Ontario Coast IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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Ontario Coast IPAOntario Coast IPA

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 82
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 5.43%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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: 32 | Hads: 82
Photo of Sammy
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Served in a Cigar City tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a very thin cap, thick collar, and minimal spotty lace. Hazy peach body.

S - Doughy Belgian yeast, phenolic, slightly peppery, some orange zest and vanilla creamsicle flavor, and some fruity esters.

T - Taste is spicy yeast and toasted bread. Much less sweetness and depth than the aroma implies. Somewhat bland and flaccid, and was obliterated by the spicy tofu salad I was eating.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium-light body, gritty texture, and a super dry finish. No obvious alcohol.

D - It's mediocre, but not entirely palatable. Just kind of boring, but with some fatiguing flavors that turned me off after a while. Reminds me of some decent homebrews I've had. (775 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Three Heads Ontario Coast IPA is a very sparkling, hazy, golden ale topped with a huge, fluffy, yellow-white foam. The retention is incredible and the lacing is great. Wow, this head looks like... well, kind of like Lake Ontario. The aroma is spicy and fruity, estery and a touch sweet. This doesn't really smell like an IPA to me. It smells Belgian. There are notes of grass and phenol. It's pretty big bodied, foamy and smooth. It's pretty lively and the finish is clean. This is not what I was expecting, but it tastes good. This is what I'd call a Belgian IPA, like La Chouffe Houblon or Raging Bitch. Yeah, it's quite phenolic, past bacon and stopping just short of band-aids. It tastes fruity, grassy, funky and bitter. The long, bitter aftertaste kind of burns the tongue and tastes a little like juniper. There is orange, apple and some kind of tropical fruit in the taste, but it's hard to tell because the phenol flavor kind of dominates everything. I must admit that this beer is a little disappointing. The rest of the 3HB offerings have been excellent, but this is a beer I wouldn't drink again on purpose. (1,119 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ontario Coast IPA has a light orange body with a creamy, off-white head. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.

The aroma has a good mix of yeast and hop offerings, with a malt backbone to it. Very herbal and spicy.

Spicy is the best way to describe this beer. Clove and peppery flavors mix with a lot of bitterness and herbal flavors from the hops. Good bitterness, a little bit of grainy doughy malt. A little bit of fruit and a warm finish.

Pretty high carbonation, its almost spritzy.

Ontario Coast IPA is a pretty standard Belgian IPA as far as I'm concerned. Fairly good brew. (590 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a two fingers width head with staying power. Tons of lacing. First whiff declares this is a Belgian beer...smelling the exact same way every beer with this strain of yeast insists like smelling. If I was blindfolded, probably would have guessed it was a saison. Nice hoppy profile with a heavy Belgian yeast influence. Pretty smooth mouthfeel. Nothing acidic or otherwise lingering goin' on. It's in, it's out, hello, goodbye. Decent beer, but not something I'll go after again. Just not a fan of Belgian yeast. (557 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark golden yellow color with a 3" head that slowly falls. Thick lacing develops.

Smell: yeast, spiciness, and loads of citrus are nice on the nose.

Taste: lemon zest, orange, yeast, pepper, and a mild earthy quality creates a nicely flavored beer. Bitterness is a bit floral and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with some dryness late.

Overall: not a bad drinking Belgian IPA, but there is a bit of citrus overload as the bottle empties. (507 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears a hazy orange straw color. 1" thick rocky white head. good retention and lacing. juicey citrus aroma- grapefruit & orange. the same hop flavors dominate the taste. slightly sweet, but balanced enough. thin to medium body, medium to high carbonation.

overall - a good IPA, kind of a cross between and "east coast" and "west coast" IPA. (369 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light blonde with a nice head into my glass. The description is intriguing and I genuinely missed the part about "monastic yeast".

Aroma is complex and overly ambitious. A beer that wants to unite both coasts and throw in belgian characterstics? The aroma is full of spicy yeast with a good mix of citrus and pine in the nose.

Very spicy and dominated by the pine end of things. It's actually a big odd flavorwise. "Doughy" in the middle but it's overpowered by alcohol.

Mouthfeel isn't too impressive either. Thin. Acidic.

