La Ciboire
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,878
Ranked #44,859
3.52 | pDev: 14.49%
Microbrasserie Archibald
Quebec, Canada
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Notes: Historically, this beer was conceived to withstand the long and laborious trips from England to India much to the enjoyment of the troops. This ale is characterized by the dominating presence of hops, caramel undertones as well as its long-lasting bitterness and smooth and malty aftertaste. Bold, pure
and surprisingly dry, making it easily drinkable with seafood and ripe cheeses.
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Poljazz22 from Canada (QC)

3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent version IPA. Quite bitter with some citrus and piney aromas. It feels a bit one dimensional. There are more interesting IPAs such as Moralité (Dieu du Ciel ) and Le Castor's Yakima made in Quebec.

Feb 08, 2017
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Borbly from Canada ()

3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber body with a nice amount of soapy white head off tap. The aroma has some fair malty notes to it along with some piney, earthy, and faintly citric hops. The taste has some strong bitterness with a clean earthy finish and prickly carbonation. Nice beer, unfortunately I'm on the move so I can't write more but I'd have it again!

Dec 21, 2016
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kevofficiel from Canada (QC)

3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ciboire from Microbrasserie Archibald bought it in an bar.

Look: Orange/yellow color with a finger of white head.

Smell: Malts, sweet, citrus

Taste: Hops and malt, some citrus on the background. Goes down really smootly. Medieum to light carbonation

Feels: Really pleasant. The hops stay for a while that is the nice thing.

So overall would I recommend it ? Sure, but for the price there is much better out there.

Mar 10, 2016
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.46/5  rDev -1.7%


Pours a crystal clear gold color with a couple of fingers of white head that gassily settles to a fat film that can be easily awoken. Decent retention; sticky clumps of lacing. (3.75)

Well-used dishcloth (but not in an infected way or anything). Dry bread, husky grains, hard water. Almost nothing. (3.25)

Doughy and medicinal. Bread, hard water, astringent and bitter herbal hop flavors. (3.5)

Thin and dry with lots of carbonation and a medium body. Quick finish and pretty drinkable with lingering bitterness in throat. (3.75)

Niether the best nor worst IPA I have had.
I had kind of given up on trying random Quebec IPAs that I found while out and about, but when I saw one in a can I decided it night be worth a shot.
It poured nicely but was pretty roundly mediocre otherwise. It had little to no discernable aroma (I figure it was a little old and I might be having an off day, but still...). It tasted alright, if a bit one-dimensional. Not a wholly awful beer and not unenjoyable, but not great either.
I probably would not have it again; unless you're a ticker, there are better beers to be had. (3.5)

Sep 16, 2014
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Haydn-Juby from Vermont

3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: An orangish/ yellow color. One and a half fingers of head and excellent lacing.

S: A bit of citrus fruit with some yeast and sweet malt.

T: Caramel really comes through, a bit more then what I' used to in other IPA's, but its good and provides a nice sweet element to the beer. Bitterness is moderate and appropriate. A touch of citrus and some floral hops round the beer off.

M: Carbonation is good. Perhaps a bit high but its very drinkable.

O: I would say far more similar to an English IPA but none the less its a decent beer. In all honesty I was expecting this to be something like Alexander Keith's , meaning a AAL that rides the popularity of the IPA name amongst noob craft drinkers. It was a pretty decent offering. Good with food I would imagine and i will probably try other offerings as they're one of the few non macro offerings I can tote around in cans.

Jan 12, 2014
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear copper colour with a large size fizzy and frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/toffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels slightly prickly on the tongue. I can taste malts, caramel/toffee and some hops. It really doesn't taste like an American IPA at all - it's more like an English one. It's still decent tasting though. It finishes with a malt and toffee aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – Probably not something I'd ever buy again, but it definitely wasn't a waste of money. Just don't expect to be getting a American IPA if you buy it.

Oct 05, 2011
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fostachild from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an amber/bronze color with okay head.

smell was a little weak on the hops, but i found that it had a nice roasted malt aroma.

taste was very malty, and hops were more noticeable. good carbonation and drinkability. overall wasn't amazing but enjoyable enough.

Aug 10, 2011
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was unpacking some boxes and stumbled across a bunch of cans for my collection, and the corresponding reviews that I seem to have forgotten to enter.

Thanks Zorprime for the trade, we should do it again. Another can for the shelf.

Dark, copper color with a short, tight, white head. Good foam retention with thin, sticky lace trails. Smell is decent for the style, good combo of hop spice and caramel malt. Taste matches the smell, with a nice balance between hops and malt. Earthy or herbal (not grapefruit or pine) hop flavor. Bready, caramel sweetness to balance. Neither component takes over, a well rounded IPA.
Medium body and mouthfeel, neither too bitter or sweet. Not a super hopped up IPA, as is becoming the norm, flavorful and easy to drink.

