Whitecaps IPA | Granville Island Brewery

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Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by trevorwideman:
Photo of trevorwideman
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the brewery July 2007, a special Tap-only brewery release.

Brew is a clear filered copper colour with medium high carbonation. 3/4 inch head leaves lots of lace. Pretty well right on. Super C-hop aroma, tons of grapefruit and citrus and floral as all hell. Hint of crackery malt at the back.

Taste is of apple sweetness combined with lots of Grapefruit + floral character. Anise licorice balanced out nicely by that crackery malt profile and light caramel. Just lovely. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and pretty carbonated, maybe a bit much, but that's a minor quibble. This IPA is super balanced and flavourful, very drinkable.

This is by far the best offering that I've had from this brewery. Many of their offerings are pretty mediocre, but this takes it to the next level. If only it were a regular offering and not a one-off. Well played Granville Island, just when I had you pegged you pull off a great IPA.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This appears to be a rotating offering and available this late summer. Thanks for bringing Derek. Tangerine in aroma. Creamy head with lace dots. Medium mouthfeel, tasty though above average carbonation. Malted down a whole lot, masking the 1.5X blast of hops and ends up with a dry finish. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, smuggled back from BEAUTIFUL Vancouver via BC Liquors

appearance: poured into a snifter for good measure...a beautiful golden-apricot body, strong enough body to prevent from being clear...light beige head with decent lacing...truly a glorious body on this one

smell: citrus hop jumps out at me, floral, bitter, apricot/pear, fairly noticeable toasted malt in the background...slightly juicy

taste: juicy citrus hop presence, grapefruit, pear, apricot, light metallic trait in the aftertaste, strong bitterness, lightly toasted malt...A good IPA but it just doesnt put it all together for me

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, medium body, juicy hops on the tongue

drinkability: pretty strong

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Photo of Derek
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer 2007 release (certainly hoppier than the 2005 version).

A: Yellow-bronze, off-white head, some retention, great lace.

S: Big hop nose, predominantly grapefruit & tangerine.

T: Tangerine, bread, toffee, fruity esters, slight alcohol warmth, decent bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth; some hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of crwills
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A balanced IPA, mildly sweet with some strong, flavourful, but not what I'd call aggressive hops. Nice piney aroma. Mildly astringent bitterness in the aftertaste as the acidy hops overwhelm the rest of the flavours. Not bad, but might be too much to drink a lot of it.

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Photo of Viggo
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spring 2008 Limited release, 5.8%. Big thanks to Canucklehead for sending this my way for CanBIF 4!

Pours a crystal clear amber, solid thick white head forms, nice and chunky, some decent lacing on the glass, settles to a thin ring. Smell is subdued, some light citrus, caramel, bit of pine, grapefruit rinds, some sugar, floral, doesn't wow me but is solid. Taste is weird, abrasive bitterness, metallic flavours, almost a weissbier like banana and spice flavour, some citrus tartness, biscuit, very drying finish, spicy finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, kind of tough to drink. Some strange flavours I'm not too sure I'm a fan of, but goes down kind of easy after a few sips. Thanks Mark!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted on tap in September 2006 and reviewed from notes. Pours a light amber with a white head and good lacing. The smell starts with light cereal grain and is also a little soapy. Some light hops at the finish, fairly faint. Taste is pleasant with light, earthy hops and slightly floral aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little light, but there is a little creaminess in the finish. The most drinkable of this brewery's regular offerings. Nothing special, though.

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage. 7.2% alc/vol. "Whitecaps India Pale Ale".

The Whitecaps are the local soccer team in Vancouver and Granville Island partnered up with them to raise awareness of the sport.

Appearance: Standard IPA appearance. Coppery reddish-yellow colour. Good foaming head that leaves a decent lace on the glass.

Smell: Did Granville Island forget the aroma hops?? It is lightly aroma hopped at best leaving a very slight hoppy aroma to be had. What I can actually smell is delicious however, They probably could have just upped the dosage of dry hopping a little bit to get that aroma bang on.

