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Yakima IPA - Microbrasserie Le Castor

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 05-06-2013

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Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by mtomlins:
Photo of mtomlins
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 660ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

A: Straw with an orange hue in color and is almost clear; pours to a huge sudsy white head that gets creamy as it slowly settles and leaves behind a veritable curtain of lacing.

S: A beautiful, big hoppy nose! First off are big juicy tropical fruits (mangoes and papayas) followed by some subtle spicy notes and sweet malt.

T: For such an amazing, hoppy nose, Yakima is very malt forward with lots of rich caramel malt thru the taste. The hops are there with lots of citrus and tropical fruit qualities. There are some bittering hops drying out the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation; round and smooth.

O: An amazing hoppy nose that was lacking in the taste and finished with a strange aftertaste. With such an amazing nose, I was a bit let-down that there was not more of a hop presence when drinking the beer. Still, very drinkable and I need to resample to see if the off-flavor is still present.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and resinous hoppy notes is quite intense with nice floral notes. Taste is dominated by citrus and resinous hoppy notes with floral undertones with dry malt base and some bitterness at the end. Body is about average with great carbonation. Quite an impressive beer with great hops punch and citrus notes while limiting the bitterness level.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Soods for this one.

A - Cloudy pale yellow wit a thin layer of white head.

S - Peach, pine, grapefruit, pineapple and a light mango aroma. Slight honey sweetness.

T - Moderate bitterness up front with a mix of citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Peach, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple and a light mango flavour. A honey malt sweetness is present to provide some balance.

M - Medium. Creamy. Oily. Moderate.

Photo of papat444
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 660ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: A stark white and foamy head that really lays it on the glass. Light yellow colored body, nice and hazy..

Smell: Powerful lemon and assorted citrus fruits, aromatic, bit floral.

Taste: Sweet kiss on the hops, biscuity, lemon, papaya, pineapple and tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced, not aggressive but good bitterness regardless.

Overall: A sessionable IPA. Nothing over the top, just well made.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to ricochet173 for providing us this brew.

A: Pours a golden pear with 3 fingers of off-white head which slowly dissipates leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Initial smells of sweet tropical fruit of papaya, pineapple and oranges together with citrus fruits. Strong background notes of sweet malts.

T: Sweet tropical fruits together with a solid malt backbone. Finishes with a lingering citrus bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A nicely balanced IPA that contains a solid amount of malts to balance out clean, fresh tropical hops. Thanks again to Steve to providing this to me.

Photo of spinrsx
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Brouehaha QC for $6.99+

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white 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, apricots, grapefruit, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot, grapefruit, and malts. There is also pineapple, resiny hops, and citrus zest.

Overall - Wow - it's amazing how far quebec IPA's have come in the last few years. This plus Moralite have really changed the landscape for QC brews. This is pretty bang on for a west coast style IPA, and I can get it fresh. My bottle was from a case stamped May 26th. If this was in a smaller format like moralite, it would be one of my go to's.

Photo of ludachris
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There's a thick haze to its peach flesh body. Almost two fingers of frothy egg shell head forms after a steady pour. It's a bit rocky and moves to the sides out from the center as time elapses. The lace it leaves behind is thick and sloppy.

Heaps of juicy and ripe tropical fruit are at the forefront. Peaches and guava and mango form a summery melange of fruit. Grapefruit pith gives it some twang. A light biscuit character lies underneath with a drop of caramel.

A piney and pithy bitterness encases the palate and the sweet fruit comes in the middle. The tropical essence so prevalent in the nose gives way to healthier notes of grapefruit and chewy apricot. On the exhale comes the fresh bready notes that are pierced by the lingering piney green bitterness.

The body is chewy and creamy with a delicate level of carbonation. This really helps to accentuate the hop character as well as its texture. It's medium bodied with a dry finish. The bitterness that comes with the finish is more pleasant than obtrusive and serves as a good cap to this IPA.

This is my first beer from Le Castor and I'm thoroughly impressed. According to my friend at Broue Ha Ha, Le Castor was ranked as one of the 5 best breweries coming out of Quebec, sitting with DDC, Le Trou du Diable, Charlevoix, and Les Trois Mousquetaires. Yakima is balanced with a great texture and plenty of fruity goodness to enjoy. I can't wait to get my hands on more of their stuff!

Photo of SebD
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: It has a nice hazy deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, pineapple, grapefruit (very tropical), dank pines resins and some sweet bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of citrus, grapefruit zest, pineapple, perhaps even mango, dank bitter pine resins and a touch of bready malts on the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Definitely one of the best IPA's Quebec has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of olivianjeremie
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this in a bottle, great hoppy flavor. Nice after taste, not to over powering. It has a 75 IBU rating. Not an every day beer, but refreshing and unique. Like the 660 ml bottle size. 6.5% alcohol content, so not to strong. Got it from a specialty beer store in Montreal, fantastic selection. But I forgot the name.

