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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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Photo of ZorPrime
4.72/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

ZorPrime, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of bobsy
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

bobsy, May 20, 2008
Photo of kenito799
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

kenito799, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of crwills
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

crwills, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of JOaikido
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

JOaikido, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of dherling
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

dherling, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Sammy, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of fisherman34
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

fisherman34, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Viggo, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

DrJay, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of Tim2000
2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Tim2000, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of 3Vandoo
4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

3Vandoo, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of hbis2gut
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

hbis2gut, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

kbub6f, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of Goldorak
4.33/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Goldorak, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Rastacouere, Feb 19, 2004
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India Pale Ale from La Barberie
78 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.