Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hazed golden ale with a thin creamy off white head. Nice pungeant floral hops in aroma ove rlight caramel malt. In mouth, a classy hoppy APA with floral hops, white grapefruits, a bit lighter than expected but very good. On tap at V&V, August 15 2010.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Toronto Fest of Beer. Pale golden orange pour. The nose is a little bit hoppy with a nice fresh orange peel aroma. A little bit fruity. Decent pale ale
Sammy (7719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Superior pale, creamy orange flavour, very drinkable appetite creator. Lots of foam head on light orange. Hop aroma. Nice bitterness. A six-pack please.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Snappy citrusy hops develop plenty of resinous bitterness, as pale cereals are cushiony enough to support the alpha explosion until the very end. Intense for an American Pale Ale, but I can’t complain when such beautiful flavors are put together. What’s in a name?
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the hazy yellow gold.
-The body is crisp enough to make this an easy drinker and the sustained hop bitterness enhances the refreshment factor.
-The nose is very citrusy, and perhaps a tad milky. Couldn’t quite get my nose around that part of the beer too well...
-There are so few hop bombs in the province of Quebec; and this one is quenching too! APA or IPA? I don’t care. I want another pint.
Bottles, and on tap at V&V.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013-10-05. Lightly hazy dark yellow body with a small frothy white head. Aroma is moderate with a bit of grassy green hops. Flavour is fairly bitter, pithy lemon and grapefruit hop character. Average bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Enjoyable. On cask at Beaus Oktoberfest, Vankleek Hill
GT2 (7035) - Riverslime, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
341mL thanks to JulienHuxley. Pours clear golden with a bunch of yeast chunkies after sediment is accidently dumped in. Probably should force carbonate these hoppy styles. Large, rockier, off-white head. Impressive retention. Soapy, webby lace. Nose is sugary kumquat, sharp walnuts, cinnamon, sharp apple pie. Taste is very nutty, dry, Brasil nut skins. Too bad.
j12601 (6403) - 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 very hazy gold with a medium sized white head. Looks like a hefe. Citrus and ginger on the nose, light pine. Earthy with citrus and a little ginger. Turns into a slightly grainy finish where the grain note grows bigger as it lingers.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma solid clean , crisp strong citrus sided hop feel. Light hint of alcohol. Floral feel. Clean and refreshing.7+
Appearance straw hay golden look with medium white top. Sparse lace.3+
Flavor and Palate : Plenty of leafy, green hop with peppery follow up. Thinner in body. Slight harshness followed. Quiet dry.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So all of a sudden, to many quebeccers, this is just about the best APA in the world. I must say I still don’t completely get it. A beautiful white foam settles and remains above the pale cloudy gold. The nose one-dimensionally roams with white grapefruit zest and various citrusy nuances as fumey hop resins and alcohol whispers detract from the purity of the ensemble. The malts feel pretty sloppy in mouth, being flabby and just about tasteless, leaving the whole scene to the hops who quickly invade it with agressive citrus/resin that unfold into a brash, acidic bitterness, again brought even further in acidity with the pretty sharp carbonation. Again, alcohol is more than a hint in the closure. A poundable and straightforward pale ale, but one with more bitterness and less depth in the aroma than I’d like and rather dull malts. I like forward hops, but especially when they have a spicy depth and when the yeast ant malt contribute to a beautiful freshness impression. I still appreciate a lot how this goes away from the usual Quebec hoppy beer that is loaded with crystal malts, but in the genre, from a bottle, I’d rather have a more balanced Anchor Liberty.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Vices et Versa April 23, 2010. Slightly hazy pale gold with a solid white creamy/foamy white head; very thick sticky white lace remnants too. Acidic/leafy bitter aroma with a touch of lemon zest, dry, not sweet or even all that malty - you can definitely detect that 7%. Taste is dry, floral, not as strong alcohol - it’s also maltier than the aroma - I got a nice bit of sweet fresh peach from this - I really liked it, it definitely pushed my buttons. Average body, well-carbonated, lightly acidic/astringent/dry on the tongue with a really long dry bitter (and slightly leafy) finish (4-). I liked it quite a bit indeed - will have this again my next trip to V&V.