Photo of simonsays2k9
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Golden orange, frothy 2 fingers head dissipating into a thin coat leaving tons of lacing around the inside of the glass. Nice carbonation. Very lovely presentation.

Nose: Grapefruit, citrus rind, tangerine, pine, a bit of dankness, tropical fruits maybe a bit of pineaple and mango. Hops up front, the malts are very suddle, acting more like a canvas for the hops.

Taste: Grapefruit juice, tangerine, lime zest, a bit piney and earthy in the finish.

Solid West Coast Style IPA - Basicly everything you would expect. Nice balance between the fresh fruit and the green notes. Clean, crisp finish. This is right on the money. Truly one of the best IPA in Quebec at the moment. This brew met my expectations. Well done, Le Castor !

94/100 (Overall)
95/100 (IPA)

Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

The beer comes in a hazy bright orange.

The flavor hits of huge grapefruit and citrus. A touch of tropical and peach flavors. There's a crisp bready malt that does not hunker the beer down. A bitterness of floral and pine on the finish.

A really tasty brew and refreshing IPA.

Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer is a light yellow golden in colour. Large white head. Nice retention and lace.

Scent is nice. Lemon, grapefruit and a bit of pineapple and other tropical scents. Nice light fruit scents. A little bit of malt, but this is a hop focused beer.

Taste is great. Nice bright tropical and citrus fruits. A real pineapple/mango flavour, with some grapefruit and lemon behind. A bit spicy. Malt is low but present, a bit of a bready flavour. Very nice!

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Nice.

Overall, very good. A real surprise! The best IPA I have had from Quebec. I would happily drink a lot of this one.

Photo of spiritus93
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma of this cloudy straw coloured beer screams IPA with prominent hops and overwhelming grapefruit zest smell.

Taste starts off bitter, but resolves itself in a complex citrus and hops flavour with a slight underlying sourness. Strong hops bitterness lingers for a long time on the tongue, with hints of pine cone.

Snow white medium yet persistent head.

A thirst quencher when ice cold, ideal for a hot summer day, or a bit warmer enjoyed on a crisp sunny fall afternoon.

Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 660 ml bottle to a tulip.

A: pours a lovely straw gold color with just a hint of orange. There is a huge three finger head upon pouring that slowly breaks down leaving some lovely lacing and a nice iceberg of foam in the middle of the glass.

S: citrus fruits right up front, grapefruit and lemon zest, and then pine comes in. This is a nicely hoppy beer to say the least. Malts and some spices sneak in near the end.

T: the citrus follows through on the taste...the grapefruit and lemon zest, followed by some pine and then the malts come through.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

O: Really quite good. I found it to be nice and hoppy, but not overpoweringly so. I think this is a nice effort and perhaps one of the better I have seen for an IPA out of Quebec.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Traditional west coast style IPA look. Very light honey like color with strong creamy pure white head with tons of retention and lacing.

S: Smell is also very west coast IPA: lots of grapefruit, orange peel, pine resin. Some very light malts just like it should be honestly. A tiny bit of floral notes. Very predictable and straightforward, but excellent.

T: Taste is quite deceiving. Not as juicy as the smell suggests but still is plenty refreshing. You have a very light sweetness from the malts and that's it. Gotta admit it's the first time I taste an IPA from Quebec that used the malts just like Californian IPA's do. Still, you get a strong and dry grapefruit bite with good amount of orange peel too. Light chalk and pine resin.

M: Near perfect. Very fluffy and extra light just as a good summer beer should.

O: This is a very solid beer and most likely the most west coast IPA Quebec has ever offered. If they could maybe add a bit more juicy-ness by doing the dry hopping maybe a bit later, it'd be damn near perfect.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Brasserie St Bock in Montreal.

Pours a pale gold colour, bit of haze. Head is white, whispy, just thin trails of lace. Bit meh.

Loads of citrus and other fruit on the nose. Pulpy mango with a touch of pineapple and passionfruit. Sweet, refreshing aroma. Lots of substance to it too, in spite of the subtle, almost undetectble malt.

Taste is more of that citric character. Tangy from the get go with big fruity mango sweetness as well. Gets passion and pine midway before citric bitterness on the back. Lemon pith and grapefruit. Nice transition from sweet to bitter too, melds well. Nice IPA.

Sharp carbonation from start to finish. Quite fizzy and rough. Not enough body there and hops don't help.

Nice IPA overall though. Drinks fruity, but stays grounded.

Photo of wordemupg
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

660ml bottle poured into tulip 8/7/13

A slight haze in a bright yellow body, lots of tiny bubbles and fine sediment, large loose off white foam has great retention slowly falling to a eraser top island leaving lots of soapy lace

S fuzzy peach candy, tangerine and mandarin with a little mango, pines strong with some floral notes and vitamin C chewable's, smells strong and sexy

T a little lemon rind and grapefruit I wasn't picking up on the nose, not quite as tropical with more pine needles, still solid but the nose takes it

M fairly light bodied for an IPA but it works, a nice bitter snap and the bubbles give it some body, long lingering rind and pine finish

O I wasn't expecting this beer to make my day but it did just that, not lacking anywhere and it smells divine, I could drink another bomber or two no issues

I never would've guessed I'd be drinking this random want today, I'm considering myself lucky today

Photo of hopsolutely
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A world class Quebecois IPA that I'm enjoying with many thanks to mtomlins.

