Yippee IPA - Picaroons Brewing Co.
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3.48/5 rDev -2%
Second bottle from a little Picaroon's sampler. Gotta give'm props for the name - kind of makes me want to take down Hans Gruber on top of the Nakatomi Plaza.
Poured into a nonic glass. The caramel malt has really shone through here, giving the brew a deep toffee colour. The pour brought forth about an inch of frothy white head, which survived as a thick ring with loads of sticky lace.
Nose is sweet crystal malt, citrus hops, caramel, toffee.
Very sweet brew - the caramel flavors from the malt tend to dominate the first moments of each sip, with even a bit of chocolate lingering in the background. The scene shifts to a citrussy hop/earth blast that playfully fights with the malt in a battle royale to dictate which flavor ends the show.
Carbonation is a bit sharp, and the body isn't quite right - too thin and a touch of oil.
Not bad, certainly flavorful enough, but far too sweet for my tastes. The balance just isn't there.
01-14-2012 04:03:20 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
500ml bottle. Cool name for an IPA, and the corresponding label imagery does it justice, to boot.
This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a whole lot of stellar layered, jagged, and just plain thorough webbed lace around the glass as it genially subsides.
It smells of semi-sweet, pastry-like pale and caramel malt, a touch of hard toffee candy, sharp leafy, floral hops, a sort of metallic stoniness, hollow citrus rind, and a further bit of herbal, dank bitterness. The taste is quite consistent - strong caramel/toffee malt, candied fruit (orange, lemon, and grapefruit, all), bitter leafy, herbal, and weedy hops - though more metallic than flora in nature - general dank forest, black tea tannin, and more hard water flinty notes.
The bubbles are fairly understated, just a softly edgy zing, for the most part, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and kind of too tight with the stony/metallic character to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes off-dry, barely, the leafy, increasingly citrusy, and herbal bitterness taking it to the meekly lingering bready caramel malt.
A decent EIPA, where the hoppening (like the 'quickening', but, y'know) is kept within the parameters of the style - i.e. no obvious west coast American big Cs or the like, and good on 'em for it. This is astringent, in a wholly different way - herbal and leafy, with a barely contending maltiness, by the end. Yup, yippee - this is an IPA, all right!
07-25-2014 01:20:35 | More by biboergosum
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
Thanks to Moniker for this one.
The appearance is quite stunning... Cloudy copper color. This is definitely not filtered. The head is creamy and so good looking. Sticks well to the glass too. The smell gives citrus notes, a little sugar. On the taste, it is mainly hoppy... citrus hops. The bitterness is not present except on the aftertaste. I get some grapefruit in the taste and smell. The beer is not dry... but smooth. The taste lingers in the mouth for a long time. The carbonation makes its presence in the mouth.
12-05-2009 23:29:18 | More by ZorPrime
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
Poured into pint glass
A-Amber in color with a nice fluffy head, great head retention, good amount of lacing
S-Roasted malts and slight amount of hops.
T-roasted malts seem to dominate the taste, but the hops are definetly there as the mild bitterness lingers.
M-Medium body, with a good amount of caronation.
D-Good local brew, worth the purchase if in the area
03-25-2010 16:40:05 | More by Lukecook
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
500ml Bottle - thanks to frenchy for this one
Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size fizzy light beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, toffee, hops, grapefruit
Taste & Mouth - There is a lower than average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of toffee/caramel, hops, and malts. There is also some grapefruit flavours mixed with a bit of resin. It ends with a toffee sweet aftertaste with a good dose of hop bitterness.
Overall - I really enjoyed this one, it is probably one of the better English IPA's I've had so far. It had a lot of taste/sweetness going on, but it wasn't getting into cloying territory. I'd drink it again anytime.
02-17-2012 21:06:48 | More by spinrsx
Nova Scotia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev +15.5%
500mL bottle with no freshness date, poured into pint glass.
Pours amber, quite clear, with a couple fingers of fluffy head that dissipates to a thin ring, leaving plenty of lacing as I work my way down the beer.
Nose is a burst of fragrent, citrus and pine hops, with undertones of bready malts.
