GregClow (2892) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Originally written for the Spring 2010 issue of TAPS Magazine.) When sending in beer for review, itís standard practice for breweries to provide TAPS with several bottles for each writer in case of breakage or other problems. Normally, this precautionary measure proves to be unnecessary, but with Dead Elephant Ale, I was glad to have three bottles to try, since the first one I opened seemed to have been hit with a heavy dose of diacetyl, giving the beer an unpleasant strong buttery character. The other two bottles, however, contained an enjoyable ale with a burnished orange body, creamy white head, and aromas and flavours of tropical fruit, caramel and fresh citric hops. Iíd like to see a bit more body, and perhaps a touch of restraint in the finish where the hops are a bit astringent, but itís still a nice pint. Iíll just have to hope that the butter bomb I found in bottle number one was an anomaly.
Listigovers (306) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a very nice golden colour with a orange-white head. The beer is not BAD but it is very unbalanced. It is bitter but thin, and itís aftertaste leaves to be desired. Not really worth it.
Oakes (12612) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep golden colour. Thin head. The aroma doesnít have much hop at all. Thereís light pale fruits, but they are subtle and indistinct. Earthy palate. Lots of fuggles maybe, still only maybe 45 IBUs. Thatís pretty light. The malts are mostly light biscuity stuff and a bit syrupy. Basically a golden ale. Needs way more hop and a much brighter character. Will disappoint anyone expecting an IPA.
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can: Poured a golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light bitter hops with dry malt notes. Taste is a light mix of subtle bitter hops with a medium-sweet malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. This one is seriously lacking a hop punch.
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, CANADA - JUN 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gold-copper body with okay head thatís gone just too fast. Sampled at 13.4 celcius. Soft aroma of malts with some hoppy finishes on the back end. Flavour is a lot of maltiness with a dry hoppy finish. Okay mouthfeel, a little fake lager-ish though. Nice and well balanced.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at kingston brewing. Warm gold. Aroma is sloppy. Fruit salad, muddled. Skanky. Thin. Toasty finish. But highly disappointing.
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AGAquino (659) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
473Ml can from the LCBO. Pours a clear amber orange colour with a foamy off white head and nice lace. Nice hoppy bitter and malty sweet aroma and flavour.
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Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From can, opaque amber with an orange hue. Floral aroma, fresh duey grass. Predominant hop flavor, chewy bitterness, maybe some light nuttiness.not excessively carbonated was appreciated. Went down well.
Quevillon (2503) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
473 ml can purchased at the LCBO in Rideau and King Edward (Ottawa) on May 13, 2012. Golden blonde little head. Hoppy aroma of peaches, hints of black tea. Taste of hopped peaches, grapefruit and herbs, bitter herbs. Not exceptional, but itís a good tribute to Jumbo!
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
473ml can. Pours almost clear orange amber with a foamy white head with okay retention and strong lacing. aroma of hops, citrus, fruit, malt, some grapefruit. and a breaddy yeast. Much better than the bottled version i had years ago which iím pretty sure was infected...