IPA Américaine - Microbrasserie Pit Caribou

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IPA AméricaineIPA Américaine

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87
very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 6.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Pit Caribou visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Beersignal on 02-03-2012)
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Reviews by Intrinsic:
Photo of Intrinsic
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPA Americaine pours a nice golden straw colour, with lots of head, respectable retention, and great lacing.

The smell is nothing but piney hops. Not sure what variety they used, but its good. :)
Same goes for the taste. Although there isn't much complexity. Still, I'll buy this again just based on the piney hops. :)

Good carbonation, slightly dry. Overall, a good beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of phirleh
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of juliendesrochers
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of eat
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm always so hesitant to purchase unknown Quebec IPAs since the vast majority are total letdowns. Picked up this one on the strength of their porter, Gaspesienne, and hoped for the best (no bottling date listed, try to take one from the fridge if you can find it).

Pours a crystal-clear amber-coloued body with a good cover of frothy off-white head. Decent lacing though retention could be better.

The nose contains nice citrus and tropical fruits (grapefruit, tangerine, lychee, passion fruit), pine, strong floral notes, pepper and a light contrast of caramel malt. Solid.

The bitterness of a real American IPA hits the tongue up front, with lots of earthy pine, grass and grapefruit pith. Just the right touch of alcohol along with wheaty grain and an understated-but-sufficient malt backing.

Good medium body and moderate carbonation. Appropriate feel.

I would call this an actual American IPA, and not a bad one at that. At $6 a pint from the depanneur it's a little steep but I could see myself picking this up again as quality bottled IPAs are hard to come by in these parts. Possibly my favourite Quebec-brewed IPA in a bottle to date, so bonus points for that. Nice one Pit Caribou!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy golden color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hops is pretty intense with some bitter notes. Taste is also dominated by bitter notes with some great floral notes with some citrus undertones. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid rendition of the style with more focus on the floral notes then the bitterness of the hops.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ZorPrime
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer color is pale copper. The head looks like soap foam but sticks quite well to the glass. Very carbonated based on the looks. The aroma is all hops. Piny with some grapefruits and citrus... tropical fruits. Not very aggressive in the aroma zone, but I like it.

On the taste, it is more aggressive. It gets better! Fruity (citrus) and bitter at the end. Not an over the top bitterness. This is not your typical west coast IPA, however I really like what they have done with it. Very nice and tasty. Its even a little spicy with some grapefruits. I really dig this one. Nice.

Medium body. Carbonation is present in the mouth. Overall a pretty decent beer.

Photo of mtomlins
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DaveR514
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Caudalie
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a spiegelau beer tasting glass

After the special bitter, and the english IPA, here comes the american IPA from this brewer located in Gaspésia.

A:Pours a clear golden yellow, pretty light colored for a IPA. I tend to like it.

S: Pretty hoppy, with pine resin, herbs, and citrusy fruits. Nice.

T: Intense hop characters with orange peels and grassy notes, with a really bitter finish lasting for a while

O: Well done and true imo to the idea of an american IPA. I really prefered this one to the previous bitter beers made by Pit Caribou

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to seblp for including this in my canbif box

A: Deep amber with 2 fingers bone whit head

S: Sweet rock candy and pale maltiness followed quick with pine sap & citrus bitters highlighted with tropical fruit, mango.

T: A shot of pine sap supported with grapefruit bitters with a finish of medicinal leafy herbs, juniper berries and dandelion leaves.

M: Moderate body with light carbonation.

O: A hop forward IPA that is much more reminiscent of west coast than east coast flavours. The medicinal notes make this somewhat unique.

Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from ZorPrime, thanks Eric! 500ml into a tulip.Lot # 408, whatever that means.

Pale golden orange, fluffy and soapy white head. Good retention and some sticky lace. Nose has some citrus, a bit of pale malts. Some lighter fruit notes, not too distinctly 'American' in style, but still more American than English. Taste has some bitter hops, some pine and herbal notes and a bit more citrus and perhaps a bit of grapefruit, although this isn't too big. More pale malt notes, drying and 'cracker-y.' Bitterness sticks around for quite some time. A touch soapy. Medium mouthfeel and medium low carbonation. Drinkable, but nothing to get me too excited.

Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of blguillen
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, light amber color. Large, slowly receding head (lumpy). Leaves some chunky spots on the glass.

Pleasant blend of crystal (dry caramel) malt and floral hop nose. Very balanced. A touch of alcohol warmth in the background. Attractive.

Strong alcohol presence on the tongue. The hop is also much more biting--black pepper on the swallow. Long, bitter aftertaste. The body and carbonation are pretty typical for the style.

Photo of edugasmtl
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of rale
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Krakpoff
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a high three finger head. The head slowly gives way to lacing and a small foamy film.

The aroma is strong citrus pine...what you would expect from an IPA.

The taste let me down. It was a little soapy and washed out. It was kind of unsatisfying.

The mouthfeel was low carbonation (in spite of the head) and oily.

Overall, kind of disappointing. I had hopes for this brew after enjoying their brown ale. But the soapy taste and low carbonation just made it less than pleasant.

Photo of DamoTO700
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Mack
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wookievath
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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IPA Américaine from Microbrasserie Pit Caribou
87 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.