elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
oakbluff (436) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Spab (3292) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Volo. Pours a rich, cloudy orange-copper with a moderate white-ish head. Strong, complex hoppy nose with more subtle malts. Hops and malts are beautifully balanced in the flavour. Slightly bitter, lasting finish. Simply a superb beer.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at volo cask days 2008. bright orange with a big tan head. wonderful powerful hop aroma with malts there in the background. wonderful IPA flavours with the hop and malt profiles playing off each other perfectly. stunnily drinkable and complex. the best IPA of the day and one that i would go out of my way to get in the future.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Volo. Warm red, hazy with gigantic rocky head. Dry, floral, funk-friendly and aromatic. Soft gentle mouthfeel. Killer Orval and JP-like finish. OMFG this beer is great. DRY with green olive-like bitterness, lemon zest. Complex. Superlative. Memorable.
Oakes (15294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber-red colour. Cloudy, with a thick head. Hop aroma is rich with tropical fruit (mango, kiwi, cantaloupe). Rich, deep bitterness and stacks of fruit on the palate, plus a sweet underpinning that is mainly pale malt but with a firm, light crystal malt stickiness. A fat dose of yeast, long and pithy and Orvallish, adds complexity yet somehow avoids impeding the exceptional brightness of this beer. So rich, complex, bright and rewarding, this beer f’n rocks. Simply one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had.
garthicus (2892) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 27, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed at Volo. Appearance - Ruby red, very little visible head. Aroma - Deep grassy aroma with barley and malt in there too, some mild lemon detected. Flavour - was bitter with malt and grass, some hints of a traditional IPA but with an underlining grassyness.