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Ontario Coast IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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Ontario Coast IPAOntario Coast IPA

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33 Reviews
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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
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a medium white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin and spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and some citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild for the style but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are a lot of other beers in the style that I would choose first.

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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 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 Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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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 jmdrpi
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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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 BrewCrew2010
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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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 cavedave
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge and thick off white head almost overtops the stemless tulip. A very cloudy golden brew seethes with carb. beneath it. Lather grows from the glass as the head goes down.

The unmistakable smell of saison yeast is the main aroma in a bouquet carrying spice, pepper, grassy hops, some herbal bitterness, and citrus beneath. Delicious!

Mmm, what a delcious take on a BIPA. A hint of saison yeasty tart and spice starts the sip, some mild bready sweet joins in, citrus offers a hand, grassy hop, and it ends with the spicy and tart nature stepping up to some mild bitterness for a fairly dry, not quite crisp, finish. The balance of elements makes this quite yummy.

Mouthfeel is quite viscous, it could do with a touch less carb., and the finish is really fine.

Couldn't help reading the other reviews and I am wondering if this growler is from a new batch with a tweaked recipe, as the tastes are better than others experienced, even different in some ways, and the quality is really fine. I recommend trying this to all who have not, and re-trying it to all who have tried it and found it lacking. This makes Raging Bitch its bitch.

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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 yesyouam
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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

718th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 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 WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent along with an excellent yeast aroma. The hop character is quite good as well. It has a nice bitter aroma that melds well with the earthy, citrus yeast aroma. The taste is great! It has am earthy, yeasty flavor that compliments a basic pale and biscuit malt bill and a nice hop character. It goes down smooth with a mild to aggressive bitterness and finishes with a citrus, Belgian yeast feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It has all the bells and whistles without being over the top.

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Ontario Coast IPA from Three Heads Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.