strowlands8 (178) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really enjoyable the bitterness is not overwhelming and the hoppyness is delicious. Really enjoyes this beer one of my favourites, especially in the style.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Beer Bistro (Toronto, ON). Pours a clear dark amber with one finger white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of pine, grapefruit, honey, light caramel, some floral esters. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of grapefruit, light citrus, pine, caramel, honey, light spice. Generally medium body with a pleasing hoppy finish.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Cloak and Dagger in Toronto, 07.12.09 Clear orange, off white head. Aroma is kiwi, tangerine hoppy. Flavor has a decent hops bite, but judging from the name, I would have expected more kick.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Caeli Cottage in Toronto. Pours a light amber- deep copper with a thin but lasting white head. Aroma is sharp nutty toasted malts caramel- crystal malts and light fruitiness with a ctirus and orange zest light pine hop kick. Flavor is hoppy, a bit resinous with some pine with a toffee and caramel maltinss, toast and a gritty hoppy bitterness in the end. I liked drinking the Hop Head IPA a bit more just because it was easier to drink- this was a bit too tacky in the end. Solid though.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the beer bistro. Pours a vibrant clear orange-amber, with a nice white rim. Smell is juicy, dank, hop resin and California pine woods round. Inviting. Flavor is just plain hop dank. Wow. This has serious hop flavor. Strong, up front, and insanely fresh. Tending towards the British hop flavor characters, but still with tons of dripping resinous character. Wow. A base of caramel lays under for support. Long finish in dry, cascade-like hops. Nice.
Listigovers (449) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Quite dark appearance, although not the darkest IPA I’ve seen (that honour goes to Mike Duggan IPA) and very hoppy. Hop addict doesn’t joke around with it’s name. Sadly, it’s slightly unbalanced, malt is not a forbidden fruit in an IPA!
ladnewton (1579) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at C’est What?, Toronto, Canada on 10th June 2008. Exquisitely hoppy, pleasant mouthfeel and bitter aftertaste. In the style of an American Pale Ale, again compares well with Dark Star APA.
JesseM (1155) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Volo (long and strange story about how I ended up briefly at Volo today, my first visit). Taps a nice deep copper-orange, medium white-cap. Awesome piny citrus hoppy nose. Flavour is delciously well balanced, very nice malt bakcbone, but the hops steal the show. Good astringent feel on the back of the tongue, but not at all dry. Did I have the same beer some other people who’ve rated it here had? How could you not consider this a ’real ’ IPA? This was absolutely a spectacular pint. Fruity esters as well, in fact the beer as a whole kind of reminds me of Fuzzy Peach candy in a very pleasant way. Outside of extremely fresh Grand River Curmudgeon, this is the best Ontario-brewed IPA I’ve ever had.
piscator34 (2088) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Beer Bistro. Light amber in colour with moderate carbonation. Simple but effective aromas of sweet orange, a bit of pine, and a somewhat grassy hop element. More specifically orangey hop character, along with notes of pale malts, toasted nuts, and a bit of munich malt. Solid bitterness. An above average IPA as far as Canadian microbrewery versions go, but probably would be better classified as an APA.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Beer Bistro in Toronto. Pours clear copper with white head. Nice citrus and pine nose. Great taste though, nice bitter finish. I love the tap handle.