Baldwin FishEYE PA - Kensington Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
Cask Days 2012. Latest Kensington offering of higher IBU product. Bubbly head on orange body. Some orange citrus taste, not bad a beer, maybe better on tap. Medium mouthfeel, a bit of astringency. Decent drinkability for hopheads. 70 ibu. Some caramel, but the hops are the show.
10-30-2012 01:18:36 | More by Sammy
2.89/5 rDev -19.7%
Can: Poured a clear copper color ale with a rather large foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of dry caramel malt with light bitter hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by some dry caramel malt with some hoppy bitter notes that are not as powerful as I would have expected. Body is light with good carbonation. Too much dry caramel malts for its own good with hops that fell way short considering the style.
01-27-2014 00:23:31 | More by Phyl21ca
3.64/5 rDev +1.1%
This "Eye PA" is certainly a looker (get it? hardy har har!) Seriously though, the pint glass in front of me looks idyllic: a very deep but highly resplendent amber beer with a fine, almost peach-fuzz layer of foam atop. It's worthy of a magazine ad and requires no airbrushing.
If you ask me, American hops and English yeast have always been uneasy bedfellows - one is vivid tropical and citrus fruits, the other is subtly suggestive of dark and dried fruits. They're coexistence is no less troubled in this bouquet; orange slices butt heads with raisins.
The referee in all this is the malt, its toastiness and toffee notes complimentary to both the resinous pine taste as well as the subtler cherry-like notes. Malty flavours of caramel squares and sticky toffee pudding basically just take over outright on the palate (perhaps to the disappointment of anyone hoping for more focus on the pineapple and pine needles).
The mouthfeel might be a bit cardboard-y if not for two factors: the grassiness and oiliness of the hops. These two textures - one dry and herbal, the other sappy and sticky - add a modest earthy dimension to a profile that otherwise would be dominated by plastic-y caramel. The bitterness is enough to sort the men from the boys but not the beasts from the men.
Kensington Baldwin FishEye PA has echoes of modern, American-style hopping but is obviously of a more traditional, British-minded perspective. My experience tells me this will make it harder to sell as an "IPA" in the southern Ontario market; claiming it an English Strong Ale or something of the sort would serve it better... though it'd be a shame to waste such a good (bad) pun.
07-10-2013 21:26:49 | More by biegaman
3.36/5 rDev -6.7%
Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark amber-copper coloring with a tall, frothy, big bubbled, off-white head. Vibrant. Nose of pineapple and passion fruit sweetness, tangy caramel backbone, and floral highlights. Flavors of caramel on the forward tongue, roasted and slightly tangy, with a resiny, bitter hops streak at the end of the palate. Slick and slightly oily in mouth, with a roasty sweet aftertaste. Slick, slightly dry finish. Decent brew. A little all over the place, but tasty and interesting.
06-27-2013 23:17:48 | More by GarthDanielson
3.53/5 rDev -1.9%
On tap @ Bar Hop.
A - Pours a medium amber with a thin film of off-white head.
S - Good bitter hop punch with citrus and pine. A fairly substantial malt bill adds notes of caramel and a good amount of sweetness.
T - Very balanced, as the nose indicated. Lots of sweet, caramel malts and a moderate bitterness with grapefruit, pine and some earthy flavours.
M - Medium body. Light carbonation.
11-24-2012 18:44:43 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5 rDev -1.9%
473ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.75
Appearance - Clear amber colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some grains and just a hint of a grapefruit flavour. It ends with a malty sweet mildly hopped aftertaste.
Overall - While not exciting, this is a pretty decent beer. Don't expect anything American tasting as far as IPAs go.. more of a English style if anything, Not something I'd buy again, but worth trying once.
08-01-2013 03:06:37 | More by spinrsx
3.84/5 rDev +6.7%
A pleasant find at the local LCBO... Surprising it made it this far north, but certainly glad it did.
A - Pours a nice amber, finger of head with decent retention and some nicr sheeting lacing.
S - Sweet citrus, earthy pine and cedar, caramel, toffee and a slight metallic finish.
T - Follows the nose, sweet citrus, sugared grapefruit, earthy cedar and a touch of metallic notes. The finish is more bitter with mandarin rind and a touch of caramel.
M - Medim bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.
O - A pleasant addition to the IPA selection locally and something I would both recommend and grab more of. Easily sessioned and well worth picking up. Here's to hoping they stock this regularly.
06-22-2013 03:13:16 | More by andrenaline
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
Got this one at the LCBO
From a 16oz can into a snifter
APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with great retention. Fades to a thin film and sticks to the sides of the glass. hazy burnt orange with next to no carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp remains leaving dots of lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Pale malts, caramel notes, honeydew melon, some grapefruit and pine aromas on the nose. Well balanced.
TASTE: Pale malts, caramel and melon flavors up front. Some grapefruit and pine bitterness at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of piney bitterness, floral hops and a touch of caramel sweetness. Pretty decent, and more interesting than their pale ale.
PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Full and creamy feel.
