Star Cheek IPA - Tool Shed Brewing
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3.46/5 rDev -9.7%
355ml can. Not quite sure what a "star cheek" is - oh, it's somebody's visceral reaction to drinking. Ok, I'd check that out as a skin condition, or something. Otherwise, very 70's KISS scene, man.
This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of densely puffy, mostly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some faint soap-scum webbed lace around the glass as it lazily abates.
It smells of laid-back citrus and pine hops - not watery, more disinterested in being the center of attention - bready, lightly biscuity caramel malt, and a touch of low-key cream. The taste is actually pretty bitter, but in an isolated, laboratory sort of manner - the normally associative citrus fruitiness seems remote, detached. A meek, understated pale, grainy caramel maltiness sits below all of this, swapping war stories with a bristling alcohol astringency, further informed by some floral perfumed hoppiness.
The carbonation is pretty innocuous, and hardly perceptible in such a heady hopverse as here, the body medium-light in weight, and not so smooth, what with the acrid hops and edgy booze having their way with my palate right now. It finishes mostly dry, the hops, alcohol, and now abandoned malt fulfilling their prime directive.
I know that this is a contract brew for these nascent Calgary tool shed aficionados, all the way from Aldergrove, BC. The hiccups here are limited, and I'm quite looking forward to what comes out of this brewery (quotes redacted out of respect) once activity is centered back at home (in their backyard or otherwise).
08-23-2013 01:07:35 | More by biboergosum
British Columbia (Canada)
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy orange-amber with three fingers of thick and rocky cream coloured head.
Smell. Citrusy hops and some floral notes with a good amount of caramel malt coming through.
Taste. Caramel malts and citrus fruits with some bitter rinds in the finish and some floral notes throughout.
Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation.
Overall. A nice IPA that I'd be happy to drink again.
10-06-2013 19:00:34 | More by Rutager
3.76/5 rDev -1.8%
Thanks to strang for this can! No freshness info was apparent on the can.
Poured in to tulip.
A - Opaque cloudy orange colour with one finger of cream coloured head.
S - A big floral aroma, which was unexpected based on the label description. Lighter pine and caramel notes also present. Not getting any citrus.
T - A good bitterness up front, making it apparent that this is fresh. The floral notes from the nose are still present but are not dominant in the palate. Pine, orange zest and a hint of grapefruit are all present along with a slight caramel malt sweetness.
M - Medium body with good hop oils. Dry. Moderate carbonation.
10-05-2013 17:57:24 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
A: Crystal clear copper, dense and tenacious head. Great looking beer.
S: Bready malts are up front, a bit toffee, orange peels, floral. Has a slightly metallic twang to it (I think this might be from shipping?). Approachable but I find it a bit too mellow.
T: Fruity malt profile, reminds me of a very nice English ESB in many ways. Finishes with juicy malts and a firm bitterness that coats the mouth.
M: Creamy, luscious and medium bodied. Very nice here.
A nice beer from the new guys on the block here, not my favorite flavor profile for this style but they did a good job.
08-14-2013 02:01:15 | More by mattsander
4/5 rDev +4.4%
A new brewery in Calgary, currently being brewed at Dead Frog. 355 ml can with a paper sticker label. Another new can for my collection, and a couple spares to trade.
Clear copper color, light tan foam, head lasts a long time and leaves strings of lacing.
Smells of citrus hops, floral and leafy.
Taste has lots of hoppy flavor, citrus and a bit of pine needles. A bit of caramel malt gives a good flavor.
Medium bodied and mouthfeel, nice bitter aftertaste, but not overly burning or sharp.
Another solid offering, I have been very impressed from this new comer. Not a real hop bomb, but good flavor and balance.
09-01-2013 04:50:15 | More by BigBry
4.31/5 rDev +12.5%
Was lucky enough to be able to connect brewer and market Graham with the fine folks at VR Wine and Silver Springs Liquor Store. When they were pouring at Silver Springs Liquor Store, I was able to try their IPA, dark red ale and their cream ale. All I can say is WOW! Totally bursting with citrus fruit flavour, a nice bitterness on the palate and a nice grainy malt profile. I love how this one is nice and balanced and something I can see having with food or on its own. The hops used, from what I understand, are not the "typical" American C hops but that's a very good thing. The story behind it is even better and named after Jeff's mysterious "perfect star" that appears on his cheek every time he drinks.
