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India Pale Ale - La Barberie

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
La Barberie visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2003)
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Reviews by hbis2gut:
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hbis2gut

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

I like this brewery, but several of the styles or names were misleading. First I will say that I liked this beer. Now I will say that I believe a beer judge would be led to believe that this beer is in the wrong category. I was encouraged by the appearance of this "IPA". A pleasant deep gold that doesn't quite reach amber. The nose gives distinct citrusness. In fact, several of their beers including this one gave me an impression of pink grapefruit. I like my IPA's big and this was lacking in both malt and hop bitterness. The body and mouthfeel rate a medium. I detect a strange yeast or yeast blend in this beer .There is also a pleasant funkyness(probably from the latter) that most of their beers share that reminds me of Belgian offerings but would probably throw off a real stickler for style constraints. This IPA had a slight sourness as well that I enjoyed but doesn't belong in the style.

11-29-2004 00:28:44 | More by hbis2gut
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -5.7%

This beer pours a cloudy medium orange hue, with a few fingers of foamy white head, which leaves a decent amount of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of bready caramel malt, and mild citrus hops. The taste is grassy, piney hops, and a light bready malt. The carbonation is fairly high, the body a bit thin, and it finishes hoppy, that grassy, weedy essence persisting. A pretty tame American version of the style, but easy enough to drink once the bubbles lay off.

08-08-2009 00:39:30 | More by biboergosum
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +7.8%

utility IPA, quite drinkable. Brown body, significant and noisy head, some grapefruit in aroma , drying finish.Some malt offset. Grapefruit and astringency in the flavours,. Grassy hop,but a good amount of it- a pint is too much and had to be shared. Better when it was cold then when it warmed.

06-16-2006 22:53:12 | More by Sammy
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kenito799

New York

3.8/5  rDev +13.8%

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass at Fou Bar, Quebec City.

La Barberie brewery is a cooperative du travail, labor cooperative, i.e. socialist owned-by-the-workers company, how cool is that. Tried this because they weren't pouring it at La Barberie pub when we were there.

This darkish amber brew is pretty clear, with a small head that recedes and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Crisp and light. Aroma is pretty much lacking the floral-grapefruit notes we have become accustomed to in AIPAs. Taste is of a crisp, dry, very good bitter...long, long, very bitter finish. Well made, but I would not classify this as an AIPA, I couldn't detect any dry hopping...nor is the alcohol content very high. Good session bitter, would be good with food.

06-21-2007 03:41:52 | More by kenito799
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a cloudy orange/red/yellow. Decent frothy head. A bit of lacing. Looks like beer. Potentially good beer.

A good amount of hops come out when smelling this specimen; floral and piney. Some light roasted malt in the background. Mostly a powerful hops smell.

This isn't as good as I remember it being; I think I've had too many amazing IPAs since the first time I sampled this one (Dogfish Head, Rogue, Arcadia, La Chouffe; even Saint Bock here in Montreal (Calisse)). Not completely balanced. There's a decent amount of hops there but it comes out as too bitter without being matched by anything else. The finish is short and bittersweet. The flavour up front is of water only, followed by bitter hops with no malt as a reference (this is key: without any malt to compare the hops to, they're left on their own; tasting like hop water). No alcohol presence, which is not surprising at 5%. A little weak, although maybe it would be nice if the flavour was just more present.

A little thin bodied for an IPA. Medium carbonation.

This beer is just not that interesting. Better than something like Alexander Keith's but not amazing by any standard. Drinkable but tastes watered down. Reading the reviews before mine I get the impression that it might not be completely consistent. The first time I tried this it was on tap and I remember being very impressed. I've been to the brewpub in Quebec City and definitely remember this as my favorite of the bunch (the rest, actually, I don't remember as being particularly good at all). With all the great IPAs out there, I don't think I will buy this one again. If you find it on tap, however, it could be worth trying.

06-19-2009 02:46:48 | More by eat
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +29.6%

Sampled 30jun2004 at Vices et Versa in Montreal, on their lovely backyard terrasse that just "officially opened" (they had permit problems but now it's all nice and legal).

Deep orange colour, quite opaque, with a small but tough white head that hung on for dear life on the side of the pint glass. The smell comes on more spicy than hoppy, which I found very interesting. It turned more floral after a while.

This IPA has a very fruity, citrus finish, with a relatively mild hop bite. I asked Sébastien our bartender if he knew what type of hops were used, and since he wasn't sure he noted down my e-mail address and said he'd get back to me as soon as he would find out.

***update***Here's the list of hops used: Cascade, Halter, Saaz, Shinook and another one, he didn't remember.

Very refreshing and an above-average offering from La Barberie.

07-01-2004 13:42:55 | More by Goldorak
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color beer with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of metallic hops is quite dominant with a small base of caramel malt. Taste of weird hops; dry metallic with a slightly sour finish – and light caramel malt doesn’t really do anything to me. There is quite a lot of sediment at the bottom and body is a bit watery for the style. Another so-so effort from this brewery.

10-23-2006 17:23:11 | More by Phyl21ca
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +41.3%

For an India Pale Ale this one is pretty damn good. This is definitaly a good beer in my opinion and very easy to drink.

This beer has a good taste and the mouthfeel is very good. It is fruity at the beginning and it finish with some malt and hop! The smell is simply awesome. Mind blowing. Wish they would sell this as a 6-pack!

The head foam is beautiful. I drank this one in a beer mug... it was nice. Interesting factor is that my girlfriend tasted it and said it was good... however she didn't like the aftertaste.

Simply awesome!

06-08-2008 02:00:33 | More by ZorPrime
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +7.8%

My second beer of the night at the brewpub. Their IPA has a hazy bronze color, lacking retention and little lacing.

