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Yakima IPA - Microbrasserie Le Castor

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93
outstanding

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
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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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

reizorc, Jun 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Hirshi, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of TheDoctor
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

T:
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.

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

O:
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.

TheDoctor, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

rick7373, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of JDNL
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

JDNL, Jun 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

MatChar, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Socialiste
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Socialiste, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

spinrsx, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of canucklehead
3.99/5  rDev -5%
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

canucklehead, Jun 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

FXG, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Boozecamel, May 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

thegerm87, May 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

boszormeny, May 08, 2014
Photo of Digimaika2
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Digimaika2, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.25/5  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 :)

Haydn-Juby, Mar 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

hoppy_tom, Mar 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Molson2000, Mar 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Cycle69, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

LarryAppleton, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

hoponit, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

tom10101, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of ludachris
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

ludachris, Feb 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

4ster, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

polloenfuego, Feb 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

edugasmtl, Jan 26, 2014
Yakima IPA from Microbrasserie Le Castor
93 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.