India Pale Ale - La Barberie

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 18.93%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2003

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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 29
Photo of MeisterBurger
1.68/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

$3.99 for 500 ml of beer. In the interest of full disclosure I feel that may be raising my expectations a little.

Pours a golden amber with a volcanic, over-the-top head. I only managed to get about 1/3 of the bottle into my pint glass before it erupted into the sink. This is some seriously foamy beer.

Smells fresh, with a nice zesty citrus punch. Subtle hint of ripe anjou pears.

Wlarghhkkkgghk!!!!111one11!!!! The taste is weird. Dry. Soapy. Solventy. Phenolic. Acidic. Astringent. Weird. Not malty in any way you could describe, and bitter in a weird way, almost like earwax. Estery in a weird way as well. And it's chalky and overly carbonated. This does not have the markings of a well made beer. Really...and I am being generous here...it's grassy hops with barely enough malt to back it up...but barely enough hops to need backing up. What the hell? The aftertaste is kind of gross.

Mouthfeel is all carbonation, way too much so. Overall I would sum this beer up as IPA flavoured Club Soda.

At 39¢ I would have felt I paid too much. This is not a good IPA. This is not a good beer. This is one to avoid. God dammit I wish I wasn't so cheap that I forced myself to drink the whole miserable bottle.

Photo of Jeffo
2.33/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Ralphus
2.56/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I received this one as part of a trade and it's my first La Barberie brew. I'm not sure it fits the classification of an American IPA but here we go:

Poured an attractive deep copper colour. It's clear and its very carbonated body gives rise to three fingers of white foam. The head recedes to a simple blanket but doesn't offer any lacing on the way down.

The smell is slightly bready with touches of cloves and must. There is some sweeter malts underneath as well.

Taste is fairly light for an IPA. There is some bittering hops towards the end but much of it is cleared from the palate by the high carbonation. Little complexity and only a very small amount of malts or fruit is present. It's not really the punch I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is dominated by the high carbonation and gives the beer a prickly feeling. Drinkability is lower than average.

Photo of bobsy
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had for the second time a Le Saint-Bock in montreal. The cask seems to help this one a lot, but its still lacking. I noticed a soapiness to it that I didn't pick up on the first time around. Original review follows:

Where are the hops? For the love of god, this is supposed to be an IPA. Appearance, aroma and taste is almost identical to Alexander Keith's IPA, which is not a good example of the style. Light amber pour with a small off-white head. Very light malt aroma, and light watered down malt taste. No finish to speak of. Comparing this to the bottle reviews, there seems to be little consistency in hopping.

Photo of Tim2000
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle, 4 months old.

Pours a hazy pale orange, with a head of big bubbles, leaving craters and dying down quickly, lacing the glass.

Citrusy, hoppy aroma.

Moderately malty up front, with a powerful hop bitterness, grapefruit and black tea flavours melt into an almost sour astringency that causes the mouth to pucker. The little sweetness present dries out towards the end.
Mouthfeel is thin, and carbonation is fairly high, which contributes to a strong bite on the tongue, which is not necessarily unpleasant.

I have noticed this astringent taste in many of La Barberie's beers, so it must be related to their brewing methods. This beer in particular would be greatly improved if this fault were corrected.

Photo of biboergosum
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DrJay
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of dherling
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a reddish orange brown color, opaque, with a big foamy off white head. Nose has a big hoppy odor, bitter, resiny, spicy, slightly fruity. The taste is odd, vegetables, hops, resin, bitterness, blood, some woodyness. Finishes fairly crisp, but slightly bitter. Not the most pleasent or refreshing taste, kind of an odd IPA.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hbis2gut
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of eat
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of kbub6f
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is tiny, cream-colored and bubbly over a cloudy, dark, orange-amber, flat beer. Grapefruit and fish share the nose. Up front is sweet grapefruit. Then some generic fruit in the somewhat tingly, watery middle. Finally, bitter grapefruit rind, pine and tobacco close. It's not bad: a fruity IPA, fairly bitter.

Photo of kjyost
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice IPA.

It poured an average red-orange creating a large head that dissipated quickly, leaving behind light lacing. There was a nice floral aroma, but without much else that I could differentiate.

Initially I found the beer exceptionally tasty, but have dialed in back a notch as it didn't maintain its greatness through a whole pint. I might add that it could be that I had paired it with a spicy lunch, but an IPA is supposed to work with spicy food. It is floral with a light amount of bitterness and very light malt. I personally am fond of less malty IPAs so this fit my palate. As I continued to drink the beer though the floral nature was not being noticed and the bitterness took a while to develop, and lingered lightly.

Photo of crwills
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of fisherman34
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange in colour, with a hops and citrus aroma. Has a nice hit of grassy hops upfront, followed by grapefruit, malt, and maybe a bit of pine. It's got quite a drying finish too. Lacks the complexity or balance of some of the better IPAs that I've sampled, but this is still a very solid and drinkable example of this style.

Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Derek
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear amber/copper with a fairly substantial head of foam. Nose is grapefruit and pine, with hints of orange/tangerine. Little bit of sweetness on the palatte, and a big smack of hops - mostly of the grapefruit pith variety. Also a little bit of acidity up front as well. Light in body with a spritzy carbonation, and a long bitter finish. Certainly hoppy, but could use a bit more maltiness and body I think. Still, lots of hops are always nice, and OK drinkability.

Photo of kenito799
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rodenbach99
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle with crown top. Bottled on may 28th, 2010. 4,49$ at Peluso. Light copper with a tick white head. The foam stand 'til the end of the glass. Good hops aroma, american in style. Very hoppy with a good bitterness. Somewhat dusty aftertaste. Good overall IPA. 7/10

Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JOaikido
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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