JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Rhino. Nose is intensely grapefruit. Light resinousness. A little bit fruity and quite earhy. Very assertive bitterness and a heavy resinous hoppiness. Soft and fresh with loads of citrus skin. The cask treatment works very well for this one.
pootzboy (1570) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from brewery:
Pours a hazy amber ale in the glass with a rocky off white cap. Soft carbonation,
Aroma mimics a big ESB; Caramel over floral metallic hopping.
Flavor is more like an ESB than an IPA. Caramalts, long boil kent bittering, fruity esters from yeast, some citrus, long bitter finish, metallic aftertaste.
A tad two dimensional and overly bitter to no point.
strowlands8 (171) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cask. decent offering with a very floral somewhat citrusy aroma. taste is a bit bland with some floral hops and some sweet citrus as well. finish is bitter and astringent leaving you with an interesting but not excellent after t atse. not a bad beer by any means but just not quite what i enjoy in an ipa.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2010 Cask at Volo - came a ruddy orange hue with a thin white head. Fruity aroma - mango, peach, really tropical, with some sweet malt to hold it all together. Flavour is candy sweet, fruity, floral, chewy malt along with a splash of alcohol, which is present, but not dominant. C-hops all over the place. Long bitter green hop finish. Very nice, textbook west coast IPA. Please make it a regular one, GLB.
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 On ... draught? At Volo. Hazy amber with a small off-white head. Harsh bitterness in the aroma - like crushed long-dried herbs; slightly buttery caramel malt. Tasted very harsh and bitter - like hop oil or extract or whatever generic bittering agent brewers use when they’re in a hurry (don’t get me wrong, I like Great Lakes and what they are doing, especially on cask these days - but this one ... not so much). Average body, unpleasantly astringent, weakly carbonated, and a harsh long-lasting aftertaste (almost 2/5). No thanks - tweak this please, I think it could be decent - but give it some character. *** updated September 2012 - original rating 6+3+5+3+11=2.8 - what the hell was I thinking? This is an amazing catty, pungent, dank IPA and I deserve to be flogged for the original rating.
DerWeg (1429) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 *** Fresh project X bottle - wow nice combo of C-hop citrus and noble hop bitterness and bite, more USA-style grapefruit and less earthy than CEST WHAT TAP sample. This beer is slowly finding a balance... *** ORIGINAL RATE **** Overall very enjoyable pint at C’est What. Right away big British-style alefruit taste and a sharp grapefruit rind bitterness. I felt this to be more of a Special Bitter with added bitterness than an IPA style (just thinking IPA might show more citrus fruit,) it seems to lean on those earthy-fruity British aspects a bit more. Really solid stuff through the whole glass. This brewer is evolving. 8 / 4 / 7 / 3 / 12 = 3.4
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Volo. Pours a hazy copper-gold with an average size lasting creamy off-white head. Some decent lacing. Aroma: Not bad, quite malty, caramel or toffee, some fruit -- could stand to be hoppier. Flavour: Again, malty with the hops in the back, but it does have a nice, slightly spicy bitter finish. Average bodied. Could be better, it’s malty for the style but still pretty good overall.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of candied malt, light copper, no head. Light taste of malt, where is the orange or citrus note? Light bodied, sweet, not bitter. Nice beer, but doesn’t fit the style.
garthicus (2570) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had at Volo, Toronto. Appearance: Lightly cloudy, orange/brown with a small white head. Aroma: Butter, malt and a slight amount of mango. Flavour: Hoppy, quite bitter yet there’s something not quite right, it’s a little unbalanced, the aroma seems to throw off the flavour quite a bit.
Sammy (8033) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bar Volo. Cloudy grapefruit with white head. Some lace, some hop aroma. Carbonation is right there. Drinkability is OK, average mouthfeel. Servceable American style IPA