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Vancouver Island Brewing

Vancouver Island Brewing
Ocean Sun White Sails Brewing Collab Double IPA

Category: Imperial IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 8%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Vancouver Island Brewing
Ocean Sun White Sails Brewing Collab Double IPA

Category: Imperial IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 8%
Bright copper in color, with bright aromas of plantain, spruce tip tea, and orange muffin. On the palate, crisp acidity brings golden raisin and grilled citrus flavors into a breezy, tingling finish. This bold and bitter brew packs a punch!

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Funky
Aroma Aroma: plantains, melba toast, spruce tip tea, and orange muffin
Taste Flavor: butter, golden raisin, and grilled citrus
Bitterness Bitterness: Extreme
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Tacos, Ribs, Stilton
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bold, bitter brew with a kick.

The Producer

Vancouver Island Brewing Co.

The Producer
2330 Government St.
Victoria, BC V8T 5G5
Canada
1 250-361-0007

Their Portfolio

84 Vancouver Island Brewing Gladstone Brewing Collaboration Burton Ale 7.5% (Canada)
91 Vancouver Island Brewing Hermannator 30th Anniversary Ice Bock 9.5% (Canada)
92 Vancouver Island Brewing Hermannator Barrel Aged Ice Bock 9.5% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Ukidama Lychee Yuzu Saison 4.5% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Tidal Series Grapefruit Agave Gose 5.0% (Canada)
86 Vancouver Island Brewing Piper’s Pale Ale 4.8% (Canada)
95 Vancouver Island Brewing Hermannator Ice Bock 9.5% (Canada)
89 Vancouver Island Brewing Juan De Fuca Cervesa Lager 4.8% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Islander Lager 5.0% (Canada)
94 Vancouver Island Brewing Victoria Dortmunder Lager 4.8% (Canada)
87 Vancouver Island Brewing Raspberry Export Stout 7.5% (Canada)
89 Vancouver Island Brewing Mocha Export Stout 7.5% (Canada)
85 Vancouver Island Brewing Misthorn Winter Amber IPA 6.5% (Canada)
89 Vancouver Island Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Hermannator Ice Bock 9.5% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Champagne Powder Belgian Brut IPA 6.2% (Canada)
92 Vancouver Island Brewing Nanaimo Bar Imperial Porter 8.2% (Canada)
87 Vancouver Island Brewing Broken Islands Hazy IPA 6.0% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Faller Northwest Pale Ale 5.4% (Canada)
90 Vancouver Island Brewing Piper’s Pale Ale 4.6% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Magic Hour Grapefruit Gose 2.4% (Canada)
91 Vancouver Island Brewing Castles in the Sand Saison 6.7% (Canada)
87 Vancouver Island Brewing Twisted Stalk Blackberry Helles 5% (Canada)
92 Vancouver Island Brewing Ocean Sun White Sails Brewing Collab Double IPA 8% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Rainshadow Twin City Brewing Collab Sour Ale 5.5% (Canada)
90 Vancouver Island Brewing Mystic Ile Sauvage Brewing Collab Dry-Hopped Sour Ale 5% (Canada)
85 Vancouver Island Brewing Deadhead Land & Sea Brewing Collab Hazy IPA 4.5% (Canada)
92 Vancouver Island Brewing Dominion Dark Lager 5.5% (Canada)
89 Vancouver Island Brewing Victoria Lager 5.5% (Canada)
88 Vancouver Island Brewing Nanaimo Bar Porter 6.2% (Canada)

Imperial IPA

Beer Glass Snifter Amber.jpg
Serve in a Snifter
Imperial IPAs, or double IPAs, are deep gold to deep amber in color and range in alcohol from 7.5-10%. These beers are medium-to-full bodied and are distinguished by prominent American hop aromas, flavors and an abrasive, lingering hop bitterness. These intense hop characteristics should be balanced by a rich malt backbone. Depending on the varieties of hops used, a wide range of flavors including tart citrus peel, pepper and earthy, pine-like flavors and aromas may be encountered. These ales represent a challenge to brewers in terms of balance and drinkability, and have exploded in popularity in recent years with many craft breweries producing a version of the style. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Moylan’s Hop Craic XXXXIPA, Rouge IP2A Imperial India Pale Ale, Stone Ruination IPA and The Alchemist Heady Topper.