North By Northwest IPA
Steamworks Brewing Company

North By Northwest IPANorth By Northwest IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #4,041
Ranked #26,814
3.86 | pDev: 9.59%
Steamworks Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
Very Good
North By Northwest IPANorth By Northwest IPA
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frankdatank1337 from California

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is probably the best IPA that Steamworks makes. Its piney and smooth, just the way I like em. The only downside is it doesn't have any pizzazz to set it apart from the ton of other IPAs with the same flavor profile. Its still good, so if you have a chance to drink it go for it.

Jan 11, 2021
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altstadt from Canada (BC)

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow-amber color. Very thick head that turned into larger bubbles as it slowly collapsed. Left a lot of lacing on the side of the glass, typically large voids with fine bubbles around. Medium flux of fine bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Lighter floral hop smell with a bit of dried straw or hay. Some very faint yeast esters. Swirling the glass kicked up something sweet and floral. Perhaps a bit of citrus.

Mild citrus and floral hops in the initial flavor. A bit of graham cracker malt in the base. Medium-mild bitters slowly blend in. The straw or hay flavor shows up late. The aftertaste is mostly the floral hops and hay.

Medium carbonation; no tongue action. Turns into a coarse bubbled foam. Medium body.

Excellent back to basics IPA. The lighter bitters (seems much milder than what is listed on the label) make this an all season drink.

Feb 29, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper and slightly cloudy with a finger head of white and moderate carbonation.

Smells of pine and malt.

The taste follows the nose.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in BC near Radium Hot Springs where I am drinking it Aug 19, 2019.

Aug 20, 2019
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473ml can (@ 6.8% ABV) - I guess that they're still kickin' it old-school, at least iPA-wise, with this offering.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some streaky and chunky lace around the glass as it rather lazily subsides.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, some orange, red grapefruit, and lemon citrus rind, a stoney flintiness, and more leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery caramel malt, mixed domestic citrus and further indistinct tropical fruity notes, a damp minerality, and more earthy, herbal, and resinous piney hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-placating frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, with nothing really a cause for concern at this particular point in the process. It finishes trending dry, the hops showing some lingering chutzpah.

Overall - yep, this comes across very much like the first IPAs I enjoyed when I discovered the style, and especially ones that were actually made in the PAC-NW. Crisp, hoppy, balanced, and with no sign of the extra 2-ish points of the ol' wowee sauce, she's quite a pleasant quaff.

Jan 04, 2019
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the Gaztown brewpub. Like a cask brew, with understated carbonation. Hoppy with lace. Creamy mouthfeel that's middling and dangerous. A bit of grapefruit colour. High IBU and different and better than the Empress IPA, there's residual malt, and surely drinkable.

Feb 24, 2008
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baiser from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is Steamwork's seasonal IPA. A well hopped, American style IPA. Aroma of citrus/grapefruit, pine and fruit. Each sip gives hints of lychee, with the bitterness coming through at the end. Not crazily hopped like Californian IPAs, but very well balanced. Great tasting beer IMO. Best Canadian brewed IPA imo.

Dec 30, 2006
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steamworks has great seasonals but some of their regular beers lack including their regular IPA. Well this hopped up version is hugely better than the regular version. Grapefruit hoppy nose, lots of hops in the body and a real nice balance that comes out in the finish. Tastes a lot like Phillips IPA in its fresh hop profile. It would be great if this replaced the regular IPA.

Nov 18, 2005
North By Northwest IPA from Steamworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 14 ratings