humulonimbus (10) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I think this is the best IPA on offer in Canada right now. I donít get tired of this beer which speaks to how well crafted (it think) it is.
-Assertive yet refreshing aroma of piney spice and citrus (smells like a bag of hops)
-vibrant palate with a (metric) tonne of flavour without being sticky
-good balance of creamy and crisp in the palate, and sweet and savoury in the taste
-generous body with just enough malt to keep the party from getting out of hand
-finish is one that is pleasantly bitter and long and tickles my throat (and me) pink
It should also be noted that:
1) This beer comes with the best tap handle EVER!
2) Itís a cruel joke, yet fitting, that the beer is called hop addict. It seems that every time I make it to Toronto (the only place itís available, %@$!!!) to get my fix some other junkie has bled the keg dry, aaarrrrgh!!! Well, I just canít get enough ....or any at all!
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted this beer while on Beer Quest 2010 with the guys. This was beer number 78. Pour was dark amber. Aroma is aggressive with alcohol and hops. Flavor is a bit strange and a little too harsh.
strowlands8 (185) - 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 (5074) - 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 (3203) - Ithaca, New York, 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 (913) - 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 Iíve seen (that honour goes to Mike Duggan IPA) and very hoppy. Hop addict doesnít joke around with itís name. Sadly, itís slightly unbalanced, malt is not a forbidden fruit in an IPA!
ladnewton (1811) - 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 Cíest 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 (1158) - 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 whoíve rated it here had? How could you not consider this a íreal í 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 Iíve ever had.