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Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
L’Assomption, Canada
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RATINGS: 126   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Cask at Spuyten Duyvil: Hazy deep orange with a dense off white lace- nice fruity hop aroma- amarillo-like hops- peachy & mango tropical fruit notes. Creamy light body. Fruity flavor- a touch citric in the flavor some of the tropical fruit notes (peach & mango) upfront followed by a citric/lemony character. There’s a light crystal/pale base to balance. A bit too citric in the hop character, but a pretty nice cask overall.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2010 Draft. Slightly hazy golden, with a thin creamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma is citrus (mainly grapefruit), hops and caramel. Flavor is Citrusy hops with caramel, malt and a bitter finish. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2009
Bottle- A deep orangey-amber, pours a frothy eggshell cap leaving good lace, with nice retention overall. In the nose, piney, grapefruity hops, fresh leafy greens, mango and apricot, a bit of earthy caramel. Tastes of huge citric hops, some piney notes, sweet tropical fruit, some caramel, quite earthy and full, all the while being creamy and quite drinkable overall. A nice IPA from this brewer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2009
Glass at the pub. Perfect pour. Amber with a nice great white head. Nice look. Aroma is nicely hoppy and citrusy. Taste is plain hop and awesome grapefruit. A bit floral and a tiny bit grassy (which I don’t normally appreciate a lot but this time it was ok). Finish is a bit citric and nicely bitter. Very well balanced and well crafted. I will revisit with a bottled version. I liked it a lot ! Rating #116

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2009
Glass at pub. Dark copper. Good head. Thick hop and caramel scent with hints of citrus, spruce and more wood. Very different! Caramel middle. Spurce, resin and wood finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elihapa (1529) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 14, 2009
On tap, Vices et Versa. Pours orange with a small head. Aroma has malt, caramel and sweet fruit. Flavor is initially very sweet. Unusually so, said the bartender, who is convinced that Hopfenstark is making this brew differently from years past. I detected sweet, ripe apricot and peach in the body. Mouthfeel is satisfyingly full. Overall, a decent IPA, but leans too malty and heavy for my taste. Best described as a British IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2391) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2009
Reddish-brown in colour with a thin off-white head, excellent lacing. The aroma was quite hoppy with quite a bit tropical fruits and some citrus, caramel malt sweetness, lightly floral as well. The flavour is of citrus hops, caramel, light pine, some pear, a bit earthy. Lightly hoppy mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, with some citrus turning soft at the end.

Pretty good stuff, very nice balance. This is high on my list of beers to try again the next time I’m in Montreal.

Draught at Mondial 2008, Montreal, Quebec.
Sampled on May 30, 2008.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oakbluff (420) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle via glouglouberp- my first offering from Hopfenstark. Pours a cloudy dark orange colour with a thick off white head. Nose- caramel, slight pine. Taste- spicy hop flavour, earthy balance well with caramel and doughy malts. Not an in your face IPA, but a more classic british style. Finish is not overly dry as the sweet malts linger. Mouthfeel- medium bodied and carbonation. Drinkability is quite good given the balance of hops and malts.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2008
Bouteille de 750 ml. Duguste avec french tickler. Une biere de couleur caramel brumeux avec un mince collet collant. Odeur depices, epinettes, noix et zest dorange. Gout de sucre au depart, un peu depices, bonne carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2008
Shared with Pyrozoid. Dark orange poor with light cloudyness and a small beige head. Aromas of citrus, grass, cantaloupe and a subtile floralness. Creamy, medium body... perfectly carbonated and balanced. Not to sweet and just nicely bitter. Flavors of orange zest, earthy and long lasting.


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