Brick Waterloo Traditional IPA - Brick Brewing Co.
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3/5 rDev +4.9%
473mL can from the brewery, as part of a sampler six pack of cans along with the Amber and Dark. The label sports a "Waterloo Brewing Co." emblem, which represents the brewery's eventual desire to do away with the Brick name in all its products.
Poured into a nonic. Copper golden in hue, slightly opaque. A half inch of head quickly fizzles into a fine ring. Lots of visible carbonation.
Nose is sweet malt - almost adjuncty - butter (diacetyl?), caramel, maybe a bit of bittering English hops.
The first can was nearly a drain pour, but fortunately the second can proved to be a bit better. Sweet, malty, finishes with bittering English hops. No depth to this at all, though it is drinkable. Hops don't add much in terms of flavor. Thin bodied, high carbonation.
It's not that bad, it just is such a far cry from other Ontario IPAs, hell, even Ontario red ales, to be worth trying again. Feels like a minimal effort beer.
06-07-2012 22:32:56 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.08/5 rDev +7.7%
473ml can. "Handmade by Brewmasters'. Ok, good to know, at least it wasn't those ladder-climbing stable boys.
This beer pours a hazy medium yellow amber colour, with two fingers of fine puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of sudsy striated lace around the glass as it lazily abates.
It smells of somewhat biscuity grainy malt, lemon peel - a la Mr. Clean - those apples you forgot in the crisper, and underwhelming grassy, floral hops. The taste is more past-due apple and subtle citrus fruitiness, innocuous grainy, kind of corn-fed malt, and musty, leafy hops.
The bubbles are meekly present, accounted for, and nothing more; the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, with just a wee pithiness to put that pea in your mattress. It finishes off-dry, the day-old breadiness of the malt retaining the most, um, fervour, as the hops seem to have blown their laughable wad.
Not as overtly off-putting as the other Waterloo 'craft' offerings I've endured, but disappointing just the same - nothing all that wrong, the nothing particularly right, either.
08-30-2012 03:35:59 | More by biboergosum
2.81/5 rDev -1.7%
473 mL can from a sampler pack picked up at the LCBO; coded E31312. Served slightly chilled. Apparently this was released with very little fanfare about a year or two ago, but I've never heard of it or even seen it until now.
Pours a light, clear golden-amber colour, producing just over a finger's worth of foamy, frothy white head. It leaves behind a delicate doily pattern of lacing on the sides of the glass as it shrinks over the next few minutes, eventually reduced to a dense cap and collar. Looks great to me, but the aroma offers nothing interesting or even particularly enticing - lemony citrus, light earthiness, some floral tones and caramel maltiness are all detectable, combining to form a relatively bland bouquet with an aire of rusty dish soap.
Unfortunately it really doesn't get much better from there. Grainy malts and caramel provide a weak malt backbone and some light sweetness, with the uninspired hop bill offering a mixture of grass, lemon and floral notes. The finish is this one's saving grace and the only thing that makes the beer halfway tolerable - its light bitterness and slight metallicity reminds me of some actual (lower-end) English-made IPAs. Either way, it doesn't linger on the palate long. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel; one of the better aspects of this beer overall. This is easy to drink quickly because of its mild flavour and low abv, and indeed, the mild bitterness in the aftertaste encourages rapid sips.
Final Grade: 2.81, a forgettable C grade. Waterloo Traditional IPA isn't a particularly good ale, and frankly I'm not sure what market Brick is aiming for here. It's obviously not the American IPA fans, but even proponents of the milder English style are unlikely to be enthralled with this tepid, relatively bland offering. Like most of Brick's beers under the Waterloo label, this is a weak effort and not something I'd return to regularly - reminds me of a knock-off of Wells IPA, except this stuff probably costs more. This has potential as a gateway beer (to show Keith's drinkers the bare minimum of what constitutes an IPA), but other than that... pass.
12-13-2013 18:45:05 | More by thehyperduck
3/5 rDev +4.9%
473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Less than impressed with this brewery so far, but lets see how the IPA goes.
Appearance - So far so good. 2 plus fingers of dense white head rest on top of a rich and clear copper color. Some lacing is left behind after a moderate retention time.
Smell - Mild ale aromas, some grainy aromas and light floral background. Not much to distinguish it from others but certainly passable.