I feel that this beer falls flat due to trying to be 3 different beers in one. The flavors clash too much for it to be enjoyable. (667 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see more offerings from this company at the local store in central upstate NY. The Kind IPA is outstanding so I'm interested to see how this stacks up. The only other offering I have had from Three Heads was the Skunk Black IPA which was surprisingly mediocre after sampling The Kind. label on the Ontario Coast describes it as a blend between East and West Coast styles of IPA, yet it is categorized as a Belgian IPA on here, interesting.

A - Just a monstrous off white head on this one after what was a decent pour. The head foam is real thick with some super sticky lacing, the thing won't even budge when I move the glass around. The beer itself is very hazy and bright yellow gold in color.

S - Definitely picking up some Belgian yeast and a real sweet aroma. Some dry earthy hops in there but the yeast dominates making this smell more like a Belgian golden ale than an IPA from either coast.

T - There's the hops. Initially some dry earthy hops but then followed by some citrus/grapefruit hops. Definitely has the hop profile of both coast's style of IPA. The Belgian yeast taste here is really subtle and well done, it just dominates the aroma. There is a nice almost candy like finish with moderate dryness and some booze. There is also a nice hint of tropical fruit in the middle. I would have liked more hop flavor, everything is well balanced but reminds me more of a pale ale than an IPA.

M - Slick and sticky on the lips and slightly flat. It seems most of the carbonation exploded into the monster head instead of staying in the beer.

O - Overall, a tasty Belgian style pale ale from Three Heads. The hop flavor could almost be doubled here but it's very flavorful and well balanced. Definitely an improvement over the disappointing Skunk Black but not nearly as special as The Kind IPA. Still, they had even more offerings at the local store so I will keep sampling brews from these guys. (1,917 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Three Heads : Ontario Coast IPA

LOOK: Clear golden colored ale with a white short lived head and some spotty lacework on the pint.

SMELL: Hoppy, fruity aroma with citrus and apricot being predominant. Alittle bit of caramel and bread round it all out.

TASTE: Orangey citrus and herbal hops, a touch of floral influence. Clean honeyed, toffee and slight caramel malt character does the job of providing the body, with a small crackery yeast note. Bitterness is mild but hop flavor is well pronounced. Just a small hint of alcohol, this beer drinks easy for its strength.

FEEL: Medium bodied , well carbonated, and easy drinking. The finish leaves behind a clean, sweet maltyness.

OVERALL: A nice IPA that shys away from aggressive bitterness. Good flavor and packs a punch. I can dig it but finishes a tad sweet for an IPA. (828 characters)

Photo of JAramini
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber claims 72 IBUs. More on that later.

Pours a cloudy gold with a creamy persistent head. Looks like a sunrise over Lake Ontario.

Smell is predominantly Belgian yeast, not a substantial amount of hop aroma. As it warms I'm smelling more lemon/citrus hops, but the yeast is still king.

Taste follows in kind. This strikes me more as Belgian Pale than a Belgian IPA. For 72 IBUs I don't get a ton of hop flavor, though the bitterness does linger in the finish. That bitterness is mellowed somewhat by the sweetness from the malt bill and Belgian yeast strain.

Mouthfeel is more IPA, fairly sturdy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

As an IPA, this beer falls a bit short in terms of hop character, but as a Belgian ale this beer is on the money and delicious. maybe I'm desensitized to hops and other palates would disagree, but I'd like more hop character if this is supposed to be a Belgian IPA, but it's an awesome BPA. (930 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

718th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22oz

Big thanks to Mjtiernan for this one!

App-  A glowing orange with a three finger head.  Even with a careful pour that just popped up.  Huge lace on this.  Lines and cling all over the glass with a dollop of foam on top.

Smell-  Really?  This is a very familar scent for a beer just not an IPA.  Spicy, yeasty and more wit/triple.  Its a Belgian IPA but very new to me.

Taste-  I dont know if I should rate to style or to feeling?  This is unlike any other IPA ive had.  Like the nose its yeasty, spicy but not IPA like but still good.  Even a belgian IPA ive had isnt like this.  Still very tasty.

Mouth-  Medium bodied and medium carbonated.  A lot of spice and yeast on the palate. 

Drink-  With it being a Belgian IPA it all makes sense.  Its very flavorful with a wicked twist.  Balanced and tasty and not overdone.  Id have this one again for sure. (919 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a medium gold hazy body with a pillowy white head. Retention is good leaving behind a nice thick & sticky lacing.

