blankboy (5735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Victory Cafe. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a small diminishing white head. Really nice hoppy aroma, citrusy and piney, along with some fruit and sweet malt. Fresh hoppy flavour, citrus and pine again, nicely backed by sweet malt and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied. Overrated on my part? Hard to say cause we have so few good IPAs (read: almost none) that when a really good one comes along it’s easy to get over-excited. Either way this is a damn fine IPA and so easy to drink, I really hope Durham keeps this beer available year-round or at least all summer as this is a perfect patio session beer. Ontario’s best IPA? Maybe.
mds (2154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. dry-hopped at Volo. Pours a murky golden body with a soapy/bubbly white head. nice dry hop aroma - very flowery and full of pine and grapefruit with a hint of sweetness.The flavour is very grapefruity to say the least. Sharp bitter pine and grapefruit are the evident flavours in a seemingly creamy palate. Long finish with some sugary fruit notes.
Enjoyed a couple of pints at Volo on April 18, 2007.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 Cask at the Victory Cafe (updated on Sept. 22/08 from cask at C’est What)- I’ve always liked every Durham beer that I’ve tried, and I am an admitted hop head, so I was more than excited to try this brand new cask offering. Came a hazy sunset gold with a beautiful thick white head. Aroma hugely hoppy and fruity. Grapefruit, field strawberry, pine and a light earthiness as well. Flavours beautifully balanced - hop fruitiness, earthiness and English malt all mingle expertly. Delicate cask carbonation makes for a soft and silky mouthfeel. Good refreshing bitterness in the mid-palate continues into the lingering finish. One of the few Ontario beers that comes close to resembling an excellent west-coast IPA, but it’s uniquely Canadian at the same time. Would be a beautiful summertime ale. I REALLY hope that Durham is planning to make this a regular beer in their lineup - it’s the best of their beers I’ve had. I want more. GREAT stuff.