Yakima IPA - Microbrasserie Le Castor
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4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
(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.
04-03-2014 00:38:22 | More by Digimaika2
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
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 :)
03-29-2014 02:27:54 | More by Haydn-Juby
4.08/5 rDev -2.2%
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!
02-20-2014 01:18:03 | More by ludachris
4/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
02-01-2014 01:37:20 | More by polloenfuego
British Columbia (Canada)
3.96/5 rDev -5%
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.
11-02-2013 02:46:34 | More by FondueVoodoo
3.91/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
10-20-2013 18:26:48 | More by spiritus93
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
10-15-2013 19:56:14 | More by mtomlins
3.88/5 rDev -7%
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.
10-07-2013 21:39:26 | More by tbeckett
Yakima IPA from Microbrasserie Le Castor
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