DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2006
On tap at Volo.
Aroma of piney, citrus hops, with some malt too. Light copper, small custard head. Taste starts off very hoppy, a fine malty backbone soon presents itself. Medium bodied, well balanced between the sweet malt and it’s appreciated bitterness. Really fine example. Kudos to Ralph for inspiring the brewer! SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Draft at Volo at the suggestion of hogtownharry. Beautiful clear, medium amber with a beige head and good lacing. Nice balanced malt and hop aroma, light brown sugar and caramel notes, english style dusty, herbal hops. Sweet caramel maltiness up front, fading to a bold hoppiness, lots of floral and herbal dusty flavors. Medium body and gentle carbonation. My favorite of the Ontario IPA’s on this day. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Tap @ Volo. Golden honey body, no head. Nose is very floral w. lemon, honey, some slight spiciness. Flavor is honey toasted malt, unbalanced bitterness. Kinda meh but this sample was randallized. I’d like to try again some day. dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2006
Draught - Volo - Had just been infused with MORE HOPS the day I had it. Absolutely delicious. Nice Resiny taste with a touch of caramel on the nose. Smooth golden pour, no head whatsoever. Delicious! blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
Draught at Volo. Pours a clear golden-orange with a small diminishing white head. Nice aroma of piney and resiny hops along with some citrus and caramel malt in the back. Great hoppy flavour, also piney and resiny, with some malt and fruit in the middle and a nice bitter finish -- very tasty. Light to medium body. This is a great session IPA, I hope to have many pints of this at Volo -- kudos to Durham!
HogTownHarry (7062) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 Draught. At Volo. First, this has one of the coolest tap handles I’ve seen - a big plastic syringe filled with hops. Poured deep clear copper with a small white head. Aroma of mixed citrus, light resin and slightly funky hops, decent sweet juicy malt and a hint of leafiness. The hops in the taste seemed primarily piney, with some citrus - enough slightly toasty malt to remind you this isn’t just all about the hops. Average to slightly weak body, light astringency, has a longish finish - very very drinkable - I agree with jerc, just a little more malt takes this beyond a solid session patio beer. shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2006 Draught @ Volo. Rich orange/copper body with zero head to speak of, faint citrussy hop nose. Disappointingly unbalanced -- an earthy, blunt bitterness comes through towards the end, but not nearly enough malts or other complex flavours to round it out. My pour was very thin and flat. However, it is refreshing, and kudos to a local brewer for exploring an APA (with a special reference to the hops, no less), but from my standpoint this is an inferior attempt at the style.
jercraigs (10651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2006
Note: had this at C’est What, and it was much sweeter, less hoppy and had a disturbing cheeselike smell. I will investigate and rerate next time.
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 Tasted Blind, March 2007. Volo IPA Challenge Sample #5Radek Kliber (7470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 8, 2006
Orangey copper amber, fast fading head. Moderate orange and tangerine citrus notes in the hoppy aroma. Pleasant orange bitterness is fairly well balanced with malt and resin notes. (7+). Slightly more full than average palate. (3+) Not the highest scoring on my official score sheet, but possibly the one I would be most likely to have more of on this day. 7-8/3/7+/3+/16 - 3.8
Volo Cask Situation, Cask #6 Hazy golden amber body. Interesting orangey funky aroma is oddly fruity – apricot? Astringent lemon rind aroma is not unpleasant but kind of strange. Bitter almost astringent ambiguous citrus is a bit rough and discordant at first – like non-optimally aged citrus fruit. Average palate is just a bit too flat. Tried this again the next day and found it to be much more palatable. Orange citrus comes out much more fully in both the aroma and flavour, and better rounded out in all areas. 5-6/3/5/3/10-12
May 2006 Draft. Orange dark amber body with a small off white head. Sweet orange citrus aroma with light malt underneath. Big hoppy flavour is briefly mildly citrusy but quickly gives wat to lightly astringent very resiny green hops. Average palate is a touch light but adds to its drinkability on the patio at Volo. Decent, but more citrus or malt to complement the not so delicate hops would boost it higher. 6/3/7/3/15 - 3.4
Aroma of refreshing earthy , medium intense bitterness with solid malt base . Appearance : dark amber ,low carbonation , creamy head on top. Medium-full bodied , raw hop character , sticky texture. Bitter but flat finish . Its hop character reminded me of raw garden greens . Average . mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2006
Draught at Volo. Copper-brown body with a creamy white head and soft lacing. The aroma is full of piney wood hops, light caramel, and oranges. Solid earthy body with a good whack of hops up front making way for the sweet caramel middle. Loooong bitter finish. Good to see another IPA in Ontario!