Taste - Metallic, some mild malty flavors and some grains in there too, but the moderate metallicness is a bit too much.
Mouthfeel - High carbonation and a good crisp mouthfeel and medium bodied. A bit gassy for my likking but respectable.
Overall - Flavors are a bit of let down, but definitely a beginners IPA, for those wanting to expand their horizons a bit, but aren't ready to fully jump into craft. The rest of the beer is fine, albeit not spectacular, but if the flavors were less metallic I would consider picking this up again, although better options are available locally.
03-15-2014 05:37:36 | More by DenisKolkin
2.45/5 rDev -14.3%
Pours a clear golden amber with a decent-sized though short-lived head. Virtually no smell at all - had to take my time, warm it up and swirl it around to make sure I was right, but it really does smell like nothing.
Moderate caramel sweetness, somewhat underbalanced by wimpy hops. There is bitterness but very little distinctive hop character.
As an IPA it's... just not an IPA. It's about halfway between Keith's and a real IPA, at most.
As an English Pale Ale it's not awful... simple and a little underwhelming, but nothing overtly offensive about it. Seems like it could be massively improved with a little late hops. I did not find an expiry date but my local Beer Store does not move a lot of craft stuff, so maybe it was past its prime.
09-26-2013 00:15:32 | More by EvanHarper
2.88/5 rDev +0.7%
A can from their sampler pack...
A - Pours a clear golden colour, thumb of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.
S - Mild on the nose, sweet citrus, sour apples and musty cardboard.
T - Quite bland, some leafy green hops come through alongside a bready caramel note, little flavor lingers on the palette. Some mustiness is present to remind you of the English pale ale style, but rather disappointing.
M - A tad thin, smooth and wet.
O - Not terrible, but nothing spectacular or worthwhile seeking out here. I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't buy it again. A bit more flavor is required to boost the scores on this one.
07-07-2012 19:19:02 | More by andrenaline
3/5 rDev +4.9%
Appearance- Pours an amber with a finger width of foamy bubbly head.
Smell- Sweet apples, grass, lemon zest, minimal hint of floral hops.
Taste- Pretty much mimics the smell. You get a little bitterness from the floral hops.
Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. A tad watery.
Overall- An average EIPA by Waterloo Brewing. It is slightly better than a mass produced Alexander Keiths. There really isn't anything that makes it stand out but it would be good as a quick pint at a pub with friends/family.
08-15-2012 02:55:04 | More by leaddog
3.33/5 rDev +16.4%
I really, really, really wanted to like this beer, but unfortunately - in my opinion, at least - it just does not stand up to either the British or American style IPA's being brewed elsewhere in Ontario.
Pours a clear and very bright copper colour with limited head, no lacing. Very few visible bubbles after the initial pour. Mouthfeel is thinner than I would expect from the style, but although carbonation level is low, it is by no means flat.
Aroma is of grains, very malt-forward. Unfortunately there is no ingredient label on the can, as (perhaps incorrectly) I would have guessed this to be an adjunct ale. One-dimensional flavour of caramelized grains with British bittering hops in the finish. Taste profile / elements common to many "macros".
I respect The Brick's history and would love to support their product(s) - and this is a launch I have been eagerly awaiting - but unfortunately this is not a beer I'll purchase again.
04-27-2012 01:38:31 | More by hopsolutely
2.05/5 rDev -28.3%
Got this at the LCBO
From a 16oz can into a snifter
APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser looking, foamy, off-white head with good retention. Burnt orange in color, clear, with higher levels of carbonation. Head fades to a thin wisp witn lots of carbonation at the top. A foamy cap remains and leaves some lacing down the glass. Okay, but still too carbed for the style.
SMELL: Grainy, bready malts, some caramel notes with light floral aromas as well. Too grainy for the style for sure.
TASTE: Mildly grainy with some caramel malt flavors up front, then more bready sweetness and floral hops at the swallow. Mild yet lingering finish of bready sweetness and some floral hop bitterness. Too bready for me, and relatively boring.
PALATE: Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes dry on the palate. Grainy sweetness lingers.
OVERALL: Not horrible by any means, but not my take on the style either. Too grainy and bready, and the feel is too thin and carbonated. If it's a traditional English IPA, then I'm certainly glad we've moved on. Pass.
09-16-2013 19:07:16 | More by Jeffo
Brick Waterloo Traditional IPA from Brick Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.