MrManning (1982) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
600 ml bottle from LCBO store 200, via private transfer. Medium copper, pours an eggshell cap that leaves very sticky lace. and has great retention. Citric hop nose dominates with pine leading to perfume and toffee malts. Very, very bitter with citric notes and some toffee malts, but this beer is mostly about the bitterness. If this is what Pacific Gem does, I am very interested in seeing more of this hop. A full bodied beer, seems heavier for its weight, but the alcohol is not a factor, rather I think the bitterness is pretty intense. An excellent effort from one of our best,
robinvboyer (2576) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Im able to find some nice citric hops in here, if i look hard.......everything is burried in a cloud of buttery diacetyl! The finish has a great sharp bitterness but the diacetyl just wont die! Its clouding everything. There is a top knotch ipa in here, it just needs to be cleaned up.
matt7215 (1928) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
600ml bottle from the lcbo. pours beautiful ornage with a tanhead that lingers and laces. aroma of american hops, caramalts and butter. nice ipa flavours with butter on top. long bitter semi dry finish. cleanup the diacetyl and you have a winner of an ipa.
TheJester (1460) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. (Really? Seems to me it was on tap, but I wrote down "bottle" so there you go.) Slightly hazy orange-copper with a nice off-white head. Nice lacing. Good-looking beer. Mildish resiny-hoppy aroma with some caramel and a bit of orange. Lotsa earthy hops in the flavour, with a decent malt backbone. American aroma, British flavour. Quite solid.
drougkolya (272) - Otterburn Park, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bière cuivré avec un bon goût plutôt très malté, dégusté à la brasserie en fut. Pétillante et rafraîchissante.
Spab (1639) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Volo. Pours a fairly clear copper with decent-sized off-white head. Aroma is fairly mild with herbal, citric hops. Flavour has nice big sweet herbal, grapefruit taste with toffee-ish malt. Dry, bitter finish. Something I’d like to try again since it was near the end of the cask, but from the taste I actually do want it again.
pootzboy (1451) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Mondial:
Tapped a copper gold with a decent cap, good lacing, small bubbled natural carbonation.
Aroma is boiler plate UK-styled IPA: Toffee, toast, piney-citus hops some fruit and floral tones.
Medium body, soft on the palate. Nice toast-caramel malts ride just below the resinous piney bittering, wet clean bitter finish.
A decent interpretation of the UK style.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting, but simple aroma of piney hops. Pours a clear copper color with a thin offwhite head. The flavor has piney hops with some toasted malt and bitterness in the end. Interesting, but not for a long time.
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at the Golden Kiwi, Cambridge. Pours a hazy orange, with a fluffy white head. Nose is very lemony. Lots of malt and lots of hops for a good mouthfeel and bracing bitterness in the finish. Very nice indeed.
neuromatt (858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gravity cask at Volo, served in an English pint glass. Pours hazy orange-amber with a rocky white head. Head fades but laces well while it lasts. Big and fresh on the nose, with aromas of flowers, pine, grapefruit, lemon, grape and toffee. Flavour is moderately sweet throughout, ending with a long hop-floral finish. On the palate, medium in body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent IPA in the English style. Well hopped with American hops, but still balanced and subtle. The floral aroma is beautiful. A most pleasant surprise! 2010-04-30