The smell (and taste) is a little to laid back (IMO). Grassy/citric hops, the yeast has Belgian like quality's and light caramel malts.

Tastes a little watery, good hop bitterness (pine and grapefruit), some yeast spice and a little malt in the finish.

09-16-2008 01:35:52 | More by irishkyle21
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +22.2%

A full body beer, not limpid at all, very unclear and a dirty blonde look.
a big head, very big, bigger than my head!!!

Smell of hops, citrus.

The taste is bitter, nothing very deep in bitterness just a tiny bit, you can feel and taste the hops, actually I feel it is a wee bit unbalanced toward the hops, leaving no other taste to play in. But, I am a hophead so me like.

Not the best IPA I had, not the worst, but I do enjoy!

02-08-2005 03:26:39 | More by 3Vandoo
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Noelito76

New York

2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

04-11-2014 19:01:06 | More by Noelito76
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -3.3%

Cloudy dark amber/orange body with a big head. Bubbles stick to the glass very well, but they're pretty irregular. Cascade and citrus aroma, mainly grapefruit. The taste is pleasant, vague caramel with tart orange, lemon, grapefruit are riding all along with floral hops. Restrained bitterness and dry finish. Overall a light india pale ale, very easy to drink and tarter than average.

02-19-2004 18:56:45 | More by Rastacouere
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-13-2014 02:51:40 | More by SebD
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Whatup14

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-03-2013 15:26:33 | More by Whatup14
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.2%

11-06-2012 18:58:13 | More by cfalovo97
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +16.2%

Tried two versions of this: at the Quebec brewery, I tried it straight from the tap. In Montreal, I had an opportunity try this beer cask conditioned, which was better.

Cloudy and amber in color; Like others from La Barberie, this was not presented with any head and there was no lace at all on the glass.

Surprising chocolate aroma. Equally surprising is the lack of a hop smell. I also note apples.

The hop shows up in the taste, strongly. Nice body. This is dry and bitter, although the finish and aftertaste lack the traditional lingering bitterness.

08-31-2008 01:58:07 | More by smcolw
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.2%

04-14-2013 18:17:43 | More by rale
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Citrus, grass, rind, earthy mineral, tropical fruit, slightly yeasty.

T: Earthy citrus, rind/marmalade, dried pineapple, modest bitterness. Really more of a hoppy pale ale than an IPA.

M: Well-attenuated, light to moderate body, very dry finish, higher than average carbonation.

D: A good drinker.

06-23-2009 21:29:32 | More by Derek
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -40.1%

02-10-2012 19:45:38 | More by oldp0rt
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JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +16.8%

500 ml bottle. Bottled on Feb. 2007. Ale on lees.

A-Coppery amber. Very bubbly. OK whitish head that has decent durability. All comes together to make a good looking beer.

S- Malty ale. Fruity notes. Carbonation. Faint yeastiness.

T- Mild pale malt. Fruity notes with a bitter hops finish. Flavourful but somewhat basic beer. There are some coffee notes to the bitterness and a touch of caramel.

MF- Pleasant medium-bodies ale.

D- Quite pleasant to drink. Flavourful with good balance to taste and feel.

04-14-2007 12:20:25 | More by JOaikido
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +3.3%

500 mL bottle purchased from Marche Jovi. Middle-of-the-road IPA -- decent, but not particularly memorable. Good hop presence in the flavour, and some interesting smoky notes in the aroma. Oily, slightly too-thin mouthfeel. Very drinkable, although I don't know if I would purchase it in large quantities.

04-25-2007 02:06:04 | More by crwills
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a clear orange brown, medium white head forms, some lacing on the glass. Smell is strange, grassy hops, chocolate and coffee. Taste is very similar, bready grassy hops, sweet malts. Smooth beer, medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, not exactly and IPA though. Thanks DrJay.

08-14-2005 22:40:15 | More by Viggo
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MasterMart

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

04-07-2012 02:42:24 | More by MasterMart
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -5.7%

Slightly hazy, coppery orange colour with a generous, rocky, white head. Good lacing and head retention. Grassy and floral hop aroma, soft, fresh and green. Some sweet maltiness and light fruity esters as well. Moderate bitterness, grassy and earthy hop flavour. Light fruitiness and a strange yeast character that I couldn't place. Finishes off-dry. Fairly light body, moderate carbonation, with a light grainy mouthfeel. The yeast character is a bit unexpected, it was more hoppy than expected, but less bitter than desired. Still not bad at all.

08-13-2005 01:20:11 | More by DrJay
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.33/5  rDev -30.2%

Got this one at Depanneur Peluso in Montreal this past summer. Awesome shop.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, looser looking, white head with decent retention. Perfectly clear, burnt orange body with lower levels of carbonation. Head fades to a nice foam cap, though only a half wisp remains until the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, green fruits, apples and pears, with some citrus notes in there as well. Pineappl shows up with a touch of yeasty sipces as well. Cross between a pale ale and a Belgian blond. Not really that impressive.

TASTE: Pale and toasted malts, a touch of melon and citrus, then green fruits and spices at the swallow. Medium and lingering aftertaste of pale malts, spicy yeast, and some citrus lemon and floral hop bitterness. Decent, though more a pale ale than a blond here. Still, this is odd within the style.

PALATE: Very light body and higher levels of carbonation. Airy on the palate, goes down fizzy and finishes somewhat dry. Not plesant at all.

OVERALL: This isn't a quality IPA. It's a bit schizophrenic, not knowing if it's actually an IPA or a Belgian blond ale, and the palate is just way too airy and light. A better feel and I could at least drink the bottle, but as it is, Drain ended up with most of it. Skip this one at all costs.

08-31-2012 20:45:02 | More by Jeffo
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India Pale Ale from La Barberie
78 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.