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

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Sammy on 12-27-2012)
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Photo of valianes
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

valianes, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Whatup14
3/5  rDev -13%

Whatup14, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of beerluvr
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

beerluvr, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

DenisKolkin, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Kmat10, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

schnarr84, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3/5  rDev -13%

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

IdeaSpeeder, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -13%

Pmicdee, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

laituegonflable, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Jeffo, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of JMScowcroft
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

JMScowcroft, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

KStark, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of ludachris
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

ludachris, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of mpgillett
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

mpgillett, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of decimator
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

decimator, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

andrenaline, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.64/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Ian_Hammons
3/5  rDev -13%

Ian_Hammons, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of SebD
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

SebD, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Vyronian
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Vyronian, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

thehyperduck, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Cramshawbar
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Cramshawbar, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

TerryW, Jul 23, 2013
Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
79 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.