Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazy amber IPA with a thin creamy off white head. In aroma, pleasant perfumey malt with light floral hops, lightly pungeant. In mouth, a smooth malt with good bitter hops, very herbal, very green, lingering, oily mouthfeel, good stuff. On tap at V&V, August 15 2010.
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hits the style, fresh bottle from Grand Duc. Pours cloudy light orange, lasting head. Hoppy aroma. Big IPA bitterness,tastes fine and bold, acidic aftertaste. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2013 Rerate from a 750 ml bottle. Hazy golden pour with a thick white head. The aroma is quite lovely. A fairly juicy mango and apricot hop note along with a bit of fruity yeastiness as well. Moderate bitterness with a touch of lingering sweetness as well. There is a little bit of soft lingering fruit as well. The body is a little bit light, but it’s a whole lot better than I gave it credit for the first time around.
Amber pour with a tight creamy white head. The aroma is softly spicy with notes of black pepper, pine and a hint of grapefruit. The yeast is surprisingly restrained with some light clove notes but little else to suggest it’s presence. It is fresh and dry with a very assertive bitterness. It’s decent, but doesn’t blow my mind.
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jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011-06-25. Crisp dark yellow body with a small white head. Mdoest hop aroma, lemony citrus 7+ Flavour is similar, dry lemon citrus, straw and grass, mild pale malt. 7+ Average bodied palate. Not particularly complex, but an enjoyable hop profile. Nice. Bottle, Session Festival 2011, Toronto
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
This Belgian-style IPA’s rough yeasty, phenolic nose thankfully gives way to lightly toasted, caramelized cereals and gripping coniferous hop bitterness for a drinkable but unrefined experience.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A generous head of foam covers the shiny copper.
-The pine-y hop bitterness maybe unbalanced, but it saves the second half of each sip from being too yeasty and dull.
-The overly yeasty nose is dusty, bready and laden with bubblegummy phenols.
-The soft effervescence and medium-sized body are uneventful.
-The yeast is just too omnipresent here, taking over malts and floral hops in the aroma and flavor profile. Thank God for that American hop finish.
-This is really not of the same caliber as their wonderful Pale Ale.
crossovert (7388) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floral, spicy, nice bit of citrus. Lower abv belgian ipa is nice with plenty of yeastiness.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Vice et Versa. Pours a hazed golden amber with a medium sized white head. Soft yeast, light hops. Toast and malt, lightly sweet with faint hop and earth notes. Soft sweet finish, toast and a light hoppy bitterness.
Radek Kliber (6457) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 355? ml
Aroma honey with bitter hops, clean approachable in character. Bit dry , slight saison like notes.
Appearance slight haze on golden amber look. Lighter beige white top. Sparse lace.3+
Flavor and Palate : Maple syrup, slight tartness , woody hints, bits of clove with hop side. Dry top end. Interesting but not very drinkable.
mcberko (6420) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Vice et Versa, pours a cloudy golden / blonde with a small off-white head. Aroma certainly smells like a Belgian hybrid, with noticeable Belgian yeast and a touch of candied sugar, as well as a zesty dry hop bite. Flavour begins more Belgian-y, with yeast and some subtle candied sugar, transitioning to dry citrusy hop and some zest. Well-balanced, with a pleasant astringency. Very good.
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2012 August 3, 2012 - on draught at Volo. Minimal notes. Cloudy amber-gold, average foamy off-white head. Aroma and taste of Citrus, light resin, slightly sweet fruity malt, and a bit of alcohol presence - average body, decent carbonation, a medium-long spicy/bitter finish - quite crisp, a solid hybrid of styles.