Taste follows the nose; lots of pine and earthy, oily hop flavour throughout, with a burst of citrus on the finish. This is countered by a malt profile that walks a line between caramel and fresh bread sweetness. The bitterness definitely wins out, but doesn't over power or knock the balance out of whack.
Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, with very mild carbonation. Seems to get slightly thicker and stickier on the finish, with lingering bitterness.
Overall, this is a very tasty beer. Doesn't try to knock you out with IBUs, and has a decent balance to it. The bottle says the recipe is sometimes altered as the brewmaster experiments, so it will be interesting to check back with this one and see where it's going.
12-26-2008 20:02:48 | More by nighthawk
3.08/5 rDev -13.2%
bottle from awesome girlfriend... again.
bottled 7-16-11, so a little more than a week old, maybe pushing two.
pours a dark ruby color that is beautiful, but MUCH darker than i expect from an IPA. It is way closer to an amber. Large bubbles that fade quickly...
nose is interesting, a TON of caramel malt which I would expect from the coloring, but I actually get a lot of citrus and apple on the nose. no surprise this is the same brewery that makes "feels good" imperial IPA, as it has the same hop presence on the nose. My expectations from canadian IPA is VERY low... but this smells nice, for the country. Not amazing for the style but much better than my past experiences.
the taste is very caramel... A lot of apple... this reminds me of the Maharajah this year... almost a rotten apple flavor to it. i think the listing as an English IPA is wrong... I think they are going for an American style here. just need to choose some different hops. I do like that they put on the label that batches will vary because they are consistently trying to dial in a recipe... thats a good brewery. But guys, you need different hops. try some simcoe, citra, centennial, columbus, etc. The apple is interesting, for sure... and you should pursue that, but pursue it differently.
mouthfeel is spot on, not complaints. but yeah, this is intersting, but it actually tastes like them testing recipes...
07-30-2011 21:00:44 | More by crusian
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev +9.9%
A: Poured with a large, white head that diminished over a short period of time to a thin layer. Body is completely clear and a dark, amber color... unusual compared to most IPAs, but still a nice looking beer.
S: Average hops, some citrus... and a slight roasted malt tinge to it.
T: That roasted malt comes through in the beginning of the flavor as well. Finishes moderately bitter and dry; the citrus seems to be in there too. After a few more sips, it honestly seems to be as malty as it is hoppy... interesting.
M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with soft carbonation.
D: Definitely a different IPA, with the maltiness being stronger that you would expect for the style. Still, an enjoyable example that shows that Picaroons is at the very least trying to do things differently.
09-28-2009 15:37:38 | More by berley31
3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
From: Premier Wine & Spirits
A: Cloudy amber body with two fingers of off white head. Head dissipated into a thin ring and leaves good lacing. Also, there is a substantial amount of yeast sediment at the bottom.
S: Huge front of citrus and oily pine. Also a good amount of malt character.
T: Citrus doesn't come out to well, but there is a ton of hop flavour with a malt backbone.
M: Medium bodied and high carbonation. Thicker texture and is quite bitter. Comes off as a strong IPA.
D: This is the first picaroons I've really enjoyed. Although I wouldn't see this as being a EIPA, it's definitely enjoyable.
07-31-2010 23:40:59 | More by Long813
2.55/5 rDev -28.2%
Tap sample at the source.
Slightly hazy medium golden color with a smallish off white head that persists for a good long time. Aromas of butterscotch are front and center and kind of ruin this one for me. Moderate earthy pine and citrus with a bit of caramel to back it up. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a bitter burnt sugary mouthfeel. Too much diacetyl for my palette.
07-17-2014 01:28:38 | More by johnnnniee
4.22/5 rDev +18.9%
I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The color is an attractive amber with a light ivory head. The smell is of hops, pine, and fir. The taste is complex. Up front some caramel, and maybe currants or toast. It's quite interesting. And the finish is hoppy and pleasantly bitter. This is quite a hoppy IPA but not overpoweringly so. The mouthfeel is good, and this is quite drinkable. All in all, a surprisingly complex and very tasty IPA.
12-11-2009 05:47:19 | More by DoreenAndDave
Yippee IPA from Picaroons Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.