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

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 134
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Creemore Springs Brewery Limited visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sammy on 12-27-2012

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
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Photo of safaricook
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Does not tie together for me. Overly harsh unbalanced (mineral?) bitterness. Nothing wrong with it aside from a sulfury aroma note, but I could be wrong there. (159 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: A cloudy amber color. One finger of off white head. Lacing is good.

S: A a fair bit of sulfur and baker's yeast. A bit of citrus. Caramel malt, a bit bready.

T: Pretty malt dominated although a bit a citrus shows its head too. Caramel and cereal notes are at the forefront. I get grapefruit, a bit of grassiness, and just the slightest hint of orange. Bitterness is far less powerful than I would expect 60ibus to be; actually a bit sweet. I don't get the 'chocolate' advertised on the can. A Pretty easily quaff.

F: Nice Medium body. Retains the easy drinking quality of a nice cold aged lager.

O: A pretty good beer. I don't know if I would label it as extremely hoppy, it's more like a decently hoppy amber lager. Still nice but nothing I would really care to drink again, and it's passable in the grander scheme of things. (836 characters)

Photo of Logan12321
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a light head around 1", stays for about 30sec. Not a whole lot of carbonation. First smell gives off a slight fruit and hoppy aroma. Tasting has a crisp beginning and a bit of that hoppy bitterness in the finish. (236 characters)

Photo of DoBeerDoBeerDo
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little too strong on the malt and weak on the hops for my liking, unfortunately in this case it subdues the fruitiness/citrus ambiance that one expects from an India Pale beer and displaces it with a touch of sourness. A difficult beer to get ones palate around, 5.3% a touch on the light side for an India Pale beer. (319 characters)

Photo of kevofficiel
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Indian Pale Lager

So the look of it: golden colour with a finger of head. Bold colour also.

The smell of it: You have that Indian Pale Ale with a touch of lager on it.

The taste of it. Very powerful. A both combination of Indian Pale Ale and a larger. A bit too strong on the after taste I will say but a very easy drinking beer

So overall would I recommend ? Yes, if you like Indian Pale Ale and Lager this beer is for u ! (436 characters)

Photo of NedShakeshaft
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

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. (1,172 characters)

Photo of EvanHarper
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
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? There also might be a leafy noble hop base under the fireworks, if I squint and imagine.

Herbal hoppy bitterness leads, backed 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. (1,139 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Clear slightly unfiltered amber in colour with little carbonation, huge 4 finger light tan head that leaves chunky lacing. Fairly good head retention.

S: Light orange peel and citrus notes, medium roasted malt quality, a little pine and spruce, pineapple, a little sweet fruity quality almost like a pot pourri.

T: Starts with the medium amber like roasted quality then the orange peel, spruce, pineapple, fragrant perfume like qualities come in. Finally it finishes with a long dull hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium bready resinous body with medium low carbonation.

O: Complex and keeps me wanting to drink more. Great can. (652 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Drewsy for the trade!

A- Pours a dark copper color with a two finger thick off white creamy head. The head itself doesn't dissipate at an alarming rate either which is nice to see, eventually settling into a dense layer over the brew. There appears to be a medley of thin wisps of bubbly rising to the top of my beer mug, suggesting a mild mannered fizz factor. Lacing isn't exactly the greatest however, only leaving behind small curled patches of foam on the mug. Overall a decent looking beer!

S- The aromas are typical for an IP'L' style beer, and are not overwhelming, but definitely noticeable. First and foremost is the aromas of fresh hop cones....bitter, leafy and Earthy. There are also hints of caramel sweetness lingering in the background, offering some balancing qualities. The finish does contain a tart citrus note....somewhat lemon, somewhat grapefruit.

