danmalleck (26) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 27, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
John the brewmaster handed me a half pint of this the first time he brewed it and I just about fell over. Not only because John almost never gives free beer. This almost made me cry--it was like the Dragon’s Breath Pale Ale from Kingston Brewing Company, but heartier. Very classic English IPA. Nice big hop nose (English, maybe Kentish hops, I don’t know my hops, definitely not West Coast USA hops). Pours a light amber with, well, they give a little too much head at the Merchant, but I forgive them. Nice lacing, and hops all the way down. I just wish John had the capacity to keep this on tap more often. People like me drink too much of it. John’s a pheonomal brewer.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber, creamy average top. Light sweet nose. Not much like an IPA. Creamy body, very smooth with subdued hop character. Think of smooth - creamy ale with medium bitterness. Earthy finish, suggest use of British hops, more like ESB?
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Merchant Ale House. Amber-orange in colour, thin light beige coloured head. The aroma was of sweet floral hops, some light caramel malts, a bit of lemon and orange. The flavour was of light citrus (oranges mainly), some cantaloupe, flroal hops, earthy malts. Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, light carbonation. Finishes sweet, lingering and dry.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2008 2008-07-19. Hazy orange amber, modest creamy off-white head. Pithy citrus aroma, light note of seeds. (7+) Same in the flavour, blunt but pleasant citrusy hop character. (7+) Average plus palate. Damn! Where did this come from? Theres no question that this scored a point or two higher after sampling a lackluster series of their lesser brews first, but this was rather nice. 7+/3/7+/3/15 3.5 Draft at the brewpub
August 2005. Dark orangey amber, small white head. Fruity, malty aroma, muted sweet orange. Pleasantly bitter, moderately resiny quality. More bitter than the ESB but less pronounced hoppy/citrusy flavours. Average palate. Enjoyable. 6/3/7/3/15 - 3.4
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber in color, just a touch darker than the ESB, light haze and an off white head. More of an English style IPA with less of a hop bite but still plenty of hop flavor. Not increibly bitter but nicely balanced. Medium bodied, more of a rounded mouthfeel than bitter and dry. Very drinkable, nice for a session.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy dark amber w/ ring of pale tan foam. Fresh citrusy (orange, grapefruit) aroma w/ a rich, malty (caramel, brown sugar) background. Thick, chewy feel. Very sweet malty, fruity flavour that is almost cloying. The bitterness is there but is buried by the malt. I’m left with a sweet, sticky aftertaste when I want hops. Very drinkable, though.
Gorbalev (2888) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap, at the brewpub in St. Catharines. Dark orange pour, frothy/creamy white head. Nice subtle grapefruit aroma. Really nice balanced hoppy taste, medium bodied, and a decent malt base. A real session brew full of flavour and easily one of the best IPA’s Ontario has to offer. Nice job.
Sammy (8033) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best of tasting, probably the best beer in the place. Fresh IPA. Grapefruit colour, aroma, and taste. Dry leaf you can taste, but malty backbone makes this very drinkable.