Jul 26, 2011
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CliffBrake from New Hampshire

3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice looking IPA with a good rocky head and plenty of lace. It has a medium malt body with an asertive hop bitterness. The aromatic properties of the hops aren't hugely expressed - maybe more like an English IPA vs. the American style.

Nov 19, 2010
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Yoonisaykul from Canada (QC)

3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real happy to see this at the dépanneur. A brewery I never heard of before... in a can! Told the owner of how happy I was to see another Quebec beer in a can. Just hope it's good.

I guess a Quebec beer had to have this name sooner or later. Actually, it's probably already happened.

Best before on bottom of can... I only see a black dot.

A- Deep clear copper topped by a great, creamy, very light beige head. Lacing is all sorts of patterns but there's plety of it. Looks great.

S- Nice sweet cream soda syrup. A little sour fruit which reminds me a bit of barf (which isn't too weird, I've found this in other hoppy beers.) Also slightly metallci but again cream soda is the main smell I get. Looks good.

T- Wooh. Not expecting this. Quite a fresh hop kick. I was expecting more of a sweet malt with maybe a bit of tropical flavour but this is much more piney, grapefruit rind bitter hop. Very good. I like it. Grapefruit rind bitter after-taste lingers for a long time. Honey and alcohol comes out as it warms up.

M- High, kind of aggressive, carbonation. Liquid is quite thin and very dry but mouthfeel is just light and perfect without being watery.

D- High. Bitterness lingers without much of a sweet backbone so it might tire some.

Yeh! A good new beer and possibly new brewery for me. I think the can had something to do with how good this tasted. I had it in the fridge for a week but don't know how long it was in the store. Still tasted very fresh.
I recommend it and am eager to try their other beers.

Nov 06, 2010
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light bitter hops with lightly sweet caramel malt. Taste is also a mix between some light bitter hops with lightly sweet caramel malt. Body is way too light for style with good carbonation. Light body with almost no hops presence makes for a beer I won't be seeking again.

Sep 15, 2010
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kjyost from Canada (MB)

2.4/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a great looking amber beer with anice white head and lacing... Looks great. Then I take a sniff of the beer. Ummm... did this not call itself an IPA? Where are the hops? It smells so very lightly of bitter hops but it is covered up by caramel sweet malt aromas. Taste? This is a solid ESB (maybe, you know, without the bitterness) at best. Sold as an IPA? Where qre the hops? No hop aroma / flavour in this at all. Just sweet malt... Feels good. Drank four (b/c that's how they are packed), but only b/c they were what I had...

Unimpressed. Whoever called this an American IPA needs to have a few good ones. This is the Keith's of micro IPAs. Malt flavour, no hops.

Jul 15, 2010
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JOaikido from Canada (QC)

3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

473 ml can.

A- Very nice dark amber/coppery colour with a good pale beige head. Very clear, no cloudyness.

S- Wine like alcohol out of the can. Malty sweet notes. Touch of vegetable like aroma in behind. Noticeable hops smell I have trouble describing. Smells like beer in that "my grandfather's ale" kind of way.

T- Well hopped. Strong bitter aftertaste which includes a touch of the grapefruit type bitterness. Malty, slightly sweet middle that is neutral, with less caramel type notes than the colour might suggest. That vegetable aroma is there again, in with the malt.

MF- Good body. A bit strongly carbonated, but this seems to go well with this beer.

D- A little lacking in balance with the bitter aftertaste and malty flavours son=mehow not quite right. Not one I would drink many of in a row. But still a decent beer, much better than the bland world of macros.

Jan 28, 2010
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Seanstoppable from Canada (NS)

3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from ZorPrime during CanBif 2009.

Pouring into a pint glass results in a hazy light copper colored ale, with massive amounts of durable head. 3 fingers of sticky white head very slowly evaporated, leaving visible lacing down the glass.

No real noticeable smell.

Taste is slightly hoppy, with a nice malty backing. Very nice medium body and a smooth finish. A bit of the malt flavoring lingers in the mouth for a minute after the swallow.

Overall a very nice IPA that is quite drinkable.

Jul 31, 2009
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ZorPrime from Canada (QC)

4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted June 9, 2009.

A: Nice copper color with a good head. Very sticky to the glass. Nice.
S: Very inviting smell, however light to medium in intensity. Hops with caramel.
T: Similar as the smell, however stronger in intensity. The hops are earthy, or is it smoky..., and the finish is more caramel than bitterness.
M: Round and medium body beer.
D: I could drink this all evening.

Very good beer, not the usual IPA. That's why I like it too!

Jun 28, 2009
La Ciboire from Microbrasserie Archibald
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 57 ratings