T- This is where the IP style really comes out hitting! Reasonably bitter hop flavors that hit the back of the palate in particular with fury. Just as the label suggests, there is a faint hint of very dark chocolate, with the fruitiness of the cocoa bean noted. Citrus flavors are also detectable, again, with hints of grapefruit and/or lemon rind. The finish is very bitter and leafy as well, and the flavor lingers on the palate right up to the next sip. The unfiltered nature of this beer also allows for a slightly yeasty/biscuit flavor that maintains throughout the drink.

M- This is a solid medium bodied beer, and the carbonation is in fact mild and smooth, allowing the full range of flavors to stick to the palate...in fact, I'd say this is somewhat of an oily beer, but not in a slimy kind of way....just the beer glides around the mouth very easily and sticks around for sometime afterwards.

O- I'm still not the biggest fan of Imperial Pale Ales, and now Lagers...this is done very well for a non ale! With that said, I actually enjoyed drinking this one, and could see myself enjoying this again in the future! It's full flavored, smooth and carries some solid looks and smells. I recommend this one and say that Creemore Springs continues to do solid work! (2,157 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO 473ml can for just under $3.00. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass.

A- Excellent! Opens very well with a nice 1" head tapering to a film quickly

S- Not the most hops but hops are there that's for sure.

T- Excellent! Enjoying this lighter IPL very much. Nice carbonation. All an IPA can be with less hops really.

M- Excellent! Enjoying the bite with creaminess.

O- Very good. Looking forward to trying this on tap one day. Will buy again as something different. Not a lot but again.

Food Pairing

This nice light IPL went well with... Spicy tuna

Enjoy (583 characters)

Photo of MAB
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of the better lagers that I've enjoyed in the past year, although an India Pale Lager is not a style that i've ever heard of before now.

It was a lot darker-- deep amber-- than I was expecting and despite the "60 IBU" stamp on the label, I thought it was more bitter than it was going to be, too.

I have to say that it was a fine effort, although I still prefer my west coast IPAs to this Eastern IPL. (407 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light amber/orangey color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light citrus hops notes with light dry crisp malt notes. Taste is also dominated by dry and subtle citrus hops with some light dry and crisp malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. A bit light on the hops side for my taste but well brewed nonetheless. (393 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange with a big, foamy cap that drapes the glass in lace. Citrusy and herbal hop notes and wet grains in the nose. Bready maltiness with a tad of astringency up front with the hoppiness quickly following suit in the first sip. some grapefruit and woodiness in the hop profile, and a good amount of somewhat coarse bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

A good lager, but a bit of an astringent off flavor (perhaps a wierd form of hop bitternesss?) that doesn't ruin the beer but detracts. Still worth a try. (583 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber colour, very slight cloudiness. Nice restrained carbonation, off white hued head. Sharp hoppiness at first whiff then a lager-like malt note. Flowery and bitter right out of the gate upon first sip, more "ale-ish" than I expected, some malt sweetness backing it up but mostly hop bitters. Thin mouthfeel doesn't detract. Finishes long and hoppy...if you like the more bitter lagers or a milder IPA then this is up your alley. A nice surprise as I wasn't expecting too much from this. (502 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can picked up from LCBO. Didn't realize this was a Creemore offshoot.

Appearance - can poured into pint glass Nice slightly hazy golden / copper / orange color than IPA's only ever seem to have.. Nice 1.5 fingers of head but low retention time. Good soapy collar left around the top of the beer and a bit of wispy cream on top. Very nice looking beer.

Smell - Surprisingly subdued hops, but also some malt is quite present. Reminiscent of a strong bitter molasses if that makes any sense. A certain dry roasted feature is observable in the nose as is plentiful grapefruit and lemon. Somehow it doesn't work as well together as has been described here.

Taste - Hops shine through, but malts are again very present/ When beer is just out of fridge they don't work that well together, but as the beers warms (say 20 minutes) this improves significantly. There is definitely a dry roasted quality in the hops that is palpable here in the beer. Very biter aftertaste that seems strange after a perceived medium dose of pure floral hops while drinking.Piney notes and grapefruit again are present.

