Dunham / Kissmeyer - Leo's Early Breakfast IPA
Brasserie Dunham

Dunham / Kissmeyer - Leo's Early Breakfast IPADunham / Kissmeyer - Leo's Early Breakfast IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #2,498
Ranked #14,251
3.91 | pDev: 13.3%
Brasserie Dunham
Quebec, Canada
Very Good
Dunham / Kissmeyer - Leo's Early Breakfast IPADunham / Kissmeyer - Leo's Early Breakfast IPA
Notes: Collaboration between Anders Kissmeyer and Dunham Brewery. IPA brewed with guava and earl gray tea from our friends at Camellia Sinensis. Bewitching beer, complex, both fresh, bitter and fruity.

54 IBU
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 105
Photo of patre_tim
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Peachy golden and cloudy with lots of large and small particles of beige sediment. Topped with a finger of off white head.

Smells of pineapples, caramel and pine. Slightly fruity and spicy, perhaps a little guava.

Tastes of a slightly sweet, slightly sour, slightly watery juice with a big, dull, bitterness on the end. Hints of glue, earl grey and a floral quality are there as well. Its a bit like lime.

Light body, moderate to low carbonation.

Got this at Brou Ha Ha in Gatineau, Quebec, drinking in Muskoka, ON, April 18th, 2018. I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt in that I probably left it too long to drink it. Other than that, it feels awkward and misplaced in is flavours.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep hazy and murky golden color with lots of floating yeast. Weak 1 finger beige head that last 2 minutes. Legs are decent, swirl reaction is good. Flavors of pineapples, orange, guava, tea, sweet barley, and herbal hops. Slick and oily medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, dominantly tropical and a bit leafy. Freshness is good, but feels slightly dull. Well balanced and intensified. Nothing really outstanding. Overall good quality craft.

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Photo of eberesford
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Cloudy old gold with orange hue. Cream coloured head which is quite thin but very stable with moderate lacing.
Smell: Grapefruit hop aroma and sweet (peach and lychee?) malt.
Taste: now the sweetness seems more like apricot with a well balanced grapefruit hop. Some funkiness?
Good mouth feel. This is a beer that crosses categories I think. A farmhouse IPA?

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Teku, This beer poured a really light almost golden brown color and looks as cloudy as OJ. The head was 2.5 fingers of foamy just slightly off white and retention is reasonable. The reason I'm only giving it a 3 is because the color is slightly off putting and I can see a couple chunks. all the same it looks half decent,

Aroma - I am giving it a 4 for aroma because Wile I am really enjoying this nose it isn't one of a typical IPA on either end of the spectrum. It is definitely fruity but not the fruit I'd expect up front. There is mango and pinapple but nothing acidic its really sweet. There is also a bubble gummy funkyness similar to that of a farmhouse ale but not as pungent. I don't believe there was any Brett used in this beer and it's probably just a mixture of the fruits coming together oddly. There is almost a wheat grain smell on the back end.

Taste - The 54 IBU packs more of a punch than I thought up front and don't get me wrong this isn't a bitter beer just more of one than I was expecting. The bitterness pops out leafy and earthy in flavor and is followed closely by sweet mango and pineapple. It again has that weird funk to it as well as a small hint of salted caramel. The loudest flavor in this beer though is a hay/wheat on the back end that I'm guessing is coming from the malt, Overall it tastes decent. but I wouldn't call it an IPA.

Feel - Light bodied with moderate Tingling carbonation on the tongue but goes down fairly smooth. It really is not a bitter beer but if your used to lagers it may seem bitter to you. I would have preferred a little more body.

Overall - I think this beer is worth a try and it isn't really bad but its not great. I also would not have marketed it as an IPA as I don't feel it really is one but what can you do. If you like farmhouse ales and IPA's you will probably enjoy this one. Cheers!

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Photo of Hendry
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Funny that nobody else mentioned this is a clandestine Farmhouse Ale more than an IPA in
every sense. Interesting brew, but to classify it as an IPA stretches the boundaries too far for the style..

