True North India Pale Ale | Magnotta Brewery

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True North India Pale AleTrue North India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Magnotta Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ultra-premium all-malt classic English-style India Pale Ale at 6.5% alc./vol. Enticing deep gold colour. Nutty malt aromatic nuances with spicy, grassy and fruity hop aromas achieved by dry hopping. Spicy, grassy and fruity hop flavours are combined with an assertive bitterness and mellow smooth malt flavour. Typical yeast-derived ale fruitiness and warming alcohol make this India Pale Ale a true-to-style classic. Enjoy with mulligatawny soup, roast beef, meat pies and stews, cajun fish, curry dishes and spicy foods, haggis, and strong cheddar and blue cheeses.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-27-2002

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Reviews by bobsy:
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4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From the brewery description:
"An ultra-premium all-malt classic English-style India Pale Ale at 6.5% alc./vol. Enticing deep gold colour. Nutty malt aromatic nuances with spicy, grassy and fruity hop aromas achieved by dry hopping. Spicy, grassy and fruity hop flavours are combined with an assertive bitterness and mellow smooth malt flavour. Typical yeast-derived ale fruitiness and warming alcohol make this India Pale Ale a true-to-style classic. Enjoy with mulligatawny soup, roast beef, meat pies and stews, cajun fish, curry dishes and spicy foods, haggis, and strong cheddar and blue cheeses."

This Canadian IPA pours a nice burnished gold with a medium white head, that soon diminishes down to a film, but leaves some intermittent lacing. The flavour contains a melange of caramel, biscuit fruit and leafy hops. The bitterness is definitely not overpowering, and very mild compared to an IPA from south of the border, but it makes its mark nonetheless. The aroma gives off bready notes, with hops also evident. The mouthfeel is satisfyingly creamy and medium bodied, with great active carbonation. Great drinkability on this English-style IPA!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber pour, weak head. A fair IPA. Adequate hops in the nose....subtle hops character in the taste...balanced nicely with some malt. A lively mouthfeel for an IPA i found, but pleasant. Good drinkability but again, if i'm choosing an IPA, it probbaly wouldn't be thi sone. Not the top for the region. Having said that, a fair beer.

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Photo of wjimson
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is brownish red, a good colour in my humble opinion for IPAs. The smell is a bit lacking, but good enough for quaffing purposes.

A very wholesome malt flavour that taste fermented in nature. Nothing like malt drinks but also very good. The hop flavours is not as pronouced. The taste reminds me of light chocolate with a bit of burnt after taste. The malty aftertaste melts very nicely with the 6.5% alcohol taste.

My favourite classical pale ale. i guess i will get this one again and again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Passable beer, best of this brewery's, but there are many better IPA's. What I liked: mild,smooth, bit of orange citrus, nice light color. High on the alcohol, but didn't particularly notice it in the drinking. Passable with food. Alcohol too high before dinner.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker gold, but still rather pale for an IPA. Nice white bubbly head settles to a thin film which leaves decent lacings all the way down. Visibly carbonation.

Some very strong malt right up front in the aroma, almost whiskey-like. Hops make their prescense known with a nice burst of piney goodness.

Some very bitter citrus right up front, quickly settles to a lasting, resinous, pine flavour. Very resinous, this one really coats the mouth. Malt seems quite grainy, I was expecting a good deal more fruit, but am having a hard time picking up any sweetness. Overall English Impression, but the English malt just doesn't seem to be there.

I'm torn over the mouthfeel. I feel like the carbonation is a bit much, but it certainly accentuates the hops on the tongue.

A great buy, diamond in the rough at the BS. One of those Canadian IPAs that take from both the American and English styles.

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Photo of traumaqueen
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of zimm421
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of baiser
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, orange colour, a bit of haze with a fluffy white head, ok retention. Aroma is floral and fruity, but needs more of it. Some citrus, grapefruit taste, some graininess and malt balanced by moderate hopping. Body is smooth, carbonation tingles the tongue, quite smooth. Good abv for an IPA. Would be quite a beer if the nose was stronger. Nonetheless, quite a nice session ale.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pale hops, spice, some citrus and a nice background of caramelized malt.