The coolest part of Tool Shed and their beers is the stories behind them and the fact that they are literally brewed in Graham's tool shed. All of their beers will be in cans and kegs, but for the sake of providing quick tasters, they are serving from brown glass bottles. Grass roots brewing as it should be! Why play if safe? Just brew good beer and keep the BJCP guidelines as a blueprint.
07-12-2013 03:15:47 | More by zachloveshisbeer
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
355ml can poured into tulip 17/8/13
A clear copper liquid with plenty of bubbles throughout, big light tan head sticks around long enough to leave some spider web lacing and end up as a pencil top eraser island, looks solid
S citrus and soft caramel, floral notes and orange sherbert, not overly intense but balanced
T a little lemon rind and a hint of pine but it mimics the smell fairly well, a little cereal and could use some more hops but I still like it
M medium bodied, creamy, bitter but not a palate wrecker, rind and orange cream candy on the finish
O pretty solid offering for a first batch IPA, that being said I's like to see more hops thrown at this one, I could see many people grooving on this as its a good entry level IPA but I doubt it will excite the true hop head heads
I like it but I loved the Red Rage, not a bad entrance to the market and I see heaps of potential, perhaps they can drop a palate wrecking DIPA as a seasonal. I'll give Tool Shed props for not starting off with safe and shitty lagers, I can't wait to see where they end up
08-18-2013 01:36:34 | More by wordemupg
3.33/5 rDev -13.1%
From the can into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Appearance (3.5): pale golden orange, good clarity, active carbonation, single finger, white frothy head.
Aroma (3.5): citrus and resin hop, noticeable but not overtly forward. Very light grain aromas in the background.
Taste (3): great hop bitterness with big grapefruit flavour that lingers. Bitterness is balanced by an initial sweetness, short lived. Comes off a little one dimensional.
Mouthfeel (4): light to medium body, finishes course but lasting and quite dry. Really great feel for an IPA style.
Overall (3.5): above average in all categories. A great IPA and a welcome addition to the brewing scene here in Calgary. Hop profile is a bit one-dimensional, but the mouthfeel makes for a great session IPA that I feel like I can have more than 1 of. Nice work boys, and congrats on your new brew house in Calgary!
02-07-2014 23:55:54 | More by tonyf55
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
IPA is a style of beer that has grown on me and this is definitely one of my favourite interpretations of the style. The head is substantial and foamy. The overwhelming flavour is citrus - orange, grapefruit and even a bit of lemon. There is no hop bomb here - just understated and tasty. I enjoy the stories behind each Tool Shed beer and I am looking forward to more offerings from this great local brewery.
08-17-2014 00:04:22 | More by Bunman3
3.96/5 rDev +3.4%
Can poured into a standard shaker pint glass. The story behind the name is printed on said can and its rather quaint and amusing. Beer pours a classic reddish-orange American IPA hue with a massive amount of creamy off-white head. Should be have been more cautious during the pour. Aroma is very citrus-forward, tons of grapefruit and tangerine rind/pulp, caramelized pineapple, and miscellaneous peppery resins. Palate is impressive as well, long lingering fruit and spice flavors with a fairly chewy body and smooth soapy slick and oily mouthfeel. Toffee, black pepper, the aforementioned citrus, violets, longan, pine, mint, and strong black tea, all topped off with a generous dose of raspeberry/blackberry jam. Must be Simcoe in here somewhere. Finish is full of rind and lemon pepper zest. Some may accuse me of rampant homerism (and admittedly I gave Red Rage rather high marks as well), but I was impressed by the different flavors I could pick out here and the mouthfeel is sublime. Great malt-hops balance although some may want more bitterness. I personally like this one juicy and fresh. Cheers to Tool Shed and here's hoping for some expansion over the next year or two. Their core offerings are fueling some serious Calgary pride over here.
05-02-2014 14:24:55 | More by CalgaryFMC
Star Cheek IPA from Tool Shed Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.