S: A nice citrus & grassy hop aroma balanced with Belgian yeast & spicy notes and a sweet malty backbone.

T: Not what I expected, but still very good. Upfront flavors include a lot of citrus and lemon zest, but have a spicy, white pepper, quality to it. The yeast is an interesting one and getting different complex flavors from it. Also picking up a lot of wheat and a sweet malty backbone. Finishes slightly bitter.

M: Medium carbonation; medium to light body; almost creamy texture.

O: This is not your typical Belgian IPA, but almost like a "white" ipa. A lot of interesting and complex characteristics that I think works for this brew. Try it for sure, but don't rate it base on the "Belgian IPA" style. Have an open mind. I would definitely get again, pricing isn't too bad. (907 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great domed head of four fingers. Leaves sparse lace--a couple of spots. Cloudy like a Belgian should be. Dark gold color.

Nice blend of grapefruit hop bitterness and Belgian Ale yeast. Smells fresh.

Starts with frothy malt flavor, but there is soon a subtle hop bite. Not nearly as much as one would expect from an IPA, but it does provide good balance. The aftertaste has a piney hop bitterness that lasts a long time. The body is accurate for the style with a slightly elevated carbonation level. (502 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Super hazy golden color with some yeast floating in suspension. The massive and pillowy head that I have come to expect from a Belgian IPA. Artic floaters. Tons of thick lacing.

S: Spicy esters. Citrus from the hops. Lots of orange.

T: Tons of esters. Interesting yeast strain. Quite a bit of bite to it. The hops kind of accentuate the bite of the yeast and there is a little bit of alcohol there as well. Really reminds me of Raging Bitch. Finishes quite clean with a lingering hop bitterness.

M: Quite smooth despite the active carbonation. Really quite nice.

O: An enjoyable example of the style. I thought this was a regular IPA at first so I did a double take. Well done three heads. (696 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque medium gold color with a one fingered head which eventually subsides to an even, thick, but yet thin white head across the top with a thick lacing ring and mild carbonation.

S - Very pungent, grassy, lemon herbal aroma, some grapefruit, and bready sweet malt. The aromatic blend is very up front and bold.

T - There's two different layers going on with a grassy, herbal, spicey, peppery, lemon, and somewhat coriander bitterness dominates the sip. Bready malt is present and sometimes surfaces as a slight sweet zing on the front of the tongue, otherwise, it stays buried in the mix.

M - Fairly mild on the tongue, medium body with a slightly watery finish.

O - The overall blend is more Belgian-like which is not what I expected, but very well done and enjoyable. This is my second beer from Three Heads and I'm impressed! (848 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 3HB brew to end a brutal week of new opens at work. I love 3HB's brews. They are good guys with some great initial offerings.

A- ontario coast pours a golden yellow with a quick to reside head of foam. There is some decent lacing on the sides, but more appealing is the yellow glow that screams belgium

S- a whack of belgian yeast with peppery, buttery, and a good citric aroma coming through. It's very uplifting, almost like a saison (as aforementioned). Properties of the belgian strain are wicked evident

T- prickly pear, citric, bready malt, and herbal spices enrobe the belgian yeast strain. The brew is a very well represented belgian ipa from american brewers

M- well carbonated and creamy. A good brew

D- this is very drinkable and yummy for the style. 3HB continues to make great brews. I recommend snagging some of this when you can (850 characters)

Photo of hondo2160
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Consumer's Beverage's in Amherst, NY - nice store/ 22oz bottle.

Pours orangey yellow...not spectacular. Poured too cold, but strong lacing nonetheless.

The surprise is in the span of time from smell to swallow.

Smells Belgian. Uber Belgian. Horse blanket with delicious cardamom. Mellow but extremely present.

Piney first sip which mellowed towards the back of the throat. A true transformer. Changing from Tripel to IPA in 45 seconds. Oily and spicy hops - big malt backbone.

I really enjoyed this beer. It has a lot going on, but a surprising balance has been created. Like a bite of Korean spicy pickle after sweet Korean BBQ...a nice surprise indeed. (677 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,585 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (607 characters)

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Ontario Coast IPA from Three Heads Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.