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Le Castor / Pit Caribou - 30¢ Black IPA - Microbrasserie Le Castor

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Le Castor / Pit Caribou - 30¢ Black IPALe Castor / Pit Caribou - 30¢ Black IPA

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very good

10 Reviews
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Reviews: 10
Hads: 30
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Le Castor visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: groleau on 04-17-2014

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 30
Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

660ml (that's what the label sez) bottle, a thoughtful gift from stand-up dude rogerdandy, via his stellar Québécois connections. This one indicates that it's actually brewed at Pit Caribou, but screw it, I'm not gonna add to the BA clutter-sphere.

This beer pours a near solid, mahogany highlighted black, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some stellar chunky mountain stream lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, creamed toffee, zippy fresh fruit hoppy esters - white grapefruit, orange, and pineapple rind - some laid-back pine forest floor astringencies, a twinge of free-agent wet ash, and further muted tropical fruit notes. The taste is grainy, almost doughy caramel/toffee malt, bitter cafe-au-lait, peppy domestic fruit (grapefruit, orange, and peach), some gentle flinty chalkiness, an increasingly acrid piney, leafy, and herbal hoppiness, and maybe a suggestion of a hint of a wisp of metallic booze.

The carbonation is adequate in its duly supportive and sometimes frolicking frothiness, the body a stoic medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, just some of those awakened piney hops traipsing a little too heavily through Grandma's roses, as it were. It finishes off-dry, the base roasted malt reminding everyone that there's two (or maybe three) sides to the equation here.

Credit where credit is due, is the first summary thought that comes to me in regards to 30¢ (other than it is less fun to say with an Ebonics accent than 50¢). Very well made, and particularly targeted to this doubter of the validity of the style - the roast is there, sure, but it knows enough to keep in the background, and let the base IPA run rampant. Je l'aime beaucoup!

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black with a big creamy head. Smells of fresh hops, oranges citrus, pineapples, grapefruits, quite surprising for a black IPA. Nice hoppy taste in the mouth also with a nice espresso and dark chocolate aftertaste. Nice bitterness that stays with you for a while. Probably one of the most hoppy Black IPA I've taste, really fantastic.

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Photo of SSS
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-nice black colour with an off white head
S-there is a 'fresh' hop aroma, perhaps Cascade...it's almost soapy
M-a little thick for my liking, although the black IPA GENRE is somewhat of a mystery for me
T-it seems to be battling with the identity of an IPA and a porter of some sort, I don't like this confusion as it makes me want both
O-I wanted to like this more than I did, I was not overly impressed and to be honest expected more from Le Castor which I am a huge fan! Forget this and drink a Yakima IPA

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Damn this one looks good. Pours clear dark brown color with a light beige head. Tons of lacing and retention is very very good too.

S: Lots of citruses, mangoes, very ripe pineapples and anises. It surprisingly all blends together very well. There is a soft malt base with sweet notes of candi sugar and light roasted notes.

T: That's where the beer really falls apart. In the nose, everything made sense and there was a kind of synergy. Now it's all over the place. You get real bitter chalky notes with strong anise. There is a light amount of citruses, but not enough to balance the chalkiness of the beer. There are roasted notes, but again, they don't feel right with the rest of the beer.

M: Medium body, quite sticky. Ok for the style but I would have preferred something rounder.

O: This is a decent beer. It's a nice experience from these breweries, but they will need to work on their recipes.

EDIT: Maybe this beer would be much better if it would be aged.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear dark color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of green citrusy hops with light piney notes. Taste is dominated by light citrus notes with some good piney notes and some medium roasted malt notes. Body is bit light for style with good carbonation. Great beer with more focus on the hops profile than the roasted malt side.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with a friend.

Poured a dark brown, black color with 2+ fingers of bubbly tannish head, decent retention and lace. The nose is roasted malt, maybe a bit of chocolate or espresso and some spicy and a bit of dry citrus. The taste follows suit and leads with the grain bill, roasted malt, biscuits and followed with hops drying out the palate. The hops are more dry bittering hops, not much of the citrus present. It is medium body and carbonation resulting a smooth beer. Overall, it is a decent, albeit, safe black IPA.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from Brouehaha QC for $7.99+

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, chocolate/coffee, grapefruit, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate, coffee, and malts. There is also apricot, grapefruit, and some hops.

Overall - One of my favourite styles of beer and this one is pretty well done. I was hoping for a little more flavour but that flavours that it does have are great. A little pricey but still well worth trying, especially if you like American black ales

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear cola black with a big three fingers of creamy tan head that sloppily settles like a rock at a finger and a half. Great retention; good, gloppy lacing.

Surprisingly bright and citrusy. Funky grass, lemon rind, some tea-like astringency, green pineapple, and an underlying nutty cereal aroma that is barely there (to my nose at least).

Smooth and dryly hoppy. Blunt hop bitterness and a slight essence of citrus; the roasted elements come through well in giving it a little depth and a slight coffee twinge.

Medium bodied with good carbonation and an easy drinking thin quality to it. It has a nice lingering, increasingly malty finish but otherwise is neither the best nor worst in this department.

pretty decent take on a Black IPA.
I like beers from both of these breweries anyway and so I was already figuring that I would like it, it may not have exceeded my expectations but it is pretty solid. It pours lovely and has an really tropical nose for a QC IPA and even moreso for an ABA. In my opinion the intense citrus funk smells that hit you on talking a whiff comprise the most surprising and delightful part of this beer. It is a nice beer to drink and does a good job of using the maltiness of the roasted ingredients to give the beer a bit of body without dominating the flavor profile. However, I also could do with it having a more malt in the taste.
Would have again; worth getting ahold of.

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Photo of papat444
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 660ml bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Pours the color of root beer, 4 finger off white head that latches on pretty good with no signs of leaving. Aroma is roasted malt mixed with hops. Flavor though is ordinary, not much roasted flavor and the hops are not very aggressive. No coffee, chocolate flavors either. Considering the breweries involved and the stellar IPAs that brew, i expected more and this is a let down unfortunately.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to seblp for sending this as part of our Canbif box.

A: Pours out like a dark stiff coffee, slightly transparent with a ruddy shine. Head froths up 2 fingers of sand like foam that settles to a single layer.

S:Heavy toasted grains, deep malts, smoky wood and wet leaves. Slight hops on the back end but nothing overwhelming. Funky scent of old socks as the brew warmed. The over all scent is slightly mild and deeply toasted.

T: Deep toasted grains & acrid molasses, notably medicinal with a dry pithy hops at the back end. The hops linger on the tongue pithy and bitter.

M: Light to medium bodied, mild carbonation and strong hold on the after taste.

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Le Castor / Pit Caribou - 30¢ Black IPA from Microbrasserie Le Castor
85 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.