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

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-26-2013 20:32:44 | More by ludachris
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mpgillett

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

08-24-2013 16:43:31 | More by mpgillett
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 21:37:16 | More by decimator
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

08-17-2013 02:21:29 | More by andrenaline
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

2.64/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 01:22:24 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Ian_Hammons

New York

3/5  rDev -12.3%

08-13-2013 20:44:35 | More by Ian_Hammons
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-08-2013 20:57:13 | More by SebD
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Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +17%

07-31-2013 17:50:47 | More by Vyronian
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-25-2013 05:57:27 | More by thehyperduck
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Cramshawbar

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5%

07-23-2013 18:04:03 | More by Cramshawbar
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-22-2013 23:38:13 | More by TerryW
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-20-2013 01:42:29 | More by chickenm
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-19-2013 03:38:54 | More by tbeckett
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

07-16-2013 00:56:17 | More by jmkoscie
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WeizenMike

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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).

Serving type: can

07-15-2013 00:09:15 | More by WeizenMike
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

07-14-2013 04:59:54 | More by RedAleMan
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: can

07-13-2013 01:24:14 | More by spinrsx
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 14:42:33 | More by mick303
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: can

07-10-2013 20:43:51 | More by biegaman
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.3%

07-04-2013 23:16:59 | More by ThinkAgain
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.3%

07-01-2013 15:39:06 | More by cfalovo97
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Ctruskey

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-30-2013 17:28:02 | More by Ctruskey
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.3%

06-28-2013 22:24:15 | More by peensteen
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HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.3%

06-28-2013 04:11:39 | More by HATS4BATS
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5%

06-28-2013 01:39:54 | More by liamt07
Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
79 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.