Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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3.7/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
08-18-2014 16:28:03 | More by NedShakeshaft
3.78/5 rDev +10.5%
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
3.93/5 rDev +14.9%
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
3.98/5 rDev +16.4%
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!
04-28-2014 22:39:29 | More by ChrisCage
3.91/5 rDev +14.3%
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
Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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