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Indie Alehouse Instigator Pale Ale

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Brewed by Indie Alehouse Brewing Co.
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Toronto, Canada
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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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A key beer in the craft beer revolution. IPAs were originally made in the 1800’s in England with extra hops and alcohol to survive the long sea voyage from England to India for the troops there and became so popular for the refreshing bitter taste that the rest of the world soon caught on. When home brewers started experimenting in the 1970’s and 80’s this style led the way and today it is the most popular style of craft beer. Ours is an ‘homage to those first craft brewers that went looking for trouble.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2232) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2015
Tap at brewery bar - as Instigator IPA. Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Nice, sweet orange sherbet aroma. Medium body, medium carbonation. Light veg, mango, pine, candy, orange lemon, light caramel... Nicely done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2015
Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral citrus notes with light resin notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is dominated by floral citrus notes with light residual sugar notes and light bitterness notes in the finale. Body is full for style with good carbonation. Nice hops flavours with well-balanced bitterness makes for a fine IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5033) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle shared by Herald. Really solid juicy new school hop tones. Citra. Nice UK feel with amped up new hops. Best Canadian IPA I’ve had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (745) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2015
500ml bottle. Cloudy orange with a frothy off-white head. Flavors are bread, biscuit, honey, tropical fruits, citrus, pine, peach, alcohol, caramel and apricot with grassy and dank notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation, soft texture.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlennHendry (108) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2015
Orange and grapefruit on the nose. Citrus and toast on the tongue with some pine and tropical fruit. Crisp, dry and bitter. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2015
Amber colour. Toasty, grapefruit, balanced, dry, bit of chewy malt. Another good pale - I’m not nuts about their other beers but they handle hops well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2648) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
650 ml bottle that I got at the brewery on October 9, 2014. Orange brown, small head. Sweet green hop aroma, some pin notes. The taste is similar, very dry, good malty peach notes, nice bitterness. Good beer, freaky label!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (7575) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2014
Draft - Skunky earthy hops with a caramel backbone. Clear gold with a good white head. Bitter and skunky hops with some orange peel. Lingering bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2481) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
650ml bottle from Indie Ale House in Toronto, Ontario. Bottled in July 2014. Golden copper in colour with a lingering white head, excellent lacing. The aroma has loads of citrus and tropical fruits, some pine, some sweet malt. The flavour is quite hoppy with lots of citrus and pine, malt sweetness balance. Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long with a good hop bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Karol (699) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 25, 2014
Tapped at the Indie Ale House brewpub. Overall a very good IPA. After a 2 km walk to the bar in high humidity covered Toronto this was my first beer and damn was it good! Biscuit malt, loads of citrus and bitter hops plus a refreshing character. A great IPA for me.


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