Mouthfeel - Very dry finish, quite astringent.. Never really got the puckery citrus flavor most hoppy Pale Ales.

Overall - An interesting effort at something different combining strong malt presence with a very hoppy lager, but for part, it just doesn't do it for me. By no means a bad beer just would rather have a number of other beers before choosing this one. (1,468 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Cloudy orange/copper...quite striking for the style. On top sits 2 fingers of slightly off white head which dissipates quickly. A good amount of lacing is left behind.

Smell - Caramel malt bits and a good deal of grapefruity-citrus. Otherwise quite grainy.

Taste - Not sure what to make of this. It's pretty bitter for a lager (but maybe not for an 'India Pale' Lager?). Grains and sweet malts up front, followed by light citrus and sweet malts. There is a lingering bitterness towards the end, along with more grain.

Mouthfeel - Hevay enough body for the style. Carbonation is quite hight. Finish is a bit wonky really...a little coarse and very unpleasantly dry. (733 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Darcy McGee's in Ottawa; recommended by the bar staff.

Cloudy burnished amber colour. Head is cream, foamy, retaining well. Looks pretty good.

Served maybe a bit cold. Smells kind of malty-sweet. Distinct cinnamon note on there, with a touch of poached apple, brown sugar and lightly roasted grain. Bit subdued, but pleasant enough.

Big hop pull from the get-go, doesn't really last to the end though. Malty with brown sugar and toffee, some herbal notes and citrus pith. Largely fruity on the back, nice touch of bitterness. Not bad; interesting concoction.

Bit of fizz on there, would have expected more body.

Kind of hard to lock it in stylistically, but it's a big and bold brew, good to drink once if not to session. (736 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the LCBO in Waterloo.

From a 16oz can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with decent retention. Head fades to a faint wisp only. Clear burnt orange with next to no carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Some grainy malts, bread notes for sure, as well as note of floral hops and grapefruit on the nose.

TASTE: Follows the nose well. Grainy malts, bready sweetness, then lots of bitterness at the swallow. Toasted grain, bread, a touch of grapefruit and lots of hop bitterness linger on the palate. Bold and flavorful, but a little too grainy for my tastes per se.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Good feel here for sure.

OVERALL: This is a lager, so the sweet, grainy flavors are to be expected. Unfortunately, that's not my first choice malt backbone for hop forward beer. Still, this is well executed and tasty enough. If you're a lager fan and are interested in hop flavors, this will be right up your alley. Dad really liked this one for that exact reason, so I was happy to pass my glass off to him. Cheers. (1,224 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Creemore Springs Brewery Limited - Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a hazy ruby amber with a small soapy head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

Smell - Yeasty sour, not much in the way of hops, slight sour citrus hops.

Taste - Lager traditional intro and then bitter pine hop bite, interesting, enjoyed this aspect of the brew for sure, and it's arguably the most important.

Mouthfeel - Dry and crisp. Good drinkability. Not overly boozy but slightly warm. Moderately carbonated.

Overall - Not bad, not quite as good as Jacks Abby Hoponius Union, but it was good and I like to see more of this style coming out, it's something off the beaten path. Would recommend. (738 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

When held up to the light, you can see the true colour of this beer; a brilliant honey amber. After a quick pour, two fingers of frothy, whipped off-white head is produced. The big bubbles that are scattered throughout and the rate at which they diminish are responsible for how quickly the head recedes. Fluffy legs of lace are left behind.

Fresh grass clippings and the piths of grapefruit and clementines form the core of the hop character that is immediately present in the nose. Right next to it lies the malty side of the beer where notes of honey, biscuit, and caramel do well at matching the weight of the hops. Creemore's Kellerbier was one of the first things that came to mind based on the aroma. Let's see how similar it is in taste.

The taste is much more straightforward than I had expected. Sweet biscuit and honey roll along the middle of the tongue before being tied off by grapefruit and clementine pith. The latter comes in more as a subtle gesture rather than an assertive character. All of this is encased by raw and bitter grass clippings that are responsible for the hop kick in this beer. A wince of nuttiness hangs out in the back and helps to give the body some weight.

