tomthompson89 (1838) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not a horrible beer but not what I would expect from a brewery called Hop city.... where r the hops??? darker color, nice head nose is a little sweet, maybe a touch of dry hops, flavor is sweet with some hops in there but a pretty bland first offering from a brewery with a name offering more.
Sammy (7718) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyed on-tap at Shaueyís, near the airport. Served way too cold, but fresh, the brewers are former homebrewers with a sugardaddy grant from Moosewood, who will of course help to distribute them. The smell is mildly cheesy. Pours dark yellow, with an eighth inch of white foam and lace lines own my glass. Average mouthfeel, this is in the style of a helles lager, though not the best interprestation. Good drinkability.
AWS9 (446) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2010
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
On tap. Golden pour, slight head. Really sweet and sugary. Mild hops. Pretty thin. Tasted like Moosehead with added sugar...
LadySusan (716) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Highlander pub in Ottawa. Amber color thin beige head. The aroma is dull.The taste is of hops but very little, as if it is watered down. Also in the taste are some veggies that is what I tasted the most. This was a very bad experience.
pootzboy (1568) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2010 On tap: Puts a clear amber lager in the glass with a 2 finger sticky cap...modest retention. Weak lacing.
Light malty aroma with some sweetness, non descript hopping with slight apple tones.
Taste has the malt dominate the front side with a blend of pale and caramel maltiness which then gets balanced off with some fruit and hop bittering. Clean sharp finish but caramel malt predominates killing any hope the hops had to dry out the finish.
Hard mineral mouth feel (hard water?) - malty caramel fruity character.....all thatís left to say is; "what is this"? If it is a lager or ílaleí there is so many tastes here out of place (fruity esters in lager?). If itís an amber lager it is passable but uninspired. It sure is not a bock or any style of standard lager Iím familiar with....possibly a weak steam beer or weak Creemore clone... Needs work.
Pyrope (7) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2010 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmm... not sure what beer yous up the page were drinking, or where you were drinking it, but the almost uniform comment list leads me to think that there isnít much original thought happening here. For a start, if this beer pours with a "thin, browny head" (ibid, ad infinitum) then thatís your barmanís fault. Go to a pub where they know how to pull pints and keep their lines clean.
I think something else thatís hurting this beer is that, while pretty darn hoppy for a dark lager, it isnít a hop monster in the currently fashionable ilk. There is a burnt caramel/toffee sweetness here that is nicely balanced (balance being the keyword...) by a gently bittering, citrusy florality to the back of the mouth and in the aftertaste. However, this isnít one of the trendy, mouth-puckeringly bitter, overhopped "macho" IPAs that are cropping up all over the place. Hops are great. Iíve loved hops for many years. Just because that isnít all you can taste doesnít mean that it fails. In fact, its balance is a mark distinctly in its favour.
Another dark mark seems to be that its appearance is goading people into believing that this is a bitter and are judging it in that context. Yes it is pretty approachable, possibly even commercial, for a (pseudo-)craft beer, and it may not be a world-beater, but levelling dull, repetitious, unthinking comments at it is far more "meh" than this perfectly good dark lager.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[2816-20100320] Tap. Light fruit grains aroma, fairly mild. Clear, amber red body with a quick foamy off-white head. Not much flavour other than generic light fruity grains and a mild long finish. Medium body. Forgettable, if not bad.
(@ Rebel House; Toronto, ON)
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2010-03-20. Crisp amber body with a tiny beige head that fades. Flavour is light, mild bitterness throughout, rainy malts have a light cardboard touch (in a way that is different from oxidation), touch of brief hops and citrus in the finish. 6+ Kiss of fruit, light metallic note in the aftertaste and in the aroma. Muted aroma, light fruit grains. Average palate. Meh. Pretty dull for a brewery with hop in the name. Not unpleasant but I donít think Iím likely to be back for more. On tap at Rebel House, Toronto.
cfrancis (2016) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Had my hopes up with the name of Hop City but this doesnít deliver. Pours a dark amber with a nice white head. Aroma is a little caramel with mild hop. Taste is quite thin but there is a nice malt and hop mouthfeel. Just not very predominant. Better than your average beer just not great.
DerWeg (1419) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
No barking from a squirrel means no hops from hop city. But itís a perfectly fine rounded smooth dark amber lager with a fine sweet nose and a bit of herbal and earth. I just had a sample, but Iíd drink a pint of it.