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Brewed by Railway City Brewing Company
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
St. Thomas, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

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available

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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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A full bodied golden Pale Ale which pours with a linen white medium density head leaving spider web lace on the glass. On the palate the flavour is sweet fruity malts up front (apricot, mango) with a bit of candy, and slight grassy notes which fall away to reveal a hint of biscuit with rather pleasant grapefruit and perfume undertones. This is a hop bomb, there is no doubt. To the nose there is a mild malt aroma which accentuates the robust floral bouquet which is derived from the hops.

Medium full bodied ale with pleasant lingering hop finish.

6.8 % alcohol by volume, IBU’s 46.6

Food Pairings: Burgers, Chilli, Chorizo, Crispy/Spicy Duck, Spicy Indian dishes


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2011 Nice ale. I loved the the texture, which was thick and creamy. Hoppy with a touch of bitterness, but still very drinkable. Quite enjoyable. This has become one of my favourite beers to have at any given time.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2010
Pours a slightly hazy amber honey gold with little head. Aroma is slightly sweet malts backed by subtle hops. Taste is a intrugingly floral, almost jasmine, note followed by caramel malts. Hops ride in near the end but are subtle and quickly gone. The lingering note is the malts. So overall this is a very decent beer...but an IPA? Even and English IPA? Not in my book. So it rates well but not within the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2010
Bottle. Attractive auburn appearance. Heavy malt nose, very full and rich. Same with the flavour: big malt all the way, plus a slight ting of raspberry and a reasonably good bitter finish. A very good premium ale, though a little one-dimensional. Quite evident this is brewed with high-quality ingredients.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4620) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 10, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Bumping up my rating from the previous 3/5 30 months ago after having a couple of enjoyable pints at Grey Cup 2012. Bonus for a great tap handle. Bottle. Minimal head on dark amber. Aroma is Brittish with light fruity esthers. Doesn’t seem like an IPA but better than Alexander Keith’s but that is not a bad thing. I wouldn’t walk around a dead elephant for this beer. Woody with light mellon and citrus. Middle of the road but a couple of recipe tweaks could have this well positioned as the brewery gets some legs.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikkopen (831) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2010
500 ml bottle. Hazy amber colour, medium-sized white head that leaes some lacing. Aroma of caramel malts, grapefruit and floral hops. The flavour is citrus-fruity and hoppy with a malty backbone. Nice and refreshing after a long warm day of birding.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
thorongil2 (1227) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2010
(500 ml bottle) hazy amber colour, no head; aroma - sweet fruit, candy; flavour - sweetish long medium bitter flavour; unattractive IPA

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gilvanblight (775) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2010
Very hoppy scent. Smells like an IPA. Grapefruit. Hazy orange pour with a clingy head. Nice glow to it. Taste is very tart and grapefruity hops at the start but that fades quick. Which is nice as I’m not a fan of that type of hop flavour. Seems a touch over-carbonated. Clean finish. Not at all boozy which is surprising for the percentage. The taste "attacks you, then fades away" Interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frothmeister (559) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours amber, with a off-white head. Aroma is pretty unique. Caramel, citrus, strawberry ice cream, vanilla wafers with some faint smoke. Seriously, strawberry ice cream? Flavour is big on malt with some straw / cereal notes, caramel, lots of hops for a spicy, tongue burning bitter finish. Kind of reminds me of Mill Street’s Tankhouse Ale, with a hell of a lot more hops. Well done. One of the better Ontario Craft Brews.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lady_Bastet (113) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2010
Bottle. Poured golden amber with a giant, foamy head and nice lacing. Aroma of hops with some citrus in there too. Poured clear with lively carbonation. The taste was quite bitter from the outset all the way to the almost astringent finish. Some definite maltiness discerned within this medium bodied brew. Honestly I wanted to like it more than I did. Having said that it is quite quaffable, a nice hoppy beer. I would buy it again.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2010
500ml: Pours flat and yellow, light soapy head. Aroma is rock candy, sour lemons, hint of floral hopping, all quite muted. Taste is biscuity with apricot and a good portion of bitter, yet nondescript, hops. It’s not a bad beer but it just lacks character. Probably nice in the summer.


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