OnBeerGal (5) - CANADA - JUL 11, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At home, crisp golden yellow, with a bit of citrus. A nice refreshing easy drinking pale ale.
jercraigs (8290) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 Nice golden body with a good sized white head, and decent lacing. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy with the citrus notes of the Northern Brewer hops sticking out a lot more when it is freshest. A nice tulip glass will aid in bringing out the aroma aas well. Nice smooth medium body. Flavour is pleasantly bitter, closer to the English style really despite the use of American hops, with a healthy does of malt to back it hope. The maltiness seems to have fluctuated mildly with brewmaster changes over the years adding subtle differences. Pleasant bitter finish lingers just long enough. Could use a touch more of the hoppy citrus notes to really be an APA. One of my favorite beers. I enjoy the balance and it is one of the beers that consistently satisfies me.
Check out the cask Hop Bomb editions that show up occassionally for a treat. Nice.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - AUG 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Cask @ the TO beer festival. This was the TO hop bomb version and iwas gooood. Hazy yellow colour with no head. The mouthfeel was lively even w/o carbonation. Great aroma and taste of white grapefruit and pine.
chainman (104) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(341 ml bottle) Pours a deep reddish-gold...big points for appearance alone! Probably the nicest head I have ever seen on a beer - big, fluffy, great retention. Onto the taste...this brewer is known for their love of hops, and it comes through in this beer. Hoppy but not overdone, the malts perfectly balance it out. Medium carbonation accentuates the bitter edge and lets the taste linger for just long enough. All in all, a quality pale ale that I will definitely buy again. This is the kind of beer that makes me wonder why anybody walks into the Beer Store and buys Canadian or even Alexander Keith’s. For a dollar more, you can have this wonderful beer, and taste the difference that craft brewing makes.
Rcr84 (33) - CANADA - JUL 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great pale ale. Very well hopped. Nice to find a beer like this on the market, if only more people would try this over a pathetic beer like Keiths.
matt7215 (2263) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
341 ml bottle. pours golden with a small white head. hoppy aromas and flavours. not bad at all. actually as i drink it it gets better. not the best apa but very nice. ill have to investigate this brewer a little furthur.
JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAR 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice appearance, a little bit of head, nice chorus of tiny bubbles rising upwards. Amber, on the orange-yellow side of things. I smell something sweet, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it reminds me of. The sweet fragrance comes out in the taste when swallowing, quite a nice balance between sweet beginning and ever-so-slightly bitter finish (a bit of copper).
Hmm. After having some more the copper starts to become more pronounced, the bitter side starts to dominate over the sweet fragrance initially noted.
Not too bad. Above average for sure, but not perfected by any means.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 341ml bottle - pours crystal clear gold, with a foamy, generous bone white head. Leaves beautiful thick and layered lacing in the glass. Excellent carbonation. The aroma is hoppy with some malty sweetness, and indicates that the flavour is going to be pretty well balanced - it is. The hops are there at the top, with the malt showing up in the middle to balance it out. Hops are citrusy and earthy, with a piney, sticky bitterness going down and into the finish. Hoppier than I remember it being, it’s a wonderfully refreshing brew. Leaves a nice, lingering hop bitterness. Great aftertaste! Probably my favourite Ontario summer session beer, from probably the best and most consistent brewery in the province.
tomthompson89 (1924) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
best pale ale in Ontario!!! really nice hoppiness, nice and crisp. very refreshing. wish everyone tried to make a beer this good
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2009 341ml bottle shared with Matt7215, RyanMac13, and Beerguyryan. Pours a slightly more amber colour than I was expecting, with an aroma dominated by nice hops. Taste is a little two-dimensional, moderate hops with so-so malt backbone, and a slightly unpleasant nuttiness in the aftertaste. Not bad, but not my favourite APA by far. EDIT: Having this again in the proper circumstances has shown me it is far better than I first believed. Very nice cereal grain flavour with a nice dry hop assertive quality. Great malt body to balance it out, a real OCB gem.