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Ontario Coast IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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Ontario Coast IPAOntario Coast IPA

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 84
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 18.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: John on 06-02-2011

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 84
Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a brew of glowing golden-yellow. It holds a glorious three finger cream-colored head, with some of the best retention we’ve ever seen. It has taken at least ten minutes for it to calm down to the point of sippage. Lacing is snowy, and thick around the glass. There is no sediment but serious haze. Carbonation appears voracious. The aroma is of a beautiful Belgian-style yeast. It is bready, steely, and almost a bit funky. We also pick up orange and coriander, as if we’re flirting with a wit. On top of this come bright and fruity citric hops, with orange and grapefruit shining through. Additionally, there is pineapple sweetness and pale malts that are both bright and bready to smooth things over. Booze comes in and out with a faint sting. As we sip, the flavors begin with bitterness of grain, both coppery and rich. These also appear wheaty, and with striking sourness. The front also boasts plastic phenols and standard citric hops. The Belgian yeast also makes an appearance, adding immediate bitterness. With the peak of the swallow we get bittering citrus and fruit peel. The hops swoop in to steal the show, with bright grapefruit and a calming lemon flavoring. We finish with spicy sweetness of cooked fruit, soapy hops, booze, medicinals, and yeast. Things here are cleaner, and much less pronounced. The aftertaste breathes of phenolic bitterness, fusel alcohols, grassy hops, and a general bitterness. The body is medium and the carbonation is high, almost to the point of being overwhelming. There is smooth slurp and huge cream to each sip, which is helped along by the generous, billowy head. The mouth is left finely dried, but the astringency is not overwhelming. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how true it stayed to the style. Everything that was supposed to be there was, and it was executed with extreme precision. The bitterness was pronounced but perfectly controlled with that sweeter, fruitier edge. The hops also showed a nice variety throughout, only adding to an already exemplary beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed peach-like color with a large blooming fluffy white crown.Spicy phenols and citric hops in the nose,the yeast plays a big role here.Yeasty phenols at the onset on the palate,slightly medicinal with some aspirine flavors,citrus and herbal hop flavors in the finish.Well made for the style,although Iam not a huge fan of the style this is a well made BIPA and I have to give it props.

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Photo of TTripp725
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottle, $6 and change, purchased recently at a Wegmans in the Rochester area.

Pours lighter amber with a hazy tangarine hue, off white head, initially huge, going to a fluffy meraingue and then settling to a film, collar and slippery blobs of lacing.

Bright nose, that includes some lite peppery spice, yeast, a slightly off putting burnt plastic, and then orangy flowers. Complex sniff...

Tasty, interesting and complex brew. Creamy mouthfeel, notes of fresh herbal and citic hops, Belgian spice poking up here and there. Dry and peppery finish. Well done, nice take on a favorite style.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. no freshness info on the bottle.

pours out a very cloudy light copper color with a huge billowy soapy egg white head. great retention and lots of thick clingy lace.

sharp aromas mostly of peppery belgian yeast and citrus hops. also some clove and pine.

lots of that yeast showing through in the taste, blends with the hops to make for a nice sharp citrusy peppery flavor. also floral, clove, and a bit of pine towards the finish. finishes with a nice bitterness and fairly dry.

medium bodied with lots of bubbly carbonation.

not a super memorable beer, but enjoyable non the less, worth atleast one try. overall, i like where this brewery is heading and i look forward to there next release.

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Photo of dhmxray
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ABokononist
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Uninteresting IPA. Some bitterness, not bad, but nothing special as an IPA. Yellow coloured body, a little lace. Slightly odd aroma. Not that drinkable. Average mouthfeel, suitable carbonation. Booze was hidden but does it have to be so high alcohol. Mediocre for style.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bomber at Brilbeck's for $6.50. I forgot for a minute that this was a Belgian IPA and my tongue was a bit confused. The beer poured a hazy gold with a huge white head. The flavor is dominated by Chouffe-like Belgian spice, but there's also a sweet peach ester hiding under the earthy lemon hops and yeast character. It's hoppy for a Belgian ale, but less hoppy than most American-made Belgian IPAs. Still, this has a lovely Belgian character with a little sweet and tropical fruit mixed is. The hops don't really appear until the citrus rind finish, but it's a great way to close out a tasty Belgian style ale. It touches on the IPA, tripel (for the dry spice), and Belgian pale (for the fruit) styles, without completely fitting into any one. It doesn't matter though, this is a great beer worth trying.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with 2 fingers of thick and foamy bright-white head. This retains with a full looking finger, which soaps the sides of the glass with a ton of creamy rich lacing. The aroma smells floral and bright in the nose, with a lot of spicy phenolic character from the yeast. Underlying bitter fruit is sweetened up some by a tight smelling graininess along the back. Just a touch of alcohol starts to emerge as this warms.

