blankboy (6359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 Bottle shared with HogTownHarry at Bar Volo. Pours a hazy amber with a frothy average white head. Earthy aroma heavy on the hops with some citrus. Flavour wasn’t as hoppy as I expected -- bitter, spicy and a bit malty. I found I could taste the alcohol a bit too much. May have been served a little too warm. A good IPA, I would definitely get it again, but ultimately I was a little dissapointed.
HogTownHarry (6136) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (650ml) At Volo, shared with blankboy. Pours golden, clear, lots of bubbles. Head slightly off-white, quick diminishing. Flavour mild to start, then the hops kick in - heavy hop on palate and linger. Again, I’m not a big hop-head, but if you are, you’ll be happy with this. I don’t get much maltiness in this one, or citrus either for that matter.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of peach nectar. Appears crystal clear copper-orange. Flavor is bitter hops over sweet peach/apricot. Palate medium-light, nice.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Bright clear orange, thick fully lasting puffy head, substantial lacing...resin dominant in the pungent, earthy hop aroma profile, perhaps some leather and grapefruit...ample body presents a challenging amount of wet piney PNW hops, low to moderate sweetness, intense bitterness late along with an odd and perhaps misplaced licorice-anise undertone...it’s interesting, different from other IIPAs I’ve had recently, but doesn’t totally come off for me.
Gorbalev (2974) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle, Volo. Orange Pour. Thick bubbly white head that faded quickly. Strong earthy hops in aroma - a really wonderful not over the top aroma here. Very strong malt taste, all hopped up and sharp, yet I found it a bit subdued given its reputation. Medium to full bodied. It does at limes, taste a little thin and watery (hard to do with this much going on), but only slightly. This is an excellent strong, sweet hoppy beer that I would gladly have again. Another thanks to Ralph at Volo for taking a chance (red tape and cost only 2 difficulties I’m sure) and bringing this in.
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Hazy orange with a big frothy, long lasting head. Scent was a bit on the weak side but wow, what flavor. Big hoppy jolt of grapefruit, orange peel, pine and freshly brewed tea. The special thing about this beer is the huge bitter finish that lasts and last. Super IPA!!
csbosox (1225) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2005 22oz bottle. Served at 51.3°, to start, in my NB worthy glass. I popped the cap and it started to bubble over so I poured it ASAP. The beer is hazy orange with a good deal of finely ground pepper sized floaties and a hazy white head. The aroma is primarily orange and floral, with some grapefruit and a nice wildflower honey backing. Really nice smell, very inviting. The taste is sweet orange blossom honey to start with then comes on the herbal bitterness that finishes dry and bitter, but not overly so. The mouthfeel is good, but not overly full. This is a great drinking DIPA with nice citrus flavors and some good west coast bitterness. Addendum: The hops are potent, instead of decreasing when the beer warms up they just keep on coming strong. They are puckering and make my cheeks tingle. THIS IS A VERY GOOD BEER, I MUST JUST BE VERY CRITICAL NOW WITH THE IIPA’S SINCE I HAVE HAD MOST ALL OF THE VERY BEST
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Loved this bottle. To me, this is how a DIPA should drink...the beer had some sweetness, but the hops overran it and it did finish bitter. I get so dissapointed with a sweet DIPA...yeah, it needs some sweetness for balance...and this one had enough for balance. along with a solid bitterness. Head and heels above the one bottle of the "regular" IPA from them...this one provided the juice...hops were piney, pine tar, resin...not really the big citrus fruit, although a bit of that was there...I’d have liked more, but the balance of bitter/sweet was just about perfect for me...lean on the bitter, don’t stomp with it...this one leans.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Couleur ambrée tirant vers l’orangée, grosse mousse blanche mi-persistante. Arômes proposant le zeste d’orange, le persil et la terre. Manque vraiment de malt et de caramel pour venir contrebalancer l’amertume qui semble être amer juste pour l’être, sans aucune bonne raison. Corps de densité semi mince, faible carbonatation semblant trop effacé pour le style. Finale amère et presque astringente et un brin oxydée. Décevant sur toute la ligne.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is a lighter than anticipated orange hops, hazy orange colour, small off-white foamy head. Flavour is hoppy, with some malt background, giving a nice balance to this medium bodied beer. Terrific!
Thanks again to Ralph @ Volo for being bold enough to bring these beers to Toronto!