Oakes (10941) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - OCT 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask. Vibrant flaxen-tan colour. Big, floral, citrusy dry hop aroma is thoroughly appetizing. Perfectly conditioned cask, with a rich, pithy bitterness. Lots of grapefruit, light wood, and scant but breezy malt backing. Very little to complain about here!
MrManning (1982) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at C’est what- Served to me a slightly hazed orange with a thin and lacy eggshell cap. Nose of fresh,leafy, right of the vine hops....hops hops hops.........perfume, lemon and grapefruit with a bit of bread crust and earthy malts. I like the fresh hop aroma. I wasn’t as sold on the flavour, but it was still good. Again, the fresh hops are the main star.....grapefruit pith and citrus flavours...leafy greens lead to mango and then lead to a bit of bready malty sweetness. Fucking creamy as hell, I could drink this by the gallon. Very good.
KyotoLefty (4727) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 Cask at Volo and Cíest What? in Toronto. Smooth as silk from the handpump. Nice golden malt flavor with caramel and fruit. Great hops all the way from nose to finish. Aromatic and bitter. fabulously hoppy but keeps the balance all the way through. Enjoyable.
Rastacouere (6042) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A less bright and darker IPA example than the hop addict though I did not try this one from the hand-pull.
Confidently straightforward. Simple, but assumingly so. Citrus oriented IPA of obvious American lineage. Light-bodied and easy to drink.
Does not have the pleasant freshness of its hop addict peer. Headless. Rather murky appearance. Rather astringent hop bite. Dull malt base.
yumyum (198) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from cast at c’est what. pours dark golden colour with great aroma. Grassy with hint of citrus. Very slmooth drink especiallly since it was from a cask. Very nice summer brew.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask version on tap at Cíest What? Incredible green freshly mown yard grass aroma. Outstanding smoothness. Banana-gold hazy yellow with a big white head. Surprisingly large head for a cask beer! This is flat-out delicious.
robinvboyer (2576) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at volo. Huge hop aroma, but it doesnt smell of just american high alpha hops, i think there is a crap load of english hops in there too, some goldings,maybe some fuggles. Great citrus, aromas, and even a tad skunky, because of the huge aroums of hops, its a good thing. NIce and bitter in the finish, a great IPA, not hwat iím used to with the big american IPAís, but its excellent.
Blasphemies (45) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draught from cask: cloudy dark yellow. Has that fruity hop aroma you want. Nice hops with some grapefruit. This is the stuff. Might be rated higher next time I try it. Man I am dying to have another.
Cartoonkhaki (1179) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Victory Cafe, Toronto.
As soon as I saw the name I knew I had to try it! Cloudy orange colour with nice of white head. Aroma was a wildly hoppy smell (at least to Canadian standards) It was like having an American hopped out beer in Canada. The malt and flowery sweetness blended well. The flavour carries the aroma equally as well. The body was medium but I thought it could be a bit thicker.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Volo, freshly tapped for me. Pours a hazy copper colour with a decent sized white head. Decent amount of hop bitterness but more easily drinkable than most ipaís...great warm-weather brew.