IPA Américaine des Appalaches – Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

Nouveau nom et image pour leur IPA Américaine, 7%, toujours très bonne! De l’Anse-à-beaufils, QC.

American IPA, 7%, from Anse-à-beaufils, Québec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.78/5

Polished veiled and cloudy dark amber color with a powerful amount of activity. Creamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with very strong sparkly legs. Aromas of citrus hops and bready caramel. Flavors of orange, lemon, citrus fruits, piney, caramel, pineapples, floral and herbal spices. Sugary with a sharp feel. Thick full body with moderate crispy carbonation. Strong and long finish, ending with an highly leafy hoppy tea like feel, less tropical than most others, with some citrusy and piney tongue coat. Overall high quality craft offering a killer look and tons of powerful flavors that are well balanced. Decent freshness, silky body, with a nice buttery scent. Though a bit too intense for a single, less accessible.

L’Interdite 90 Minutes – Brasseurs Du Monde

IPA Américaine – 6.5% – De Saint-Hyacinthe (proche de Montréal), Québec.

American IPA – 6.5% – From Saint-Hyacinthe (close to Montréal), Québec.
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.37

Deep murky dark amber color with tons of floating chunks of yeast. Thick foamy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of caramel, grapefruits, lemon, barley, clove, nutmeg, floral and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with a sharp crisp. Strong strength finish, bready with a soft earthy feel, leafy herbal hops, lots of clove and citrusy yeast. Okay freshness. Lacks a bit of complexity and personality, feels like a cross red ale and IPA. Overall good quality craft.

Gros Chars – Brasserie Artisanale La Fabrique

IPA Américaine, 6.1%, de Matane, Québec.

American IPA, 6.1%, from Matane, Quebec.
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75 = 3.61/5

Slightly veiled dark amber color with weak activity. Thick creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with a bit of legs and a good swirl reaction. Flavors of pineapples, mangos, orange peels, clove, caramel, barley and herbal hops (citra). Slick and smooth full body with sharp crispy carbonation. Strong strength finish, tropical and thickly malty, ending with extra leafy hops, a bit piney, more floral sweetness and a quite a spicy feel similar to tobacco and pepper. It’s bold for a single, but well executed and balanced, having a certain degree of freshness in there. A bit tongue coating but it mellows out becoming decently pleasant. Overall very good quality craft, solid IPA.

Docker IPA – Brasseur De Montréal

IPA Américaine, 6.8%, de Montréal.

American IPA, 6.8%, from Montreal.
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.88/5

Deep hazy dark gold color with lots of activity and a yeast cloud. Creamy and frothy light beige 2 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with a bit of legs, but having a great swirl effect. Flavors of pineapples, mangos, orange, lemon, soft pine, sweet grains, light caramel, and herbal hops. Slick and oily medium to full body with prickly and crisp carbonation. Strong strength finish, slightly leafy, more tropical, citrusy, and floral with dry hops. Residual notes are quite pleasant and well balanced. Nice intensity ending quickly clean. Solid IPA and American interpretation. Overall very good quality craft.

Cyclope Thêta IPA – Brasserie Dunham

IPA Américaine avec une touche de Saison, 5.7%, de Dunham, QC.

American IPA / Saison, 5.7%, from Dunham, Quebec.
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.18/5

Deep murky straw/yellow color with no visible activity. Thick foamy and frothy white 4-5 finger head in a willibecher, lasting around 20 minutes, with good legs. Flavors of pineapples, mangos, grapefruits, lemon, sweet grains, wild yeast and herbal hops. Smooth silky, almost milky, medium body with a moderate crisp. Medium to strong strength finish, zesty and tropical, floral and slightly leafy, a bit wheathy and ending with sharp Saison style yeast having notes of cheese. Nicely fresh and quite tender, although I find it lacks a bit of sharpness. Fine IPA cross Saison interpretation, it’s impressive and complex, would drink this every day if I could. Great balance with pleasant intensity. Overall excellent quality craft.