OVERALL: This is pretty solid. A better and more interesting beer than their Augusta pale ale. There are quite a few good IPA's in Ontario now and while this one doesn't stand out, it can certainly run with the crowd. A solid IPA that I'd gladly drink on a regular basis. Cheers!
09-16-2013 19:30:37 | More by Jeffo
3.54/5 rDev -1.7%
Apparently this batch was the first unfiltered batch of the beer. Having not had it before, I can't say if there is a noticeable difference.
Beer is toffee coloured with a moderately sized off-white head. Fades quickly.
Bread and biscuit in the nose, a bit of orange-focused citrus.
Taste is quite malty. Bread and caramel. The hops are there but are surprisingly muted. Some citrus and pine.
Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Bready.
Overall. one of the maltiest IPAs I have ever had. Not something to go back to.
08-08-2013 01:12:51 | More by jrenihan
3.26/5 rDev -9.4%
A: Copper orange filtered with no carbonation, 4 fingers of amber tinged head, some chunky continents-on-the-map-like lacing. The head unfolds like an inverted waterfall and is beautiful, in some ways resembles a nitro can though its not.
S: Orange, fruity, light pine, some red chili peppers, cough syrup.
T: Light fruity, melon, orange, pine, alcohol, cough syrup
M: Medium thick syrupy body, somewhat resinous. Low carbonation.
O: Quite good that would be better if chilled a little more, I’m having it at room temperature.
06-03-2014 00:00:56 | More by patre_tim
3.23/5 rDev -10.3%
Pours iced tea amber with a chunky, long lasting cap. Copious amounts of lace cling to the glass on the way down. The aroma is herbal and fruity hops mingling with fresh bread and light roasty malts. Grapefruit, melon and grape skin hop flavors and an assertive bitterness dominate the taste. Chewy, caramel malts are very prominent. Alcohol spice is quite noticeable for the ABV. The mouthfeel is light bodied and moderate to lightly carbonated. Some slick coating and booze heat detracts. The finish is moderately bitter and a bit boozy.
This is an ok, if somewhat distracted IPA. Too much malt in the flavor and an immodest alcohol presence for the strength. Still worth try, and very good on tap.
12-08-2013 02:05:11 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.64/5 rDev +1.1%
Good looking bright opaque rusty orange beer with a moderate head that settles to a film. Lots of lace all the way down. An extra 0.25 for fun graphics on the can.
Nose full of grapefruit citrus and pine with malt lurking in the background. Taste is aggressively hoppy, dominated by citrus peel, followed by sweet malt, drying bitterness, slightly metallic. Decent enough, but essentially the same as the rest of the pack. As this style is becoming increasingly common its getting harder to distinguish yourself.
Good overall and worth a try.
08-01-2013 18:10:30 | More by TerryW
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
473 mL can from the LCBO; no freshness info - but that's not terribly concerning because these haven't been on the shelves for very long. It's encouraging to see another beer from the folks that brought us Augusta Ale - not exactly a personal favourite of mine, but still a good beer that I've returned to on multiple occasions. I haven't had an IPA in a few months now, so hopefully this one will satiate my hop addiction. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a pint glass.
This brew pours a beautiful amber colour, slightly hazy and topped with about one finger of puffy, off-white head that quickly recedes into a thin, creamy film. It also leaves a solid ring of thick lacing behind, coating the sides of the glass. Enjoyable aroma that doesn't stray far from the mean - pine sap and orange citrus notes, with some bready malts and caramel detectable just beneath the hoppy surface.
Enticing enough so far, I suppose, but the taste leaves me wanting. The malts are more profound here than on the nose, providing a pleasant caramel sweetness that underlies the far more noticeable hop bill. Earthy pine needles, pink grapefruit and orange pith become more prominent toward the finish, which is fairly astringent and bitter. Medium-bodied with mild carbonation, and an oily feel that makes this brew's aftertaste cling to the tongue after each sip, extending its presence.
This is a well-made beer that I don't have any real complaints about, other than the fact that it offers nothing particularly novel or exciting. I had a hop craving and this brew stood up to the task nicely, but while drinking it I discovered no features that really stood out. I'm a big fan of the mouthfeel, though, which really makes this stuff seem more drinkable than it probably should be at 6.5%.
Final Grade: 3.73, a serviceable B grade. Like Augusta Ale, Kensington's Baldwin Fisheye PA is a solid representative of its style, but I'd hesitate to call it an outstanding one. It's not a bad beer - quite the opposite, in fact. It's a textbook American IPA that I wouldn't hesitate to suggest to someone looking for a good baseline introduction to the style. Worth a shot.
[Updated Jan. 4 2014]
Another can, this time compared side-by-side with Mad Tom, Boneshaker and Red Racer IPA. I've had a few cans of this over the past few weeks and have come to appreciate it a little more - this is not an attention-grabbing IPA at all, but it's quite tasty, well-balanced and sessionable for the style. Good stuff, and something I'll probably return to again.
06-21-2013 06:35:35 | More by thehyperduck
Baldwin FishEYE PA from Kensington Brewing Company
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