Oakes (13132) - 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 (10695) - 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 (9189) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - 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.
MartinT (8281) - 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.
DuffMan (7310) - 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.
Radek Kliber (6573) - 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.
blankboy (6400) - 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.
TaktikMTL (6215) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
En fût. Verre de dégustation chez Le Saint-Bock (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe sucrée. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée orangée voilée avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pamplemousse et de zestes d’oranges avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’amertume d’houblons en arrière goût. (Rating #3005)
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught - at Vices et Versa April 23, 2010. Very cloudy reddish amber with a straw-coloured creamy head. Aroma of juicy malt with a LOT of pungent dry floral bitterness; some alcohol (simple, but appealing). The taste - a huge hit of floral bitterness, like marigolds in full bloom - dry and spicy, with noticeable alcohol - as it warms it gets even more bitter, with grapefruit skin notes coming in. Average body, solid carbonation - not stinging, quite drying on the palate with all that floral/grapefruit bitterness, the linger is quite long on this one. Very good, if one-dimensional beer - I would buy a pint of this any day of the week.