IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice IPA with strong hoppy nose and taste. The beer is clear and clean with a strong hop taste and after-taste. It has more bitterness then English IPAs iíve tried and this one more resembles an american IPA except it doesnít contain Cascades (that I can detect.)
Metalchopz (1747) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2011 Originally rated March 2006. Bought the beer and its glass at La Trappe ŗ Fromage in Gatineau, Quebec. Pours a clear amber-caramel colour with a huge cream-foam off-white head. Retention is quite long and lacing is thick and chunky all around. Light carbonation of tiny bubbles. The nose is bitter with hops, and caramel is found lightly in the background, with some notes of coffee and nuts. Slick mouthfeel and full-bodied. The taste is great, with some fruits at first, then the bitter hop kicks in, to then finish with a mix of both and mild caramel in the aftertaste. Grapefruit dryness with some nutty tones. The first time I tried this one (six months ago), it seemed infected, but this one is fresh... and it tastes superb. An awesome IPA and strongly recommended for hopheads.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Paradisiac Cuivrťe batch, 14 month old bottle, from Rastacouere, finally drunk on 2/26/07
Well, the background is that I had a bottle when fresh and then stashed this bottle away in my fridge. So it sat for about 13 months in a fridge and then I took it out for the last month and here it is.
Shockingly great appearance for its age (remember, this is a 14 month-old, non-bottle-conditioned, moderately filtered, mid-gravity, copper IPA). Sparkingly clear body is a bright, luminous copper with deep ruby suggestions. Light beige/off-white head is full, dense and shows very strong retention, with plentiful lacing.
Not surprising then, the aroma is fresh and vibrant. Obviously more malt-centered at its age, but with probably the most aroma hops Iíve smelled in a beer of this age. Still light European hop notes of fresh herbs, thick, wet, green grass and round, moderately sweet fruitiness (pears, nectarines, cherries). What it does lack is any real citrus apparency. There is some soft lemon/orange-zest which adds a bit of bitterness, but seems close to completely faded and mostly just adds a vague spiciness that further complements the herbal/grass aromas. Malts produce caramel and plentiful honey, without any hardness and/or crystal-maltiness. Doughy, but still clean finish seems to add fullness and the beer finishes with a very strong malt and hop presence. Medium-high strength, no alcohol or flaws.
Sweet buttercream and honey malts are rich and deep at the start, but a brisk, shockingly tight carbonation helps lighten the palate somewhat, as hop bitterness, very tastefully done, continues to dry things out. Fruitiness from the nose is still present, with a bit of melon and peachiness settling out on the finish. Toasted malt sourness is very apparent after warming, as well, and though Iím not a huge fan of that malt in an IPA, it isnt overbearing. Light minerals and dough on the finish, with some yeast and hop crispness. I think this beerís main strength is that itís full, round and malty but yet goes down as if itís a lighter golden ale. The malts never get too intense and the hops are all bliss.
Iíve had the regular batch, just called Cobra, on draught, fresh, and the Paradisiac Cuivree fresh in bottle and I greatly prefer this aged sample. The wonderful fruitiness and English pale ale-like nature that it attains is much more to my liking than the fresh, simple bitterness of the fresh versions.
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A nice gold amber color with a foamy and bubbling beige head. Lovely appearance. Caramel aroma and flavour with some very subtle notes of fruits ????. (difficult to say which ones) A good balance of hop bitterness. Very pleasant, enjoyable and well made beer. This may become my everyday IPA.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with a small white head than thins to leave a film of head on the top. Bit of citrus like aroma. Flavour is a bit of grapefruit and hops, and not enough malt. Enjoyable IPA but not as good as many others I have thrown back.
BroueNeault (157) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hazy amber colour with a foamy head. Sweet aroma. Taste of malt, hop and caramel. Nice bitterness. I like it !
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy copper color with a stable beige head. Mild grapefruit aromas surrounded by toasted biscuits. Quite traditional in aroma, but rather bland based on present standards. Delicate and mild palate. Mild earthy malt starts with a crisp bitterness that makes this one quite quenching for the "size". A dry nutty finish. A very drinkable traditional IPA. Thanks beerbuzzmontreal.
omhper (17466) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Cloudy ornage, very rich head. Overpowering grapefruit hop aroma. Very soft mouthfeel, balanced bitterness. Pleasant and well made.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber colour. Aroma of hops, flowers. Flavour is nicely hopped, slightly sweet. Finishes very nice with a lingering hop bitterness.
Bov (8158) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
golden-amber colour, fine head and a beautiful lace, nice hoppy nose, floral and buttery, medium-bodied with a robust bitterness, long lasting bitter hoppy finish - nice and balanced