by much.

Draft at the brew house. ZERO hop aroma, medium malt flavor. ZERO bittering hops. They say this is for hop heads, however it is so boring i was almost offended

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Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndBoSox
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Erik-P
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JIMMER
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of MilkLeg
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a copper color, with a good size lacing head. The smell was a bit weak but hoppy. The taste was also just a bit weak, but had a nice hoppy tone, and a good bitter feel to it. The flavor did last on the paletee, but could use some strenthing. Overall a good AIPA.

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Photo of rawfish
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bunman3
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very enjoyable IPA. I have enjoyed it on tap, in growlers, and most recently from a 750 mL bottle. It looks good - nice and clear with a finger of white foam that leaves rivulets of lacing behind. The nose is a pleasant combination of hops and evergreen. The taste is solid - malt, bread, and a satisfying hop backbone. This is a beer worthy of its namesake, Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Photo of jawnzer
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Converge
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Coronaeus
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Fader
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of KStark
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Head Smashed IPA from Banff Ave. Brewing Co.
3.58 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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