Vancouver Special IPA
R & B Brewing Co.

Vancouver Special IPAVancouver Special IPA
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From:
R & B Brewing Co.
 
British Columbia, Canada
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,188
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,860
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 6.81%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
10
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 15, 2021
Added:
Nov 29, 2015
Wants:
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Gots:
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Vancouver Special IPAVancouver Special IPA
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Rated: 3.1 by iolos

Jul 15, 2021
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Reviewed by vadie

3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This is a pretty solid IPA, better than the older version of Vancouver Special. I'm glad I tried it again. It's got a big hoppy aroma with citrus and some pine, moderate bitterness and a clean, dry finish.
Feb 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.79 by Gasp262 from Canada (AB)

Jul 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.68 by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

Jun 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

May 25, 2018
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
473ml can - so named after a style of housing architecture popular in East Vancouver from the 1960s through the 1980s.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent broken cobweb lace around the glass as it evenly sinks out of sight.

It smells of juicy orange, red grapefruit, and lemon rind, bready and doughy caramel malt, a hint of earthy yeastiness, and some leafy, weedy, and dank pine green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus flesh, a lesser exotic fruitiness (mango, maybe?), still extant yeasty notes, and more plain leafy, herbal, and piney hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back in its bored-seeming frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing in particular a cause for concern here. It finishes off-dry, the citrus fruit and wan graininess winning the lingering day.

Overall - this one starts off promisingly, but quickly settles into a sort of rut, in that there is no pop, no sass, no, well, IPA-worthy edginess. I'm getting less and less interested in this offering the more I drink of it. It's not bad, it's just not all that good.
Mar 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by Howlader from Canada (AB)

May 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by BCborn from Canada (BC)

Sep 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.8 by ZachT from Canada (BC)

Sep 10, 2016
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
R & B Brewing 'Vancouver Special IPA' @ 6.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.65
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a hazey gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-PNW hoppy
T-'big & sturdy' as it says on the label , certain bitterness on the swallow
MF-mild carbonation , big medium body
Ov-ok beer & IPA
prost LampertLand
May 23, 2016
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Reviewed by Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 650ml bottle 6% ABV, 60 IBU
A: Pours a hazy light golden amber with a nice white head that stays and lacing that sticks.
S: Not much of a nose yeast and hops but very low key.
T: For me its a mild IPA not Big & Sturdy but more of a session IPA.
F: Clean finish medium carbonation with a nice bitter hop hit.
O: A nice all round IPA i would put it in the session IPA's for sure but very drinkable.
The 2019 version is out bought a few 472ml cans ,canned on April 11/2019 so super fresh and as good as ever.
Mar 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by bumchilly25 from Canada (BC)

Feb 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.27 by alew_os from Canada (BC)

Feb 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by Beervana from Canada (BC)

Nov 29, 2015
Vancouver Special IPA from R & B Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 14 ratings