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Indra Island IPA | The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by IronDjinn on 09-06-2004

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of dbl_delta
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft into pint glass. Pours a clear, light amber with a nice off white head. Initial impression is citrus and floral hops, nicely balanced by a sweet malt backbone. Mouthfeel is relatively light and refreshing; carbonation is about right. Finish is clean and refreshing. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of MilkLeg
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leaddog
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased a growler from the brewery (Dec. 21/14)

Appearance - Pours a clear light copper colour with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Citrus and floral hops, caramel malts, tropical fruit aromas (more along the citrus spectrum).

Taste - Citrus and floral hops along with the flavours of bready caramel malts and tropical fruit. There is a light bitterness that lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - An enjoyable IPA from Grizzly Paw. Citrus and floral hops could use a little more emphasis in both aroma and flavour, but still a good hop flavour profile.

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Photo of Happyhopper
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of wertschy
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of wordemupg
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pint at the Grizzly Paw a ways back, from notes

A clear pale copper with big bubbles feeding a finger of foam that hangs around for a few sips leaving a few partial rings of lace

S quite floral with some vitamin C chewable’s with some faint spruce and sweet orange peel but there’s a strange malty aspect holding it back

T more of the same really but it tastes like a brewery smells, the grains are overpowering the hop profile, almost tastes like the first beer poured that day and half my beer sat in the lines overnight

M fairly light bodied with a few bubbles but could use a little more, some rind on the finish

O the hops are there but something’s not quite right with the malt profile, has a soggy cereal thing going on

I see where their going but its not quite there, a few tweaks would do it some good, hops seem to work but the malt not so much

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Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 20oz pint at a location not too far from Canmore.

This beer appears a clear, glassy medium golden amber colour, with one anemic finger of sudsy and soapy off-white head, which leaves some random droopy specks of streaky cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it evenly settles.

It smells upfront of mildly bitter leafy, somewhat perfumed pine needles, followed by some weak citrus rind, and a bready caramel/toffee malt. The taste is more, but still egregiously neutered pine hops, caramel cream malt, and a furthering of that tangy citrus side of the hop spectrum.

The carbonation is generally on the low side, little manifesting or persisting on my high palate, the body a struggling medium weight, yet decently smooth. It finishes with drying, increasingly herbal hop notes, amongst the lingering doughy caramel malt.

Not too shabby, even good, at times, but not exactly an over the top American IPA - more English in nature, I'd have to venture. Good to have the choice, I would imagine, if avoiding Banff's crowds, and entry fees, natch.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beers poured a nice dark copper with a small lacing head. The smell isn't very strong, but has a nice hoppy tone never the less. The taste is a bit weak, but very complex, can taste many different types of hops. Again the flavor was weak and could use a much more bitter flavor as well. Overall I found it enjoyable.

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Grizzly Paw Brewpub, in Canmore. I usually try their seasonals, but went for one of the regulars this time.
Orange gold color, with a big, white, fluffy head. Good hoppy aroma, citris and pink grapefruit to start and some earthy, grassiness as well. The flavor has a decent amount of fruity hops (the same citrus, grapefruit) and a good balance of biscuit and caramel malt sweetness.
Very drinkable and well balanced. I don't want to call it mild or subdued, but there is not the big hop bite as some other IPAs I have tried. The result is a refreshing and very easy to drink beer with lots of great flavor. Slightly dry finish helps it pair well with any food. Another great day in Canmore thanks to the 'Paw

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Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Grizzly Paw Brewpub, in Canmore.

Sometimes, staring into a good quality IPA, it can seem like they were sent to us from above, descended from a cloud. Part of that is because of their big, fluffy, cloud-like head, the halo of lace and the beaming, almost angelic radiance. The other part of it is that their crispy, sheeny amber complexion just looks so damn enticing.

The hoppiness in this aroma strikes me as a once great empire in its final, crumbling stages - there are the mighty aromas of citric pink grapefruit and resiny green grasses but they just don't smell so mighty anymore. Considering I'm drinking it directly from the source, staring at the fermentation tanks in fact, I doubt its lack of vibrancy is a case of staleness.

More likely, it's the result of being too modest with the hops. Not to say they were stingy - this has an appreciable amount - but just to suggest that using a little more would not have been a bad idea. As it stands, however, there is a nice zestiness, a smack of grapefruit and, from the malts' side of things, a very biscuity, lightly caramelly sweetness.

This IPA seems to use American hops - but it does so in the English fashion. It may seem superficially new-world with its zest and candied fruit flavours, but it drinks with the mildness of more traditional offerings. As result, it is more likely to appeal to novice, more mainstream drinkers and at the same time makes for a more sessionable offering.

Could the beer use a bigger, more vibrant hop profile? Sure - assuming you believe, like me, that you can never have too much of a good thing (actually, it could of even used a little more maltiness too). But this is certainly good as it is and for a tiny Canadian brewpub in a very touristy area, this is more than decent and passable. It's actually rather solid.

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Photo of prosper
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was some of the last of a recent batch of an IPA, so it may not have been at its peak.

Appearance was a medium golden colour with a nice thick head on top.

Smell was actually kinda bland (though, just having come in off the street and the -30 temperatures might have impaired my sense of smell a bit). There was a malty graininess (almost bock-like), and just a touch of floral hops. I couldn't detect any citrus.

Taste reminded me of an English-style IPA. There was a distinct maltiness; some biscuit-nuttiness, with just a hint of caramel. It was moderately bitter - but nothing extreme. Something even non beer-geeks could enjoy. Hop flavour seemed quite earthy and spicy, again, seems to me that this is an English-style IPA. Some slight sour tartness. Some subdued fruity esters present, which stay throughout the finish. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel was medium. Slight sweet edge initially, finishes clean but not really dry and crisp. Satisfying.

While perhaps not the best interpretation of the style, I did drink a few of these throughout the evening nonetheless.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I like repairing to the Grizzly Paw after a day in the backcountry before going back to Calgary, truth is, I've found many of their beers mediocre.

Their IPA is the first I've found truly worthy of a hearty recommendation, though, alas, it seems it's a seasonal/rotating release (though not restricted to summer).

It came to the table a dark gold with a slight copper hue and a nice foamy head on top. The smell was well-balanced between citrusy grapefruit hops and mild caramel providing the malt backbone. The taste was similarly well-balanced without being too bland. It had a nice medium body and the carbonation was lively on the palate, but not too abrasive.

It's a shame the Grizzly Paw hasn't elected to bottle their IPA, considering it's far better than their packaged offerings.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was given the impression that this was something of a summer seasonal for the Grizzly Paw, or perhaps a rotated offering. Was served with a big clingy off-white foamy head, some serious lacing from this IPA. Nice clear copper body. Sweet biscuity malt aroma, citrusy hops. The big citrus hop flavour is balanced nicely with the malt, a job well done. The hop flavour gets more complex as it is drunk and as the temperature shifts, with appearances of orange, grapefruit and pine. Somewhat average mouthfeel, a little watery. Yet it would make a great session beer for hot summer days spent out on the patio there on main street in Canmore.

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Indra Island IPA from The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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