HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 Draught. At Volo. First, this has one of the coolest tap handles Iíve seen - a big plastic syringe filled with hops. Poured deep clear copper with a small white head. Aroma of mixed citrus, light resin and slightly funky hops, decent sweet juicy malt and a hint of leafiness. The hops in the taste seemed primarily piney, with some citrus - enough slightly toasty malt to remind you this isnít just all about the hops. Average to slightly weak body, light astringency, has a longish finish - very very drinkable - I agree with jerc, just a little more malt takes this beyond a solid session patio beer.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2006 Draught @ Volo. Rich orange/copper body with zero head to speak of, faint citrussy hop nose. Disappointingly unbalanced -- an earthy, blunt bitterness comes through towards the end, but not nearly enough malts or other complex flavours to round it out. My pour was very thin and flat. However, it is refreshing, and kudos to a local brewer for exploring an APA (with a special reference to the hops, no less), but from my standpoint this is an inferior attempt at the style.
Note: had this at Cíest What, and it was much sweeter, less hoppy and had a disturbing cheeselike smell. I will investigate and rerate next time.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 Tasted Blind, March 2007. Volo IPA Challenge Sample #5
Orangey copper amber, fast fading head. Moderate orange and tangerine citrus notes in the hoppy aroma. Pleasant orange bitterness is fairly well balanced with malt and resin notes. (7+). Slightly more full than average palate. (3+) Not the highest scoring on my official score sheet, but possibly the one I would be most likely to have more of on this day. 7-8/3/7+/3+/16 - 3.8
Volo Cask Situation, Cask #6 Hazy golden amber body. Interesting orangey funky aroma is oddly fruity Ė apricot? Astringent lemon rind aroma is not unpleasant but kind of strange. Bitter almost astringent ambiguous citrus is a bit rough and discordant at first Ė like non-optimally aged citrus fruit. Average palate is just a bit too flat. Tried this again the next day and found it to be much more palatable. Orange citrus comes out much more fully in both the aroma and flavour, and better rounded out in all areas. 5-6/3/5/3/10-12
May 2006 Draft. Orange dark amber body with a small off white head. Sweet orange citrus aroma with light malt underneath. Big hoppy flavour is briefly mildly citrusy but quickly gives wat to lightly astringent very resiny green hops. Average palate is a touch light but adds to its drinkability on the patio at Volo. Decent, but more citrus or malt to complement the not so delicate hops would boost it higher. 6/3/7/3/15 - 3.4
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 8, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of refreshing earthy , medium intense bitterness with solid malt base . Appearance : dark amber ,low carbonation , creamy head on top. Medium-full bodied , raw hop character , sticky texture. Bitter but flat finish . Its hop character reminded me of raw garden greens . Average .
mds (2154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Volo. Copper-brown body with a creamy white head and soft lacing. The aroma is full of piney wood hops, light caramel, and oranges. Solid earthy body with a good whack of hops up front making way for the sweet caramel middle. Loooong bitter finish. Good to see another IPA in Ontario!
jmcnally (21) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Volo. Nicely hoppy but simple. Pales in comparison to the Dogfish Head 60 Minute that I sampled recently, but still a well-made beer.
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 The hops are back! See previous notes, but I can bump my rating back up because this is now consistently hoppy fruity and delicious.
Newest batch early 2007 not so good - hops have faded, leaving behind the all too generic English based malts dominating the proceedings. Bring back the hops - turn them up not down, especially with a name like this! Iíll average the cores out until I try it again. Original rating: On tap at Volo. Dark orange, small white head. Nice citrus hop aroma - grapefruit - and some sweet malt notes. Nice hop taste - this is an English style session ale, lots of rich caramel and sweet notes with a noticeably American hoppy bite - very similar to the new Headstrong, but even better in my opinion - a little less body but much more hops. Only complaint: because the body is a little thin, it becomes a little too sweet and then unbalanced as it warms. But served chilled, this is a great Ontario beer and a nice effort by Durham. And they should be commended for pushing our conservative little Province wide envelope.
GregClow (2806) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Volo. Orange-amber colour with a tiny head. Aroma is mild, a bit earthy with a hint of hops. Flavour is quite hoppy to start, overpowering anything else thatís in there, but it settles down nicely after a few sips. Hops are of that pleasant grapefruity variety that I tend to like, and itís backed up by good malts that are biscuity and a bit earthy/minerally. The brewer describes this as being influenced by the beers of the US Pacific Northwest, and I can see that in the hops, but the rest of the beer fits nicely with the UK style ales that Durham specializes in. All in all, a pleasant, non-pretentious pint.
DerWeg (1426) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask Ale Pint enjoyed at the venerable Victory Cafe by Honest Edís, Toronto! Darkish coppery robe and nondescript aroma of hoppy-ish something and sweetish malt. Carbonation and fresh feel is somewhat pleasing but the hops are not individually expressive in the taste and the malts donít tie in well. A somewhat jangly, un-integrated pint. But okay. Work in progress?
Sammy (8024) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 Nothing special to look at,golden yellow with bubbles. A whiff of C-hops. Good bitterness, significant hops and malted. Balanced. However, Run-of-the-mill IPA but nicely drinkable. A good effort by a local microbrewery. Served on the too-cold side at Smokeless. Creamier and lacier when had a year later at Victory.