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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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2008
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!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (10451) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2010
A lightly hazed golden IPA with a very thin white head. In aroma, pleasant floral hops, with light berry notes and a bit of meaty notes. In mouth, a nice herbaceous floral hops with some grapefruits, a bit light on the malt side, but very decent. On tap at C’est What, August 7 2010.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2011
On Tap at C’est What, Toronto 14/11/2010 Fruit and hop aromas. Golden coloured fruity and hoppy grapefruit flavour with a hint of dryness in a bitter malt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8917) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
One of 5 casks on at C’est What. Hoppy aroma draws me in. Cloudy orange. Creamy mouthfeel, taking into account this is cask. Very lacey. Controlled bitterness really.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
Tap at C’est 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2007 Sept 2007. Cask at Cest What Festival of Small Breweries, unintentionally sampled blind because the tap handle said Scotch Irish. Pale yellow body with a small white head (3+). Hoppy aroma with light grapefruit and lemon notes (7+). Moderate bitterness, flavour is modest but sufficiently hoppy to be quite nice, mild citrus (7+). Smooth average palate is quite good for a cask. 7/3+/7/3/15-16 -3.6 <P>Cask at CW. Yellow body with a smallish creamy white head (3+). Lovely citrusy hop aroma, sweet orange, lemon. (7+) Similar flavours, orange is very nice, lemon in the flavour is very lightly astringent. Light pale malt notes. (7+) Average palate is pleasantly smooth. (3+) This is quite good, and extremely drinkable. 8/4/8/3/16 - 3.9

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6704) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 Cask at Volo and C’est 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (6559) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2007
[483-20070803] Cask @ Volo (Toronto, ON). Grapefruit citrus peel hops aroma. Clear, orange amber body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Grapefruit citrus peel continues in flavour with a hint of sweet navel orange. Medium body has light astringency. Nice hoppy beer on the patio.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 27, 2007
On cask @ C’est What?
Clear gold with average white creamy top.
Strong hop presence with creamy malt following.
Quiet bitter, plenty of hops with somewhat creamy textures. Middle clear, decent with feel of some raw green hops blended with citric experience. Hop head is good bitter ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6263) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2007
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.


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