Cobra India Pale Ale | Brasserie de West Shefford

Cobra India Pale AleCobra India Pale Ale
18 Ratings
Cobra India Pale AleCobra India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Brasserie de West Shefford
Quebec, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 07-06-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Lexx:
Photo of Lexx
2.41/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pretty nice golden amber color with a very large-bubbled, soapy head and minor, tight spotty lacing.
The scent is of caramel, green apples, with a slightly floral perfume.
Okay, this seriously tastes like blood. Like when you were a kid and would cut yourself and suck on it. Maybe with a little bit of apple in it. If it didn't remind me so much of blood, it might be kind of pleasant. The blood does lessen as you drink it... I was able to get a little bit of a tart berry taste, but SO much iron. The bitter finish isn't bad, though. Over all, it's tolerable, but definately not something I'd choose to drinnk often.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Astringent aggressively carbonated bitter brew with drying aftertaste. Golden flow yellow, alcohol in aroma, freezing of the palate. A bit of citrus hop in there, not too malted, though a drop of honey. Medium mouthfeel. Not a good example of this style.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in CANBIF 2006. Thanks, Matt!

This is a complex beer, and the care and effort that went into it are evident, but I don't think it's a good representative of the style.

Its appearance is classic IPA, with a coppery body and a nice rocky head sitting on top. Herbal hops come across in the smell, but they're duking it out with a caramel malt backbone that gets even more assertive as the beer warms.

The taste is a tug-of-war between hoppy bitterness and the malt. The malt wins and tastes almost buttery, more like an English IPA. A dry finish and medium mouthfeel bring this one back slightly to American IPA territory. The overall result, however, isn't cohesive and the disparate elements don't work well together.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a generous head with average retention. Aroma is quite malty and somewhat floral. Taste is quite bitter as expected with medium malt. Would have liked a more complete body to really enjoy this one with maybe some added sweetness. Still a good IPA and probably one of the best beers from this brewery.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark yellownish colour, with a great foamy head and alot of carbonisation, unclear beer. The head stays all along the beer and let itself die on the glass.

Doesnt taste much, some aromas of fruits, banana and hops nothing I can detect much except what told here.

The hops hit you, some tiny caramel flavour with a maltish aspects follow, a light aroma of fruits is present

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Saint Bock in Montreal, Canada.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white haed. There was good retention and lacing. Chill haze noted.

The smell featured a light grassy hop and a light husky malt.

The taste conssited of a light grainy malt with a touch of lemon and mint. There was a light grassiness as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with good carbonation.

Overall an uneventful but easy to drink ale.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nose is caramelic. After allowing the liquid to come and play with your tastebuds, the malt dances with hops through a lingering bitterness, rather restrained though, but still one of Le Chaudron's best. Good beer. The bottles I've had unfortunately showed a little metallic taste, better on tap.

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Photo of papat444
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Viggo
2.74/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up in Montreal

Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange, thick off white head, very rocky, nice chunky lace, good retention. Smell is very fruity, kind of buttery, alcohol, bit of citrus, kind of weird. Taste is very strange, very sweet, iron, citrus, sour apple aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, alcohol warmth. Not sure what to think.

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Photo of LaSalle
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Orange Copper with a light orange-cream head.

Nose: Prepares the palette for a medium-bodied brew. Very fresh caramelized
Malt notes (almost roasted) with a moderate but robust hop presence. Also notes of raisins. Very enticing.

Taste: Relatively complex, attacking the palette from all sides at once. Very prominent malt flavours, which aren’t so much balanced but rather “counter-attacked” by a formidable hop (goldings?) presence. Very “copper” tasting.

Finish: The finish moves towards a reasonable balance. Leaving a rather nice and robust roasted hop presence.

Overall: A nice fresh american style pale. A nice malt tinged change. A pretty good showing overall.

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Photo of pootz
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Bright amber-orange color...decent cap...good glass- lacing qualities.

Aroma: classic IPA: carmelized malts with musty-grassy golding tones and some nice fruitiness (over-ripe peaches).

A big chew of sweet caramel and fruits in the front...hops show mid way more bittering than anything...don’t really add to the complexity...wet finish, musty, slow bittering.

Tad sweet and not enough hops for my liking...but a good crafted ale....more like a strong American pale than an IPA.

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Photo of kevinlater
2.24/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

on-tap at st-andre resto pub in montreal

a: a clear, deep, and rich amber hue that came with two-ish fingers of bone-coloured head

s: burnt rubber, burnt/toasted malts up front. some pine. non-existent fruit notes. IPAs should usually have some sort of fruit scents, right?

t: follows the nose -- burnt rubber for the first half of the tasting, then transitions into caramel malt/toasted malt for the second half. extremely timid citrus notes somewhere towards the end. finishes dry

m: medium mouthfeel, medium-to-high carbonation

o: though this brew finishes somewhat pleasantly with nice malt flavours, it's not worth suffering through the burnt rubber notes up front. no thanks!

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Photo of kbub6f
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/11/03, stored cool dark, 2600 miles in my trunk. The bottle says 5.9% abv, the website says 6.1% abv.

Tiny implosions leave little cavities in the big, off-white, dense head. The beer is a slightly hazy amber/gold. The thick, clumpy head blends into the clumpy lacing. Smell is a sweet candy sugar, with some decent hops. Ya! Bitter right out of the gate. Peppery, too. There's some deep malt in the middle, but it's fairly mild compared to the hoppy front and finish, which also shows a little fruit, but mega bitter hops. Strangely, there's some slightly sweetish cream in the aftertaste, but mostly the hops just leave your mouth feeling like a grapefruit peel.

This is a very cool fruity, hoppy beer. One of the few Canadian hoppy IPAs I've been able to find.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
2.84/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My mother in law brought this back for me from Gasbe in Quebec.

had it in a brown 341 twist off bottle.

A- amber/copper/ a little foggy, somewhat like a wheat beer.

S- malty, a little spicy(willemtte hops maybe) slighty caramel.

T- Creamy n malty, a little spicy as well (kindof reminds me of Creemore springs Lager)

M- fairly good, very smooth

D- one or two at a time. I dont think it as a session beer. But i think of it as a nice treat.

I wish that this beer was sold in Ontario, i only get to try it every once in a while.

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Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Tim2000
3.74/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341 mL brown bottle, no freshness date. Label says 6.1% abv.

Crystal clear amber coloured liquid, with a head that dies down to lace within a few minutes.

Rich malty aroma, sweet and spicy. Very appetizing.

Very sweet, bready taste, slightly fruity. The bitterness is quite subdued for an India pale ale, and the hop flavours are not very distinct, a bit spicy but mainly just a background bitterness that dominates the aftertaste. Ends moderately dry. This is a full-bodied ale, with a low but appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall a pleasant brew, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured fully amber with the warm highlights of stained wood mouldings. Cream coloured and creamy head of lasting foam sat atop the beer and left clumps of lace from top to bottom.

Odours of caramel, honey (madeira) and malt dominate but allow notes of essence of maple sap and hard wood to permeate. Light touches of orchard fruits (apples and peaches) manage to shine in the back.

First sip revealed a medium roundness and gritty texture. Flavours of malt, vanilla, candied sugar were followed by heady notes of spent grains. A very firm and balancing bitterness cleansed the palate for the next sip.

This was evidently an older sample as the madeira flavours were becoming quite prominent. Fresh samples carried more floral hops and less sweetness, were more complex. This beer will no longer be available as the brewery is closed due to bankruptcy. I will miss this beer.

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Cobra India Pale Ale from Brasserie de West Shefford
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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