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Yakima IPA - Microbrasserie Le Castor

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Yakima IPAYakima IPA

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BA SCORE
92
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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 6.75%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Le Castor
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 05-06-2013)
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LarryAppleton

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-01-2014 15:07:45 | More by LarryAppleton
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hoponit

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-25-2014 17:57:35 | More by hoponit
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-23-2014 21:33:18 | More by tom10101
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 01:18:03 | More by ludachris
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-01-2014 15:43:15 | More by 4ster
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 01:37:20 | More by polloenfuego
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edugasmtl

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

01-26-2014 23:45:24 | More by edugasmtl
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groleau

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-08-2013 19:26:42 | More by groleau
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-02-2013 00:18:19 | More by wizo
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dobmaster

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-16-2013 01:11:06 | More by dobmaster
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:46:34 | More by FondueVoodoo
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jfstilling

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

10-27-2013 13:38:04 | More by jfstilling
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dbattey

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-24-2013 13:56:24 | More by dbattey
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jrempel

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-21-2013 01:19:50 | More by jrempel
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spiritus93

Quebec (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 18:26:48 | More by spiritus93
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-16-2013 02:43:35 | More by evil_liver
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jaodesaulniers

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-15-2013 19:58:47 | More by jaodesaulniers
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 19:56:14 | More by mtomlins
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-09-2013 18:12:41 | More by SebD
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 21:39:26 | More by tbeckett
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vonnegut21

New York

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 02:37:50 | More by vonnegut21
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 19:16:50 | More by hopsolutely
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-14-2013 04:54:27 | More by JonnyBeers
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

09-04-2013 19:24:38 | More by sendbeer
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davegray

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-04-2013 16:42:52 | More by davegray
Yakima IPA from Microbrasserie Le Castor
92 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.