JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by puzzl. There was quite some confusion and discussion about this beer, but we’ve managed to agree to rate it. Deep amber beer with some thick white head. Quite yeasty. The aroma is very fruity and estery with lots of berry/apple aroma and a touch of light spice and banana. There is a bit of earthy/woody hoppiness as well, but this is more prominent in the flavour than it is on the nose. Lightly leathery and fruity with a bit of mintiness on the back. Some lingering orange peel and dusty bitterness as well. Completely different in bottles apparently than it is on tap.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Same bottle as puzzl, shared by the brewer. Amber-orange-yellow pour. Aroma is sweet fruit / banana, belgian yeastiness. The flavor has this aspect as well, but with some typical grainy malt, and grassy / resiny hops in the finish. Mild amount of bitterness. Same confusion as to whether this is actually an IPA or some blend.
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the brewer, labeled as this beer. A little confusing, it doesn’t seem quite like an IPA, but after long discussion we’ve decided to rate it. What is odd about this is the strong belgian yeast aroma. There is certainly some hoppiness here, green and bitter, but underlying there is lots of yeast. Flavor is similar, great body with a bitter finish. Kind of like a belgian IPA. Quite enjoyable.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 2008-10-17. Hazy orange amber body with a modest tan head. (3+) Rather nice hoppy aroma, light resin and sweet citrus. (7+) Similar flavour, smooth sweet citrus and light resin, modest supporting malt suits the beer nicely. (7+) Smooth average to light palate is lightly carbonated. Rather lovely. Not super assertive but I think I could probably drink a few gallons of this. 8/3+/7+/3/17 - 3.7+ On tap @ Volo Cask Days 2008
<P>2008-04-10. Hazy orange amber body with a big fluffy off white head. Big aroma of citrusy hops - oranges and grapefruit, light notes of resiny orange peel. Light notes of alcohol. (7+) Similar flavour, with a lightly astringent aspect to the orange and grapefruit citrus character. Bitterness oscillates between average and astringent, spending most of the time at a pleasant slightly above average level. Just enough malt foundation to balance it a bit. Average plus palate. (3+) Very solid IPA, especially by Canadian standards. 8/4/7/4/16 - 3.9 Bottle courtesy of GregClow
swoopjones (5889) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Vices et Versa, Montreal. Best Canadian IPA ive had to date. Deep amber, sticky piney hop aroma. Beautiful balance with nice hop flavor & maltiness. Probably best beer I had all weekend
probstblueribbon (2918) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle from the brewery via Lubiere (merci!), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Gushed slightly.
App.: Hazy deep amber, huge dirty tan head.
Aroma: Large amounts of peachy fruit, lots of juicy piney, resinous hops, orange juice and peel, some bubblegum esters, a bit of dark rye bread crust.
Palate: Medium+ body, soft but full effervescence, some astringency.
Flav.: Much like the nose with a good deal more crystal malt; more or less dry, quite bitter with a nice long pine-resin finish.
Nice stuff – tweaked American IPA style. Good balance, which means an emphasis on hops for me.
blankboy (6051) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Vices & Versa. I agree with HogTownHarry, this was indeed the best beer of our Montreal weekend, kudos to Hopfenstark and please send some our way to Toronto!! Pours a cloudy, murky orange-amber with an average size off-white head. Very nice aroma of fresh, juicy resiny hops and fruit nicely balanced by sweet toasty malt. Flavour’s nice and hoppy and so easy to drink, it’s incredibly well balanced. Pleasant long bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. Fan-friggin’-tastic!
beerbiere (101) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Vices et Versa. Hazy orange/copper topped by a 2 inch head. Surprising for a cask conditionned beer, although I feel the waitress was not too talented at pouring it (she took a spoon and scalped its head!). Aroma evolves mainly around grapefruit, there are some flowers (Burton beers comes to mind) but also some raspberries which I find add a nice and unexpected touch. The malts provide a firm background to the powerful yet controlled bitterness. It displays the sweetness of orange with a enough presence to balance the grapefruit peel bitterness and the tartness of raspberries and citrus makes it very refreshing. Body is mineral like (once again Burton water comes to mind), chalky and medium to round body. I have a strong preference for the cask version versus the draught one. Superb, amongst the best IPAs I’ve had. If the intensity of the hops is more westcoast influenced, I still find it closer to English IPAs.
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. At Vices et Versa. Best beer of the weekend - Fred, please send a regular shipment of this to Ralph at Volo - please!! Very cloudy amber-orange with an average sticky off-white head. Very potent dry bitter aroma, herbal, juicy, resiny, decent sweet roast malt - the aroma really kept shifting around on me, now and again it was like a hoppy fruit cocktail. The taste is amazingly balanced, and layered to - having the brewer sitting at the table with you can be an advantage, as I told him it started very malty and juicy, almost pineapple, then before it could seem too sweet, the crisp, dry, resin hop bitterness balanced it perfectly - self cleansing on the palate! The mouthfeel was a highlight for me 5-4+ - crisp, dry, light, no hint of that 6.5% alcohol at all, and a hint of tongue-tingling acidity in the finish. I started with a pint of this, then ordered a sampler tray of other beers - I wish I weren’t a ratings slut, I would have been happy to sit and drink 4 of this one.
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Vices et Versa. Beautiful dark orange, thick creamy white head. Really resiny hops in aroma - same again in taste. Medium to full bodied yet perfectly carbonated and incredibly drinkable. Lots of hops, but lots of malt to balance things out. The best pint I had on my Montreal trip, congrats to the brewer on a very fine effort.