The taste is a combo of fresh and bright feeling bitter grapefruit and citrus rind flavors, which sits at the forefront of the profile, but I am picking up more sweet tropical fruit character here than I did in the nose. It’s still not overly pronounced but does add a stickiness to this that melds well with the sweetness of the malt. That Belgian yeast does add a lot here though, with some softer fruit notes that helps balance the bitterness and this REALLY spices the finish up, lingering in the back with some leftover dry citrus rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a soft creaminess to the carbonation that intertwines effortlessly with the slickness of those hop oils. Like the nose, there is a bit of warmth to this but the alcohol is mostly very well hid here.

Really solid take on a Belgian IPA here, with those flavors from the yeast really being prominent yet they were still very well integrated in with the rest of that India Pale Ale character. The freshness of the hops and the super easy body on this really put this one over the top for me. Nicely done.

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Photo of poohbearzeccola
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KTCamm
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a perfect pint glass.

Pours murky hazy gold with heavy thick snowfall white foam. Pine nose gives way to Belgian yeast. Quite fruity. Strong herbal and rind taste. Orange citrus. Sweeteners beneath the surface, with a pokey hop finish. Boozy for sure. A bit all over the place, but that may be the point.

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Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle from Finger Lakes Beverage.

A: The IPA is golden, akin to molten cheese. Still clear, the ale supports a huge head, over three fingers. Lacing is ample and sustaining.

S: Hoppy aromas, floral and earthy, are paired with sweet tripel spiciness. Coriander is intense, a peppery pairing with the hops. The Belgian yeast strain does nicely, controlling the ale.

T: That's a good Belgian IPA. The tripel flavors, spicy and strong, start things off nicely. The yeast carries a heavy burden, turning out plenty of phenols. Those clove flavors are weizen-like but much more intense. Underneath those flavors is a bit of alcoholic burn but not much. The IPA has a pop, herbally strong. The ale is very effervescent, spritzy sip after sip.

M: The mouthfeel is muddled like a good Belgian IPA, the phenols, hops and spices doing a great job of swirling together. Makes me wish I had a few more bottles.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of logicalparadox
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Slight hint of Belgian yeast in the back, coupled with potent and astringent front that traps me in the middle. Not a fan

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at CB Craft Brewers in Honeoye Falls, NY.

Pours a slightly hazy peach color, with a short-lived half inch head. There's some visible carbonation.

Smells like grassy hops, grapefruit, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is similar. Aspirin-like bitterness, grassy/earthy hops, fruity Belgian yeast esters. A little bland tasting and slightly watery tasting.

Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel.

This wasn't entirely good. Drinkable enough and not offensive, but just a little boring. The flavors could be brighter and come together better.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of plaid75
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Hoptron Brewtique, Patchogue, NY.

Poured a slightly hazy brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured clean esters and a vibrant peppery hop.

The taste was likewise clean with flavors of fresh white pepper, sweet pale malt and an earthy active ester.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very nicely crafted estery ale. Refreshing.

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Photo of russwilliam
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly cloudy, short lasting head with good lacing. Looks more Belgian than IPA

Has many good aromas- citrus,yeast,spices,almost hefe like with some funk and hops

A whole lot of flavors going on here. I taste like 5 different styles of beer here- ipa,belgian ipa,hefe,saison,pale ale.

Feel is light enough for summertime

I think I will enjoy a few more of these this summer.

I do think some better labeling would be a good idea. The label says IPA but does not mention enough about the Belgian influence. I knew it had Belgian yeasts, and enjoy that style, but the label should be more clear

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Ontario Coast IPA from Three Heads Brewing
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