piscator34 (2128) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at WVRST. Burnt orange in colour with medium carbonation. Balanced sweet citrus and pale malt aromas. Sweet pink grapefruit, orange, flowers, and a touch of caramel in the mouth. Medium bodied with a fair bit of bitterness. A solid effort.
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can these guys make IPAs? Yes. Yes they can. This beer is a massive surprise on the Ontario beer scene, and would easily stand its own on the West Coast. Usually you get one type of hop sticking out of the mist; here you get a slew of them. Your nose gets shattered at first and slowly begins to pick them out. When talking about balance, in the typical beers we’re discussing the malt vs hops. Here we’re talking about the hops vs hops, that’s what makes the great IPAs so special. Perfect the whole way through the glass, the spiderwebs are so intricate you look at it after finishing and can remember every sip. Neil Young tours so he’ll find a heart of gold, I test beers to find drinks like this.
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 341ml bottle. Hazy, dark amber pour with lots of off-white head that leaves a sticky lace. Lots of fresh grapefruity hops on the nose with a solid underlying caramel note. Kind of a letdown on the palate. That big fresh citrus note is gone, replaced with a more resinous flavour. The caramel comes through nicely all the same and the finish has a good sharp bitter crunch. I’d hoped for a little more from this one.
brokensail (13231) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a couple fingers of white head. Not a big fan of this one. Pretty malt with a bit of floral malt, pine, and citrus peel. The flavor isn’t much better. Kind of bland with some bready malt and a little bit of citrus peel and floral hops, but a fairly pronounced bitterness. Really not a very good IPA.
BobHayward (3) - GUELPH, CANADA - MAR 29, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Lives up to its’ name - smashing your senes with an explosion of citrus hops. The greatest thing since sliced bread? This liquid bread.
GT2 (9312) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL thanks to soidfunk. Clear amber pour with a large, yellowish creamy head. Huge ice cream scoop retention and 360 lace. Nose is quite floral, malty, bready, rustic. No cheesy stale hops or stale orange candies. Some strawberry candies in the nose. Taste is tangy, sharp, quite soapy with some tea leaf tannins. Heavier palate- quite difficult to drink. Much heavier than any imperial stout. Super rich and hard to get through.
Marheb (3166) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pas certain d’avoir une bouteille fraîche, je suis loin d’avoir ce que le Citra a l’habitude d’offrir. Je dénote la présence des agrumes mais la liste des fruits est plutôt mince par la suite. Le pamplemousse blanc domine avec une amertume terreuse vibrante et persistante.
Papillon (382) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 mL Draft had at a pub. Amber body with a foamy white head settling to a clingy film with lots of lace. Intense aroma of pink grapefruit rind and piney hops. Loads and loads of pink grapefruit rind dominate in the flavor; bitter resiny hops in the aftertaste and the sweet light malts come through in the finish. Smooth and light in the mouth. This calls for an encore.
Metalchopz (2605) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, it looks like the LCBO now has this in a 6-pack and at a 6% ABV. Pours a clean deeper amber colour with a big frothy off-white head that has great retention and dirty lacing. Great fresh nose of hop, but not too killer (hints of grapefruit and pine needles) with a nice grainy malt background. Very smooth mouthfeel, well-balanced between the dryness and silky wetness. Starts on a bitter note, but finishes slightly dry with the grain lingering (and a bit of bitterness). A great Canadian IPA that has balls and really shows what hop can do.
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at tequila bookworm. Hazy copper/amber. Sticks nicely to the inside of the glass. Trademark big hoppy aromas - pine, tropical fruit. Some caramel malt. Sticky. Flavors reflect the aroma, decent balance but not as strong in the mouth as in the nose. I miss that chewiness that I get from some of my favourite IPAs. Slight minerality on a medium finish. Pretty good, but not quite great for me.