The Old Toad 20th Anniversary IPA (OT 20) - CB Craft Brewers
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3.95/5 rDev -8.8%
On cask, via hand-pump, @ the Old Toad (Rochester, NY) on 6/11/11. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a clear gold, with a finger of rich bright-white head. This retains with a good bit of creamy froth, leaving back a robust cascade of sudsy looking lace. The aroma is initially floral up front but then immediately gives way to an aggressive blast of pine, grapefruit, and spicy alcohol. Grains manage to sweeten the nose up just a bit on the edges but this definitely has got some intensity to it in the nostrils.
The taste is all fresh biting citrus and pine character, giving this a flavorful bitterness that is balanced by a tight grainy sweetness. The finish features lingering pith and resins, and is overall quite dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied (the cask really helps here), maybe fuller, with a mellow creaminess that intertwines itself in with a good of oily slickness from the hops. The high alcohol is mostly well hid, showing some warmth but mostly keeping that ABV in check (especially here on the hand-pump).
Pretty solid DIPA here that is quite approachable considering that this is mostly of the dry and bitter variety and features a nearly 9% ABV. I thought that the cask conditioning might expose these features but I was pleased to find that this never got out of control with the hops and alcohol. It’s pretty cool that this is a house beer here, as I’ll definitely be trying it out on tap next time to compare.
06-14-2011 18:54:51 | More by Kegatron
4.43/5 rDev +2.3%
On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.
Pours a slightly hazy dark orange, into the Old Toad pint glass. Thick one inch head, with random strings and spots of lacing the whole way down the glass through the session.
Awesome smell. Tons of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit.
Tastes even better. The aforementioned fruits, plus a slight, welcome pineyness, but a small graham cracker malt taste. A small, slight lingering hop bitterness lasts through the glass, keeping you thirsty for more.
Smooth and dank mouthfeel, slight oilyness. Full carbonation.
Possibly the best IPA made in Western New York. It's really that good. Custom Brewcrafters makes this beer for the Old Toad, and it's always a good option if the guest taps don't float your boat.
03-06-2013 00:54:47 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.73/5 rDev +9.2%
This is the beer that turned me on to IPAs.
A: Came in a pint glass. Golden orange color with 1.5 finger head.
S: Citrussy and hoppy. Definitely a strong grapefruit smell mixed with other tangy citrus and possibly some mild spices.
T: Easily one of my favorite IPAs. Good amount of bite from a grapefruit and pine. Great balance of tang and hoppy bitterness yet finishes surprisingly smooth.
M: Surprisingly smooth, maybe even a little creamy. There's an oily bitterness sticks around for a few seconds but it is not overwhelming.
Overall: This has to be one of the best local beers in Rochester. If you are in the area, give it a try! I've gotten a lot of people who aren't big on IPAs to try this, and the majority of them really enjoyed it.
11-19-2012 15:16:22 | More by CygnusX1
4.33/5 rDev 0%
This brew was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a nonic glass the color of dark honey. It held a one finger cream colored head of big bubbles. This left soft spotty lacing. Carbonation appeared medium, with whips of haze throughout, without any large chunky sediment. The aroma was big on grapefruit hops. These came across on the sweeter side, with an additional sweetened fruitiness of grape, other citrus, with an emphasis on peach. There was also a twiggy woodiness and a saltiness of black olives. With warmth came a robust lactic sourness and a honey sweetness. As we sipped, soft hops of citric origin are presented. Here we found less grapefruit than in the nose, but with more grape and rind fruit. The middle gave more fruit, with paler, cleaner malts. The flavoring concluded with a boozy dominance, to swallow what was left of the hops. The aftertaste breathed of bitter grapefruit rind, bitter hops, and strong fusel alcohols. The body was medium and the carbonation was medium. To each sip came a nice froth and slurp, giving nice coating and cooling. The feel was actually a little watery for the style. The abv was nice and high, and the drinkability remained easy.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the complexity of the nose. It had fruit, hops, sweetness, graininess, and lactic acidity. This made for an extremely varied beer, with a surprisingly nice balance, despite the inclusions of so many components. Where points were deducted was in the feel department, which at times felt a bit underdone. For a “house” beer this gives extraordinary balance and complexity, making it a big competitor for whatever else may be found on the menu that night.
08-25-2011 22:49:34 | More by TheBrewo
4.43/5 rDev +2.3%
Had this one on tap at the Old Toad in Rochester this past week. A big thanks to Kevin for recommending this one!
A - Pours a light to medium copper orange color with a one fingered white, creamy foam head. The foam sticks to the sides of the glass like a very creamy glue, minimal carbonation.
S - Smells like a nearly pungent, citric rind hop bomb. -Overripe citrus rinds, pineapple, oranges, and mango fruit. The overall smell is like a big basket of tropical fruit while the malt stays pretty quiet in the nose.
T - Tangy citrus mixes with a barely minimal/light caramel malt base. The malt starts to emerge up front at the tip of the tongue but quickly gets batted down with tangy waves of bitter citrus starting a little before midway and rolls all the way to the proverbial bitter end. At the very end, the mix of leftover sweetness and heavy grapefruit hopping puts this in the same taste park as the West Coast heavy hitters.
M - Finishes semi-dry and continues to hit the palette with grapefruit for a lingering bitterness and a somewhat metallic-like aftertaste from the juicy citrus, with a little bit of lemon pepper way down in the mix. Body is on the heavier side of medium.
D - This beer doesn't know what balance means, and that's what makes this one a dream for us hop heads. Drinkability runs dangerously high and at this ABV level, I'd have to say it's virtually non-dectable...impressive.
Overall, if you live in the Rochester area or are visiting, this beer is a must, seek it out. I could be wrong, but I thought I heard the bartender say they may consider doing this beer on a more regular basis because of its popularity. The new kid on the block gives several IPA's a run for their money, it's brewed that well. Nice job Old Toad and Custom BrewCrafters!
10-09-2010 01:20:48 | More by jzeilinger
4.28/5 rDev -1.2%
Had this out of the cask at The Old Toad in Rochester last night, took some notes.
A- Light, slightly hazy mellow golden color, very aerated head right out of the cask. Nice lacing all the way to the bottom.
S- Scents of citrus and floral goodness, a little more lemon than orange followed by a finish of grapefruit.
T- Nice hop presence, mostly grapefruit... I can't quite place it, but it does seem to have a nice balance with just a touch of maltiness prior to a nice hoppy finish, maybe it's an oak or wood flavor imparted from the cask.
M- I was surprised at how smooth this seemed, it was also heavier than I expected with a medium+ type body.
D- ABV was very well hidden, nicely done, everything seemed to fit together nicely with this beer, from start to finish.
12-12-2010 01:21:52 | More by Franz4
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
Got this on tap at the Old Toad in Rochester. The beer was brought out as a nice copper looking beer with a really thick white head. The smell of the beer has a really great amount of hops on the nose. The taste is citrusy and floral, very hoppy. I loved the flavor of this beer. The mouthfeel was smooth and oily. Overall I should have brought a growler of this home! I found it to be a very good IIPA.
07-04-2011 20:11:52 | More by Knapp85
The Old Toad 20th Anniversary IPA (OT 20) from CB Craft Brewers
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