One-Two Punch Belgian IPA | Granville Island Brewery

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One-Two Punch Belgian IPAOne-Two Punch Belgian IPA
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One-Two Punch Belgian IPAOne-Two Punch Belgian IPA

Brewed by:
Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MylesMac on 09-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of ZachT
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of LDuke
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, the latest in GIB's Black Notebook series.

This beer pours a clear medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and slightly bubbly ecru head, which leaves a decent splattering of scary woods lace around the glass as things duly subside.

It smells of acerbic earthy yeast, orange citrus and piney hops, bready, crackery malt, with a touch of pastry and caramel sweetness, a general mustiness, and some metallic warming alcohol. The taste is much more IPA-forward: orange, lemon, and tropical fruit rinds, wet pine resin, bready caramel malt, a more subdued green yeastiness, and a mild alcohol edge.

The carbonation is a bit peppy at first, but settles to a soft hum soon enough, the body a decent medium weight, and rather smooth at times, before the twin mouthfeel evils of hop and yeast come down full bore. It finishes off-dry, the bakery-fresh nature of the malt sort of putting its foot down on the activities of the fading yeast, and still sassy west coast hops.

While a bit laid-back (I can't really say how), that, for me, makes this eminently more drinkable and enjoyable than anything more hoppy or more yeasty, which seems to be the norm for the style. Here the malt is the burgeoning star, and I'll take that in a heartbeat at this time - maybe I'm just burnt out on the yeasty offerings of late.

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Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Of the major four brewing streams - Belgian, British, German, American - it's Belgian ales that have the highest propensity to be clouded in appearance. This also evidently includes Canadian-brewed Belgian-American hybrids; One-Two Punch looks like an especially pulpy grapefruit juice, albeit one that bedazzles the glass in shiny foam.

The aroma displays terrific, potpourri-level zest and juicy, fresh-squeezed caliber citrus. Yeasty spice and hoppy fruitiness - and they say you can't have your cake and eat it too! Whoever decided to combine Belgian yeast and American hops is a genius and deserves some kind of prestigious brewing award to be named in their honour.

That same duo-dynamic continues on the palate with the addition of a great breadth of malty flavour in the form of honeyed-oat bread and toasted grain tastes. These flavours cling to the aftertaste just as tightly as those of orange wedges, orchard fruits and mulling spices.

All the citrus-like acidity provides this medium-bodied beer with a good vibrancy; 75 IBUs and 7.8% alcohol normally feels heavier than this but all the tang gives the ale a convivial liveliness. It's about as bright and charming as it gets for a beer with those specs; the sunny citrus and orchard fruits are tempered only by bready malt and cardamom accents.

Granville Island Brewing has been accused of lapsing into more diminished, middling, mainstream-minded offerings ever since being bought out by Molson Coors. While I can't argue the change in focus, I can say with certainty that One-Two Punch Belgian IPA shows that Granville's craft roots have not been entirely forgotten; it does the brewery's forebears proud.

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Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Long813
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of intoxabroad
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of montrealbcr89
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of schnarr84
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of bylerteck
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this bottle in Winnipeg at an MLCC. From notes.

A - Poured deep orange with some golden hints. Hazy body. One finger of white head left spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Bubblegum, Belgian yeast, orange, some very mild sweet spice. Nice, but the IPA element doesn't really come through at all.

T - Orange, alcohol, yeast, bubblegum. Not overly hoppy but some grassy and citrus notes are there. Alcohol is quite strong for some reason. Seemingly chemically as well. IPA element really needed amping up.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, bubblegum and chemicals in the finish.

O/D - Seems like they missed something with this one. Alcohol and artifical chemicals in the flavour are never a good sign. Belgian element was OK, but the IPA balance needed amping up. OK.

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Photo of MylesMac
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have not tried many Belgian IPA's so my review may not be worth much. This particular beer wasn't too my liking although I believe it was more due to the style and my personal taste than the beer itself. The flavor of the yeast is much different than what I am used to with IPA's and American IPA's. The beer is also sweeter than what I am used to in the said styles and there is a less dominant bitterness through the aftertaste. I personally would not drink this beer again but was happy to try out the style. Others may enjoy it more than me.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
2.79/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: hazy golden honey w orange
S: pine, fruit cocktail, mandarin, tight malt; medium intensity
T: not a clean taste; sticky and cloying; finish is an odd sweet n sour taste; it's like the alcohol level is so high you can't taste anything else.
M: medium-full bodied; medium carbonation
O: not a beer that I really like. Fat and sticky. And the more it warms to room temperature the less I like it.

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Photo of kjyost
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

One-Two Punch Belgian IPA from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 16 ratings