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

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | 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:
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 biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Beer Revolution YEG.

This beer appears a hazy medium golden amber hue, with one finger of loosely foamy, slightly creamy off-white head, which leaves some rather decent drooping webbed lace around the glass as things wash away.

It smells of crisp grainy pale malt, neutered generic citrus rind, hard water, and a softened floral perfume character. The taste is sharp white cereal malt, edgy grapefruit and orange fruit, the kind all too far removed from the sweetness one might expect, a certain flinty minerality, and further earthy, stunned leafy hop,

The bubbles are rather tight and fairly edgy, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and eventually smooth. It finishes on the dry side, the grain and fruity hops both leaning heavily in that direction.

While not a recognized style as of yet, with more and more examples such as this popping up (and especially those from the big boys), that day shouldn't be far away. As for this one, not a bad attempt, the hops are indeed there, though their sharpness isn't always a good thing. A bit of retweaking, and this might approach Hopperazzi's prominence.

Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Beer Academy. Listed as an imperial pale lager, 60 IBU. Light grapefruit coloured body, with a half inch of retained head in their goblet. Lots of thick lace. Significant hop aroma. There is definitely citra hops used. The mouthfeel is a bit rough, with strong carbonation. It was served way too cold. Still, flavourful and drinkable.
had it again in cleaner batch recently. Juicy citrus hops coming through.

Photo of beerluvr
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of WeizenMike
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up mistaking it for a creemore springs made India Pale Ale, and still thought it was one until later I read the can more closely and realized it was an India Pale Lager.

Picked this up from the beer store. Poured into a pub glass.

Pours a nice soft orange (similar to most IPAs), little to no head with some lacing. A rather nice and interesting beer; refreshing and crisp. I noticed a very citrusy taste, tasted like grapefruit. Not too strong, little to no boozy taste, yet doesn't taste watery at all. I'd recommend picking it up and giving it a shot, its pretty interest and unique (at least from what I've tasted).

Photo of DaveBar
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
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

Photo of ChrisCage
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of patre_tim
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.75

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber/copper colour with a small size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/butterscotch and hops. There is a grassiness, biscuits, and and a hint of citrus. It ends with a mildly hopped maltly aftertaste.

Overall - I don't know about the 'palate crushing hops' that are advertised on the side of the can.. but it does have some hop bite. This actually is a pretty decent brew but it does taste very similar to creemores other beers. I would pick this up again.

Photo of ludachris
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of SebD
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of Watershed
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473mL can poured into a pint glass, a cloudy amber-orange with two fingers of foamy head that dissipates to a centimeter of rich lacing. When held to the light, it glows dark pink -- very nice looking. For a beer that claims 60 IBUs, there isn't much of a hop presence in the aroma, which gives off strawberryish malts with hint of bitter. In the mouth, however, that "hint" surges to the forefront as a strong lingering hit of what I'd identify as a mix of noble and American hop varieties. It's a strange hop profile: herbal like a pilsner but undergirded with an IPA-like piney or citric quality. Intriguing.

Overall, this beer tastes like what it says it is: a Czech twist on an IPA. It's a neat style, though I'm reminded a little too much of some of Creemore's other beers. This is partly the yeast profile, but in particular, this tastes like a slightly hopped-up mix of their Kellerbier (one of my summer go-tos here in Ontario) and their Collaboration Alt of last year, rather than being its own fully distinct brew. Still, I'm liking these "Mad & Noisy" efforts from Creemore, and I could picture myself buying a few more of these.

Photo of kevofficiel
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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 !

Photo of icormier
3/5  rDev -13%

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

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of EvanHarper
3.79/5  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? 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.

Photo of leaddog
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Libertine Public House.

Appearance- Pours a hazy amber with a finger width of bubbly, foamy head. Nice lacing present.

Smell- Light citrus hops, grains, and biscuity malts.

Taste- Light citrus hops followed by the biscuity malts and grains. Has a pleasant light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- A crisp and refreshing IPL. I think the hops are a little restrained but this is still an enjoyable brew.

Photo of FrancescoZappa
2.39/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I (tried) to enjoy this beer at the local hipster establishment in a hipster city,

The tap looked interesting and I thought I would give it a shot since I had never heard of an India Pale Lager.

A- The beer had no frothy head (maybe 1/32nd of an inch or less).
S -Somewhat fruity, faint traces of hops.
T - Very plain - not too bitter, a little alcoholy.
M - ? It was wet.
O - Not the tastiest. Since it is the only IPL I have ever tasted I had little to compare it to.

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of DoBeerDoBeerDo
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
79 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.