UM02 (333) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Somehow I had high hopes that Keith’s hop series would be decent, maybe I thought they would feel guilty calling their main beer an IPA when it clearly is not and would try to make good with this. Opening the bottle one can smell the hops but that is where the positives end. This tastes like their main beer but with some extra hops. The malt is watery and bland and tastes like it has a fair bit of corn in it like their regular beer. A little bit of extra hops can not hide that. It is not unpleasant and is easy drinking but still very bland and watery. It is better than their "IPA" but I can not say much else positive about it.
AlainG (1650) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Elle est cuivrée pratiquement limpide et une mousse teintée de jaune la recouvre et laisse une dentelle entrecoupée. Houblonné, caramélisé et malté au nez et ce, faiblement. Goût légèrement amer et malté qui est apporté par une effervescence qui passe un peu mal. Elle n’est pas corpulente non plus. Malgré qu’elle soit insipide et que j’ai déjà goûté à leur autre tentative, en préparant le souper elle passe bien. (804-100913)
Reimer96 (1645) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a clear deep amber with a small white head. Aroma of grass, citrus and pale malts. Taste is grassy, some citrus presence and a mild bitterness throughout. Not nearly as bad as it thought it would be.
AWS9 (582) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Kinda lame bubbly pour, amber gold. Interesting nose, which is intriguing for a Keiths brew. Floral/grass hops. Tame mouthfeel, but decent bitter hop finish. Not the most appealing pale ale, but actually has some decent execution.
bunget (713) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
473ml can. Light copper body, medium yellow-orange head with average retention. Aroma of caramel, grapefruit, spices, honey. Taste has a nice bitter kick from the hops, caramel, sweet malts, a tad metallic. Slightly bitter and slightly worse than Hallertauer version, but still decent.
tompete (255) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of citrus hops. Flavour is thin and not representative of the aroma. Tastes of malts but almost watery. The body and flavour are closer to an English bitter. Finish is slightly bitter, but not out of balance.
aumax1 (299) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille 341ml. Couvrée 5.5%. Odeur d’amertume des IPA, mais au goût elle est peu gouteuse mis à part une petit goût d’agrume. Correcte, mais ne se démarque pas.
Crockett (1039) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s funny that Keith’s has decided to call this a "Hop Ale" rather than accidentally try to pass this off as their real IPA. And, it’s a decent offering.
Pours orange gold with a lasting off white foamy head. Nose is "hoppy". The flavour of the hop comes through and it’s got a relatively clean flavour. Caramel, pine, peach, citrus, and a bit of bubblegum. Somewhat sweet and a bit grainy at times. The finish is washed out.
yrstruly (333) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear amber - gold with a bubbly white head and some lacing. Aroma of pine, bubblegum, citrus zest, but a little bit muted all around. Taste is caramel malt up front, with medium hop bitterness in the finish, and slightly metallic after. A little watery, but definitely not terrible.
ben4321 (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: Draft at the Brewpub, 7/7/13
Aroma: The nose is sublte hops, grass/orange, along with some caramel notes
Appearance: Pours a clear golden-amber color with a small off-white head
Flavor: The flavor components are much like the nose, it is light sweet and light-medium bitter
Palate: The body of this one is light-medium, it has a decent feel
This was an alright, though a bit under-hopped APA. It still has more hops and more flavor than their standard IPA though, so that was nice to see. It actually exceeded my expectations.