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Trephination | Bushwakker Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Bushwakker Brewing Company
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by markaberrant on 04-24-2008

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by demcorhip:
Photo of demcorhip
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to markaberrant for this brew. Looks good, an orange hued amber ale, obviously unfiltered, despite a careful pour a fair amount of chunky flotsam and debris present in the glass. Decent 2 finger offwhite head formed on the pour, decent retention, gradually breaks down to leave a decent collar. Leaves decent lacings that eventually slide back to rejoin the collar from which they formed.

Somewhat subdued aroma for a IIPA. Nice malts with biscuity aroma and touch of caramel. The hops are present and their bitterness is apparent, but the aromas are almost nondescript and certainly do not leap out and scream grapefruit and pine resin. Their is however a nice floral quality and hints of citrus and pine.

This is a tasty IIPA, suppose the damn hop shortage has affected this brew somewhat. Malt backbone a la Canadian or "east coast" style, almost stands up to the hops with its biscuity backbone. Fairly substantial hop bitterness, almost resinous and approaches enamel stripping in its intensity. The hops flavours dont leap out at the drinker, but there are nice flavours of piney white grapefruit in here.

A nice, hoppy, biscuity, dry, medium bodied IIPA with a hint of caramel sweetness. Some alcohol heat evident as it warms the roof of my mouth, back of the throat, esophagus and belly. Carbonation is fine and mild, making for a perfect hop delivery system. Well balanced, only critical comment is that a bigger blast of hop flavour would make this a great brew, but i suspect they did they best they could with the available hops.

Pretty drinkable for a medium bodied brew that packs a warming alcoholic punch. I could drink this one all night long, or until i fell flat on my face, whichever would happen first. This would serve as a great example to the IIPA style for those trying to get used to bigger hoppy brews. Its also a nice drinker for those of us who are familiar with the style. Bushwakker still makes damn fine beers. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber courtesy of Bobsy - thanks! Slightly hazed orange, a good finger of bone white head which has some good retention.

Some real nice notes here, a sweet candied tangerine and pineapple paired with a nice lasting bitterness. Malt body which leans more to an English interpretation and there's still some Brit hops in there too. Caramel, lemon, grapefruit as well.

Lovely ale, a really nice take on the style. Hides the alcohol well, Balanced and yet plenty of hops - my kind of ale.

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Photo of kangaroodent
1.88/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured a 650ml bottle into a pint glass. About an inch of head, some hops on the nose and they're more towards the piney/grapefruity side of things. Fairly poor lighting makes me think this is a dark coppery sort of colour.

It was too damn bitter. Far too bitter. I think there was just too much early hopping done, and even though it's packed with alcohol, I couldn't get anything more than bitterness. Nothing citrusy or fresh or balanced about the hop flavour, it was just really intensely bitter. There was no malt backbone at all, as far as I could tell - though the colour should suggest otherwise. I couldn't even find the alcohol - is that a good thing in this context? I would be able to say more, but stopped drinking after about half the pint.

Reading past reviews of it makes me sad. I did not get anything but bitterness, and it sounds like there has been some nuance in past experiences with this beer. However, this batch is not worth drinking, especially not at the price it is being sold at. I'm kind of shocked that it is being served at all.

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Photo of DrMalt
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled the 2008 version alongside the 2009 vintage.

A - Poured a deep orange/copper colour with a solid off white creamy head that leaves lots of lacing.

S - Aroma is prominent but not exceptional. Some floral and fruity notes - but not so much the piney/grapefruit as in some West Coast DIPA's.

T - Malt to begin with citrus hoppiness. Quite dry yet alcohol is apparent. Some peppery/hot flavours?

M - Excellent body, some chewiness but not syrupy.

D - I enjoy the "Treph" as I am particular to IPA's & DIPA's I very much appreciate that they brew this beer. Part of me wishes it were a little more West Coast with more pine, oily, grapefruit flavours but on the otherhand it certainly has its own unique/special attributes.

Thought I liked the 2009 version better but comparing the two- I preferred the 2008 vintage. Noticable differences in colour.

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Photo of bgramels
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Derek
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep copper, light tan head, thin ring of retention, great lace.

S: Piny resin, tangerine & nectarine.

T: Very resiny pine, nectarine, tangerine, assertive bitterness with a touch of sweet malt to back it up; warming alcohol.

M: Moderate body has a slight residual sweetness & hop acidity.

D: Bold but a good sipper.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark orange, crystal clear, thick creamy head, leaves lots of sticky lace down the glass.

S - tropical fruit, sweet malt, tea, mild fruity esters

T - Good dosage of sweet caramel malt off the start. Some mango and citrus hoppiness starts to creep in, but is short lived. Drying, tea-like bitterness comes thundering in and creates a lingering, lip-smacking finish.

M - medium body, full, but certainly not syrupy. Low carbonation.

D - I can't say it's a typical NW-style IPA, but it is still an enjoyable brew.

You'll never think of the Bushwakker as an American-style brewpub; what they are known for is their traditional English ales and German lagers. So when they attempt a double IPA, you can't be shocked when it is not full of massive citrus hop character. However, what they have crafted here is a truly unique beer. The tea-like character is unmistakable, and is actually quite enjoyable. Bitterness is high, yet nicely balanced by solid malt. I've been drinking of lot of this on tap at the brewpub, and it is certainly one of my favourites. Kudos to the Bushwakker for brewing up a double IPA in the middle of a hop shortage!

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Photo of bobsy
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome interpretation of a double IPA from the prairies. Pours a nice orange with a thick white head that leaves lace so goo I have to point it out to Derek. Sweet, fruity aroma - pineapple, grapefruit and brown sugar. Quite sweet upfront, with caramel malts eventually giving way to a blast of citrus and a bitter resin-heavy finish. Flavour-wise I found it to be a souped-up version of the Chico Pale Ale, which I sampled by its side. Drinkable medium body and low carbonation is dangerous in a IIPA. Thanks to Troy for sharing.

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Trephination from Bushwakker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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