matt7215 (2082) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from jimmay, shared with jsprime. pours hazed light orange with a lasting white head. not much going on in the nose, maybe a little past its prime. the flavour is solid. well hopped and properly dry. not the most drinkable ipa but like i said its probably past its prime. would like to try a fresher bottle and re-rate.
manuchampions (1224) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at the 6th annual Cíest What spring festival 28/05/10. Oh Amsterdam...you are so renowned for really mediocre beer and yet recently you made some better offerings. Then came this. Canít really even describe it as an IPA...lacks all the hallmarks. Reminds me of a very one dimensional home-brew IPA I made a few years back. Drinkable but ultimately forgettable in a hurry.
pootzboy (1569) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2010 500 ml bottle from the brewery.
Pours a deep hazed copper ale in the glass with a massive frothy cap that laces the hell out of the glass sides (lots of malt in this one)
Aroma is not startling but pleasant: wafts of sweet amber malts over floral leafy hops, some fruity esters....soft pleasing nose..
Sturdy body, moderately soft mouth feel, malty character.
Big chew on caramalt in front, decent balance with citra-resinous hopping, some fruitiness mid palate, long malty finish with a hop sting at the end.
Well made, malty but in good balance. Not a UK IPA or a US micro APA but a (Dutch?) style IPA...has all the rounded mellowness of a Dutch brewed beer.
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle from the brewery. Pours amber to copper in colour, with head that reminds me of cappucino with cinnamon sprinkled on top. Even a hint of cinnamon in the nose. Lots of lacing. Aroma is fairly mild, citrusy floral hops. Taste is really good, a sweet, strong malty taste, with floral hops. Pretty damn good IPA. Didnít have it on tap, but the bottles are great! Definitely not a American hop bomb!
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2012 [2890-20100528] Tap. Light bathroom cleaner aroma hints at floral. Hazy, dark amber body with quick white bubbles. Floral bitter flavour has a long sweet bitter aftertaste. Medium body. No bones shaken but it was OK.
(CWSF 2010 @ Cíest What, Toronto, ON)
[4506B-20120609] Cask. Orange pulpy Citrus juice aroma. Clear, orange body with a quick foamy white head. Orange bitter citrus hops flavour has a lingering citrus aftertaste. Medium body. Tasty. (7/3/7+/4/14) 3.5
Overheard: "Oh boy, this is the crack table."
(Cask Days @ Benelux, Montreal, QC)
midlifecrisis (2) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boys, try the unfiltered, bottled version just released at the brewery, it is much better than your ratings below would indicate. it has a tangy, darker malt base with insistent, citrus rind hops coming through in the finish. a worthy IPA in an underserved market.
blankboy (5631) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2011 Rerating as I drink this all the time and love it. This beer has changed quite a bit since my original rating and merits a new score. Simply one of the best IPAs in Ontario.
Original rating: 184.108.40.206.11: 2.9
Draught at CíEst What Spring Festival, 2010. Pours a hazy amber with a spare frothy white head. Aroma is buttery and lightly hoppy along with some fruity notes. Flavour of grain, light citrus hops and an average bitter finish. Average bodied. Itís all very "meh".
HogTownHarry (5918) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught, at CíEst What Spring Festival, May 29, 2010. Cloudy, fairly deep amber with a small frothy head (3+). Smells pungently floral bitter, almost sweatily so, with a decent juicy sweet malt backbone - you can smell the alcohol in it too.Tastes dry, leafy, a bit burnt, even a hint of paperiness, the alcohol seems lighter than promised by the aroma, not bad but a bit of a let-down - and Iím getting sick of Canadian "IPA"s having that burnt malt / generic bitterness (hello, Dugganís #9) - why canít we have non-carbonized pine/citrus hops and light juicy malt??? Anyway, average body, and everything else - it was okay, good for Amsterdam, yadda yadda yadda - but if this were Sierra Nevada Iíd be saying "WTF?!!!!"
Radek Kliber (6288) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 9, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
At Cest What ? Ė spring festival 2010
Aroma flat fruity character , slight hint of ripe feel behind. Light hop finish. Not much shown.
Appearance hazed amber red with light top shown.2+
Flavor and Palate : frontal hint of soapy bittering hops. Citric with mid body. Felt as its flavor ingredients were all over palate. Plenty of hops in brew is not all.
Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed on tap at Cíest What Spring Festival. Hoppy aromas. Giant grpaefruit flavours. Above-average mouthfeel. Very fresh and decent drinkability. Amsterdam shows what it can do in a small batch,