Cask Conditioned IPA - Maumee Bay Brewing Company
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
A hand-pulled IPA served at the brewpub in Toledo, OH.
A: The IPA is an amber copper color, quite clear with a loose head that is indicative of some handpumps.
S: The nose is deliciously fragrant. The centennial hops are fruity, full of exotic citrus notes. This is the kind of ale that you can sit and sniff all day.
T: The ale is bitingly bitter, with the cask bringing out the best elements. The malt body is smoothed out, softened in the cask to a toffee and nutty amalgum. The hops remain bitter but don't sting the tastebuds, instead softly massaging them. The combination of the nose and mild flavor is a winner.
M: The mouthfeel is robust, full of soft flavors from the cask. The flavors aren't as vivid as the nose but they don't disappoint.
D: A cask IPA? I'm in love. A beautiful ale to sip and smell for a long period of time.
08-16-2008 01:55:40 | More by akorsak
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
This beer is a clear copper. The head is small and dissipates rather quickly, but does remain in a thin foam and leaves some spotty lacing.
The aroma is mainly of clean hops, with an earthy note and some citrus. The nose is quite firm.
The flavor is a floral and citrus hops with a grassy flavor underneath. There's a great bitterness all throughout and, while hops is a dominant flavor, a gentle malt does balance it out nicely. There's a lingering herbal note in the finish.
The body is medium and this brew is fairly crisp and smooth, nicely balanced in the mouthfeel.
This one is very reminiscent to me of SN's Torpedo with just a bit less in the appearance.
09-20-2009 00:53:24 | More by Brenden
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
Pours a hazy, copper color with medium white head and tons of lace.
Aroma of malted barley, light caramel, some grain and herbal, flowery hops.
Flavor is smooth caramel, some grain and grassy, herbal and flowery hop tones.
Mouthfeel is slightly gritty and metallic but overall pretty smooth and easy as most cask are.
Drinkability is pretty good but not enough complex malt or bitterness to make it special.
03-14-2004 15:52:54 | More by CRJMellor
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
I stopped by this brewpub during travels elsewhere, and the cask conditioned beer stood out as their most unusual offering, so having time for only one beer, there was no question that this would be it!
It was labeled as a English-style IPA, and it seemed to me true to style. The beer poured an amber color with a thin velvety head.
Aroma was very fruity and excellent. It was a good bit hoppier than I expected from an English IPA, but I liked it.
Taste was good, but not nearly as fruity as the aroma led me to expect.
Mouthfeel was exceptional, as it is with many cask beers. It was velvety smooth and delightful without being watery.
I very much enjoyed this beer, and would recommend it. I mentioned this in my review of the Maumee Bay Brewing Co, but it is an easy detour from the Ohio Turnpike (I80/I90)...it is at most a 10 minute trip.
12-23-2006 21:20:19 | More by BeerBelcher
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
Very dark and murky. Almost brown -- like, brown brown. Big bubbles. Certainly an unexpected visual for an IPA. Served a bit too cold. But as it warmed, it really gave off some nice floral aromatics -- a bit more spicy than fruity. Certainly not the typical American Cascade bomb going off in my nose. A refreshing change of pace in that regard.
Kind of weak flavor. Mild, but very well balanced, malt flavor and hop bitterness. Just the slightest dull bitterness closes this beer out. The hand-pulling gives this a thick, creamy texture. Quite filling (not necessarily bad). Very clearly an English style IPA moreso than an American IPA. Quaffable to the n-th degree.
03-14-2004 01:26:05 | More by marburg
3.33/5 rDev -14.2%
Not very familiar with the style, and can't say I have a favorite from the ones I'd tried in the past. (Hence, my first review of an IPA)
Room temperature cask conditioned, poured without a head whatsoever. Appeared very dark , couldn't see through it, a rusty brown color. Smell was a little less than average, almost a little metallic.
Washed with little carb presence, thinner and the metallic twinge set up for the first few tastes, but went away.
Taste: More complex and a noticeable hop presence with almost a raisin like aftertaste and I remembered where I have tasted the aftertaste before..in other IPA's I've tried. The "can" flavor put me off at first, but went away about 1/4 way through. As for my tastes, there was nothing really special here, there's a complexity to the flavor, but my feeling is that "here's another good beer, but I'd prefer something else"
Drinkablilty was easy because it went down like water, but I could see having a few if these if IPA is your thing. (As some other patrons were doing, and a growler left while I was there too.) I'd go more for the pale ales.
04-10-2005 03:34:09 | More by Ricochet
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
This one poured a dark toned gold/copper in color with some sediment swirling within and a thin white head. This doesn't look like an IPA at all! Served just below room temperature I found it to about perfect in that regard.
Nose was very nice, balanced smelling, fresh and well crafted. The taste was unbeilievably smooth and creamy, again, not very IPA like, but that's not a bad thing! Hops were certainly the focus (Kent Goldings) but overall it didn't have that harsh hop quality that many American style IPA's have.
Overall I liked this brew quite a little bit, worth a try if you happen by it.
02-25-2005 22:27:41 | More by Gaisgeil
4.38/5 rDev +12.9%
Appearance: The beer was a nice amber/orange color with a decent white head. It was fairly clear, there was a bit of cloudyness, it suprised me that it wasn't all that couldy. The head was very creamy and left a beautiful lace that just completly coated the glass.
The smell was superb. The hops really shined through in the aroma. Very fruitful and flowery and the aroma just invited you in.
Taste was very good. However it wasn't like any IPA I have had before. It was much more mellow but it was great. There was a nice bitter hoppy flavor, a little bit of citrus. Most IPA's that I have had were hopped massively with cascade, this was my frist with Goldings.
Mouthfeel was great... There was a perfect amount of carbonation and the body was meaty but smooth. It was soo creamy.
This was very drinkable however I do now know the ABV. However I could drink this all night, a very tastey brew.
12-24-2003 04:24:11 | More by Ellbert
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
Served slightly below room temp at Mutz. The pint glass was inhabited by a hazy golden brew capped with a thin white head. The aroma smelt of citrous hops, and slightly bready. The taste was a good balance of malt and hops. Although this was lacking the hop dominance that I look for in most IPAs, it was still a good beer. The citrous and piney hop taste was backed by plenty of pale malt. Overall the taste was slightly bland, but not bad at all. Mouthfeel was about medium, and very creamy. Although not a perfect example of an IPA, a very tasty offering nonetheless.
03-18-2005 05:50:41 | More by BeerFink
3.53/5 rDev -9%
A-copper with a light, creamy colored head that remained the entire time
S-malty with earthy smell from the hops
T-malt and hops balanced, caramel hints with a good balance of floral hops
D-Not much of an English IPA lover, but this was good enough to have another.
04-05-2007 16:12:17 | More by twokansamm
Cask Conditioned IPA from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
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