fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at C’est What, Toronto
Amber color, clean, with creamy head. Mild aroma, some hop. Smooth mouthfeel, quite good malt and toffee flavor, with nice citrusy hopping, and long final.
Not impressive, but pleasant.
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dirty straw. Thick head. Fruity hop aroma does have a pineapple accent and a hint of pale malt. Quite bitter and lightly fruity, with barely any malt. Austere, nice and dry, and I like the way the pineapple juice comes through the finish.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(355ml bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of florals, pineapple, citrus, and biscuit. Flavor of citrus, pineapple, earth, lychee, and caramel.
Lubiere (9866) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden amber ale with a thick creamy lacing off white head. In aroma, a nice fruity biscuitty malt with nice floral hops, resinous and fragrant. In mouth, a smooth sweet malt with tropical fruits, floral hops, lichee pulp, very nice. On tap at C’est What, Oct. 29 2011
Sammy (8526) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Beer Launch at Volo. Pours apricot coloured body with a small white head. Modest fruit hoppy aromas. Average mouthfeel, however fizzy carbonation. Served on the too cold side, 4 degrees Celcius. Better colder, as that yields a hoppy beer with a shot of pineapple in the finish. As it warmed I found it drier than I would like, and the pineapple only adding to the significant acidiity I experienced. Seemed a bit boozier than the 6.5% listed,very drinkable.
Had this again mid-November at Cloak & Dagger an I found it too pineapple juicy and malty. More like a beer cocktail and not edgy and bitter.
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour with a tight white head. The aroma is quite tropical and hoppy. There is a lot of soft bitterness and a bit of fairly assertive bitterness. Pineapple and some bright pine citrus. The juice doesn’t really play a part in the flavour or aroma in tje way I thought it would. It’s got a bit of spice and some light white pepper as well. Fruity and citrusy and quite a lovely drink.
jercraigs (7699) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011-07-16. Crisp orange body with a lovely foamy off-white head. The
flavour has a crisp bitterness throughout, pleasant fruitiness is inscrutable at first, citrus, tropical fruits and modest pineapple character that is not entirely obvious that it is pineapple at first, because of the bitterness of the hops. The fruity character is present throughout but allows the hops to take precedence in varying levels. Sweet aroma, fruity pineapple , mild green hops, leafy plant like aroma I know but can’t place, modest citrus. Smooth average plus bodied palate suits the beer. Pretty solid. The pineapple presented less like fresh pineapple than I had hoped, and more like pineapple juice (which is what was used) but it worked fairly well with the bitterness of the hops overall. I am curious to see if this hold up over future batches. Enjoyable. On tap, Spearhead launch party at Volo, Toronto
DuffMan (6641) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Origin. Bright orange, lacy delicate head. Aroma is very fresh and fragrant, lots of tropical fruit, with fresh pineapple readily apparent. Juicy hop-driven palate, so fresh and flavourful! Surprisingly light, but not in any way thin. Fresh pineapple features beautifully. Perfectly balanced bitterness. I was expecting very little and I was quite blown away! Superb.
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Volo
Aroma aromatic high alpha west coast hop profile. Citric dyness.7+
Appearance very clear sunny amber. Medium white top. 3+
Flavor and Palate : Medium bodied. Fairly fry with hops plying main role here. Citric feel, bitter slightly acidic. Added Pineapple closely shadows hop profile that you might miss it. It does show as fruit feel behind your palate. This IPA is much dryer than most of local samples brewed now days In Ontario. It has its own niche. Hop heads will love it.
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
June 18, 2011 - on draught at Volo. Whatever I may think of the attitude this "brewery" exudes, let me say this is a FINE beer, although their insistence on its being the most expensive pint on a bar’s menu is annoying - it’s not THAT good. Cloudy amber-gold with plenty of continuous streams of bubbling action; a solid fizz/creamy off-white lasting head. Aroma - fruity, damn yes - tropical ripe sweet fruit, you say it’s pineapple, sure, why not ... very malty, but not cloying, enough citrus and resin to balance it out, and it’s not overly strong either - tastes maybe 5% ... a pretty solid hoppy pale ale with the admixture of the fruit, it reaches a fairly high level - on the nose 9-). Taste - my first thought was it was like a watered-down TF Dreadnaught - and that’s not a criticism; juicy, somewhat fruit-sweet, with plenty of sharp hoppy bitterness ... more alcohol and less hoppiness than in the aroma, but well balanced and eminently drinkable --- and sneaky bitter, more resin emerges as the fruit fades. Just the right body, solid but not thick, solid carbonation, a decently long bitter and ultimately dry finish, but not too long or too bitter, won’t scare off the non-hopheads, but has enough of a bitter kick in its tail to not make a DIPA fanatic regret his choice either .... damned. good. beer. I wonder if they will dumb this one down, or cut corners once they have established the beer in the Ontario market? I sure hope not, not at the price they are insisting on.