Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Empress India Pale Ale | Steamworks Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
34 Ratings

Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
During the heyday of the British Empire, India Pale Ale was born as a strong pale ale brewed especially to endure the rigors of the long journey to the colonies. In order to guard against spoilage, I.P.A. was brewed with a high alcohol content and with liberal amounts of hops, which act as a natural preservative. This ale's golden amber colour only hints at its full-bodied flavour. Its sumptuous maltiness is tempered by a goodly amount of bitterness and a mouth-filling hop flavour. In order to finish our I.P.A. with a truly fresh hop bouquet, we dry hop this ale in the serving tank with both East Kent Goldings and Mount Hood hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2005

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iamstevetay
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abad
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of florisj135
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ZachT
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of J_Dub
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Cidius
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of andy_c
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of intoxabroad
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BRYeleJR
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of NoleDoc
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of napetry
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of chickenm
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am transcribing this from notes that I took last summer. Poured on-tap at the Steamworks Brewing Pub in Vancouver, BC, it was served in a pint glass. The beer is a very light, clear yellowish color, more reminiscent to a lager coloring than an IPA. There was a light, frothy head that settles into a thin layers that clings to the side of the glass as you drink. Smells are extremely flowery with only a little hops influence. The flavors are fairly floral, as well. Juniper and jasmine, with a little bit of hops, again only in the background. The aftertaste is remarkably a little more hoppy, but overall it is mild, and the beer has a clean, crisp finish. Not bad, but left my wife and I wanting a little bit.

 714 characters

Photo of LittleDon
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and amber with low head retention. Very little lacing. Floral aroma with a soapy characteristic. Bit of a carbonation bite up front and very little in the way of sweetness. Bitter middle and backend in the traditional English style. Could have used better balance between the hops and malt. I found it closer in style to a pale ale.

 338 characters

Photo of lumikuuro
4.68/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Steamworks, Gastown.

Appearance: Coppery amber, clear, with a small white head that manages to leave surprisingly good lacing. Lovely colour for an IPA.

Aroma: Mixed fruits and a fair amount of hops.

Taste: Hoppy, mixed fruit, some citrus, with a gentle malty sweetness and some nuttiness. A big malt profile for an IPA with an unusual fruitiness that is a welcome change from the grapefruit grapefruit grapefruit of most pacific northwest IPAs. The malt and hops balance each other nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Quite a complex and interesting IPA, more enjoyable than many. If you want an all out hop assault, you'll be only 75% satisfied, but if you want lots of flavour then you can't go wrong here.

 736 characters

Photo of shivtim
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub in Vancouver.
Looks decent. Hazy copper with a small khaki head. Nose is very mild hops, slight hints of citrus and peat. Taste is simple. Musty hops. Quite easy. Mouthfeel is averag-ish. Sessionable IPA, but nothing special.

 251 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Empress India Pale Ale from Steamworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 34 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.