Oakes (12514) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - 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!
ladnewton (1413) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Cíest What, Toronto, Canada on 10th June 2008. But for its strength, this beer could quite easily be mistaken for its Dark Star namesake. Richly hoppy, aromatic and refreshing, very clean satisfying taste to this beer. Excellent
matt7215 (2172) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
on cask @ Cíest What. clear golden with a minimal white head. decent cask carbonation. huge hop aroma, possibly them best hop forward ontario brew. the flavour is also quite hop forward but the backing malt is somewhat lacking. hella drinkable. great cask pint.
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.
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.
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Cíest What 2010 Spring Festival. Pours a murky golden colour with well retained white head. Hops have that pine infused west coast smell. Roasted malt in there as well. Excellent balance between malt and hops is evident. Finishes pleasingly. Very good.
blankboy (6045) - 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 itís 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. Ontarioís best IPA? Maybe.
GregClow (2891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask sample at Beer & Cocktail Show. Light, slightly hazy golden with a thin white head. Hop-forward aroma, very fresh and inviting, with lots of pine resin and grapefruit. Soft mouthfeel. More hoppy goodness in the flavour, but enough sweet malt and fruit notes to back it up. I only had a small sample of this, but I loved it, and Iíll be having a pint or three the next time I see it available somewhere, thatís for damn sure.
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Volo. Dark yellow, small white head. Nice citrus hop aroma, grapefruit. Nice taste - a mix of grapefruit and orange. Bitter, but not over the top - the light body makes it seem more bitter than it probably is. Hint of lemon zest. Soooo drinkable. Attention Ontario Micro Brewers: this is what I want to drink on a night out, a night at home, a drink after work, summer, winter, whenever.. Bottle it or just cask/draught it - whatever, I will put your kids through college if you can make this type of beer consistently and fresh. If you want to supplement it with a Double IPA for a treat sometime, Iím ok with that too. Thank you Durham.
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!