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Yakima IPA - Microbrasserie Le Castor

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 146
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 9
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 05-06-2013

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber purchased at convenience store in Varennes, QC. Although freshness is not a concern, given the small batches and the popularity of the beer, a date stamp would be a useful idea for the future.

Pours a slightly cloudy tangerine color. Decent foamy head, not v. thick and dissipates a little too quickly.
Smell is intense citrus and flowery.

Taste matches the aroma and doesn't disappoint. Clean and crisp on the tongue, no astringency (as expected from the modest abv), no oily or resiny aftertaste. The 75 IBUs are likely made up from my personal faves: Citra, Simcoe, Amarilllo, Cascades.....

For Canada, this is an exceptional example of a west coast IPA. Absolutely the best I've had. And it wasn't done by a Canuck brewery anywhere near the action in Oregon...but in Quebec !!?

In the Appalachian region, this beer is similar to and every bity as good as the much-vaunted Heady Topper of Vermont. Put it on your list...this is a very good beer.

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Photo of Rutager
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers for the big Canadian want, Tom!! Pours a nice hazy honey gold with a finger of frothy white head. Pretty dank nose with cedar, light malts, pine and citrus. Sweet light malts and plenty of delicious, well rounded hops leaning to the west coast. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation. Great stuff.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy with a big two-inches head. Not a lot of carbonation visible though. Smells just amazing, lots of fruit smells. Aromas of pibeapple, orange, grapefruit, apple, lemon and peach. Reslly fruity in the mouth too, with a good hop bitterness. It's an exceptional IPA in my opinion. Really hoppy but also really fruity, refreshing and easy to drink. Almost a 5/5 beer, almost.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Vices and Versa. Served in a short pint.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Huge white head with great retention and beautiful lacing.

Smell - Citrus hops. Toasty malt. Bready and doughy smell.

Taste - Sweet orange citrus hops. Really nice. Light pale malt sweetness. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light. Creamy and low carbonation.

Overall - Impressive. American hops with and English malt and feel.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark golden, almost amber color, with powerful activity. Thick foamy and creamy beige 3 finger island head, lasting more than 30 minutes, with super strong legs.

Aromas of fresh piney citrus and straw. Flavors of fruits like pineapple, melon with some citrus like orange, lemon including floral and herbal spices. Pleasant fruity sweetness with a sharp crispy fresh grassy feel.

Slick medium body with champagne like carbonation. Well intensified strong finish of medium length, ending with some sweet citrus and a nice spicy hoppy feel.

Overall an awesome beer with incredible visuals and inviting smell. Delicious complex flavors and a well balanced finish with a super refreshing feel being not too excessive.

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Photo of TDotScott
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass

L- pale gold with a thin white head. Though small, the head persisted for several minutes.

S- ripe fruits: blueberry, pineapple, tropical fruits. Very fresh, and delicious.

T- the same notes from the nose are present on the mouth, with a bitterness throughout that lingers into the finish. Not much malt presence to be found.

F- medium low bodied and moderate carbonation. Just what you expect for style.

O- very enjoyable, but I would like it more if it were a tad more balanced.

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Photo of simonsays2k9
4.42/5  rDev +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)

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Photo of MasterSki
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of SebD
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%

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

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Photo of zhivago373
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

poured from bomber. couldn't find a bottling date.

pours a hazy deep orange with hints of yellow. big soapy head on the initial pour, which i was not expected from an IPA.

smells of citrus, pine, slight grapefruit - standard west-coast profile, but really nice nonetheless.

the taste lacks on this. maybe the bottle i have is old, but the hops are pretty faded, leaving the clean malts to come through too much. nice mouthfeel though.

chalking this one up to an old bottle. hope to try again with fresher beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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Photo of Grumm
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

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Photo of M-girard
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: it has a nice clear yellow with a golden hue shining through light. With a moderately vigorous poor a think head develops with good retention and good lacing.

Smell: the aroma is definitely one-sided, typical of hoppy beers. Citrus and piney notes but with a tinge of something woody or earthy. Really nice!

Taste: grapefruit definitely comes through, not too much sweetness and a nice finishing bitterness. Really well done and dry. Mouthwatering even.

Mouthfeel: it has a medium carbonation and leaves a film-like texture in your mouth even after ten seconds or so.

Drinkability: Refreshing and not too overpowering with bitterness, smells amazing. Congrats to the team at Le Castor, great job!

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy warm yellow with two fingers of pristine white head that settles to a healthy film. Good retention; some streaky lacing.

Resinous citrus bomb. Orange, lemon find, pineapple, honey, some woody dryness, tea-like astringency, warm mushy cereal aroma underneath it all.

Dry and earthy. A lot less citric than one would guess from the nose. Strong dank hops flavors with some pine, earth, pith, and a dry tingly finish.

Dry and sating. Medium bodied with nice crisp carbonation and a lingering dusty aftertaste.

Nice IPA from anywhere. Glad it is from QC.
Nice looking with a great big fruity smell. It is dry and sticky tasting and had a near perfect palate for an IPA.
This is a fine beer and is quite drinkable. I feel like Quebec IPAs are starting to come into their own more and more (at least as far as what I have tried goes...)
Would have again; worth getting ahold of.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
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 :)

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Photo of ludachris
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

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Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of spiritus93
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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
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