Pours a hazy light golden straw colour with a white head that leaves an impressive amount of lacing. Fantastically hop-forward aroma of resinous pine and citrus, with only hints of the tropical fruits that are more prevalent in the taste. Flavour is a great blend of my favourite APA hop tones, with pink grapefruit, loads of mangos and many other fruits. The finish has a surprisingly sweet malt element underneath the typical hop bitterness, but it's a pleasant ending to a powerful beer.

Photo of canucklehead
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost tastes like a fresh hop ipa with the hops really moving to the fore in both the nose and the finish the citrus flavours shine with types of hops used not much malt backbone as Fat Tug which drops it down in my book. Still an amazing ipa and from Quebec to boot

Photo of tbeckett
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from hoppypocket in CanBIF Fall 2013. Told by a guy in Montreal that this was the best IPA from Quebec. Expectations!

A - Pours golden and slightly hazy with a three finger bubble bath soap head that turned into four fingers. Strong carbonation. Good rings of lace and a solid finger and a half retention.

S - Lemon, pine, melons, alcohol. Canned syrupy fruits. Mango-y type tropical fruits present too.

T - Lemon, more pine, more melons. Some alcohol is evident. A little tropical.

M - Good gripping bitterness and a little booze in the finish. Strong carbonation, medium oily body.

O/D - This wasn't as great as I was expecting. Not a resinous hop bomb like they try to claim it will be on the bottle. Good though. Has potential to be great. Valiant effort but held back by an alcholic melon note.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(3.75) A: Hazy straw coloured with a fingers worth of tan head that modestly creamy and bubbly. Lasting retention and lacing that sticks.

(4.0) S: Pine, pineapple, papaya, hints of banana, nutty qualities, and buttered bread. This also has a nice underlying earthy aroma like damp moss or mushrooms.

(4.25) T: Pine, tart citrus (grapefruit), juicy tropical (pineapple), spices, and baked bread. Lots of dryness with a nice middle ground for the bitterness without being overly bitter. Flavourful and fresh tasting with those solid IPA qualities done well.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with med-higher carbonation. Slick and oily with a bit of resin-like texture.

(4.0) D: This is a great IPA and one I could drink on a regular basis. Will have to keep my eye out to try other Le Castor offerings.

Photo of Grumm
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

My wife thought this was the best IPA she had ever had. I think it was certainly one of the very best. I had it both on tap in Ottawa and in bottles.

Photo of MasterSki
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mason jar at Cask Days.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap and specks of lace. Lightly hazed orange body. Pretty appropriate for a cask IPA.

S - Orange creamsicle; spot-on West Coast IPA. A heavy does of citrus flesh, with some zest and rind mixed in. Malt backdrop imparts a touch of sweetness, but remains largely in the background.

T - The taste isn't quite as awesome as the aroma, with less succulent orange and a bit more in the way of bready malt and piney bitterness. Still, the latter isn't excessive and on the whole its quite enjoyable.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, and a pleasant dry finish with lingering oily hop resins. No perceptible alcohol.

D - This is a top tier Canadian IPA. I hope the bottles taste like this, as I'd love to buy this regularly. The best IPA that I had at the fest in any case. I think these guys get that the secret to a great West Coast IPA is in the malt bill.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Very pale, actually a lot paler than I was expecting, almost pilsener-esque. Lacing was great and each sip was easily visible. Head sustained itself brilliantly and was a nice white color.

S: Pungent pineapple tropical fruit aromas. I didn't get so much of the pine but there was perhaps a touch there. Maybe even a bit of garlic and onions if you really wanted to search for it. (I'm guessing citra)

T: Hops immediately embrace the palate and provide the same notes they do on the aroma. Pineapple, sweet citrus, tangerine, a bit of grapefruit. It's really not the boring generic cascade and crystal malt IPA which is great to see. The malt backbone could maybe use a bit of work and is a bit lack luster but it does its job decently. I did get a bit of a corn like taste off the malt but nothing too severe.

M: Moderate body. The head is always around to grace the tongue with some creamy goodness. Fairly dry but really easy drinking.

O: A really good beer. I could see this being great to drink in the summer on the porch along with a nice pairing. Very refreshing overall. It's nice to see a branch of from the englishy style IPA's I've had too many times from Quebec. Also its organic :)

Photo of vonnegut21
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden straw with s finger and a half of white head. Smell is mellow with hints of tropical fruit, citrus and bready malt. Taste follows the nose. Really delicate layers of bitterness, citrus and bready malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated. This was really a big surprise for me. One of the best non-VT IPAs I've had in quite some time.

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Yakima IPA from Microbrasserie Le Castor
93 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.