neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2010
On tap at Volo in Toronto, served in an English pint. Appearance is clear copper with 5 mm of tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma begins with strong grapefruit and gradually acquires other components: caramel malts, floral and herbal notes, and some spice. Flavour begins with sweet caramel malts but gradually becomes more dry towards the finish. Finish is long, dry and hoppy. Medium body with a dry texture and average carbonation. When fresh, this brew never disappoints. Aroma is awesome, the definite highlight. Hops are prominent throughout, but they build towards the finish. Not as strong as many IPAs, but it it works very well. 2010-03-03 humulonimbus (10) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2010
I think this is the best IPA on offer in Canada right now. I don’t get tired of this beer which speaks to how well crafted (it think) it is.
-Assertive yet refreshing aroma of piney spice and citrus (smells like a bag of hops)
-vibrant palate with a (metric) tonne of flavour without being sticky
-good balance of creamy and crisp in the palate, and sweet and savoury in the taste
-generous body with just enough malt to keep the party from getting out of hand
-finish is one that is pleasantly bitter and long and tickles my throat (and me) pink
It should also be noted that:
1) This beer comes with the best tap handle EVER!
2) It’s a cruel joke, yet fitting, that the beer is called hop addict. It seems that every time I make it to Toronto (the only place it’s available, %@$!!!) to get my fix some other junkie has bled the keg dry, aaarrrrgh!!! Well, I just can’t get enough ....or any at all!
TonyDiUlio (664) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Tasted this beer while on Beer Quest 2010 with the guys. This was beer number 78. Pour was dark amber. Aroma is aggressive with alcohol and hops. Flavor is a bit strange and a little too harsh. strowlands8 (216) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2009
Really enjoyable the bitterness is not overwhelming and the hoppyness is delicious. Really enjoyes this beer one of my favourites, especially in the style. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2009
On tap at Beer Bistro (Toronto, ON). Pours a clear dark amber with one finger white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of pine, grapefruit, honey, light caramel, some floral esters. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of grapefruit, light citrus, pine, caramel, honey, light spice. Generally medium body with a pleasing hoppy finish.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2009
On tap at Cloak and Dagger in Toronto, 07.12.09 Clear orange, off white head. Aroma is kiwi, tangerine hoppy. Flavor has a decent hops bite, but judging from the name, I would have expected more kick. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Tap at Caeli Cottage in Toronto. Pours a light amber- deep copper with a thin but lasting white head. Aroma is sharp nutty toasted malts caramel- crystal malts and light fruitiness with a ctirus and orange zest light pine hop kick. Flavor is hoppy, a bit resinous with some pine with a toffee and caramel maltinss, toast and a gritty hoppy bitterness in the end. I liked drinking the Hop Head IPA a bit more just because it was easier to drink- this was a bit too tacky in the end. Solid though. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2009
On tap at the beer bistro. Pours a vibrant clear orange-amber, with a nice white rim. Smell is juicy, dank, hop resin and California pine woods round. Inviting. Flavor is just plain hop dank. Wow. This has serious hop flavor. Strong, up front, and insanely fresh. Tending towards the British hop flavor characters, but still with tons of dripping resinous character. Wow. A base of caramel lays under for support. Long finish in dry, cascade-like hops. Nice.
Listigovers (1174) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2009
On tap. Quite dark appearance, although not the darkest IPA I’ve seen (that honour goes to Mike Duggan IPA) and very hoppy. Hop addict doesn’t joke around with it’s name. Sadly, it’s slightly unbalanced, malt is not a forbidden fruit in an IPA! ladnewton (1964) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2009
Draught at C’est What?, Toronto, Canada on 10th June 2008. Exquisitely hoppy, pleasant mouthfeel and bitter aftertaste. In the style of an American Pale Ale, again compares well with Dark Star APA.