Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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3.79/5 rDev +10.8%
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
3.5/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
11-07-2013 15:17:09 | More by Phyl21ca
3.54/5 rDev +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.
06-14-2013 01:21:12 | More by biboergosum
3.75/5 rDev +9.6%
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
3.65/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
07-13-2013 01:24:14 | More by spinrsx
3.41/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
09-20-2013 02:12:34 | More by laituegonflable
3.24/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
07-19-2013 03:38:54 | More by tbeckett
3.43/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
09-11-2013 19:58:13 | More by Jeffo
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
3.71/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
08-08-2013 20:57:13 | More by SebD
3.6/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
10-31-2013 01:39:21 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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