Light to medium bodied with a fluid creaminess to it. A good balance between the hop and malt character is established and this makes for a very sessionable beer.

Overall, a good but underwhelming offering from Creemore. It would have been nice if they were more adventurous and bold with this beer under the "Mad and Noisy Brewing" brand, especially using the unique moniker of an India Pale Lager. It is clean and perfect after a long day in the sun, as most Creemore beers are, but it fails in stepping outside of this realm. With that being said, it's great for Summer and serves as a good intro into hoppy beers. (1,819 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into a pint glass. ABV 5.3%.

A - Poured a hazy copper orange with a foamy white head, head reduced to a thin white cap, lots of lacing.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, some pine, some grass, backed by some caramel maltiness.

T - Sweet caramel, citrus fruit, medium-high bitterness, lasting aftertaste. not a hop bomb but plenty of bitterness from the hops.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, some creaminess, some stickiness, mostly dry finish.

O - A pretty good American style IPA, except this is technically a Lager. Similar malt flavour and mouthfeel as some of Creemore's other products. (607 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

An India pale lager. That's a little too easy when it comes to doing something odd but OK, I do love hops. Beer was dark amber/orange and not particularly frothy. Aroma was innocuous enough, no detectable fruit, malt biscuits and floral notes. At first taste I got dank swamp vegetation rather than citrus, ample skunk and cat piss, some chalky dryness, pungent sourdough. There is not enough sweet malt to balance out the hops. I did appreciate the dry finish. There was a decent lager malt background but at least on this occasion the hops were hopping in all the wrong ways. Will revise review if I can track this down again and things improve. (647 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, lemon, grainy malts and some sweet caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some definite citrus, lemon, grainy malts, sweet caramel and a grassy/earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas. (541 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tallboy can from the LCBO, served well-chilled. Always pumped to try a new brew from Creemore, one of the breweries that got me into craft beer in the first place.

Pours a somewhat foggy orange-amber colour, topped with just over one finger of frothy, foamy off-white head. It recedes slowly over the next few minutes, leaving behind copious quantities of lacing in its wake, and eventually settling into a thin cap at the surface. A great-looking lager. The aroma is rather subtle, but still enjoyable, with hints of grainy pale malts and lemony citrus comprising the bulk of it. Clean-smelling, with more grapefruit coming through as it warms.

The description on the can emphasizes hops in particular, so this is, unsurprisingly, a well-hopped brew. Pale malts, bread and caramel sweetness are quickly washed away by a wave of citrusy grapefruit, orange and lemon courtesy of the sturdy hop bill. Earthy pine and grapefruit lingers into the finish, with this bitterness continuing into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with relatively high carbonation and a smooth, crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable, but I'd want something to munch on hand, to help cut through the lingering hop flavours, if I were to session this.

Final Grade: 3.78, a solid B+. Creemore Springs brews a number of traditional lager styles, and brews them damn well at that. Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager isn't particularly traditional, but it's still a solid session beer, and much more likely to appeal to hopheads than the other brews in their portfolio. Crisp and smooth-drinking like a pale lager, but well-hopped to boot. Highly recommended to fans of APAs and English IPAs, as this is undoubtedly Creemore's hoppiest offering yet. (1,708 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy apricot-orange under a decent head that settles to a finger and leaves good lace.

Butterscotch and grapefruit in the nose, dominated by the fruit. Big juicy mouthfeel, fairly unusual, but still enjoyable. Lots of presence. Citrusy taste from hops, again, a little unusual for its fruity character and an odd tanginess, grapefruit finish and lingering bitterness. Sweet up front from malt.

A little off the beaten path in its mouthfeel and hop flavours. Not sure I'm liking the fruit character, but an interesting effort nonetheless. (539 characters)

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