cfrancis (2358) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m becoming a huge fan of Half Pints. Thanks to paco for this. Pours clear golden with a white head and decent lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and pine. Taste is a blast of hop and pine. Some citrus on the back of the tongue with a mild but dry bitterness. Such a pleasant beer, I’d drink this all day if I had the chance.
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
341mL bottle from a group order, thanks matt7215 for organizing. This one pours a hazy pale gold with some chunks floating around that must be hops I (hope) guess. Aroma is quite nice, some good grapefruit and grassy pungent hoppiness that is enticing. Flavour isn’t bad, but doesn’t really live up to the aroma. Some nice C hops flavour and good bitterness, with an okay malt backbone that almost reminds me of homebrew malt extract. Nice prickly feel. Really nothing much to complain about though, and I’d buy this a lot if it were regularly available to me. High level of decency here, as ambiguous as that may sound. I don’t really know what else to say, the beer just doesn’t really ’speak’ to me....
matt7215 (2173) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
341 ml bottle from a private order. AP unclear orange, off white head, over carbonated AR dusty malts, minimal c hops FL great juicy hop flavour, lacks malt body and bitterness PA over carbonated and on the sweet side of balanced OV decent IPA
DerWeg (1494) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very pleasing and highly gulpable. Look is hazy deep yellow-amber with white head. Aroma unexpectedly fresh and open, yeast and c-hop. Taste a nice flourish if citrus hop, moderate bitterness, a little peach, overall clean and straightforward session IPA.
eric_victor (57) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice hoppy beer both in taste and aroma. Nice light head. Excellent beer.
TaktikMTL (5761) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 341 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe fruitée. Apparence: La couleur est orangée voilée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pamplemousse avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût houblonné. (Rating #3016)
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This India Pale Ale’s beaufitul citrusy and floral hop bouquet leads to delicate caramel maltiness, before assertive leafy and spicy hop bitterness settles on the tongue.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sturdy coat of foam tops the hazy amber-tinged orange.
-The big-bubbled effervescence and rather light caramel presence make this highly drinkable to me.
-Mineral notes are present throughout; perhaps a sign that this is getting a little tired.
-This must be gorgeous fresh on tap!
probstblueribbon (2918) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
341 ml bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 18MR10.
App.: Clear orange-amber with a large off-white foam.
Aroma: Soapy, floral, citrus hops, light fruity esters, tangerines, light caramel/toffee background, so much orange.
Palate: Medium body, medium-soft carbonation.
Flav.: Pine/grapefruit hops that are somewhat soapy, still lots of orange, very little malt to balance; dry with fair bitterness, more malt than before.
A bit odd but fair. Like many of my public school teachers.
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: Rich caramel with archetypical American style IPA hopping. Good beer.
How: Bottle 341ml. Consumed fresh a few days after receiving it through private importation
The look: Partly cloudy golden orange body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: Pleasant hoppy nose that blends many of the typical American hops aromas. Taste is well balanced with the caramel backbone being totally adequate for this type of hopping.. Grassy, citrusy, grapefruity, floral notes, a touch of pine needles. A little yeasty. Nourrishing. Body a little fluffy. A bit astringent. Nothing original here. I think it could have better if a little crisper (less fluffy/yeasty and with a brighter malt bill) but this is a nice IPA nonetheless. Everything I’ve had from this brewery in the past year has been very solid. And this beer is something I could drink on a regular basis, yet another beer I would drink on a regular basis in large quantities. But there’s nothing wrong with heavy drinking. It’s people that give heavy drinking a bad name.
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge fluffy white head covers the charming hazy golden pour. Lacy all the way. Generous floral, orangey nose of C-hops combined with crystal bready, toasty, caramelly malts. Classic-style IPA with convincing aromatic powers, an initial sweet toasty, honeyed attack and a growing affirmative bitterness that never feels overpowering. Classy stuff that I feel I’ve had a few times under different names, but refreshing, fresh and hitting the spot nicely. Good stuff.