IPA - Pump House Brewery
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3.89/5 rDev +3.2%
341ml bottle, 6.5% ABV. Simple paper label, which for some reason resonates with me, perhaps because of its resemblance to old-school hockey jerseys.
This beer pours a clear, medium orange-brick amber hue, with two flabby fingers of puffy and tightly foamy ecru head, which leaves a bit of patchy, sudsy lace in spots around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, nougat, a touch of treacle, orange cream, lemon and grapefruit bitters, and some increasingly prominent floral, almost perfumed (gee, I wonder why?) hops. The taste is softly bitter grapefruit and orange flesh, sweet caramel/toffee malt, more candy-bar nougat goodness, an indistinct darker fruitiness, and leafy, floral, and mildly spicy hops.
The carbonation is quite low-key, and innocuous in its ethereal frothiness, the body a decently solid medium weight, and rather smooth, the malt muffling the hops' meek attempt at insurrection here. It finishes on the sweet side, the slow burning story more about the complex and complicated malt than any kind of hoppy kick to the teeth.
Another example of the pain we Canucks must endure in defining many of our well-made, homegrown IPAs - are they English, or are they American? Well, often, they are neither, in fact they fall predictably somewhere in the middle - very much like the rest of our perceptible culture. Let's just call this tasty, then - more malty than hoppy (but still with oodles 'n oodles of both), and worthy of the Canadian proto-style, in spades.
07-22-2014 04:38:11 | More by biboergosum
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
Hand bottled by brewer Greg Nash and generously given one by Jon. ALl the characteristics of a good high IBU American style IPA. Except that the taste was somewhat muted, still enjoyable: Aroma of C-hops, taste of grapefruit,decent mouthfeel, and certainly most drinkable. Nice appearance.
05-10-2009 03:21:43 | More by Sammy
3.15/5 rDev -16.4%
This was one of the seasonals when I visited. A thin cream coloured head atop a fairly clear orange brown body.
Low on smell, too low. Just a hint of citrus on toffee. Really too faint to dig into.
Caramel maltiness up front followed by a medium citrus hoppiness. Finishes with a cracker like crispness. Not bad, but I was looking for something a bit hoppier.
Light bodied, nearing watery, with medium carbonation.
Not very impressive. Felt more to me like a standard pale ale. As fare as IPA's go, I'd pass on this one.
07-15-2008 00:11:51 | More by elricorico
4/5 rDev +6.1%
advertised at the brewpub as their version of a west-coast style ipa, the bartender warned that it was extremely bitter - yes please!
a: shaker pint, medium amber in colour, good head with average retention
s: moderately malty with a resionous citrus and pine hop aroma, a little rough on the surface but pretty nice
m: medium-full body, carbonation light-medium
t: moderate malty structure with an intense west-coast hop flavor, some sweet caramel, enamel stripping bitter - this gets thrown around alot, but this thing is an absolute bitter bomb, a touch rustic but enjoyable so
d: the bitterness builds with each sip, both reward and punishment at once, limits drinkability some but I do like
draft at the brewpub in Moncton, reviewed from notes
07-22-2010 01:06:36 | More by blackie
New Brunswick (Canada)
4/5 rDev +6.1%
A: Poured with a very decent-sized, white head with fairly good lasting power. Body is a dark orange color, and hazy.
S: Mostly citrusy hops, with a touch of grapefruit coming through as well.
T: This IPA has a long duration for flavor, with an extremely bitter finish. Citrus and fruit in there, but it's the hops that shine through. Very West-coast-like!
M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with average carbonation.
D: A really interesting and tasty IPA; I must admit, I was surprised Pump House would make an IPA this strong and hoppy. I was quite impressed, even on a second tasting. Something I'd like to see them bottle in the future.
10-21-2009 18:48:09 | More by berley31
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Cloudy with orange hued dark amber color. Very good head; recedes in a rocky fashion, leaving plenty of streaky lace.
Excellent fresh hop aroma. Floral.
Peppery hop bite (perfect for the hot wings I'm having). Good body with a predictable carbonation. Pale malt base belies the darker color. Long aftertaste, not as fresh as I had hoped.
08-20-2012 21:59:04 | More by smcolw
4.98/5 rDev +32.1%
This beer came highly suggested by a good friend of mine. Enjoyed on tap at the Pump House Brewery.
A - Served in my own mug (I am a Mug Club Member) with a generous head. Because of the ceramic mug, I am unable to review the body at this sitting. Head was light yellow/straw.
S - Lemon zest meets coriander. Beautiful aroma which lasts long on the nose.
T - Impressive. Starts off floral and extremely hoppy. Continues to medium malt with ongoing bitterness. Finishes long with some carbonation and more bitterness. Note: I love bitterness.
O - I have had some IPAs which have been well-reviewed and highly suggested. This ranks near the top. I love the over-the-top hoppiness but the malt body keeps the bitterness from being overwhelming in my opinion. Would match this up against many of the West Coast IPAs I've had. Cheers
06-08-2012 01:58:09 | More by Matchmike
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
500 ml swingtop care of NASH, poured two of these into the sweet 1 liter schooner mug he also sent me. Kick ass!
Pours a cloudy dark reddish amber, some brown highlights, very thick and tight off white head forms, very creamy, slowly settles to a thick ring and layer, drops a shit ton of lace on the glass, looks pretty good. Smell is nice, some light pine and grapefruit, touch of pineapple, some caramel sweetness, sugary, lightly toasty, bready, lightly floral, nice hoppiness to it. Taste is similar, sweet at first, some caramel, light graininess, nice grapefruit hop kick, lemony, pineapple, bit of floral hopping, slightly herbal and medicinal bitterness in the finish, but quite assertive and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, not the most flavourful or complex IPA, but nicely balanced and very drinkable. Good stuff, thanks Greg!
05-08-2009 00:18:11 | More by Viggo
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.45/5 rDev -8.5%
Yes, it's called Indian Pale Ale, not India Pale Ale. I had this on tap at Maxwell's Plum in Halifax. According to the Pump House website it's a seasonal release only on tap.
Appearance: Arrives a hazy copper/rust colour with bone white head, leaving a good lacey layer. Bad pour as usually meant only a 1/4 in head.
Aroma: Despite pour, you can get lots of florals with a bit of bready malt and plenty of fruit.
Taste: Where are the hops? They're there, but I was disapointed, I certainly expected a hop bomb but got a very malty, fruity version of an IPA. Notes of honey and blueberries.
Mouthfeel: Very typical. Had some body, smooth and quaffable.
Final Statement: I ordered a Murphys Irish Red next, but received another one of these, I didn't bother complaining. That's my opinion on this beer, I would never go out of my way to not drink it, but I'd stick with other IPA's other than this malt heavy one.
02-12-2007 01:38:37 | More by MMansfield
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
had a pitcher of this at Maxwell's Plum in Halifax
A quite hazy brownish orange with a two finger head that just stays there slowly falling to an island and just coated my glass with lace right to the bottom of the glass
S big grapefruity hop bomb with some tangerine, sweet malt, toffee and a slight floral aspect. A big surprise with this one smells great a West Coast from the East Coast
T more big hop flavors but not quite as strong in the mouth but still quite good
M a little flat and not as thick as I would like but it leaves some grit on your gums and the flavors hang out for a while
D I really liked this beer I nearly took down the jug on my own in no time
very unexpected winner with this one, after seeing it's 7.1%alc I give it even more props because the whole time I thought I was drinking a low booze IPA. I can't remember any of Pump House brews being this good perhaps it's time for a refresher course.
10-12-2010 17:00:17 | More by wordemupg
IPA from Pump House Brewery
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