La Ciboire - Microbrasserie Archibald

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BA SCORE
78
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Archibald visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ZorPrime on 06-28-2009)
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Photo of Jones153
1/5  rDev -70.2%

Photo of kjyost
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a great looking amber beer with anice white head and lacing... Looks great. Then I take a sniff of the beer. Ummm... did this not call itself an IPA? Where are the hops? It smells so very lightly of bitter hops but it is covered up by caramel sweet malt aromas. Taste? This is a solid ESB (maybe, you know, without the bitterness) at best. Sold as an IPA? Where qre the hops? No hop aroma / flavour in this at all. Just sweet malt... Feels good. Drank four (b/c that's how they are packed), but only b/c they were what I had...

Unimpressed. Whoever called this an American IPA needs to have a few good ones. This is the Keith's of micro IPAs. Malt flavour, no hops.

Photo of tom10101
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light bitter hops with lightly sweet caramel malt. Taste is also a mix between some light bitter hops with lightly sweet caramel malt. Body is way too light for style with good carbonation. Light body with almost no hops presence makes for a beer I won't be seeking again.

Photo of mspang
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of groleau
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of GoblueMS
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Dafixa
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Beer21
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Melomanemusher
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of spinrsx
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear copper colour with a large size fizzy and frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/toffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels slightly prickly on the tongue. I can taste malts, caramel/toffee and some hops. It really doesn't taste like an American IPA at all - it's more like an English one. It's still decent tasting though. It finishes with a malt and toffee aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – Probably not something I'd ever buy again, but it definitely wasn't a waste of money. Just don't expect to be getting a American IPA if you buy it.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.46/5  rDev +3%

SERVICE: Can

A:
Pours a crystal clear gold color with a couple of fingers of white head that gassily settles to a fat film that can be easily awoken. Decent retention; sticky clumps of lacing. (3.75)

S:
Well-used dishcloth (but not in an infected way or anything). Dry bread, husky grains, hard water. Almost nothing. (3.25)

T:
Doughy and medicinal. Bread, hard water, astringent and bitter herbal hop flavors. (3.5)

M:
Thin and dry with lots of carbonation and a medium body. Quick finish and pretty drinkable with lingering bitterness in throat. (3.75)

O:
Niether the best nor worst IPA I have had.
I had kind of given up on trying random Quebec IPAs that I found while out and about, but when I saw one in a can I decided it night be worth a shot.
It poured nicely but was pretty roundly mediocre otherwise. It had little to no discernable aroma (I figure it was a little old and I might be having an off day, but still...). It tasted alright, if a bit one-dimensional. Not a wholly awful beer and not unenjoyable, but not great either.
I probably would not have it again; unless you're a ticker, there are better beers to be had. (3.5)

Photo of DaveR514
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was unpacking some boxes and stumbled across a bunch of cans for my collection, and the corresponding reviews that I seem to have forgotten to enter.

Thanks Zorprime for the trade, we should do it again. Another can for the shelf.

Dark, copper color with a short, tight, white head. Good foam retention with thin, sticky lace trails. Smell is decent for the style, good combo of hop spice and caramel malt. Taste matches the smell, with a nice balance between hops and malt. Earthy or herbal (not grapefruit or pine) hop flavor. Bready, caramel sweetness to balance. Neither component takes over, a well rounded IPA.
Medium body and mouthfeel, neither too bitter or sweet. Not a super hopped up IPA, as is becoming the norm, flavorful and easy to drink.

Photo of JOaikido
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

473 ml can.

A- Very nice dark amber/coppery colour with a good pale beige head. Very clear, no cloudyness.

S- Wine like alcohol out of the can. Malty sweet notes. Touch of vegetable like aroma in behind. Noticeable hops smell I have trouble describing. Smells like beer in that "my grandfather's ale" kind of way.

T- Well hopped. Strong bitter aftertaste which includes a touch of the grapefruit type bitterness. Malty, slightly sweet middle that is neutral, with less caramel type notes than the colour might suggest. That vegetable aroma is there again, in with the malt.

MF- Good body. A bit strongly carbonated, but this seems to go well with this beer.

D- A little lacking in balance with the bitter aftertaste and malty flavours son=mehow not quite right. Not one I would drink many of in a row. But still a decent beer, much better than the bland world of macros.

Photo of Socialiste
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of wizo
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of fostachild
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an amber/bronze color with okay head.

smell was a little weak on the hops, but i found that it had a nice roasted malt aroma.

taste was very malty, and hops were more noticeable. good carbonation and drinkability. overall wasn't amazing but enjoyable enough.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: An orangish/ yellow color. One and a half fingers of head and excellent lacing.

S: A bit of citrus fruit with some yeast and sweet malt.

T: Caramel really comes through, a bit more then what I' used to in other IPA's, but its good and provides a nice sweet element to the beer. Bitterness is moderate and appropriate. A touch of citrus and some floral hops round the beer off.

M: Carbonation is good. Perhaps a bit high but its very drinkable.

O: I would say far more similar to an English IPA but none the less its a decent beer. In all honesty I was expecting this to be something like Alexander Keith's , meaning a AAL that rides the popularity of the IPA name amongst noob craft drinkers. It was a pretty decent offering. Good with food I would imagine and i will probably try other offerings as they're one of the few non macro offerings I can tote around in cans.

Photo of rale
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of tbeckett
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Odri
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from ZorPrime during CanBif 2009.

Pouring into a pint glass results in a hazy light copper colored ale, with massive amounts of durable head. 3 fingers of sticky white head very slowly evaporated, leaving visible lacing down the glass.

No real noticeable smell.

Taste is slightly hoppy, with a nice malty backing. Very nice medium body and a smooth finish. A bit of the malt flavoring lingers in the mouth for a minute after the swallow.

Overall a very nice IPA that is quite drinkable.

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La Ciboire from Microbrasserie Archibald
78 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.