India Pale Ale Anglaise, 5.5%, de Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec.
English India Pale Ale, 5.5%, from Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.6/5
Cloudy amber caramel color with moderate activity. Slightly creamy light beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with average legs and a decent swirl reaction. Flavors of caramel, pineapples, orange, peppercorn, sweet grains, and herbal hops. Slick and smooth, almost creamy, full body with crispy carbonation. Strong strength finish, dominantly piney with barley, slightly leathery and dry, while tropical and leafy. Not too intense but quite bold for a single. Still boosting good freshness. Strong maillard effect with an English feel to it, kinda like a cross between Pale Ale and IPA. Nice take but a little unbalanced. Lacks a bit of personality I guess. Overall good quality craft.
IPA Américaine avec orientation Anglaise, 6.5%, de Charlo. (NB Liquor)
English IPA, 6.5%, from Charlo, NB.
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25 = 3.24/5
Cloudy and murky dark gold color with low activity but very yeasty. Creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of lemon, caramel, barley, biscuits, orange peels, leafy and herbal hops. Smooth oily medium body with a light crisp. Medium strength finish, lots of dominant roasted sweet grains, some butterscotch, kinda earthy and very spicy, with thick leafy and floral hops. Has more of an English oriented sensation with a weak tropical feel, but a lot bolder than a typical English IPA. Lacks freshness, quite coarse on the tongue, and missing some carbonation a bit, making it less accessible. Interesting taste, it’s nice but quickly overwhelmed by the finish. Overall decent quality craft.