Red Racer Super Stellar IPA – Central City

IPA Américaine, 6%, de Surrey, Colombie Britannique. (NB Liquor)

American IPA, 6%, from Surrey, British Columbia.
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75 = 3.67/5

Clear dark amber color with few activity. Thick foamy and creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, thick legs with a great swirl response. Flavors of mangos, toffee, grapefruits, lemon, orange peels, rye and herbal hops. Silky smooth full body with a light crisp. Strong finish, tropical and citrusy, residual pine on the tongue, slightly leathery, dry and deeply leafy, almost minty and peppery. Quite a powerful IPA that feels like a double, so there’s some imbalance with the flavors, a double would get more points, although I still sense a high degree of complexity here. Robust for those who like this will enjoy it much I’m sure, more like a Rye IPA. More warming than fresh, I wouldn’t drink this in a hot summer day (like right now). Too bold, too coarse and tongue numbing. Compared to the regular red racer I find it less interesting and delicious, yet it’s still a high quality brew, but will definitely not be a regular for me.

Full Time IPA – Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

IPA Américaine, 6.7%, de Vankleek Hill, Ontario.

American IPA, 6.7%, from Vankleek Hill, Ontario.
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75 = 3.74/5

Hazy dark straw/golden color with moderate activity and a mist of yeast. Creamy light beige 3 finger head, lasting around 20 minutes, with poor legs, but a nice swirl effect and decent lace. Flavors of pineapples, lemon, grapefruits, pine, orange peels, caramel, sweet grains and herbal hops. Thick oily, almost milky medium to full body with a moderate crisp. Strong strength finish, tongue coating leafy tar of spruce, less tropical but still zesty, and lightly buttery. Quite coarse for a single, not accessible, only for the experienced mouths. So it lacks a little freshness, but I can see where it’s trying to go with the powerful West coast interpretation. The balance is alright in the flavors, the finish doesn’t overly kill them. Overall very good quality craft.

Shawi Beach IPA – Le Trou Du Diable

IPA Américaine style West coast, 6.5%, de Shawinigan, QC.

West coast American IPA, from Shawinigan, QC.
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.16/5

Pretty clear, slight haze, dark straw color with lots of activity. Gets cloudy with the yeast pour. Frothy and creamy faint beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with generous legs. Flavors of pineapples, grapefruits, lemon, pine, pepper, sweet grains and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium body with zesty and sharp carbonation. Medium to strong finish, highly tropical, a bit leafy and piney and clovey on the tongue. Though it’s well intensified, very fresh and ends quite clean. Low buttery feel and maillard effect, still highly sugary. West coast kind of IPA, delicious and filling, I enjoy this a lot ! Overall excellent quality craft.

Luster – Trailway Brewing Co.

Pale Ale tropicale de style Ouest Américaine, 4%, de Fredericton. (NB Liquor)

Tropical Pale Ale West coast style, 4%, de Fredericton, NB.
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 4/5

Deep hazy and cloudy dark straw color with light activity. Slightly foamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of lemon, pineapples, soft grapefruits, wheat, sweet grains and floral hops. Slick and oily full body with crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, highly tropical, slightly dry and leafy. Dominant lemony feel, very fresh with zesty yeast, and lightly spiced. More like a session IPA than APA. Quite tender and filling. Well intensified, balanced, while very tasty. Overall very good quality craft.

L’Impardonnable – Microbrasserie Le Secret des Dieux

IPA Américaine standard, 6.8%, de Pohénégamook, Québec.

American IPA, 6.8%, from Pohénégamook, Québec.
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5 = 3.51/5

Hazy and cloudy dark golden color with almost no activity. Creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with good legs. Flavors pineapples, grapefruits, pine, butter, clove, sweet roasted grains and leafy hops. Creamy full body with a sharp crisp. Strong strength finish, piney and leafy tongue coat, sweet tropical fruits, with light orange peels and spruce tar. A bit coarse but still tolerable, hits the accessibility. Good taste, nicely bodied, decently balanced. Basic American style, well interpreted, overall good quality craft.