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Dunham / Kissmeyer Leo's Early Breakfast IPA - Brasserie Dunham

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Dunham / Kissmeyer Leo's Early Breakfast IPADunham / Kissmeyer Leo's Early Breakfast IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

56 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 15.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ZorPrime on 01-27-2013)
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Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%

Surprisingly good and tasty beverage. The Earl grey lends a flavourful complexity to the IPA. Hoppy aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Fruity notes and very good drinkability. Lasting head on orange body. Bottle fresh from Veux-Tu. More than a novelty beer for sure.

Sammy, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

nmann08, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%

Bottle: Poured a cloudy bright orangey color ale with a medium size off-white head with good retention and some average lacing. Aroma of fruity hops is clearly dominant with light guava notes also discernable. Taste is also totally dominated by fruity hops with Nelson Sauvin really coming through and some light sweet guava notes with some very subtle earl grey notes. Bitterness is lower then I was anticipating with some malt backbone clearly playing a lesser role in this mix. Body is full with medium carbonation. This is a real winner with great floral hoppy aroma and limited bitterness.

Phyl21ca, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

341ml bottle, acquired via trade with papat444. Merci beaucoup!

This beer pours a murky, cloudy, dark brownish orange colour, with one finger of puffy, foamy ecru head, which leaves some random horror story cloud lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of bitter pine resin and juicy citrus (orange/grapefruit) rind, musty tropical fruit (it's a long way from the tropics to rural Quebec, maybe?), well-steeped black tea, a wee herbal tincture, and a sort of bready caramel malt afterthought. The taste is quite a revelation - sharp, refreshing orange and guava smoothie, rather noticeable bergemot-inflected tea leaves, bitter forest floor detritus, some floral esters, and again, a crackery, caramelized malt just happy to be mentioned in the same breath.

The carbonation is adequately supportive, i.e. not lacking in its perceptible absence, the body a sturdy medium weight, though a slight bit clammy in its pursuit of smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness really holding sway here, as the tea and bitter hops notes play a convincingly sober (hah) second fiddle.

A rather interesting, surprising, and ultimately tasty IPA - the guest ingredients doing well to integrate instead of dominate (or worse, not show up at all - I'm looking at you, latest 'bacon' beer). Given that my quotidian rhythms have already been thrown way out of whack by my 5-day old son, drinking a 'breakfast' beer now makes good fuzzy sense at any time of the day!

biboergosum, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

DrBier, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%

On tap at Mule Bar. Served in a tulipy glass.

Appearance - Deep red/amber body. Nice white head. Good lacing.

Smell - The earl gray dominates this beer. Some hops and a bit of caramel, but it's mostly tea.

Taste - The tea lends a much more flowery flavor. Dominating again. Hoppier. Grassy and piney, possibly the citrus is muted by the tea. Caramel malts. Bitterness takes over in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, pushing medium heavy. Bitter.

Overall - Way too much tea for my tastes, but I still enjoyed it. Just the wrong end of the flavor spectrum of IPAs for my taste.

Alieniloquium, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

chippo33, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%

341ml bottle from Broue Haha QC for $4

Appearance - Hazy amber with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, guava, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit/tangerine/guava and something that reminds me of Pledge lemon cleaner.. but not in a bad way really. I can also taste the tea and it ends with a lemony fairly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – This beer smells fantastic. A part of me wishes it tasted like it smells, but I can appreciate the uniqueness of the flavour. A beer well worth trying.

spinrsx, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

tbeckett, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

tom10101, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
2/5  rDev -48.5%

oldp0rt, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +3.1%

kwjd, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of shelby415
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

shelby415, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Molson2000, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of dar482
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

The aroma is floral, tropical guava, orange and grapefruit peel.

The flavor offers bitterness up front of leafy black tea, a sweetness of grapefruit, but only slightly. The beer is medium bodied with a bitterness of both hops and Earl Grey.

An interesting brew, but it could use some more fruity hops over the tea bittering.

dar482, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ElGallo, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev +3.1%

mklisz, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of papat444
4.15/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: A huge foamy head, real good legs on it with a totally hazy orange-light amber body.

Smell: Tropical fruit, sweet guava followed by the dryness of the tea. Real nice mix.

Taste: Fresh guava, pulpy with a solid baseline of grey tea throughout. Lush and a real nice contrast of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Cream, solid body, very drinkable.

Overall: A real good IPA. Not for hardcore hopheads maybe since this isn't in your face but solid regardless.

papat444, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

pixieskid, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

Although a very generous gift, not a beer balanced to my personal tastes. More of a medicinal tone to the aroma and flavour than I expected, and I find the Earl Grey hard to discern without it's characteristic bergamot? Definitely tea-forward, I just wouldn't have picked out anything other than "black tea" without the other descriptions.

Pours a hazy medium orange with a respectable white head and good retention. Aroma of oranges and tea, although many of the initial medicinal elements are fading as it warms. Good hop citrus notes in the body of the taste, but with a smoky tea and ointment finish that lingers longer than I'd choose. Enjoy the body, but not a beer for which I'd choose a pint.

hopsolutely, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of PicoPapa
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%

On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill. Pours a translucent orangey amber color with an inch of frothy white head. Some lacing. Big whiff of tea with a tropical fruit hint. Orange, mango and guava. Lightly earthy and floral. The taste is tea upfront with nice orange notes. Light notes of tropical fruits but the tea and orange is the main focus. Light mouthfeel and a bit oily. Interesting take on an IPA. Overall, pretty solid beer I'd grab again.


App-4.25 a-4 t- 4 m-4 o-4 = 4.01

PicoPapa, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of kjyost
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

A super cool and interesting beer worthy of a review. Thanks papat444!

Pours super cloudy sunrise yellow with a hint of orange and nice fluffy white head that lasts & laces well. The best part of this beer is the aroma, enough Earl Grey to know something is different, but melds so perfectly with the fruity hops on the nose. The beer comes across as a lightly fruity IPA with the Earl Grey notes playing superbly off the hops. Minimal perceived bitterness for an IPA, it needs a hint more bite, but maybe that too makes it a breakfast beer.

Super well put together beer that was interesting & different. Well done!

kjyost, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Whatup14
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of ZorPrime
5/5  rDev +28.9%

This is my revelation for 2012. Tasted this at Chambly, and then in bottle. Simply awesome. Perfect beer.

A: The beer is opaque, copper in colour with some orange notes (light). Nice white head on top of it. It sticks well to the glass. Perfect looking beer, so beautiful!

S: The aroma is fruity (orange and guava) with a nice dose of hops. So well balanced and so good in the nose... it's very salivating! You want to drink it all in one gulp!

T: Similar to the smell. So refreshing with the fruity flavour, its amazing. A beer so easy to drink and taste like a good tropical juice with a bitterness at the finish. Loved it!

M: Medium body. Effervescent. Dry finish.

O: Delicious beer, the best I had on 2012!

Hope they redo it soon!

ZorPrime, Jan 27, 2013
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Dunham / Kissmeyer Leo's Early Breakfast IPA from Brasserie Dunham
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