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Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
L’Assomption, Canada
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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9440) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2007
A reddish dark amber ale with a thin off white head. A nice hoppey aroma, with berries, and oragne notes. In mouth, a sweetish lactic malt, with caramel and floral hops, but a bit thin and short in mouth. On tap at Vices versa, Jan. 2007.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LadySusan (716) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2007
On tap at Vices et Versa. The color is amber with a beige head. The aroma and aste is of citrus fruits and hops with a bit of sweet caramel. What I liked about this one is the go feeling the bitter taste left in my mouth.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (2835) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2007
Sample, Vices et Versa, savoured on January 20 2007; eye: amber, beige head, clear, no effervescence; nose: nice edgy hops, grapefruit, light caramelized malt; mouth: nice edgy hops, grapefruit, caramel, finale in bitterness with a hint of pepper, medium body, light astringency, light acridness, lightly sweet, mildly bitter; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Échantillon, Vices et Versa, savourée le 20 janvier 2007; oeil : ambrée, petite mousse beige, claire, pas d’effervescence; nez : beau houblon tranchant, pamplemousse, léger malt caramélisé; bouche : belle amertume tranchante, pamplemousse, caramel, finale en amertume avec une pointe de poivre, corps moyen, légère astringence, légère âcreté, légèrement sucrée, moyennement amère; en résumé : correct

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2007
Robe ambrée légèrement voilée aux reflets blonds surmontée d’une mousse blanche mince en dentelle. Arômes légers de houblon aromatique. Saveurs de houblon aromatique résineux et herbacé, de mangues et d’agrumes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 3     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 4   Lacing : 4
Aroma:
Intensity : 4  
Yeast : 3   Bread : 2   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX  
Malt : 4   Biscuity : 2   Hay : 3   Toasty : 2   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Honey : XX   Cereals : 5   Grainy : 2
Hops : 4   Noble(1)->American(5) : 4   Leafy : XX   Spicy : XX   Floral : 3   Lemon/Lime : 3   Grapefruit : 4   Orange : 4   Herbal : 3   Grassy : 3   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX  
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : 3   Earth : XX   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : 2   Bitterness : 4   Complex : 3   Length : 3
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : 4   Sharp : 3   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 1   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: That’s a marvel and frankly, nothing less than what I expected from these guys, pure unadulterated citrus hops glory combined with delicate complex yeastiness, all supported by genuine, pure, crunchy cerealic malts, both chewy and crisp. Two thumbs up!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2007
Sampled at Vices & Versa during their 3rd anniversary party.

A darker shade of caramel/copper, with a thin, but sturdy and clingy lace.
Started subdued and flowery sweet, the citrusy c-hops became more and more present, and showed some resinous tones too.
Clean and quaffable, with an excellent balance of crunchy malts and crisp, bitter hops and a dry finish. From a brewery that just opened, I’m impressed. This isn’t a tongue twister, but it has about all of the elements I look for in an IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2009 My Bottom Line:
This starkly unfiltered IPA is chock full of pine-pricked, earth-covered oranges bursting out of and growing within a scrumptiously nutritious caramel malt body. Full of honesty and smacking goodness, this is yet another Hopfenstark product with which I wouldn’t mind spending many evenings.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head settles atop the opaque orangey red.
-A well-conceived cereal/caramel malt base provides plenty of support and almost balance the dallying hop presence.
-A Simcoe-like sandy character is perceived within the Centennial dominance.
-This is quite easy to down despite its size and richness in content.
-This frank IPA would easily fit in Willimantic’s lineup of idiosyncratic IPAs.
-For some reason, it tends to express itself a lot better on cask.

From bottles, and on tap and on cask at Vices et Versa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2007
Cloudy dark-orange body with a long lasting small beige head. This is one foresty IPA. Pine-tree flavours abound with some tree bark, why not some oak. Soft and juicy body with some earthy notes. Not the “clean” type of IPA but not the dirty type either, a nice medium. Juicy floral hops with a long but never aggressive bitterness. Some lemony tartness makes you want more and more. A great addition to the improving Quebec beer scene. As foresty as the pre-colonial Quebec, as bitter as the post-colonial Quebec.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2411) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2007
Bu à Vices et Versa en fut (10 oz). Couleur terre cuite un peu ombragée, petit collet crème. Arome d’houblon très fruité, comme du thé au pêche. Goût un peu fruit, style vergé, petit ameretume plaisant. Solide!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (2889) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2007
On tap at Vices&Versa, hazy dark amber hue, with a very shy beige head, with a nice piney, coniferous nose, with a resiny pine niddles accent, fresh cut grassiness, hint of lime citrusy, floral hops aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, resiny hoppiness character, with some cedary, piney and coniferous notes, it’s almost like drinking a pine niddles juice infusion, with a grassy bitterness hops, leaving place for a toasty malt background, leading towards a juicy floral hops bitterness finish. I think this one is the real deal for ipa in québec, an exciting beer by the newest micro in the province, for the real hophead in you.


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