Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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3.98/5 rDev +16%
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!
04-28-2014 22:39:29 | More by ChrisCage
3.93/5 rDev +14.6%
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).
07-15-2013 00:09:15 | More by WeizenMike
3.93/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
05-03-2014 01:45:40 | More by patre_tim
3.91/5 rDev +14%
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.
This nice light IPL went well with... Spicy tuna
04-12-2014 18:46:55 | More by DaveBar
3.85/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
09-06-2013 12:33:44 | More by JMScowcroft
3.8/5 rDev +10.8%
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: 3.8, 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.
07-25-2013 05:57:27 | More by thehyperduck
3.79/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
12-27-2012 21:42:15 | More by Sammy
3.78/5 rDev +10.2%
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... :)
05-26-2014 21:27:10 | More by EvanHarper
3.75/5 rDev +9.3%
I'd expect an "India" Pale Lager - whatever exactly that is - to be, for its namesake, at least either spicy or colourful; as it so happens Hops and Bolts is a bit of both. It is plainly apparent that, despite good luminescence, this red sand beer was clearly left unfiltered. No sooner than a head forms it parts; it leaves neither lacing nor even an outline in its wake.
The aroma shows equally delicate parts of nut brittle and grapefruit. Despite the American inclination for more hops, this lager portrays the more commonly English characteristics of toffee-ish malt and fruity esters. The lemony, grassy qualities of Noble hops is present though.
Contrary to what the brewery says, those drinkers 'faint of hops' will be just fine. While the beer does manage a distinctly earthy hoppiness with vivid leafiness and pungent herbalness, maybe a hint of lemon, the obnoxiously bitter qualities are muted by a maltiness so full of nutty caramel flavour that it feels almost crunchy on the palate. It would make a good chocolate truffle.
Combining rich maltiness with a crudely earthy, pungent hoppiness is, to me, reminiscent of a German Kellerbier. In fact, if I'm not mistaken that is, by definition, exactly how one set's out to brew a Kellerbier. (This similarity is especially poignant when you consider the unfiltered deep amber colour, 5.3% alcohol content and refreshing but gentle carbonation.)
A so-called 'India Pale Lager' is a terribly non-creative way of trying to be creative. Or it's a terribly creative way of passing off a non-creative beer. Either way, I'm not buying that there's anything "imaginative" about this one - frankly, I feel they've just made up a new name for a very old, uncommon style (kellerbier). Still, I very much enjoyed it. Try it with an open mind.
07-10-2013 20:43:51 | More by biegaman
Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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