T: The taste pretty well-balanced, with flavors of caramel, spice and light malts. The hops presence is complimentary but not over-powering and eventually exerts a slight dominance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, although I’m more partial to the American style, this is one of the better EIPA’s that I’ve had. It’s a good beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Two things I do not like about this ale..1) the aroma, something foreign here and 2) the ABV is to high at 6.5%.
Other than is a great product.
Beautiful lingering glass cling over a thick crown which slowly but not completely disapates...The taste is of the hops and sticks around and mellow, very mellow and smooth.
Impressive and recomended...

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance is a very dark red accompanies by a moderate, yet, pleasent smell.

The taste is sweet and grainy. The texture is thick and the taste is brought down by bitter hops. This all accompanied with an alcoholic kick.

Aftertaste is a bit dry and spicy.

Although this beer can be expensive, it is definatly worth a try.

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Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at their vaughan location.

pours crystal clear golden yellow colour with a small dense white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass. spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bready malt. hint of alcohol. just a touch of dms. light caramel sweetness. nice earthy and herbal hops. hint of citrus.

taste is good. medium-low bitterness level. big biscuit malt dominating. bit of alcohol. earthy and herbal hops. just a touch of grapefruit.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. this is a solid english ipa, well balanced and enjoyable. it's not a particularly spectacular beer, but a good choice that fits the style well.

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Photo of DuffDry
4.94/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite IPA`s it smells very fruity and flowery has a sweet taste to start then finishes nice and hoppy. As a plus its under $20 for 12 what more can you ask for. I highly recommend this beer for someone wanting quality / locally brewed great beer.

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Photo of karait95
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: An intense yellow color with a nice creamy head that dissipates almost completely.

S: Really nice hops aroma with a touch of floral smell complex combination but pleasant to the nose.

T: Bitter sensation since the beginning through the end, an extremely intense flavor but not to pleasant.

M: A dry bitter finish that last enough a little to bitter that makes the sensation no the best for the mouth.

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Photo of treque
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale traslucent yellow in colour, a tiny white head which disipates quickly altough some at the very top neves dissapears. small bubbles on the constant carbonatation, some waste is sticke to the glass

S: some hop and clove are noticed

T: extremely refreshing, crisping on tongue, the biterness is always present, at the beginning is soft as the beer is sallow the intensity increase, at the end is very deep, the clove appears at this time, the end is long and a little bit chewy

D: easy to drink more than 2 in a hot day for sure

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Photo of bartle
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light golden to orange body with a nice white cap head that seems fairly thick and decent retention. It laces nicely down the glass.

It smells of citrus and pine, but there is a bit of an apple sent lurking in between. Mildly Diacetyl. Not offensive in any way.

It has a good dry citrus snap on first sip, some very light sugary carmel tones and a nice floral aftertaste. A good balance of bitterness with malt. The alcohol isn't up in your face which I was expecting with an ABV of 6.5%

The body is rich and full for the style. Moderately carbonated, crisp, not too dry, smooth and very drinkable.

This is a good bang for the buck. The style is right on. The colour seems a little light for me, but it holds a lot of the other characteristics I enjoy in an english IPA. this won't be the last time I buy this one.

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Photo of Viggo
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/orange, small head forms and dissipates pretty quickly, leaves a little bit of lacing. Smells malty, little bit of citrusy hops in the nose but no where near what I like in my IPA's. Tastes sweet from the malts, little bit of alcohol and a tiny bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, pretty good carbonation, a little light though. All in all I think this is a pretty decent beer, especially coming from Ontario, its probably the hoppiest beer made in this province. Nod to the accurate for style alcohol percentage. I think this will be my standard beer from now on when I don't want anything special, pretty good value for what you get.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours kind of a murky amber colour with a thin white head, some nice retention.

The first thing I smell is piney hops, citrus hops with some nice bready malt undertones.

