whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. pours light gold with a hint of orange. creamy off white head. Aroma of hops, grapefruit and a bit of pine , some citrus. taste is smooth (for an IPA) with some sweet notes. similar to Mad Tom but I’d say twice as good.
fringe_remnant (1) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nectar of the Gods... this goes beyond beer and into the realm of sustainable food product, something the world needs more of.
It takes real skill to manage those west coast hops, and these lads not only know how to do it but capitalize on it.... the beer is centered yet aggressive, floral and malty, yet balanced at every turn. And turn it does, presenting itself in the most of intruiging of ways on the nose, opening up into the malt centre on tasting and finishing in a flurry of exotic floral abundance, all in a naturally sweet (not sugary) package.
This beer is in the pantheon of Ontario beers. Many have tried to do a Double IPA well. Few have succeeded.
Gethinbeer (2028) - Musky, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colour with a thin lace. Bitter grapefruit hop aroma. Lovely bitter fruit flavour. Slight oily texture with a sharp citrus bitterness which cuts through it. Very nice.
OntBeerDrinker (346) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
smells really bitter and agressive from bottle. Citrus and grapefruit from glass. 3 finger long lasting head and yellowy orange with some carbination. Some sips taste like citrus and grape fruit,some sips have a sticky sryupy feel and pine taste. Medium-heavy bodied. Not my perfered kinda style of beer but I liked it.
neongolden (286) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(355mL bottle from LCBO) Pours a clear copper with a small bubbly white head, little lace. Aroma grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit, slight pine, caramel malt. Flavour up-front is a mix of malt sugars, guava, orange pop, fading into grass and a bit of biscuit with some lingering orange and drying out towards the finish with fairly restrained bitterness and a bit of pepper, no alcohol. Palate is medium, carbonation fairly high, mouthfeel slightly oily. This is an ok DIPA but not a great one, I find the sweetness up front a bit high, the bitterness quite light and the complexity a bit lacking. Not as refreshing as normal Mad Tom either.
Ruubious (13) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark straw amber coloured, strong aromas of pine needles, very hoppy, not overly bitter, rather well balanced.
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neuromatt (954) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours clear orange-amber with a moderate tan head that mostly remains and leaves a moderate amount of dense lace. The nose has big notes of grapefruit, along with tropical fruit, pine and resin. There are also hints of caramel and biscuit malts. The flavour is fairly well balanced between moderately sweet malts and citric, floral hops. Towards the end, a slightly spicy bitterness takes over and carries through the long, dry, bitter finish. On the palate, it is medium in body with a dry texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is a decently well made double IPA with an aroma reminiscent of the great California IPAs. It is not as complex or subtle as the best examples (PTY, PTE), but it is very drinkable. 2012-12-19
HeistAlmighty (1008) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle. Hazy orange/amber pour, moderate to large tan head. Floral and sweet grapefruit hops with a good caramel malt backbone. taste carries over from the smell rather well and is well balanced between sweet and bitter. Body is medium to full. Overall, more balanced than the single Mad Tom. The hops were aggressive enough to keep up with the sweetness.
mcberko (4844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
355mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks Mike), pours a fairly clear darker golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of residual sugars upfront, sweet caramel malts, oranges, and some citrus hops - uh oh, seems to one of those sugary IIPAs. Flavour confirms this, with an upfront flavour of orange soda, candied sugar, and then the hops show face, but they are restrained. Way too much residual sugar makes this one way out of balance IIPA towards the malt side. Strange - the regular Mad Tom is great, so I thought this would be a sure fire great IIPA, but nope - I much prefer the regular one. Flawed, but still drinkable.
Digital_Aura (222) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
355 ml bottle. Well kids, they don't really come any better than this! And from Ontario to boot!! Pours a yellow, effervescent brew (Lovibond 11) with 1/2" foam head. Really lacey as well. Aromas of the greenest pine needles and of flowers! Maybe even some notes of fresh baked cookies. Taste... Just wow! Bright bitter hops initially then a sweet, malty, slightly heady alcohol flavour balanced by a grassy, piney flair as it finishes. Long aftertaste is sumptuous, leaving you wanting the next sip. Less bitter (hoppy) than the original Mad Tom, but much more refined and satisfying. I compare it to the Digfish Head 90min IPA (which is #1 IPA on America right now). It's actually better! Now I must rush back and buy more. MUCH more!