Taps Sinister Sam's IPA | Taps Brewing Co. Inc.

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Taps Sinister Sam's IPATaps Sinister Sam's IPA
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Taps Sinister Sam's IPATaps Sinister Sam's IPA

Brewed by:
Taps Brewing Co. Inc.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prepare to be round-housed in the taste buds. This is a North American-style India Pale Ale. It has an intense Northwest Pacific-hop character from a ridiculous amount of hops added to the brew-kettle, and then dry-hopped later on during conditioning. Citrusy, floral, and fruity flavours take front stage, while the caramel accented malts give it some balance.

Formerly called Chuck Norris Roundhouse IPA

Added by Sammy on 08-06-2010

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of StrangerTides
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Taps, Niagara, Ontario.

LOOK: Light Reddish brown.
AROMA: Citrus and rice.
TASTE: Dry Hops. Slightest citrus.

Not bad.


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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Taps on Queen on Niagara Falls, ON.

This one pours a moderately dark amber, with a small head and not much lacing.

This smells mainly malty, with stale caramel malt, and just a hint of grapefruit.

This is pretty mediocre, unfortunately. The malt dominates, and it's not even tasty malt, as you get some metallic and stale sweet things. The hop character is mainly just bitter with no balance or complexity.

This is pretty drinkable, but you don't necessarily want to.

This is very mediocre.

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Photo of Electros
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Corson
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whatup14
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Growler fill from the brewery. I believe this was actually 5% abv as the sticker on the growler indicated, but who knows....

L: Amber in color. A cap of slightly of white head tops the beer. Retention was great, and so was lacing.

S: A bit of citrusy hops. A fairly big cereal and caramel malt character.

T: This is not what I would call an IPA, it's good though. A little bit of citrusy, but mostly grassy, hops come through. Caramel and toffee are the most dominant flavors, really. A bit of biscuit too. Bitterness is fairly firm. It's still a bit chewy sweet though. More like a bitter amber ale.

F: A touch too thick. The caramel malt really thickens the beer up. It's nice that the head stays around forever. Maybe a bit more carbonation than I would have liked, but it's not that bad.

O: Pretty decent stuff. I wouldn't have a problem drinking this on tap but not something I'd buy to sip at home. Not an IPA at all in my opinion, outside of its bitterness. Think of it as a bitter amber amber ale and it's a good time.

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Photo of ManWithNoName
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer while in CA. Beer tasted metallic with hops. Funky musty aftertaste. Had it at the brewery and was quite disappointed.

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Photo of RoseHulmanBeerClub
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Pours a slightly hazy copper with a white lacing.

Smells of strong piney hops with a citrus bite and biscuity malts.

Strong bitter hop flavor, both floral and dry, over biscuit malt.

Medium body with a stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Solid pale with nice surprisingly hoppy flavor. Worth trying and better than I expected.

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Photo of BWH999
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RefillMyglass
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken at the Taps brewpub last night, where this pint was served far too cold. A beer I've enjoyed multiple times in the past, but seem never to have rated before. This batch is not nearly as impressive an APA as I remember from earlier growlers and brewpub visits.

Pint is a beautiful dusty amber with limited head but impressive lacing. Minimal aroma is surprisingly malt-forward, and remains limited even as the pint warms. The flavour ends with a bracing and delightful bitterness, but doesn't have the hop profile or balance that I remember. Malt-forward start and body doesn't have any citrus or tropical fruit "west coast" tones before an abrupt transition to bitterness. No longer the OCB highlight that was once “Chuck Norris”...

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mellow hop, with notes of citrus. In the taste, mellow hops, which a still upfront, but kind of thin. A hop abrasion and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer hop and mellow citrus notes in the aftertaste. Lacking body, and hops are more mellow than expected.

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Photo of galluch
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of BeerClubNiagara
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of NedShakeshaft
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Nice white, fluffy head gave off malty smell. Once it hits the mouth the hops take over, huge. Orange, pine, floral. Nice silky mouthfeel clinches it. I wouldn't call this a balanced beer by any stretch, but the hop-forward style is so rare north of the border that a hop-dominant offering is most welcome. Grabs you in the throat but lets you go gently, easy to pound a few of these.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Volo after the Cask Days IPA Challenge.

Beer is light amber in colour, with a very minimal bit of frothy bubble at the top, coming from the cask.

Smell is incredibly light. A faint scent of hops, hard to detect.

Taste is full of bitterness, of a rather soapy character. A bit of grapefruit. Finish is quite dry with a bitter aftertaste.

Beer has a very slight carbonation (coming from cask, I am not sure how much this means), and is fairly thin bodied. Feels pretty good, but no remarkable.

Overall. a pretty good beer. I liked it, but it was not particularly complex. The soapy bitter flavour dominted everything else. "Soapy" probably sounds bad, but it is pretty good, just not enveloping or exciting enough to make me go in search of more.

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Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at the Burger Bar.

Pours a copper-amber with a finger of white head, with sheets of lace. Nose of sweet caramel malt, while tropical and citrus hops notes contend for the nose. Some mango, pineapple and grapefruit contend. Taste is initiated with the malt, some sweet toffee/caramel is interrupted with tropical notes and some orange. Mild mango and grapefruit this time around, with some pine hidden between the rest. Some decent bitterness throughout the feel, and the hop flavours linger significantly. Medium body and slightly higher than medium carbonation. Solid feel and quite tasty all around.

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