RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid and special. This beer was a pleasant surprise, and is indeed a very american-british mix in terms of flavours. I’d have this again.
MXD (304) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour amber. A bit of a bad pour, so I got a really filthy head. Drinking it in a flute didn’t help, either. Otherwise, the head is a bit fluffy. Beau’s heads are usually not that great, and this one is no exception. This said, part of it is my fault. (3).
Aroma is part citrus, part floral hops, and great malt presence (hybrid of caramel and grain aroma) -- terrific balance! (8)
Taste : This one feels like a true english-style IPA. Aroma hints at a US style, but the taste is pure british, with a solid grain/malt backbone. The kind that kinda makes me mad it’s only a seasonal (7).
Palate : Bitter finish and oily finish. One of the least boozy 6% you gotta find. (4).
All in all : Terrific, easy-drinking (as in -- it’s not overly harsh) iPA with a heavy english feel (it’s not an EPA by any means). 600 ml is the ideal size as well. (14+).
cyrenaica (1062) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I tried this beer on April 8, 2011 after purchasing from the Queen’s Quay LCBO outlet. The beer poured a translucent copper colour with a generous light brown head. The aroma was pine, citrus, and malt. Very much like an English bitter. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was malty, with grapefruity hoppish bitterness.
Metalchopz (2501) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice... a seasonal spring Beau’s that comes in singles at the LCBO. Brown bottle with a tag that is printed on recycled paper and tied with a string that farmers use to tie the hay together. A little story of the Castor river is written on the tag. This river is the river I use to play at all my upbringing. Pours an amber colour with a big frothy off-white head that has good retention and leaves a bit of lacing. Fruity grapefruit nose with notes of pine needles. The taste is a nice mild hoppy start with some caramel malt showing up in the finish and then the bitterness becoming more intense in the aftertaste. A nice blend of the English and American IPA which is not a punch-in-the-face bitter brew but one that is above the mid-IPAs out there.
thb (740) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear deep copper, piles o’ head. Citrus aromas first and foremost, quite lemony actually. Taste backs up the lemon but with a pretty serious bitter punch. Taste opens with some citrus/resin hoppiness before ceding to an aggressive bitterness. Touch of caramel malt only starts to make itself known well into the long bitter finish.
rejtable (1546) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2012 Very solid IPA, lots of hop presence with a good balance to even it out. Would have again for sure.
Update Feb 2012: somewhat muted hops with biscuit-y backing. Similar to last year overall.
czar (5016) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2013 re-rate, cask @ wellington gastropub, ottawa. pours clear copper, red tint, with a very nice off-white head, good retention and lacing. malts, caramel malts, very biscuity, hint of sweetness, english yeast. light to medium hopped by a citrusy leafy hops - very nice. bitterness stays in for a long lingering finish. average carbonation, medium body. a tad sweet.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lovely copper brew with a haziness and a medium head that dissipated fairly rapidly. Very strong citrus notes with a hoppy base. Taste was a bit of a letdown as the bitterness rushed to the forefront and stayed there, leaving an almost unpleasant aftertaste. It was hoppy and bitter, but fairly astringent. Decent, but certainly not among the best IPAs that are available. Beau’s does a nice job of packaging and bottling, it’d be nice to see this recipe tweaked a bit.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber pour. The aroma is fairly hoppy. A bit of citrus and a bit of light earthiness as well. There is a little bit of light estery fruit as well as a kiss of toast. Very assertively bittered - to the point where it’s a little bit medicinal. A light lingering citrus flavour. It’s okay.
MrManning (2009) - 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,