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RJ Death Valley

Brewed by Brasseurs RJ
Style: Imperial IPA
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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Hop lovers, rejoice! Here is Death Valley, an unfiltred dry-hopped ale with three varieties of hops: Bravo, Saaz and Amarillo. A celebration for your taste buds!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (531) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle from the LCBO. Hazy orange amber with a large fluffy white head that hangs around and leaves some patchy lace. Yeast is dominant over some pine, peach a bit of bubblegum along with pepper and light floral notes. Light sweet honey with a moderate bitterness and a light spice and floral notes that extend through the finish. Medium almost creamy mouth with average carbonation. Very little is typical about this, yet for me it works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2015
Pours a foggy honey with faint green hues. Quick dissipating white foamy head. Nose of soap, peach, pine, gum, lemon, grass... very attractive. Not too much booze in the aroma. Mouthfeel is substantial for a Canadian IIPA. It’s actually quite sweet. Ginger Ale. Butter Tarts, Bubble gum. Dill, and brine in some gulps. A little sticky in the finish. Overall this is really good stuff, and a bargain right now ($5.60/750ml).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robinvboyer (3532) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2015
Sweet, soapy hops, lots of grass, musty hops, cheap pale malts. has hints of tropical fruit, and yeasty esters, light to medium bitterness. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1637) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2015
On Tap @ the Bent Elbow. Taps a clouded deep gold with a moderate off-white puffy cap. Don’t know how or why but the aroma on this is like an intense Hopfenweiss (believe me, I had several second opinions to confirm my disbelief) all that was missing was the cloves, bubble gum in a DIPA? Strangely, it works! The flavour was somewhat of a letdown after the great aromas – lots of sweet malt and fair balance from resinous hopping – but it goes to a long wet finish – what a mutant! OK, no off tastes but what is it?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkoR (683) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2015
750 ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a golden orange colour with a nice thick foamy white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is citrus, some coriander, hops hops hops!. Taste is same. Some carbonation in mouth. Decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wolffish (353) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2015
Je ne me souvenais pas à quel point c’était bon ça!! L’Amarillo est dominant au nez et les oranges confites le sont en bouche, avec une finale rappelant les biscuits. Elle n’est peut-être pas très belle dans mon verre mais une fois en bouche, tout est ok et c’est étonnamment complexe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiereLuc (1145) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2015
J’ai bu cette bière lorsqu’elle est revenue sur le marché il y a quelques années. Je me souviens l’avoir appréciée. Je n’avais pas entré de «rating» puisque je l’avais bue dans des circonstances qui ne me permettaient pas de prendre des notes (rigueur exige). Bref, je l’ai rebue et WOW! On parle ici d’un classique oublié. Cette bière devrait se retrouver dans beaucoup plus de frigos. On aurait l’impression de boire une bonne bière belge, houblonnée avec trois joyeux houblons bien choisis. Est-ce qu’on a simplement houblonné une Blonde d’Achouffe? I don’t care. Si c’est le cas, bravo pour l’idée. C’est bon, riche, complexe et rafraîchissant. Le rapport qualité prix, dans ce cas, est de calibre «Unibroue» (les gens chez RJ vont me détester pour avoir écrit ça)...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Freaky_tiki (771) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2015
Bottle from the LCBO (I vowed to never drink again this morning after burning through the tap list at The Only Cafe last night but Mrs Tiki brought this in the house today & I’m freshly off the wagon). Pours pumpkin skin yellow with a great slab of foam on the surface (see HippyHop’s review below for a more muscular description). This is a great little Belgian IPA & it appears by my score that I like it better than most people do. Belgian yeast without falling into the too sweet trap meet fresh & abundant hops. Crisp finish, minimal bitterness. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alpha10 (425) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2015
2015/07/18 - Pours a cloudy orange-amber colour with a thick, rocky, white head that slowly reduces. Aroma is Belgian yeast, citrus, stone fruit, coriander, grassy hops, banana esters and just a hint of barnyard. Taste is citrus, yeast, coriander, mild banana and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, with average carbonation and a bitter, drying finish. A little different, but still pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2175) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2015
750 mL bottle. Not-quite-transparent copper-orange with a medium white head. The head fades, but laces nicely. It’s Belgian in the nose, but there is an undercurrent of spicy/herbal hops. This is a Belgian IPA, not what you think of as an (American) IIPA. A lot of he flavour comes from the yeast, and the bitterness is present, but hardly a factor in the big picture. It really needs its own category.

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