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Brewed by County Durham Brewing
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Pickering, Canada

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2008
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2008
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8644) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
One of 5 casks on at Cíest What. Hoppy aroma draws me in. Cloudy orange. Creamy mouthfeel, taking into account this is cask. Very lacey. Controlled bitterness really.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2008
Cask. At Volo. Have had this many times, from its early incarnation to its current thick, acidic cask lovliness. Pours murky orange with a wispy head - Iím sorry, but these days every time I see it I get wood - itís a 5. The aroma - very simple, very much an acidic hop-forward UK-style IPA on double steroids - bitter resin and mild conifer, slightly sweet in the background, but this is all about acidic/astringent hop goodness - not sure my American friends would love it, itís not a west coast clone at all. The taste starts gently bitter, quite herbal actually, and the malt is at its most noticeable - but the acidic funky bitterness that so appealed to the nose starts to build - it never reaches DIPA territory, or even seems ultra aggressive, but after that first swallow youíre not allowed to forget itís a damned fine cask IPA and donít even THINK about not ordering another. This is actually light-bodied, while still seeming thick - it lingers for a decent patch, but eases off your palate well in time for the next sip - while too strong to appel it "session," you could (I have) drink several of these in an hour or two. Good stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
Peach, apricot, grapefruit, sweat and icing sugar in the musty aroma. Clear, deep blonde body is topped by a generous fine bubbled and lasting white head that coats the glass. Pale malt sweetness up front is joined by a pronounced but balanced bitterness that keeps it from becoming cloying. Plenty of grapefruit hops and lingering fruity esters. Medium body with moderate fine bubbled carbonation. Sampled on cask at Caffe Volo during Grey Cup weekend 2007.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
Tap at Cíest What? Pale gold with a creamy white head. Very fresh aroma of Goldings hops. Lots of fresh herbal/spicy aroma. Very fresh and zesty/floral smelling. Lightly resinous on the nose. Flavour shows a soft grassiness and a fresh pale UK malt base. Lots of spicy/herbal hops. Lingering resinous bitterness. Great beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kseecs16 (1202) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Cask at Volo. I had this as "left overs" the night after the cask fest and was disappointed. Had a sweet hoppy aroma. Very slightly hazy in appearance and pale amber with a thin fizzy head. Hops tasted fresh, floral, but were not assertive. Thin mouth feel with an astringent lingering bitterness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
Golden yellow in colour - very clear, lingering off-white coloured head, some lacing. The aroma is quite floral, some fruit but not some much citrus, soapy. The flavour is quite floral and very soapy, moderately bitter, some perfume, fresh. Quite bitter mouthfeel, medium body, mild carbonation. Finishes long, very floral and perfumy. This is quite bold, heavy on the floral hops, too soapy for me.

Cask at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? target=blank>Volo in Toronto, Ontario on October 20, 2007.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2007
Had a half at the Cíest What? fall beer fest. Nice golden appearance. Fresh, hoppy aroma. Taste was fresh and full of hops, with a very nice bitterness. The palate was medium-bodied with low levels of carbonation. Excellent stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 31, 2007
Cask. Nice and bitter with lots of citrus. Not too heavy, great on a hot day.


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