Tastes pretty hopy, citrus, not too overpowering but balanced very well with a nice malty backbone. Biscuity malts come through as well as some grapefruit. Leaves a very nice hoppy aftertaste.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel, not too carbonated, pretty drinkable IPA. This is definately better than the last time I had it, this is without a doubt one of Ontarios best IPA's.

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Photo of stoutman
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice european style brew in the classic sense. Mild malt flavor with a mild (for an india pale ale) hop finish.

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Photo of pootz
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I had a chance to try this IPA on tap...I have had a soft spot for it since trying a bottle some 4 years ago...I consider it to be the best bottled IPA in distribution in Ontario.

The draft was a bit of a letdown as I suspect it had been open for a while and past it's prime.

None the less I got the brilliant orange-gold color with the distinctive puffy white cap that lasts and laces the glass.

The nose was not as bright as some fresh bottles I'd had..but the bready grassy notes were there

The chewy malts were still upfront and within miliseconds the hops show to give almost total bamance...thesse are cascades but they are used in such a way that the bitterness they add is not lets off in the finish.

Still a great session IPA and still my favorite Ontario craft IPA

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer tastes like a blend of Alexander Keith's IPA and SNCA. While its not watery like keiths, it doesnt have nearly enough hop character to be a classic IPA like SNCA.

It poors a clear amber with a respectable head and lots of lacing. The aroma is very malty, not too hoppy. It reminds me of a lot of Canadian micro pale ales (propeller, black oak). Theres a slight whiff of warming alcohol in the nose as well. The taste is very full with lots of bready grainy malt, some spicey hops and a prevelant alcohol zing that actually doesnt detract from the beer. Theres also a lot of yeast esters going on. The finish is only moderately bitter and quite alcoholic. The mouthfeel is medium and moderately carbonated. Drinkability is hurt a little bit by the alcohol taste, which isnt modest.

This is better than I expected. Its a very full flavored and complex ale. Though its definitely not an IPA. It taste more like an ESB to me. I guess you could say its a beginner's IPA. Still I recommend it and will buy it again.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes, indeed, an India Pale Ale brewed in our own backyard, purchased fresh from the brewery, it's worth the drive to Vaughan. Generous fluffy white head had good staying power, nice ring, some lacing. Hoppy smell nowhere near as big as American counterparts but there is a floral, citrus, hoppiness there. Taste like an IPA alright, hoppy presence, bitter middle and finish; citrus inspired flavours flirt with your tastebuds. With air, the malty caramel comes out. This is the third True North product I've had recently and I think they've got something good going on at Magnotta Breweries.

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Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale orange colour topped by a fluffy white head. Good retention. Orange citrus hop aroma, also slightly floral. There's a grainy sweetness in the aroma as well, and a hint of alcohol.

Bitterness is adequate, but not overly pronounced. Hop flavours consist of the same orange-citrus as in the aroma and a stronger floral taste that lingers into the finish. Malty sweetness is present, not very complex, but provides a decent balance. Slight alcohol warming, but no real alcohol flavour. Medium body and carbonation levels. Smooth texture becomes a bit creamy by the finish. Overall, a nicely balanced beer and definitely closer to the English IPA style than the American. Nice change of pace.

341 mL brown bottle with no freshness date on the bottle.

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Photo of MattyV
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rather pale looking, golden-straw with a touch of orange and a thin soapy white head
Nose is subtle, but picking up a mixture of bready malt and some earthy, spicy hops.
The malt provides some bready/caramel flavour, but the hops take over slightly with an earthy/floral bitterness. There's also a toasty quality that prevails throughout that I'm having trouble trying to describe. Nice crisp, almost sharp finish with a pleasant light floral hop aftertaste.
Decent medium body, a bit slick, average carbonation.
A nice dependable IPA. Won't knock your socks off, but a great beer for the price (19.99 for a 12-pk). One of my usual pick-ups when I stop in at TBS. These guys have impressed me with their homebrew options (FestaBrew) and now this-- keep it up.

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True North India Pale Ale from Magnotta Brewery
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 40 ratings