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 i’ve ever smelled. i was smelling the bottle still two hours after i’d 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! I’m always blown away by their beers and this one was no different. One of the best IPA’s I’ve had and definitely takes a run at Canada’s best. This was my last of six bottles and there doesn’t seem to be too many left floating around out there so i’ll probably have to wait a while to have it again, but ill be licking my lips the whole time. Bring it back soon! :)
Reimer96 (1342) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to cfrancis for this one. Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with a huge frothy white head and tons of lacing. Aroma of sweet pale malts, light caramel, guava, passionfruit, mango and other tropical fruits with a light touch of grass in the background. Taste is an extremely well balance of tropical fruit hops, sweet pale malts and bitterness. Nothing harsh is found up front or in the finish and just an absolute pleasure to drink!
andrewturba (1085) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy golden-amber with suspended solids(looks like some hop sediment) and a nice creamy dull white head with a pretty good amount of lace. Aroma is tropical fruit, zesty citrus, light pine and a nice light sweet Marley back. Flavour is zesty citrus, pine, sweet tropical fruit, medium bitterness, moderate caramel and a somewhat dry finish.
cyrenaica (1062) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I tried this beer on draught on June 8, 2012 at "C’est What" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a slightly hazed medium gold with a thin creamy cap that laced well. The aroma was grainy malt, grapefruity hops, and some mango/pineapple notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavour is very citrusy with the grapefruit hops up front, and the tropical fruit tones less pronounced, but still there.
cfrancis (2511) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy deep gold with a big frothy white top. Aroma is big grapefruit and tropical fruit hops. Taste is a beautiful boquet of tropical fruits and grapefruit hop bitterness with a small sharp finish. Great grains to balance this beast off. More.
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2012 2012-04-21. Lightly hazy orange body. Big aroma, odd funky grapefruit, pith, bit odd but enjoyable. 7+ Flavour has a good amount of grapefruit, but of tropical fruit and modest bitterness throughout. 7+ Average to light bodied palate, light carbonation. Enjoyable, this was one of the better ones of the day but I think it is much better presented on tap. 7+/3/7+/3/15+ Blind Tasting on Cask at Volo IPA Challenge
2011-11-25. Crisp orange body, small white head. 3+ Lovely hoppy bitterness, nice citrus character, orange and tangerine, light resin touches. Yumm! 9+ Modest aroma, mild citrus notes. 7+ Average bodied palate. 3+ Lovely IPA. 8/3/9/3/18 - 4.1 On tap at Volo, Toronto
hangunder (275) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really juicy aroma, full of tropical fruit and tangerines. A hint of sweet caramel sweetness as well. Smells great. Hazy golden/yellow, long lasting white head. An IPA definitely on the bitter side, but it works. Upfront you get the tropical fruit present in the nose, followed by a really piney, bitter, cat-pee like finish. Bitter on the whole tongue. Medium bodied, average carbonation. A unique and very good beer.
Gethinbeer (2206) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 Clear copper with a large frothy white head. Pleasant bitter grapefruit hop, wine gum aroma. Flavour of peach and fizzy gums. Crisp texture. Would like more body but a very nice crisp delicious beer.
DuffMan (7030) - 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!
DutchDrebus (4311) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ ZZT9 shared by joes. Murky orange colour with a small off-white head. Smells pineapple, fruity, hops, fresh, apricot. Tastes bitter, fresh, fruity, pineapple. Medium body, soft to medium carbo and a bit dry.