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

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 134
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | 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 FrancescoZappa
2.39/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of DoBeerDoBeerDo
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes.

A - Cloudy golden pour with good carbonation. Two finger loose white head left good lace and a film of retention.

S - Orange, some citrus, sweet grain.

T - Orange, grapefruit, a little dusty. Mostly orange flavours coming out.

M - Decent enough bitterness, good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - A macro attempt at a hopped up lager. Couldn't drink a whole lot and stay interested in this one. Lacking hop complexity and seemingly afraid to push the boundary. All said, a good intro to 'craft' for the masses.

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Photo of safaricook
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of TerryW
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -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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Photo of laituegonflable
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of ludachris
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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 !

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Photo of leaddog
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of decimator
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Watershed
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of MAB
3.54/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of NedShakeshaft
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

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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Photo of SebD
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great lacing and a caramel brown colour and quite hazy, unfiltered.
Smell is grapefruit and lemony, fruit forward with grains.
Taste has a moderate body, dry and juicy, dry citrus, grainy character, full flavour and a long dry finish, carbonation is moderate and beer has a full malty feel. Grapefruit pith dryness, a crisp dry finish and a bit of hay.

Decent, not a particularly outstanding beer, but nicely hopped and refreshing.

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