Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager - Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
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3.41/5 rDev -0.6%
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
3.43/5 rDev 0%
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
3.85/5 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
3.4/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
08-26-2013 20:32:44 | More by ludachris
3.51/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
08-17-2013 21:37:16 | More by decimator
2.64/5 rDev -23%
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.
08-14-2013 01:22:24 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.71/5 rDev +8.2%
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
3.8/5 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
3.36/5 rDev -2%
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.
07-22-2013 23:38:13 | More by TerryW
3.24/5 rDev -5.5%
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
3.93/5 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
3.65/5 rDev +6.4%
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
3.71/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
07-12-2013 14:42:33 | More by mick303
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
79 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.