White Sails Brewing – Mount Benson India Pale Ale

White Sails Brewing - Mount Benson IPA Review


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4 out of 5
4.1 out of 5


4.1 out of 5


  • Brewery: White Sails Brewing Co.
  • Beer Style: India Pale Ale
  • Pros:

    Enjoyable citrus-pine notes in a moderately bitter IPA

  • Cons:

    Bitterness is more intense than the 60IBUs forecast

  • Conclusion:

    A citrus-spruce hop bitterness in a classically west coast IPA.

White Sails Brewing - Mount Benson IPA ReviewWhite Sails Brewing – Mount Benson India Pale Ale Review

From downtown Nanaimo comes the Mount Benson IPA brewed by White Sails Brewing. This IPA is named after the popular hiking mountain looking over Nanaimo from the East. This beer pours from the bomber bottle a colour of amber with one finger of lacing head that settles rather slowly. The aroma is fairly light with nice citrus tones, mild pine and a smooth, balanced malt character. At 60 IBUs and 7.0% this is a strong beer that is fairly light on the bitter tones for a BC IPA. The flavour starts with a nice, malty base and builds into a citrus-spruce like mid section. The notes of grapefruit work well with a fresh, coniferous flavour that is resinous and bitter. There is also a grassy, almost fresh-hop like flavour to this beer. The bitterness is stronger than expected with a 60 IBU rating which masks some of the malt character that came in early on.

Alcohol – 7.0%
IBU – 60
Size – 650ml bottle



White Sails Brewing - Mount Benson IPA Review

White Sails Brewing - Mount Benson IPA Review

Categories: Beer Reviews, Top BC Beers
Tags: ipa, white sails

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