MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Typical, prickly, resinous hops leaning towards pineapple and pear syrup...Sincere caramel malts jabber incessantly, making themselves a permanent niche under the thick, everlasting, sticky foam...A simple but well-made paradigm of inherited knowledge...
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2003 Golden/copper body, icing sugar coated resinous hop buds aroma. Piny flavor balanced by some caramel sweetness. A bit of breadiness at the very end.
CapFlu (4538) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(650ml Bottle) Nice thin, white head and a copper body. Very attractive aroma of hemp, hops and perfume. Love it. Potent, bitter hoppy taste. Gorgeous - Amazing how different an IPA is from the West Coast and Central Canada is! Bitter, hop finish. Very good!
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice medium sized off white head that bubbles away. Body is a hazy amber colour. Aroma is quite hoppy and perfumy. A definate hop flavour with some sweetness for balance. Finish is very bitter. A good beer but doesn't stand up to many other IPA's I've consumed.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
orangy colour, white head. subdued perfumy, orangy aroma. smooth malt flavours with some caramel sweetness and a pithy bitter finish.
Oakes (12639) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 Cloudy golden-amber colour. Huge C-hop aroma. Lemony, balanced with pale malts, and finishing crisp, this is a pretty respectable IPA.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden, white head. Funny citrusy and plasticky nose. Hops are dominant side by side a quiet malt. This IPA didn't find itself in a good position beside Bhagwans and comes up looking lazy.
Radek Kliber (6495) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale copper, initially nice looking head, to bad that vanished so quickly. Unusual aroma, not best must add .Creamy, malty taste, mellow IPA bitterness, one of the weaker in its style that I had.
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very interesting IPA that goes to great lengths to preserve the original IPA concept with subtle twists. Produced solely from barley, hops, water, and yeast, the Old Yale "Sergeant’s IPA" doesn’t fall into the trap that so many brews of this style do whereby they try to make it more commercially appealing that palette appealing. But they do add a certain malty (caramel) twist to the picture that generally isn’t found in the style.
Unfiltered (or perhaps just intentionally murky), Sergeant’s has an intriguing amount of suspended particulate on the pour. It presents a very thick and rocky head which never really gives way after time. The glass also has considerable lacing.
Visually the beer is a deep gold/copper color and is accented with plenty of carbination that brings out the perfumy bitterness and a surprisingly aroma of sweet caramel. As an IPA its hoppiness is its most prevelant characteristic, but it has a complex maltiness and fruity punch that serves it well.
Taste wise, it offers pretty much everything that one would looks for in an IPA. A robust flavor and a striking aftertaste -- and I say that with praise. I tend to enjoy many IPAs served on the colder side of things, but in this case, this one really comes to life when you let it heat up just a tad bit (about 15 minutes from the fridge). Cracking this one straight from the fridge will set off a somewhat sharp aftertaste, but if you give this one its deserved settling time, it really takes on a life of its own.
A regional oddity, its has minimal exposure in the local scene depsite being situated a mere 45 minutes from Vancouver. Its stocked in the specialty BC Liquour Stores in standard 650ml bottles and is more than worthy of a closer look if/when you get the chance.
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber, huge rocky beige head.Fruity hop/light malt nose.The flavor is hops with malt arriving in the midtaste and lasting longer than one would expect.