JesseM (1124) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010 On tap at the KW OCB/ribfest. Pours a nice slightly hazy dark amber. Very nice aroma here, ample hoppy goodness matched perfectly with some toffee malts and dry earthy aspects. Flavour is a bit of a mixed bag, a tad watery with some mild malty sweetness, very dry on the finish but in a hoppy way, not earthy. Lacks balance. Palate is light as I was led to expect. Almost seems like a mild ale to me. A bit rough around the edges at this point, but it’s still extremely sessionable and tasty, and a huge step up IMO from the Roberty Simpson days. I look forward to buying this at the LCBO. In bottle form it’s just as good, and has a remarkable amount of hop activity without the IBU’s being there, which I can appreciate. Very well done. EDIT: Hop activity seems to have been tweaked lately for the better. On tap I get a very pleasant cannabis-like quality. This truly is one of the single best things being made in our otherwise cowardly and boring provincial brewing scene.
DerWeg (1402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber. active head. Starts off a bit rough aroma with grains ans solvent, which seems to dissipate as the glass a few minutes. Taste loads of grassy hop bitterness, which is a bit unbalanced at first, but tastes decent with my Bison Burger. The sweet malts and fruit seem to come through later.
pootzboy (1484) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap sample from the brewery:
Deep amber lightly hazed ale with a decent cap that lasts.
Aroma is sweet malts with a distinct Amarillo hop aroma - spicey citrus.
Lovely dose of biscuity malts in the fron are instantly matched by a pine-citrus resinous hop rush, creamy mouth feel, drying finish gets mildly bitter.
Nice ! If I closed my eyes I’d have thought I was drinking a Propeller pale ale..
blankboy (5199) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at C’Est What Spring Festival. Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with an average size somewhat-lasting creamy off-white head. Nice hoppy aroma, resiny and lightly spicy, backed by sweet malt. Flavour’s also nice, follows the aroma and is hoppier then expected. Long bitter finish. Average bodied. I quite enjoyed this -- well done!
HogTownHarry (5705) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. At C’Est What Spring Fest. Clear amber with a small creamy off-white head. Decent floral aroma against light cereal grain - moderately hoppy; clean. More bitterness in the flavour, fairly intense marigold pungency, dry, the malt is a touch sweeter than I expected. Average body, nicely carbonated, quite crisp, refreshing and dry, the linger lasts acceptably long - a pretty solid effort, would be a good pitchers on the patio brew.
pfriesen (82) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at the Brewery
Amarillo Hopping makes its presence well known in this deep amber Pale Ale. Small head continually refreshed all the way to the bottom of the pint. Crystal malts gives a middle sweetish point, but this beer is really bracketed by the orangey citrusy hops that start and finish on the palate.
garthicus (2358) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at C’est What? Appearance: Orange red, small white head. Aroma, malty with quite a citrus-hop element. Flavour: Vanilla, hoppy, malt, some caramel and corn. Not bad.
Radek Kliber (5970) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Cest What?
Appearance: Mid deep amber with large creamy top , some lacing noted. Good apearnce.4-.
Nose: Citric, hopping nose , sweet malt as back up. Good. 7-.
Flavor/Palate : Soft , mild and approachable, organic citric hop feel with rounded malts. Late hop feel. Good citric hoped ale.
Sammy (7115) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
C’est What Spring Festival of brewers. Surprisingly good, one of the winners this night. Lightly hop aroma and taste. Orangey colour and lacey. A nice bitterness. Reasonable pale ale.
Gorbalev (2827) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at C’Est What Spring Fest. Orange pour, small white head. Nice citrus hoppy aroma. Good taste - light malt, lots of hops (was expecting less given the stated IBU’s), easy to drink. A nice light hoppy APA.