Taste: Well this is a fine IPA. A slight sweetness from the 7.2% alcohol, but the hoppy bitterness is definately there too. Not as grapefruity as some American IPA's, this one focuses on the flavour of the hop itself and not the associative flavours that come with them. Definately Pacific Northwest hops used for bittering. Perhaps cascade? Slight malty flavour backs it up at the end.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is good at balancing the sweetness, meaning that the beer doesn't feel syrupy while drinking.

Drinkability: I've polished off this 650 mL bottle and could easily go for another based on ease of drinking alone. I'll probably forego since the alcohol is pretty high, even for a standard IPA. The ease of drinking this beer could be dangerous if you were just relaxing with friends at a pool party, You'd definately need a ride home after a couple.

Overall: Apart from the deficiencies in aroma, this is an amazing IPA! The taste more than makes up for the lack of aroma and the high drinkability factor means that Granville Island won't have any problem selling out of this gem.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This follows on the heels of the excellent Bitter and I must say that this maintains the English profile of both beers. Clear mid gold with a good head , this beer has a nice hop nose though not typically PNW. The taste is full yet balanced with hops being a part rather than the whole . This is no Tree Hophead but rather an IPA like Beacon from Lighthouse brewing. Refined and very drinkable I once again can make the case for GI proto tap to be at the forefront of BC brewing.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not too sure how you can have an American IPA seeing as India Pale Ale is fundamentally a British beer.

Despite this, yet another Granville Island seasonal I quite enjoy.

This golden brew presents a nice hoppy flavour with a fair amount of malts in it. Really flavourful. Poured out with a good, creamy head. It smells of hops with traces of malts. Taste is really powerful, with a good dose of hop bitterness, but nothing overwhelming. It doesn't pack as much of a punch as Philip's Double IPA, but the hops still tingle the tongue.

While not as much of a knockout as Philip's, the Granville Island IPA still packs a punch but is quite enjoyable on a hot summer evening.

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Photo of maximum12
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this IPA at the Granville Island Taproom in Vancouver during a recent adventure in the area. Sent home via FedEx along with other tasty West Coast brews!

Pours a very clear, pale yellow with almost no head, even trying. The smell is faint but oddly pleasing, very spring-rain, flowery, perfumy. Great smell.

Taste is much different from American IPAs I'm used to. The hop bite is subdued, with a bit of an odd aftertaste eating at my nasal cavities. Mouthfeel is very dry. This is not a sipper. Funneller, more like it.

I've been the Granville Island a few times & find their beers good to drink if you're thirsty. This one's no exception. Solid IPA with a little unfamiliar funk for this Midwesterner.

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Photo of Beervis
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this at the brewery while on a tour of Vancouver.

Pours a deep amber with a nice thick head that doesn't stick around long. Gorgeous lace left on the glass.

Smell is of citrusy hops, very floral and appetizing.

Taste is medium bodied with thick malt and balancing hops. Beautifully dry, bitter aftertaste that begs you take another sip.

I have tried many IPAs, but none in Canada that is like this. I was born and raised in "watery pilsner-land" Ontario, and you don't see the use of hops in many beers in those parts. I now live on the East coast of the U.S., where IPA's and Double IPA's are abundant. It was VERY refreshing to see a Canadian brewery finally making an IPA! I wouldn't necessarily call this an American IPA, it was more in the British style, as I didn't taste the very "bright" bitterness that is characteristic of West Coast hops. It was, none the less, a fantastic version.

Two thumbs up to the brewery, they've got a winner!

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite of the 4 beers on tap during my late August visit to the taproom. Officially 6.8% but unofficially closer to 7% I'm told, and all cascade hops.

A - Clear gold with an excellent head/retention.

S - Huge aromas of orange, tangerine and grapefruit with a hint of socks maybe.

T - Again, bit grapefruity flavour with a solid hop kick in the bitterness department and a hint of soy sauce.

M - Carbonation is high, but only noticeable in hindsight. I guess it needs it to balance the rest of the flavours. Body is remarkably light for such a flavourful beer.

D - Delicious. Strong, but delicious.

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Whitecaps IPA from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 13 ratings