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Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Creemore Springs Brewery Limited visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
We have turned our brew house into a brewer’s playground with the introduction of our Craft Beer Exploration Series called Mad & Noisy Brewing, named after the two rivers that merge and flow through the village of Creemore. Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager is the first release in our ever changing series of imaginative, innovative, and delicious craft concoctions. A Czech twist on an English IPA it takes the best components of a lager and an ale and rivets them together to build a beer much greater than the sum of its parts.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: Sammy on 12-27-2012)
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Judged as an India Pale Ale, not so great. Judged as a Lager, not so bad. Just not a style I enjoy that much.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.7/5  rDev +7.6%

This purchase was largely the result of walking into the Beer Store at three minutes before close. "Hops" and Bolts? Bright red, funky label? Brewery I'd never heard of? Sold.

Turns out this is a Creemore creation. I assume the reason they chose to market it as "Mad and Noisy" and not as part of their own label series is revealed in paragraph one, and good on them, I suppose.

Poured into a pint glass, the beer came out an unfiltered, ruddy brown. The head was an eggy white and dissipated quickly, leaving only a faint rim that stuck around for the duration.

Smell was equal parts citrusy hop and toffee malt with some earthy character beneath. The earthiness came through more in the taste, but complimented, rather than overpowered, the sweet, biscuity malts and grapefruity hops. It had the feel and easy quaff of an English Ale, like a citrusy London Pride. Nothing challenging here, but it works well together.

With its 5.3% ABV and moderate hop profile, this isn't an "India Pale" anything, but it's enjoyable. I'd be content to take the full eight pack to relax with at a cottage, or enjoy it at a family gathering alongside some barbecued pulled pork.

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3.12/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light amber, slightly hazy with an impressive rocky head. Few bubbles in evidence, looks lightly carbonated.

Aroma is all hops, with a compex and atypical hop combination that I can't even begin to identify. "Tropical" is the best I can come up with - can hops smell like banana? Because I could swear I smell banana. There also might be a leafy noble hop base under the fireworks, if I squint and imagine. Anyway, it's a unique and enticing smell.

Upon tasting I'm more confident there's noble hops in here, because they lead along with a rich malt sweetness until the tropical blast takes over. The taste comes in three distinct phases, starting with a relatively tame sweetness + noble hops combination, moving into a tropical hop burst, and finishing dry, toasty, and quite bitter. Really unique hop combination, with enough malt complexity to keep it on an even keel while remaining dry and lagerish. Hard to say, but there may be a trace of the estery, Continental yeast flavour that distinguishes the more conventional Creemore brews.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, carbonation more towards the English than American IPA levels, and quite light indeed for a lager. Honestly, I wouldn't have known this beer was bottom-fermented without reading the packaging.

Note 1: after writing this I cheated and checked the ingredients, and there's apparently no "officially" noble hops in here, nor are there the Southern Hemisphere "tropical" hops I would have guessed. Whatever! I'm putting the fruity taste down to Fuggles & Cascade and the "nobleness" down to Willamette, if I had to guess. I need to take up homebrewing so I can get a clearer idea of this stuff... :)

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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