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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:
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +5%
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!

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Eriktheipaman
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a gold with white head. The head fades but leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is of peppery lemon.

The taste has many layers to it. Bitterness on the front the fades to lemon/citrus, pepper notes, and the best part, a little malt on the back.

The thing that usually throws me off from Belgian IPA's is the lack of malt to balance. This has a just enough on the back to keep the yeast esters from becoming overpowering.

I dig it.

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