GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the LCBO. First of all, Iíll admit that Iím not quite sure how old this bottle is exactly, but certainly at least a few months, maybe more. And based on fresher bottles Iíve had in the past (and not rated), I know that the hops have receded in intensity from where they were when the beer was fresh. But that said, I still quite liked this. The body has a lovely orange-amber hue with a thin white head and a few small floaters. Aroma is surprisingly complex - slightly overripe fruit, caramel, some grapefruit zest, hint of oxidization, slight woody tinge. Flavour is a bit more straightforward - caramel malt up front with some orange candy notes, grapefruit and pine in the not-as-hoppy-as-it-used-to-be-but-still-bitter finish. Iíll try to get around to re-rating from a fresher bottle as some point, but even with some age on it, this is a nice beer.
dandeman (542) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Limited edition at 8.5%.
Aroma: Surprising caramel notes with wood accents; like it had been wood aged. Candi sugar, jelly bean and orange are completing this uncommon nose for an IPA. But still a very complex and strong palette.
Appearance: Gold / copper, slightly hazy, thick head, rocky, medium long lasting and sticking well to glass.
Taste: Attack is showing a superb balance between malt and hop, between sugar and bitterness. The following action is happening mostly in salty and bitter notes of hops with a very and long finish. A lot of caramel, butterscotch, toffee, orange zest. Bitterness finish is showing herbal and resinous hops lasting several minutes. Mouthfeel is creamy, full and round. Really a two part tasting experience: malty and sweet to start with ; bitter and dry as finish. Two very independent characteristics. Nevertheless, the tasting experience is extremely interesting. A very particular IPA but remaining excellent.
jksipa (407) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the LCBO. A deep hazy amber with a generous pillowy gold head that leaves a nice amount of lace. Nose is pine and caramel and bread. Lots of hop bitterness but heavily malted (maybe too much) to balance things. Alcohol warmth at the end. Lively creamy mouth feel. Quite good but I prefer their Regular or Black IPA.
Masterkush7 (559) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A deep golden amber color. Taste is strongly hopped as per the name. There is a nice Caramel back bone to balance out this dipa. A great offering all though not the best dipa Iíve had.
SuperTiti33 (571) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lcbo. Ambré. Nez: malté. Caramel. Houblon. Gâteau. Fruit confit. Bouche: belle amertume. Sucré mais pas trop. Fruité. Pomme caramel. Florale. Cerise. Résineuse. Ananas. Sèche en finale. J'aime.
downy_dav69 (60) - Ladysmith, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 ml. (8.5% abv). Pours a honey brown, copper colour with a small one-finger head that dissipates gradually. Aroma is fresh hops, grass, berries, and mild alcohol. Taste is hops, hops, and more hops! Little hints of grass, straw, pine, grapefruit, yeast, toffee, warm mild alcohol, and light cheddar cheese. Caramel and biscuit malt backbone becomes more evident as it gets warmer. Has a very hoppy bitter and pine aftertaste. Warm and lively mouthfeel, low carbonation, and dry notes on the palate. Oily texture. An overall nice brew.
bulldogops (1050) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
341mL Bottle 8%, from the Tree Hop Pack. Pours a darker amber, with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is citrusy, grapefruit hops predominant. Taste is extremely hoppy, tempered with a pleasant citrusy sweetness that disguises the higher abv quite well. Very nice.
Freaky_tiki (614) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2013 This pour brings me to my knees: sunburst amber with a fluffy two finger cap that fades to hills & valleys. Drinks like a good red wine: swills well as you grill the Lake Erie bass & pairs nicely with food at the dinner table as you try to fool the wife into thinking you didnít drink as much as you did. Yes it has all the other things the ratebeer crowd mentions but sometimes our reviews need to go beyond tasting notes & remind us that beer is more than spreadsheet data: itís life itself. But anyways.
pushkinwow (2062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from the LCBO. Dark amber with a bubbly off white head. Some resiny hops but light and airy, nice malty backbone, mild citrus, fresh. Moderate body but light, moderate+ carbonation, balanced bitterness, some alcohol, malty and more resin. Interesting.
tom10101 (3012) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (650 ml). Thanks Andrew! Unclear dark amber with a huge creamy off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is of malt, vegetal notes, some sweetness, pine and citrus. Taste is moderately sweet with malt, caramel, citrus pine, vegetal notes, soap and slight to moderate bitter finish. Medium body. Dry. Ok DIPA. Not too heavy but a tad too sweet.