Rastacouere (6045) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dense yet small white head tops a lightly hazy pale amber pour. Spiky grapefruit tries to muster all the hops’ power around it (limey, lemony) to create a citrus sphere around which the malts could revolve. The latter are sweet enough to act as the aroma’s core ultimately. In mouth, a crisp citrus taste keeps forcing itself as the center point, the malts remaining a solid backbone. A bittersweet drink, embracing medium carbonation and crispish malts if a bit simplistic for the hop-malt polarity epic battles it procures.
tiggmtl (4516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pleasant, inviting citrus (grapefruit, orange, lime) hop aroma with some earthy, resiny, pine notes. Clear copper-orange coloured body is topped by a fine bubbled, off white head that recedes to cover and ring. Citrus hops are up front in the flavour with toasty underlying malts and moderate finishing bitterness that is actually quite well balanced. Medium body with soft, fine effervescence that stimulates the tongue. Sampled on tap at the brewpub with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Rastacouere and Yowie.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 The Lure:
Grapefruity hops sit rested on biscuity cereals. Some lacing clings, but somewhat evasively. Not overdone in any way, and not too subtle either. This is very cloudy.
A lengthy biscuity malt and floral hop equilibrium ends up in crunchy bitterness. Citrus fruit dissipate the caramel’s sweetness, and all remains drinkable and flavorful. As well-brewed as the rest here, except this one was ready to look you in the eyes.
Where confidence and humility meet.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear caramel amber color with a thin white head. Good flavor of citrusy hops and malt. The flavor is also good, I could taste citrusy hops with crisp malt with a strong bitter finish. The body is light to medium with a dry mouthfeel and lively carbonation. It’s not special or original but well-made and enjoyable.
CapFlu (4012) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Sampled at the brewpub in Burlington, VT. Dissipated, white head with a deep orange body. Nose is of sweet caramel with mild fruit. Oily, sweet with lasting bitter hop finish.
TaktikMTL (4809) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Verre de dégustation (provenant d’un fût) au Vermont Brewers Festival 2005 (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et de caramel. Apparence: Couleur blonde ambrée. Aucun col. Aucune bulle. Aucune dentelle. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et de fleurs. Court arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est mince avec une texture astringente. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Amertume en arrière goût. (Rang #225)
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap at the brewpub
Copper/orange, good head resistance. My first whiff was strawberry sweet, something I absolutely adore, but alas, like chasing the dragon, after my second inhale it was gone. It was however replaced by fresh, green, piney hops, that really screamed out "Vermont".
Crisp and bitter, the malt profile started to assert itself after the third or forth sip. A good, classic American IPA that didn’t stand too much from the crowd, but well crafted and enjoyable.
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear dark golden amber with a frothy, well-lacing white head. Fresh hoppy grapefruity and lightly caramel malty aroma. Thick bodied, but cloyingly dry and sticky with good hoppy balance. A decent IPA, but could be crisper and more drinkable.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draught at the brewpub, 4/16/05. Very light golden-pale yellow almost green tinged. Not a caramel malt driven IPA. Foamy white head has some retention and light lacing. Aroma is dry, lightly perfumy, some honey and spicy, floral hops. Flavor has more floral hops, a strong sense of bitterness, with just a plain pale malt and honey flavored backbone. Can’t deny it’s well-made, but this one didnt do anything for me. Medium body, too much dryness, odd fruit-atop-crusty bread flavor.
muzzlehatch (4425) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pint at the brewpub. Almost clear golden-amber with tight small head...spicy bready-hoppy nose, bit of citrus...biting stinging hops throughout, juicy to start with and dry and charred to finish, lingering strong bitterness. Not especially original, but very well done on the whole.