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Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
L’Assomption, Canada
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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Bière légèrement plus alcoolisée aux reflets roux orangés à l'amertume prononcée et au nez floral. Ce classique anglais fut jadis concocté ainsi dans le but de faciliter l'exportation dans les colonies britanniques, entre autres aux Indes, d'où son appellation.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2893) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2008
Draught (6 oz. sample) at Vices et Versa, Montreal. Slightly hazy golden-amber. Fantastic aroma of sweet tropical fruit (pineapple, papaya) and firm resiny hops. Medium mouthfeel. Flavour is big and well-balanced, with sweet and toasty malts to hold up against the resiny citric hops. Finish is long and bitter, but not astringent, just really crisp and refreshing. Damn good!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EnSiFeRuM (501) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2008
En fût à la Ninkasi. Couleur cuivré-orangé avec des reflets rougeâtres. Mousse fugace qui ne reste pas longtemps. Au nez les agrumes se font très convaincants. Le citron, la pêche et le pamplemousse dominent. En bouche on goûte d’abord le caramel et par la suite une solide ametume.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Draught pint at Vices et Versa on 9/29/07
Everyone at the table just got done talking about unfiltered IPAs and the fact that they shouldn’t be hazy. So I was a little tremulous when this pint showed up rather cloudy, with a thin, off-white head atop. Blotchy, wet lacing and moderate to poor retention were the rest of the specs, but I just don’t think a cloudy/muddy IPA is very appealing. A little haze is fine, but this was obviously chalk full of yeast, protein and other break material.
And it would be one thing if it just created a slightly smaller head and poor lacing, but sure enough, the flavor and aroma were definitely dulled. Of course, I’ve never had the beer before, but having their saison in bright condition, before this, I could tell that this was not the way it was intended. I dont know if Vices et Versa just did not let the keg settle long enough, or if this was just a poorly conditioned batch.
Regardless, the aroma was fruity, moderately bitter and a bit doughy/bland. Mostly the bitterness broke through, leaving the lighter, more crisp and lively hop notes muted and wet. Malts were crackery, mostly well-attenuated and didnt seem to interrupt the hop notes.
Similar issues with flavor, with the bitterness far exceeding the flavor, leaving too much citrus acidity and grainy malt texture to throw the beer out of balance. There were no flaws, and I could catch passing notes of light tropical fruits and juicy hop flavors (lime, orange, cherry, sweet resin), but the strong, chewy/doughy blandness and pronounced bitterness severely hindered these flavors. Will have to try again and rerate if/when it is in better condition, as these ratings suggest this is not what I should expect.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
Sampled on tap at Vices et Versa. Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium, creamy, white head. Appealing aroma of resinous and piney hops with toasted malt. Very good flavor of resinous and piney hops with a sturdy toasted malt back-bone and a bitter finish that lasts. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture and gentle carbonation. Very good and very well done.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2007
Tap Mondial. Mildly citrus nose,some malt also, orange/copper, small custard head. Taste is sweet, juicy oranges, nicely backed with malt. Medium bodied, balanced, very creamy. Really fine!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philippem (105) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Fût: Quand j’ai bu cette bière, la première fois, c’était au Vices-Versa, situé boul. St-Laurent, coin urbain et branché de la métropole québécoise, Montréal – mais ça, on s’en fout tous, ou un peu, au moins. Bon, n’empêche que les puissants arômes de houblons fruités et citriques (orange, pamplemousse, citron, nectarine ; suffisant pour se faire une bonne salade de fruits!) m’ont laissé un souvenir impérissable – à ce moment là, la seule bière (québécoise) proposant cette expérience aromatique était la (légendaire et fabuleuse) Corne du Diable, brassée par Dieu du Ciel!

En bouche, en plus des fruits précédemment cités qui dominent, on peut aussi y goûter un boisé céleste, à s’en piquer la langue et les dents (qui, d’ailleurs, se collent au malté/caramel, très discret, il va s’en dire). La robe, rouge orangée (mais surtout orangée), est séduisante et engage à la découverte du buveur qui, fasciné, trompe son nez et son regard, à mordre le col onctueux qui sévit, du haut de sa pinte.

En tout et partout, une excellente bière, très proche des IPA qu’on peut retrouver sur la côte ouest des États-Unis et qui laisse présager la plus belle des fortunes brassicoles à cette nouvelle micro-brasserie du Québec – et leurs autres bières ne m’auront pas déçues depuis! Désormais, j’attend des magiciens de l’Assomption une Double IPA qui saura concurrencer avec les plus grands, qu’ils soient Américains (Dogfish Head et la populaire Dogfish Head 90) ou Québécois (DDC et sa robuste Chaman ; Microbrasserie Charlevoix et la magistrale Charlevoix Simcoe Double IPA, la plus belle des gélatines houblonnées). Bravo!

Cask: Une salade de cocottes et de petits fruits acides. Splendide!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Sampled draught at the Mondial, Montreal (May 2007). Fairly typical appearance, dark amber to copper, clear, with smallish head and just a bit of lacing....ordinary but very pleasant fruity-hoppy aroma, citrus and a bit of apricot, lightly caramelized malts but the hops dominate.....body is just a bit too sticky, but the fullness isn’t a bad thing overall; just needs a bit more carbonation....on the sweet side at first it seems, but the resinous, acidic hops take over quickly....this is nice enough but it didn’t bowl me over as it did many others.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2007
[on tap at Dieu du Ciel!] Very hazy copper color, with a very nice white head. Poured with some major yeast sediment in the bottom of the pint. Grassy, fruity hop aroma-- very herbal, with plenty of juicy citrus. Piney hop flavors, with plenty of lemon citrus and grapefruit. Subtle, smooth malt balance. Nicely balanced overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2209) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2007
Draught. Dark orange with vibrant carbonation and a medium-sized white creamy head. The aroma has some grapefruity hops, oranges, toasted bread, and melding alcohol. Very nice, soft palate. Plenty of oily, resinous hop flavour with agressive piney-ness in the middle. Finishes long and sharp with a decent amount of balanced sweetness. Awesome!
Sampled at Mondial on June 1, 2007.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6495) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 8, 2007
On tap at Mondial.
Light haze, bright amber ale. Tanned creamy head.
Rich malty aroma, a bit spicy in character hop accent.
Earthy, grainy. Neat wide spectrum of bitter flavours. Earthy hops are main attraction. Neat, properly balanced bitter. Slightly different in its style from typical IPA but in good way. Very drinkable.


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