djjodskins (26) - CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
If i had noticed in the LCBO that this was a Trafalgar brew, i wouldnít have bought it in the first place, but i was intrigued by the idea of a "wet hopped pale ale". Iím from the school of thought that only well-cured hops develop their full expression of flavor. But nonetheless i thought iíd try it. First off, way too carbonated. Its a pale ale not a soda pop. Aroma is light citrus fruit and grass, slightly metallic, very little malt aroma. Taste is of citrus and pine, moderately bitter, weak body, not much of a finish. Nothing too great. Not for $5.95 anyway. There are pale ales from Ontario that arenít specialty beers like this, that blow this beer out of the water anyday. When you buy a special celebration sized bottle of a specialty beer, at $5.95, you think youíre getting a real treat. I could have picked up any $2.50 pale ale can and had a better hop session. Trafalgar needs to sell their mash tuns and start making soda or energy drinks because their beer blows.
GuillaumeCL (287) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 bottle from the brewery. Pours a pale straw yellow thatís slightly cloudy with a bit of white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is mainly citrus and spruce hops, lots of hops, also maybe a bit of fruitiness. Palate quite light though a bit oily and the carbonation kind of attacks you. Taste is quite hoppy and bitter at first though thereís a good bit of malty sweetness for a moment. This all gets overwhelmed with lots and lots of bitter hops, even lingering in the aftertaste. Itís a decent IPA, but not at all an EPA.
VT (796) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle, 2012 Edition from czar. Shared with czar and friends. A hazy orange amber with a nice, lasting white head. Smell is herbal, floral, oranges. Taste is sweet, fruity, orange. Very strong grapefruit injection in the finish. Lemon, lime, orange, pretty much all kinds of citrus I can think of, but God the grapefruit bitterness is THERE. Light body, somewhat oily and resinous mouthfeel. Carbonation is, unfortunately, way too strong. A very solid wet hop, that is unfortunately hindered by its overly aggressive carbonation.
czar (2223) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
pours hazy, almost cloudy, pale yellow-greyish with a towering white head, overbubbly here - defect. metal, vegetal and a funky strawberry-citrusy hoppy aroma. faint malts, hay. aggressive carbonation, light body -watery, disturbing grapefruity finish. classic trafalgar crap.
gilvanblight (678) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
For a yearly hopped beer I expected something with a scent. Something that smells more than wet. Thereís white head thatís clinging a lot but leaving no actual lacing. Rather full mouth. Big rush of flavour that actually surprised me after the smell. Thereís some tartness and a touch of sweet and then a really strong hops that takes over. Itís not strangling though. It grabs you by the uvula but lets go quick. Itís doesnít have the figure four uvula hold that most Pale Ales have which for me is a good thing. I usually donít enjoy Trafalgar, the hops they use it not to my taste, but I do enjoy this one. Itís not the best beer Iíve had but not bad at all. Score one for Trafalgar.
Listigovers (273) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2012
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wow this is quite an intense beer. Very strong aroma, strange bitter and sort of "bad" flavour, hard to explain the taste. Almost tastes burnt. An interesting beer, Iím not sure if Iím a very big fan but itís alright.
Hungarian_G (80) - - OCT 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy orange from a bomber with a quick fizzle of foam... no lacing. Aroma is heavy on sweet malts and some grapefruit notes but the malt is up front. High carbonation and good mouth feel followed by astringent bitterness and a medium aftertaste on the sides of the tongue. Any hints of citrus or floral hops are overpowered by harsh bitterness and malty caramel notes, making for a somewhat disappointing taste overall. Not a bad beer, but I did expect something with more upfront hoppy punch and complexity, and at 5% it is a little bit of a lightweight... even in a big bomber.
rob6239 (465) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours hazy with strong head. Aroma isnít very hoppy and more of a sour feel. Taste is stronger in malts than hops leaving a sour/bitter taste.
Johnsense (454) - - JAN 5, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2011 version. Hazy gold pour, 1 finger of head. Grapefruit, Orange and a bit of buttery diactyl in the aroma. Grapefruit, pine up front. A very slight bit buttery. Small gobs of lacing. Fairly easy drinking, but this one was probably on its last legs.
Had they the desire to ever listen to criticm even in the slightest this would be a beer withpotential.
asheft (2264) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet malt aroma with some unappetizing funk that is horsey in a bad way. Cloudy dark orange under a white ring. Flavour of vitamins and powdered sugar candy. Wet hop vegetal character with some cardboard and lotus root. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, sweet candy finish.