Frothmeister (630) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle. Pours a clear amber with a yellow tinged creme coloured head. The nose is FRUITY. Peach, tropical fruit, dried strawberry, with some caramel notes, and faint oregano. The taste has some nice fruity notes up front (peach / apricot) followed by some serious resinous backbone, light earthy notes, golden syrup, light spice, and solid bitterness all the way to the end. This is one damn good Ontario IPA!
lesifflebiere (1457) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange ambré, liquide à faible carbonation, mi-épaisse, les houblons sont puissants mais pas trop. Ananas, mangues, abricots. Petite amertume âcre sous des effluves houblonnées, les malts sont aussi assez présents. Le tout est assez réussi, bien qu'elle n'ait rien d'extraordinaire. Une bonne double IPA pas trop sucrée ni trop costaude.
mcberko (9224) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks a lot, Mike), pours a hazy gold / copper with a small white head. Nose brings out lots of earthy hops, some pine, and a crackery malt backing - very earthy smelling. Flavour is dominated by wonderfully dry earthy hops, with subtler notes of grass, a some pine cones, and thin malt backbone that provides support without contributing much to the flavour profile. Super dry and earthy, with a highly drinkable character. Leaves a low-to-moderate astringency. A kickass IIPA from Ontario - who’da thunk it.
Metalchopz (2599) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Single from the LCBO with a painted label on bottle, written 10 Bitter Years (with numbers). Pours a clean amber colour with a creamy-frothy warm cap that stays very, very long and gives out thick, full foamy lace. Aromas of roasted malt, grass, pine and citrus hops. The mouthfeel is really smooth. Hard to feel the alcohol. No burning at all, just basically wet with a little dryness in the finish. Fruity malts with lots of citrus notes. This Impy IPA goes down very easily. Nothing too crazy, but quite smooth.
yrstruly (333) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Wvrst. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasty malt, coffee, chocolate, hops. Taste is quite sweet up front, with toasted malty notes, finishing up with a balancing hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body makes this taste more like a hoppy strong stout than a black IPA to me. Really nice.
sudomorph (893) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle. Pours a translucent orange/ruby colour with an off-white, two finger head that thins but lingers. Nice lacing clings to the glass. Aroma is big and complex. A touch floral with pine, yeast, citrus, and almost a hint of chocolate. Taste is complex. Bitter but very well balanced with some spice and a long dry finish. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Slightly creamy texture but still light in the mouth. Very nice and well worth trying. Has hints of a Belgian strong with a big helping of hops. Will buy again!!!
TylerJonScott (69) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear amber with a nice amber head with lots of lacing. Very hop forward aroma. Lemon grass, slight pine, and toasted wheat. Nice dry finish with good bitter character. Pretty easy for an 8%.
Niall73 (2233) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2014 Re-rate 2014. Bottle. I’ve no idea what i was referring to in my original write up but I’m guessing I had my beers mixed up while sampling. Unless, the one I had was a one-off or something? Anyway, it’s any amber colour with a slightly toasty caramel aroma. It’s dry yet lovely and juicy with orange and pine, lemon and grapefruit. Very well balanced too. Good!
July 2013. Keg at barhop. Amber colour. Not a huge aroma - malty and a bit of smokiness. The flavour is fruity and a bit herby but its the oak barrel that come through most with a harsh bitterness. It’s ok but just not my cup of tea.
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chris__hartley (314) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It pours copper coloured with brownish highlights; the head is bone coloured and foamy. The aroma has notes of: grapefruit, pine, biscuit, and alcohol. The taste is heavy bitter that finishes with some astringency; all of the notes from the aroma are present in the taste. The palate is medium bodied, slick, has medium carbonation, and a long bitter finish. Overall, the bitterness of this beer is harsh and unbalanced, and overshadows the fruitiness of the hops.
Canmoore (327) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lovely dusty copper, with a frothy white head. Aroma is of fresh cut grass, pine and citrus hop notes. Tasting notes include a rich citrus punch of mango, and grapefruit. Some pine bitterness laced in there, with a smooth and slightly bitter finish.
This is a very tasty IPA, and while it may not be a hop bomb that some crave. It is still a wonderful example of the style!