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Photo of byronic
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks nice after the pour golden all be it a bit hazy with a nice white collar. A blast of pungent hops and citrus in the nose followed by a mild tropical fruit flavour with hints of tea.

My biggest surprise is this is a middle of the road IPA that does nothing to set itself apart from so many others.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks kinda weird for an IPA, it's really cloudy but with a nice head. As for the smell it's an attack of hops! Same thing for the taste, really hoppy, some tropical fruits there. As I was drinking it I started to taste some tea there, then I realized it's brewed with Earl Gray tea which mixes perfectly with the IPA taste, nice tough! Really refreshing, it's a solid IPA with a good quality/price ratio (2,98$ for a 355ml bottle)

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: Mar-16-2015

Pours a thick-looking brownish gold with a tight finger and a half of thick beige cream that settles to a ring, but is easily roused. Okay retention; varied, even lacing. (3.75)

Bright, pungent, dank, green citrus. Pith, guava, pez, mint, green. (4)

Evenly dusty tropical fruits. Fruity, guava, mango, citrus skin, green herbs, tea. (4)

Soft with a light-medium body, almost cask-like carbonation, lingering fruity/herbal finish, very drinkable. (4)

Very good, different take on an IPA.
This is a nice beer, especially in that it's 'gimmick ingredients' are very complimentary and by no means dominant.
Pours nice enough, it looks rich, pulpy, filling, etc. The nose hits you even from a distance. Lots of fruity twang with some puckering, earthy dankness. The beer is pretty subtle on the carbonation, but it doesn't really stick out like a sore thumb or anything.
Tasty, quenching, quaffable, unobrtusive.
Would have again (although it is pretty expensive); worth trying if encountered. (4)

**I feel lucky. The time before I had this one I think it was past its prime. It was husky, bitter, and plain. This one was quite fresh and the aroma in particular benefitted from that, I think.**

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy, thin Belgian inspired pale. There's a tardiness, that I don't love with the abject maltiness that doesn't work with the style. The adjuncts are are really good combination though.

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Photo of 2_Shaynez
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Pours a peachy orange, super hazy, with a nice off white creamy looking 2 finger head, which dissipates rather slowly to some floating bubbles. Nice lacing.

N: Hops and Guava dominate the smell with an underlying earl grey tea mustiness, but it certainly isnt playing a big roll. Tropical Fruits and Citrus mainly, very refreshing and inviting.

T: Very very very unusual but interesting. A strong black tea flavor is noticeable immediately on the first sip due to surprise, but becomes less intense after that. The tea flavor is backed by intense tropical fruit flavors.

M: Nice body, low to low-medium carbonation, very smooth feel to it.

O: I'm happy I tried this and I see myself including it in my beer run every now and again to have something different. I mean if you like earl grey tea and guava, then what's not to like.

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Photo of dar482
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

The aroma is floral, tropical guava, orange and grapefruit peel.

The flavor offers bitterness up front of leafy black tea, a sweetness of grapefruit, but only slightly. The beer is medium bodied with a bitterness of both hops and Earl Grey.

An interesting brew, but it could use some more fruity hops over the tea bittering.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%

On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill. Pours a translucent orangey amber color with an inch of frothy white head. Some lacing. Big whiff of tea with a tropical fruit hint. Orange, mango and guava. Lightly earthy and floral. The taste is tea upfront with nice orange notes. Light notes of tropical fruits but the tea and orange is the main focus. Light mouthfeel and a bit oily. Interesting take on an IPA. Overall, pretty solid beer I'd grab again.

App-4.25 a-4 t- 4 m-4 o-4 = 4.01

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Photo of ludachris
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The two fingers of off-white head that crowns the beer is sticky and thick, leaving plenty of dense patches of lace along the sides of the glass. The body itself is a rich caramel amber tone that has clearly not been through any level of filtration. This looks like a big IPA.

The early grey tea component rests gently at its core with a bit of earthiness mixed in. Guava and lively pine needles lay over top with hand fulls of fresh field berries. There's a really nice floral component to it as well. There's almost a warming quality to the tea character and I love how it develops as time goes on. Although it doesn't pack a big punch in the aroma, there's plenty of complexity to wrap your mind around.

