DerWeg (1514) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great fresh piney and delectable pale-fruit aroma does not warn of the big bitterness, piney and resinous with grapefruit pith and citrus fruit. Hops overwhelm a bit, hiding the big caramelly base. Bitterness carries long, and for me this is not the ideal IIPA but some do like it this bitter, and the quality is definitely here. Points for unusual hop variety, Rakau and the sheer aggressiveness. Overall not one for me I think, but you try.
matt7215 (2222) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from the lcbo. Pours deeps amber with a tan head. An American barley wine sold as an IIPA. Fine but not what it says it is. Completely unrelated but could someone please get a barley wine on the lcbo shelves year round, American or English, I’m not picky.
solidfunk (4320) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok. Has a fruity nose with some malt - well-integrated together. Pours with a foamy head with nice lacing. Dark red clear colour. Finishes bitter with some astringency. Kind of peters out after initial aroma. Booze in the aroma as well. Bottle.
Spab (2519) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a hazy dark amber colour with lasting, lacey off-white head. Aroma has strong spicy, piney hops, caramel and light citrus. Flavour is also quite spicy and piney with more subtle cirtic notes and a solid caramel backbone. Average plus body. Nice.
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour with a tight off-white head. The aroma is herbal and fruity. A touch of pineapple and guava along with some savoury herbal notes. A little bit of toasted malt and some lightly bready character in the back. Earthy but firm bitterness. Warming brings up some more earthy/fruity notes. A touch of peppery ethanol on the finish. Warming really amplifies the malt component. I’d love to have this fresher - I can tell there’s something super interesting about these hops but they’re quite muted by the time they get to Ontario.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 500 ml
Aroma: medium intense. Caramel sweet sugars, hint of earth with green tad musky hops. Wet citrus.
Look: top light fizzy and tanned. Base with hazed amber.
Palate/Body: full bodied with medium carbonation. Long finish.
Taste: aroma was more of American barleywine but flavor is pure 2ipa. Bold wet hops, tad acidic , citrusy with solid dose of smooth vodka. Perhaps bit rough with its alcohol but fits its character well.
pootzboy (1594) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - sampled this beer before and it seems to vary only in hop intensity. This sample looks similar - beautiful hazed amber hue with orange highlights - decent tight-pored cap which lasts well. The nose to this is a tad spicier with more layered hop and malt tones. Lighter bodied than one would expect from a DIPA, spicy-hoppy character. Flavour profile is what makes this beer for me instead of the usual caramel malts we get big malt layering- pale, red, Munich great malt spine - otherwise it would be obliterated by the piney, spicy, stone fruit tones - long dry bitter finis. Great DIPA with character and uniqueness.
shaynsawchuk (536) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle. Pours orange tinged brown with a foamy off white froth. Nose is woody hop and citrus, a touch of grape and papaya. Fairly sweet, caramel malt with a hint of breadyness, a full body and a big bitter finish. Medium carbonation, a slight boozy heat and a slick palate coating hop flavour. A fairly standard DIPA, was expecting a little less of an ?American? taste due to the use of NZ hops. Well made nonetheless.
Freaky_tiki (613) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blood orange pour with a egg cream cap that sustains its fluff as the beer goes down. It’s a tough beer not to love: chewy hops in the mouth & bitter overtones. Will try & score another bottle & try at the beginning of the night.
HogTownHarry (6127) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from LCBO. Rather attractive pour - slightly hazy copper-orange with a large fizzy/creamy tan fairly lasting head - looks a lot like Fuller Vintage Ale. Smells good - malty, a bit boozy, very floral but with plenty of blood orange and citrus zest. Taste follows, even more orange, not as boozy as it smells, but it packs a late kick - slightly better aroma than flavour. Chewy, fairly thick mouthfeel, good and lively, with a long, coating citrus pith bitter finish. I will buy a few more of this one - best of the