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Ontario Coast IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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Ontario Coast IPAOntario Coast IPA

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BA SCORE
84
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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 06-02-2011)
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Photo of plaid75
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

plaid75, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of 1BadblueSS
3/5  rDev -19.6%

1BadblueSS, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev +7.2%

MarkJBurch, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

chippo33, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

TheRuss9585, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of chefduff2
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

chefduff2, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of 3Hops
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

3Hops, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of ABokononist
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

ABokononist, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

jmdrpi, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Gavage, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

tempest, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +7.2%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of druptight
4/5  rDev +7.2%

druptight, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of ng85
4/5  rDev +7.2%

ng85, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -19.6%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

BrewCrew2010, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

generallee, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of BeerPhan86
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

BeerPhan86, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +7.2%

nh2032, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -19.6%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +7.2%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Hojaminbag, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

MasterSki, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

TheBrewo, Oct 28, 2011
Ontario Coast IPA from Three Heads Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.