The hop character is less refined in the taste and I think part of it has to do with it foregoing the filtration process. It's grassy and floral with a dense leafiness to it. The herbal tea quality rests on the middle of the tongue but its presence is dimmed by the more biting hop character. The field berries dance around throughout and give off a pleasant sweetness. A dash of biscuit and lingering green bitterness finish things off.

The body falls between light to medium. There's a little bit of creaminess with a classic hop dryness in the finish. I think it could have used a bit more weight to it.

Overall, this is an all around good IPA with a unique twist. I loved the addition of earl grey tea which I found most evident in the aroma. It plays nicely with its fruity qualities. I found the taste and the feel however to be a bit unrefined, impacting its tea quality most. Nonetheless, a solid collaboration and one that leaves me excited for their next IPA of theirs that I have in the fridge.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Although a very generous gift, not a beer balanced to my personal tastes. More of a medicinal tone to the aroma and flavour than I expected, and I find the Earl Grey hard to discern without it's characteristic bergamot? Definitely tea-forward, I just wouldn't have picked out anything other than "black tea" without the other descriptions.

Pours a hazy medium orange with a respectable white head and good retention. Aroma of oranges and tea, although many of the initial medicinal elements are fading as it warms. Good hop citrus notes in the body of the taste, but with a smoky tea and ointment finish that lingers longer than I'd choose. Enjoy the body, but not a beer for which I'd choose a pint.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Mule Bar. Served in a tulipy glass.

Appearance - Deep red/amber body. Nice white head. Good lacing.

Smell - The earl gray dominates this beer. Some hops and a bit of caramel, but it's mostly tea.

Taste - The tea lends a much more flowery flavor. Dominating again. Hoppier. Grassy and piney, possibly the citrus is muted by the tea. Caramel malts. Bitterness takes over in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, pushing medium heavy. Bitter.

Overall - Way too much tea for my tastes, but I still enjoyed it. Just the wrong end of the flavor spectrum of IPAs for my taste.

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Photo of kjyost
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A super cool and interesting beer worthy of a review. Thanks papat444!

Pours super cloudy sunrise yellow with a hint of orange and nice fluffy white head that lasts & laces well. The best part of this beer is the aroma, enough Earl Grey to know something is different, but melds so perfectly with the fruity hops on the nose. The beer comes across as a lightly fruity IPA with the Earl Grey notes playing superbly off the hops. Minimal perceived bitterness for an IPA, it needs a hint more bite, but maybe that too makes it a breakfast beer.

Super well put together beer that was interesting & different. Well done!

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good and tasty beverage. The Earl grey lends a flavourful complexity to the IPA. Hoppy aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Fruity notes and very good drinkability. Lasting head on orange body. Bottle fresh from Veux-Tu. More than a novelty beer for sure.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Special thanks to papat444 for sending this brew out west for us to enjoy.

A: Pours a hazy, murky amber with a nice foamy head that slowly settles leaving variable islands of foam along the surface. A decent amount of lacing is left alone the sides of the glass.

S: Tropical fruit together with slight notes of pine resin. Background of bergamot, lemon and roasted tea leaves and possibly a bit of nuttiness. The earl great adds a certain smoothness to the scent and is very unique and unlike other IPAs I've had.

T: Upfront of pine resin and lemon peel followed with strong presence of bergamot. Mid-palate following through to the finish is a level of smokiness expected from black teas together with a slight soapiness. The combination of the hops and the floral bergamot compliment and contrast each other extremely well and lead to a very enjoyable and refreshing finish.

M: Creamy and thick mouthfeel that coats nicely and works well to envelop your mouth with the lemon flavours.

O: This was an unexpected and very unique IPA and unlike any I've had before. The bergamot flavours really come to the forefront as this beer warms and adds an enjoyable floral and lemon flavour that balances out the hops. This is certainly not a west coast hop forward brew but shows that you do not need to overpower the palate with hops to arrive at a great IPA. Thanks again to papat444 for hooking us up.

