robinvboyer (4836) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2007 GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, - AUG 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught sample at TFOB ’06. Rich sunset amber colour with a small off-white head. Full aroma of caramel malt and floral & citric hops. Flavour holds a fantastic balance of big malt & hop notes, and the use of the three different hops is quite apparent, as there’s a great melange of citrus, spruce, herbal and floral notes in the finish. This is a very good IPA, and I look forward to it appearing on tap around town so I can enjoy a few full pints.
On Tap at Smokeless Joe’s.
Really nice aroma os hops, citrus, orange peel, and lemon zest. Flavour is again, quite citrusy, and floral. i really liked this IPA. I even had 2 more after this one! JoeMcPhee (10188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2007
Tap at Volo. Deep amber beer, thin white head. Slightly hazy. Aromia quite earthy, fruity orange marmalade, spice and leafiness. The flavour is good, light earthy bitterness, leafy hops heavy orange and a rich musky perfume. A touch of grapefruit citrus comes to the fore as the beer warms up... there is some strange sort of hop bill in this one. A definite US/UK hybrid, but it works pretty well. tomthompson89 (1983) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2007
deep amaber, some head, good hop nose with some malts in there for good measure, citrus and malts clean flavour Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
Draught @ beerbistro: I haven’t been to beerbistro in months and this is still the only item on tap that I haven’t tried? Wow. Came amber in colour, average white head. Aroma is hoppy, grapefruit and flowers, which I actually liked and it led me to hope for the best. I have to say I’m impressed based on most of the "local" IPAs I’ve had, it was actually aggressive in the hopping with a good bitter flavour, but not overpowering. Some background sweetness to keep it honest. Surprising! mabel (10011) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
[222-20060304] Tap @ Volo (Toronto, ON). Light pine aroma, very faint. Clear, red amber body with lots of small quick bubbles and a long creamy off-white head. Lemon citrusy flavour. Medium body is bitter. Overly gravelly.
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2007
On Tap at the Victory Cafe. Very hoppy , but less citrusy than other IPA’s ive tried. Im glad victory cafe is within walking distance of my house , this beer and Hop Addict draw me there a lot. BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2007 No smell really except for a hint of hops and bitters - metallic too! Ugh! Really light red colour, slight lacing head. Initially it’s very lightly hoppy, citrus (grapefruit) and bitter. Gets more intense with time. Metallic, metallic, metallic.. shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2007
Way more bitter than I was expecting -- impressive. Still manages to maintain a light and somewhat sweetish taste, although the balance in purely in favour of the strong hops. A nice-looking light copper with a decent head on it. The variety of hops is the big sell here, but I could have dealt with a bit more body and malt to back it up. StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2007 Draught at the Victory Café - came a bright, clear copper with a two-finger white head on top. Aroma is relatively faint, too faint, but predominantly of sweet malt with light earthy hops underneath. Strange, because it didn’t immediately strike me as a hop-forward brew by smell alone. Lots of piney, earthy hop flavour right off the bat, very English in character, which then makes some room for sweet malt before settling into a long bitter finish. Citrusy/strawberry middle. Lots of bitterness and more sweet citrusy notes in the aftertaste. Almost too bitter however, and without a refreshing west-coast grapefruit flavour, the bitterness in the finish really dominates, making this far from a sessionable. Half a pint is enough for me. Decent and good, but dissapointing that nobody will make a really hop-forward, west coast, American-style IPA in Ontario. And as far as what’s available domestically around here, the Tankhouse Ale from Mill St. is still a much more interesting brew. Still, it’s good that things are changing in the province and at least IPA’s are starting to turn up on the market in some capacity. VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 Draught at the Magpie - came a clear bright orange/amber with a nice white head that left thick lacing down the glass. Really nice looking. Aroma realtively faint, but all the elements of a good IPA are there - nice clean piney hoppiness and a healthy amount of malt. Taste is the same - lots of malt and lots of hop bitterness, mingling nicely. Refreshing in the mouth with a supremely bitter finish. Nice to have a (slowly) growing list of options for good local IPAs (along with the Hop Addict and the Hop Bomb and the Hop Head) available. Great stuff. Brewed at Stratford now, thankfully.