LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2012
At albion for the 1st. anniversary. The color is a clear honey with a thick off white head. The aroma is of hops, fruits,herbs and spicies. The taste also of hops plus the citrus fruits,with added spicies.This beer has a very pleasing taste in the mouth it lives you wanting more. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
In short: A voluntary tired leafy blonde IPA. Educative.TaktikMTL (7808) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
How: Cask at brewpub, the day of the beer release (first anniversary pre-party)
The look: Clear golden blonde body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose is a bit strange, old dead flowers, something that resembled wood (althought this version wasn’t oak aged) and paper. Taste is a bit oxidized, notes of paper, muted leafy and grassy hops, iced-tea. Carbonation is very soft. Unlike the bottle version “1839 (Bottled - Oak-Aged)”, this cask version really felt tired in the normal sense of the term. The oxidation was more apparent, it lacked freshness and the hops lacked oomph. The base beer was awesome so this one was still drinkable, but it really felt like a beer that went through a tough time, which it did, that was the point of this whole experiment. I see that of the three versions of the East India Pale Ale 1839, my friends preferred this version, however it was my personal least favorite. Am I off-track? Part of being on ratebeer is being able to admit when you are wrong. Guys, you are wrong.
Cask. Verre de 12 oz dégusté directement à la brasserie lors du party 1er anniversaire. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est dorée. Présence d’un large col crémeux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe d’houblons herbacés et de céréales. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #4036) MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2011 My Bottom Line : Quevillon (3104) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2011
Beautifully citrusy and spicy, this historical interpretation of an IPA remains delightful from aroma to finish, balanced out by intelligent honeyed cereals.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-There were 3 versions of this beer available on the same day. This cask (which had, like the bottled version, gone through the extreme conditioning temperatures over 4 months) was absolutely brilliant. It had totally dropped clear, revealing a brilliant golden amber topped by an unctuous head of foam. Others were a tad hazier (still nice to look at) and didn’t have the same head retention.
-The bottle (which was the oak-aged version; the most historically precise version too) offered prominent green wood aromas and flavors which were coherently aligned with herbal hops and their long bitterness. This version felt leaner as well, or at least not as creamy in the mouthfeel. Alcohol heat is hidden by expressive hops in all versions. Oxidation was also well concealed in the oak-aged version by the wood and hop combo.
-Bitterness was intense in all versions.
-The overtly citrusy hop character is impressive considering the fact there weren’t any American cultivars used.
-The oaked version was too woody for my tastes (a tad wild too), but was still lots of fun. Oak particularly dominated the aroma.
On cask at the brewpub.
Drank on cask (about 10 oz) at the brewpub on November 26, 2011. Golden blonde, big head. Fragrant aroma of hops grapefruit and peach, a little dry grass. Taste very bitter grapefruit hops, notes of dry sour herbs, very bitter. There are three versions of this beer, (the others are on tap and bottled) and this is the best! I wonder if the English who were in India in the 19th century liked that?