neongolden (1231) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(On tap at Bryden’s, Jan 11 2014) Pours a lightly hazed medium orange, inch of frothy white head with lots of lace. Aroma punchy tropical fruit, some orange rind, slightly grass and grape, caramel malts. Flavour has sticky citrus and tropical fruit to begin with, a little more herbal and resinous in the middle, good malt backbone of caramel malts. Finish has a decently strong leafy/resinous bitterness and lingering fruit. Body and carb moderate. Another tasty Great Lakes IPA, with a good mix of fruit and resin.
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange aroma, lacy and orange coloured body. Big IBU and corresponding big malt bill. A 1.5 IPA. Please bottle this.
sudomorph (1088) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml project X bottle from GLB. 6.5%abv, 55 IBU. Pours a nearly clear darkened orange with a half finger, slightly off white head that thins quickly. Aroma has notes of grass, slight tropical and citrus fruit, toasted bread, and a mild herbal spice. Taste is a balanced bitter that starts out slightly pungent and resiny, then moves to some orange citrus, grapefruit, bread and caramel, then ends with a drawn out aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Slightly syrupy/resiny texture with a soft carbonation. Overall pretty good but not my favorite hops. Cheers!
pushkinwow (2570) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Volo listed as Half Nelson. Pale amber with a white head. Strong tropical hops, some caramel, malty, fresh and smooth with some bubblegum. Dry, bitter, moderate carbonation and body, nice balanced finish,
Freaky_tiki (1049) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at victory cafe (as 1/2 Nelson). Pours cloudy tangerine with a milky 1/2 inch cap. This is a fantastic pale ale: the hops are elevated & punchy; a nice throaty bitterness; & long sustaining finish. Flavour is high octane citrus, tropical crush, pine, & sticky ganja. Has that signature Great Lakes framework that you’ll love & recognize. Great.
Spab (3390) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Volo as Half Nelson. Pours a clearish orange with moderate-sized whiteish head. Aroma is citrus, light resin, and caramel. Flavour is citric hops, a little more resin character and caramel malt. Average plus body. Nice.
kevinsenn (1995) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2014 On tap at the Bent Elbow and Imbibe (both labelled as "Half Nelson IPA"). Tropical fruit and grape aroma. Hazy amber. Great taste, on the bitter side, with tropical fruit and grape taste, and also some resin. Great!
Bendrixian (1489) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
’Half Nelson’ 6.5 % & 55 IBU IPA bottle from brewery. I don’t believe the half nelson is the same beer as it directs to here but others have so I digress. Hazy brew with a white head the dissapates quickle and is orange amber in colour. It is well hopped and has the freshly hopped pine cone aroma with some pineapple and citrus character. On the palate it is aggressive like an IPA should be with a hoppy/leafy bitter finish. Simply a good IPA.
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask pint at Volo. As "Half Nelson" ... Hazy amber-gold with a decent lastin creamy off-white head. Aroma of tropical fruit, citrus zest, light resin and a hint of Belgian spicy yeast. Taste follows, a little gluten - so simple and balanced. Average body, airy mouthfeel, fairly quick finish - incredibly drinkable. Well done!
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Cest What. Pale golden pour with a thick white head. Hazy pour. The nose is awesome - bright tropical fruit with citrus and kiwi aromas. A bit of light minerally character and some nice leafy dry-hopped flavour. Bright and delicious.