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Baldwin FishEYE PA - Kensington Brewing Company

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Baldwin FishEYE PABaldwin FishEYE PA

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 7.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kensington Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Getting up early and dragging dead fish around all day is a tough gig. That’s why we want to pay homage to the hard working fish mongers down on Baldwin Street. This IPA is big, assertive and full of attitude…not too unlike the surly characters slicing and dicing today’s catch. A wonderfully floral, piney and mildly citrus nose comes by way of an excessive dose of American hops and British ale yeast. The big malt bill achieves a chewy body with a sweet finish. Meant to be enjoyed in moderation, this beer is perfect…anytime.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: Sammy on 10-30-2012)
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Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of evil_liver
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

evil_liver, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of boszormeny
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

boszormeny, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Danielr26, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%

Interesting orange and blue from LCBO for $2.65 CDN served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange / Brown (Burnt Orange?) color is poured. Some sediment in the glass is apparent especially near the end of the pour. Rocky 1 finger of head wasn't doing a ton for me right away, it looked nice and all but the longer it lingered the more impressed I became. Trace amounts of lacing left on the glass and some effervescent bubbles in the glass.

Smell - Not a ton here some mild hops and floral presence is there. The hops are pleasant on the nose but a little more subdued than expected.

Taste - Grapefruit is in here that wasn't apparent on the nose gives it a nice bitter taste, however it is not overpowering. The beer transitions into a maltier back end and the transition from one to another is well done. These are the two stars of this beer and there's not a lot else here but it is well executed. Vague caramel taste in there too.

Mouthfeel - Nice balance between watery and thirst quenching and the rich creamier ale feel. Medium / low carbonation.

Overall - A good IPA, with a solid kick, never is the 6.5% detected. It is a bit on the simple side, because there are fewer elements going on so this may be a good beer for introducing someone new to beer drinking to the American IPA style. Wasn't blown away, but if someone offered me one (and they don't know much of anything about beer) I would be very pleasantly surprised.

DenisKolkin, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of randallpink
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

randallpink, Nov 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

valianes, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of NedShakeshaft
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from the can. Left a fluffy eggshell-white head with excellent retention. As it faded, it left splotchy, white residue as if it were marshmallow melting over hot chocolate. The beer itself is an appropriate goldfish orange.

Smells like a creamsicle! Some note of pine and earth as well but the sweetness dominates the nose.

I'll get to the taste but I'm going to start with the mouthfeel as it made the first and longest-lasting impression on me. It's cream and velvety. A bit thin for an IPA, but so smooth.

A lot of malt upfront. Bready caramel. Dry and bitter finish, some lingering orange peel. It's mildly hopped for an IPA. Some pine notes, a bit earthy and citrusy.

Overall, a delicious IPA but its only exceptional trait is its drinkability. I'd happily a bunch of these for a night of watching sports and eating pizza and wings with friends.

NedShakeshaft, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
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!

Jeffo, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%

Serving Type - 473ml can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance - A fine looking beer. Pours a clear Copper/orange in colour with a decent 2 fingers of thick white head which seems to be sticking around. A mild amount of carbonation is visible. No hop resin that I can see.

Smell - Your standard I.P.A. fare here...citrus and pine in a big way. Malty smells...biscuit and caramel are also present.

Taste - More of the same. Getting s caramel malts up front, followed by some decent citrus. Towards the end I'm getting mostly pine and a lingering bitterness, but given the style it's quite mild.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light for an IPA. Carbonation is low as well. Beer finish wet and smooth.

IdeaSpeeder, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Cramshawbar, Sep 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

mick303, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of MaltyClarkey
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

MaltyClarkey, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Mr_Hoptimistic, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Bilco
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Bilco, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of WeizenMike
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

WeizenMike, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ArrogantPrick, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

yancot, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

WillAndSarah, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

csmartin6, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
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.

jrenihan, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of TerryW
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.

TerryW, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
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.

spinrsx, Aug 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

gloryhole, Jul 31, 2013
Baldwin FishEYE PA from Kensington Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.