Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, - MAY 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A sugary boozy bitter golden IPA. High aggression, low drinkability. Meh.
How: Bottle 341ml, consumed fresh a few weeks after purchase.
The look: Shining clear golden body topped by a medium off-white head with good retention.
In long: The predominantly hoppy nose is grassy+citrusy and also a bit sweet. Not fresh aromatic citrus fruits here, more like dried fruits and candied fruits. In mouth the beer is very clean, polished toasted sugary malts, a bit too much residual sugars for my liking, alcohol is very much apparent (feels more than 8.4%), resinous hops that are part-grassy part-citrusy part-conifero. Brutal bitterness augmented by the alcohol bite. Seems like crystal malts were abused in this one. Feels like intensity was the goal in the creation of this beer, how to make a simple IPA as aggressive as possible while keeping the abv relatively low. Drinkability is unacceptably low for a beer of this style and gravity. I can’t give it a very low score because it is so clean and professional but this is pretty much the exact opposite of what I’m looking for in an IPA nowadays. A bottle given to me by my brother because he didn’t want it after he saw Muskoka employees pissing in the fermenters, but that’s not true, my brother is a pathological liar, even worse, all this story is not true, my brother never told me that, we are all pathological liars in my family.
Kauge (845) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from LCBO. Should’ve checked the BB date - got it a week ago and it’s due already. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a fast dissipating creamy white head. The nose is... disappointing - the hops have faded, and giving an earthy note, yet I do get some sweet, unripe blood orange and malt sweetness, and resiny hints. Tastes along the same lines. But it’s light - the alcohol shines through, it really does. The thin crisp carbonation, the alcohol and finishing harsh bitterness don’t make for a successful trio. This one really seems to suffer from the past BB date (unlike the original Mad Tom, which was pretty nice). I’d give it a maximum 3.0, but as I sense it’s a nice beer if not the old age, I’m tweaking the score just a bit.
I know I’m still not being fair. I’ll try to get a fresher one and rerate.
AlainG (1615) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Entre le blond et l’ambré, elle est voilé et recouverte d’une mousse mince et soyeuse. Une dentelle désintéressée s’accroche à la paroi du verre. Ça sent les agrumes et les conifères sur une base de malt. Des effluves poivrées à l’occasion. Des saveurs dans la même palette avec un aspect croquant et alcoolisé se retrouvent en bouche. Une lente amertume arrive en fin de parcours. Y’a quelque chose d’herbacé et un côté gras et dodu. Merci Mark! (1580-070915)
tderoeck (6667) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
17/VIII/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from a trade @ home - BB: 7/VI/15 (2015-1096) Thanks to cards04 for the trade!
Note: whoops, didn’t see the bottle printing of the date when I got this one. Had I known, would’ve drunk it immediately, though I did save them in the fridge all this time. Another claim for brewers to put dates on bottles more clearly, if even at all.
Clear orange beer, aery irregular yellowish head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, marzipan, alcohol, fruity, sugary. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, citrus touch, bitter, malty, marzipan, fruity. Aftertaste: very bitter, some mango, citrus, bit oxidized, malty.
Ron (3109) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at MacGregor’s for Phil’s last week. Sweet and spicy aroma with caramel and citrus and pine. Clear orange amber under a white cover. Caramel malt with some resinous pine and faint citrus. Medium body, moderate carbonation with a lightly bitter finish.
jb (2592) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2015
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I prefer Tom when he’s mad but not double mad. A bit too much Tom. Booze not well hidden in nose or taste. Absolutely no subtlety going on here. Grainy. Clear dark gold.
ElManana (1235) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at tderoeck’s place. Smells almost like a barley wine, very sweet, malt, not an inviting smell. Taste is better than I was expecting, but it’s in no way on earth an IPA. Very sweet, malty, caramel character. However, not bad!
adamnowek (800) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big and bitter taste. Really nice floral aroma. Hazy orange in appearance with a thin head.
HKdIPA (489) - HONG KONG - JUL 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from LCBO in Ottawa on last morning. Clear amber orange pour. Aroma is orange and ginger hops. Nice. Taste follows - lots of malts. Big boozy bitter finish. Nice.
Simonm223 (6) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good strong IPA. Lots of evergreen notes, somewhat akin to drinking a pine tree. But if you like that sort of thing it’ll work; and 8.4% ABV you can afford to drink it slowly.
blackmetal (179) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good double IPA with the strong hop flavour with nice pine and citrus notes