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The Vicar's Cross - Boxing Rock Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 34
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 27.88%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boxing Rock Brewing Co. visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ludachris on 10-07-2013

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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 34
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a light foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of caramel malt with light earthy and musky hops is more or less pleasant. Taste is also dominated by caramel malt notes with dry earthy and musky hops that falls flat with some bitter notes in the aftertaste. Body is full with low to average carbonation. Ended up in the drain as the malt bill is too powerful and doesn’t allow for the hops to really shine.

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Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Vicar's Cross is initially a very handsome beer - deep tawny amber, with a dim complexion but subtle highlights and a frothy, bubbly beige head - but all that becomes entirely spoiled by the last few ounces of the bottle, which transform the stylish liquid into some kind of sludgy brown gravy.

It's not uncommon for 9%, 90 IBU Double IPAs from the United States to drink as if they were 5%, 50 IBU. That's because hops don't fill you up - malt does. Bitterness can be off-putting, but never bloating. The secret to American Double IPAs is that they don't use as much - certainly not as dark - maltiness and so they don't need to overdose on the bittering hops to compensate.

My biggest complaint with Canadian DIPAs is that they do just that. The Vicar's Cross, however, does something very interesting: it lets malt take the lead and reserves hops for a more supplementary role. This approach makes for a different beer altogether, one that might disappoint die-hard hop-heads...

But the results are every bit as impressive and gratifying. Nuanced aromas and flavours of molasses, toasted dark bread, dried fruits and toffee are encased in a cognac-like glaze and complimented by subtle fruit peel and tree resin notes courtesy of the hops. The underlying tea-like bitterness actually serves to accentuate the sweetness of the malt, which absorbs that 8.5% alcohol whole.

Like the name suggests, The Vicar's Cross is a product of British heritage. While nowhere as explosively hoppy as its American counterparts, this DIPA instead showcases nuance, sophistication and drinkability while still offering great flavour. It's no surprise this is every Nova Scotian bartender's favourite.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Got on a trade from Curtis. THX Curtis!! Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.5- This opens well and pours nice!!! Super dark and unfiltered. A HIT!!

S- 4.1- This is good! Enjoy if you can

T- 4.40- This is WONDERFUL!!!!

M- 4.15.- Yup I like the bomb but.....A touch bitter


Food Pairing

This GREAT DIPA went well with...... Sushi!!


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Photo of ludachris
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The deep amber red hue of the body is a sight when held up to the light. There's the slightest haze that stops it from being crystal clear. I can't tell if this is because it may have only went through the first stage of filtration or if the break in clarity is due to its darker colour. Whatever it may be, it has a very clean, still look to it. Just shy of a finger's worth of off white head struggles to stay afloat after a steady pour, leaving fine legs of lace along the edges of the glass.

The nose is quite tame for a double IPA. Fresh grass clippings, lemon peel, melon and grapefruit pith are what the hop character is composed of. It's almost outmatched by the sweet bread and toffee notes that lie at its core. Sticking to the look, its aroma is very clean and incredibly balanced. There's no flaws but lacks the "umph" I seek in beers brewed in this style.

Thankfully, there's more weight in the taste. Grapefruit comes in first, giving off all of its sweet and bitter qualities as it dips to the sides of the palate. A floral kick with raw grass clippings follows right behind. This hoppy bitter goodness comes quick and stays long. An outline of caramel and rich bready malts is apparent up until the finish where a dry, earthy, minerally, and grassy hop character sinks in. This lingers after the finish with a kiss of caramel.

This is medium to full bodied with a creamy center and dry finish. What stands out here is how clean, rounded, and tidy the feel is. It has a crispness to it many DIPA's lack. It's a tad sticky with this feeling being reaffirmed on my lips.

This is easily one of the most sessionable DIPA's I've had to date with its strength lying in its cleanliness and crispness. The higher alcohol never poses an issue and the dry finish invites you to take sip after sip. With that being said, there is plenty of room for the hop character to be more pronounced in both the aroma and taste. Dry hop the heck out of this and Vicar's Cross would be a gem in this province. Until then, I'll take another on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of souvenirs
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So there IS good beer in this province! Took me long enough to find it.

A: On the darker side for an IPA. Amber, a bit cloudy. Good retention.
S/T: Hoppy, as promised, well backed up by malts. More floral than fruity.
F: A little on the heavier side.

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Photo of Nightwing
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from 650ml bottle. Strong aroma of citrus. Hazy amber with minimal head. As expected the taste is heavy on the bitter. Medium body, oily texture, and average carbonation. Overall, it is a very nice Double IPA.

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Photo of mylespetro
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark amber, nice off-white head that stays forever.
S: Fruity, a little boozy with a nice hoppiness.
T: Juicy citrus, toasty malts and a lot of hops as should be expected. Surprisingly easy to drink given the ABV, alcohol content is well masked by the complexity of the flavour profile.
M: Medium carbonation that's a tad dry, but less dry than a normal IPA.
O: A supremely drinkable DIPA that sets the bar for Eastern Canadian craft brewing.

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Photo of thedannypink
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased from NSLC in 650mL bottle. Took out of fridge for 15-20 mins before tasting.

Not a pretty ale, pours a slightly murky brown/bronze with subtle red hue. Very light, not quite soapy head that goes away in a couple minutes. Smell is pleasantly fruity, less floral than other double IPAs I've had. Bomb of flavor and as expected, bitter, but becomes less harsh as it warms. Leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste on the tongue. Dry mouth feel. I enjoyed it, and will be trying it again.

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The Vicar's Cross from Boxing Rock Brewing Co.
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