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Photo of olivianjeremie
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You can taste the tea big time. Drier, everyday beer. Not to hoppy. Good colour (orange, peach, cloudy) smooth. Really enjoyed the flavour profile. Great beer. Enjoyed this beer on tap at the breweryin Dunham Quebec. Great place to enjoy a beer. Good food and service.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle from Broue Haha QC for $4

Appearance - Hazy amber with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, guava, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit/tangerine/guava and something that reminds me of Pledge lemon cleaner.. but not in a bad way really. I can also taste the tea and it ends with a lemony fairly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – This beer smells fantastic. A part of me wishes it tasted like it smells, but I can appreciate the uniqueness of the flavour. A beer well worth trying.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle, acquired via trade with papat444. Merci beaucoup!

This beer pours a murky, cloudy, dark brownish orange colour, with one finger of puffy, foamy ecru head, which leaves some random horror story cloud lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of bitter pine resin and juicy citrus (orange/grapefruit) rind, musty tropical fruit (it's a long way from the tropics to rural Quebec, maybe?), well-steeped black tea, a wee herbal tincture, and a sort of bready caramel malt afterthought. The taste is quite a revelation - sharp, refreshing orange and guava smoothie, rather noticeable bergemot-inflected tea leaves, bitter forest floor detritus, some floral esters, and again, a crackery, caramelized malt just happy to be mentioned in the same breath.

The carbonation is adequately supportive, i.e. not lacking in its perceptible absence, the body a sturdy medium weight, though a slight bit clammy in its pursuit of smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness really holding sway here, as the tea and bitter hops notes play a convincingly sober (hah) second fiddle.

A rather interesting, surprising, and ultimately tasty IPA - the guest ingredients doing well to integrate instead of dominate (or worse, not show up at all - I'm looking at you, latest 'bacon' beer). Given that my quotidian rhythms have already been thrown way out of whack by my 5-day old son, drinking a 'breakfast' beer now makes good fuzzy sense at any time of the day!

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Photo of MaximeLanglois
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall this beer is incredible, its a pretty cool collab between Denmark x Québec ( Kissmeyer x Dunham ).

Great hit of exotic fruits & bitterness. Smell awesome. One of the best I.P.A. made in Québec!

Since march 2013, this beer is a regular product from the brewery.

3.75 / 5

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a cloudy bright orangey color ale with a medium size off-white head with good retention and some average lacing. Aroma of fruity hops is clearly dominant with light guava notes also discernable. Taste is also totally dominated by fruity hops with Nelson Sauvin really coming through and some light sweet guava notes with some very subtle earl grey notes. Bitterness is lower then I was anticipating with some malt backbone clearly playing a lesser role in this mix. Body is full with medium carbonation. This is a real winner with great floral hoppy aroma and limited bitterness.

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Photo of papat444
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: A huge foamy head, real good legs on it with a totally hazy orange-light amber body.

Smell: Tropical fruit, sweet guava followed by the dryness of the tea. Real nice mix.

Taste: Fresh guava, pulpy with a solid baseline of grey tea throughout. Lush and a real nice contrast of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Cream, solid body, very drinkable.

Overall: A real good IPA. Not for hardcore hopheads maybe since this isn't in your face but solid regardless.

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Photo of ZorPrime
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my revelation for 2012. Tasted this at Chambly, and then in bottle. Simply awesome. Perfect beer.

A: The beer is opaque, copper in colour with some orange notes (light). Nice white head on top of it. It sticks well to the glass. Perfect looking beer, so beautiful!

S: The aroma is fruity (orange and guava) with a nice dose of hops. So well balanced and so good in the nose... it's very salivating! You want to drink it all in one gulp!

T: Similar to the smell. So refreshing with the fruity flavour, its amazing. A beer so easy to drink and taste like a good tropical juice with a bitterness at the finish. Loved it!

M: Medium body. Effervescent. Dry finish.

O: Delicious beer, the best I had on 2012!

Hope they redo it soon!

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Dunham / Kissmeyer - Leo's Early Breakfast IPA from Brasserie Dunham
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 105 ratings