Abijen (2512) - ís-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden orange unclear beer with a lot of yeast parts in it. Smells fruity, some creme, and yeasts. Tastes fruity, very dry and bitter finish. Average carbo, thin body and a dry texture.
Idiosynkrasie (6530) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Clear, orangey, deep golden colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Decent piney hoppy aroma, caramel malty basis, hints of orange, orange biscuit. Taste is crisp bitter hoppy, caramel malty basis, some biscuit, also a floral hop touch. Clean, precise, simple, good.
olio (9370) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle.
Pours slightly hazy golden color with a large white head. Lots of sediment on the second pour. Aroma is nice and fruity, a bit floral or perfumey even, pine needles and gooseberry bush. Flavor of citric fruits, sweetish caramel malts, some resinous hops and gooseberries. Refreshing bitter palate, lingering citric aftertaste. Nice.
lusikka (7700) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. Aroma of juicy mango, papaya, heavy herbal notes and sweetness. Flavour of heavy herbal notes, citrus, floral bitterness, mango jam and malts. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a bitter, dry, citrusy finish. Quite nicely balanced. Enjoyable.
randallpink (13) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
served in an IPA glass
A - pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a 2 inch off white (tan) head, great retention, and the glass laces beautifully. the frothy head dissipates into a slightly rocky covering on the beer.
S - strong hoppyness, citrus, mango, grapefruit, strawberry & pineapple esters, tropical fruits, light malty breadiness, biscuity sweetness, maybe even some red cherries. this has got to be one of, if not the best IPA iíve ever smelled. i was smelling the bottle still two hours after iíd finished the beer. WOW!
T - bitter hoppyness off the start with a slight sweetness from the malts that melts perfectly together. citrus, piney and grapefruit definitely present. a light caramel mixed with fresh biscuits becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. tropical fruit and passionfruit tastes all lead to the bitter, hoppy finish that leaves a nice citrusy, piney, fruity taste lingering.
M - smooth, slightly creamy feel, mostly bitter but a nice fruity sweetness makes things interesting. medium body, dry & bitter finish, low alcohol present
O - I love Great Lakes! Iím always blown away by their beers and this one was no different. One of the best IPAís Iíve had and definitely takes a run at Canadaís best. This was my last of six bottles and there doesnít seem to be too many left floating around out there so iíll probably have to wait a while to have it again, but ill be licking my lips the whole time. Bring it back soon! :)
bunget (856) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle. Hazy golden-orange body, medium ivory head with good retention. Aroma of pine and citrus zest, caramel, hints of wormwood and peach. Taste is piney most of all, grapefruit zest, sweet malts, herbal tones, peaches. Solid.
Boutip (5940) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of piney hops is quite dominant with bitter citrus notes also noticeable. Taste is a nice mix of piney hops with light citrus notes with medium bitterness and light sweet residual sugars notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Wonderful mix of piney and citrus aromas makes this an IPA that should makes it into regular distribution for GLB.
jksipa (800) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle from the LCBO Pours a hazy dark amber with a a big off white head that hangs around and clings to the glass. Great nose with grapefruit, pine, peach and grass. Excellent bitter citrus throughout but a background peach sweetness keeps it under control. Medium slick mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Long bitter finish. Excellent.
DuffMan (9593) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy, Grippitis, and Ian; sent to me by Sammy. The bottle leaked a little in transit, so I was kind of worried about this little fella. My fears were unfounded, as the pour was lively with brisk carbonation and excellent head formation. Beautiful perfumey grapefruit and mango hop character, very fresh and zippy. Intensely bitter finish. Light caramel malts allow for supreme expression of hop character. A really terrific IPA-- thanks Sammy!
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden yellow with a short lived foamy white cap. The aroma is pine needles, sap, wet forest floor, grapefruit. Flavour is along the same lines as the aroma, maybe a slight hint of pineapple sweetness for balance. Itís remarkably smooth, and not very bitter considering the hoppy flavours that come across, well done.