Oakes (15664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught, Bateau de Nuit. Reddish-amber with a thin, bubbly head. Lots of chewiness on the nose. Very rich with too much crystal malt and the hops seem a bit old.
Lubiere (12883) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lightly hazed dark copper amber IPA with a thin creamy off white head. In aroma, a very pungeant and smooth IPA, citrussy hops, nice and floral. In mouth, a crisp malt with good c-hops, grapefruits, pungeant and smooth. Medium bodied. On tap at Brouhaha Nov. 23 2009.
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh can from Peluso. Mild hop aroma. Too bitter as these IPAs tend to go, and not cheaply at that. Lasting head on golden, some lace lines.
DuffMan (9543) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, not sure of the age, but I’m guessing not too fresh. Nice orange body, thick off white head. Very malty profile, which I generally enjoy, but the hops just aren’t here at all-- a bit of plastic phenols, but tats it really. Bitter finish, but not assertively so. Disappointing.
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Crunchy cereals succeed in nearly balancing out this India Pale Ale’s assertive leafy, citrusy and resinous hoppiness, creating a flavorful and quenching example of the style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the clear dark golden.
-The aroma is quite pleasant (floral, citrusy), but could be more expressive to announce the hoppiness to come (and to be as alluring as top-tier IPAs of this continent).
-The hop bitterness is gripping, but it is not overwhelming. Apparently the first batch was too intense so they toned it down somewhat. The pint I had was not aggressive at all, so great move on their part, imho.
-The Frontenac malt character is almost drowned out by the loud hops, but its fruity idiosyncracies still appear here and there. Personally, I would have preferred a softer malt to let the hops express themselves.
On tap at Brouhaha.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Saint Bock. Amber pour with a tight white head. The aroma is awesome. Lots of juicy fruit and tropical mango character. A little bit of fairly bright hoppiness. Grapefruit and orange in addition to some very heavy hoppiness. Bitter and resinous on the finish with a lot of bright fruity character up front. A pretty damn nice IPA.
czar (7723) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a clear copper, orange tint, with a decent white head. cereals, some caramel malts. grapefruit aroma and taste - medium hopping, medium to long finish. light body, strong carbonation.
solidfunk (7637) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Certainly a lot better than the so called pale ale I just had from these guys. An English streaky forward ipa. Pours orangish with some head and lacing great malt profile here with crisp barley notes. Hops are bitter with light more of citrus but not super fresh or poignant. Finishes bitter and lightly salty. Bottle.
blankboy (7227) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Vices & Versa. Pours a cloudy copper-amber with an average size diminishing creamy off-white head. Lovely hoppy aroma, lots of floral and citrus hops. Flavour’s quite hoppy and fruity -- lovely and oh so easy to drink! Average to medium bodied. A fantastic IPA.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 341 ml
Aroma: fresh, crisp , sharp hop aroma , aromatic floral , sap and candy sugar. 7+
Appearance: hazed almost murky dark amber with medium creamy , beige top. Ring of lace. 4-
Body , Flavour , Palate and Final Notes: full bodied. Bitter , raw leafy hop feel. Very potent bold in character , even to the point of being harsh. One my cup of IPA to one dimensional.