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Postcolonial IPAPostcolonial IPA

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Goldorak on 02-06-2007

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

amber color, very clear with alot of carbonation. A smallish wite head formed but qucikly left leaving behind only a slight amount of lace. Nothing really spectacular here. Smell was light, some grapefruit and orange peel tones, a touch of sweetness, but it needed to be stronger to give more of a punch. The taste followed that up almost exactly. It had a smooth crisp, light feel. Good carbonation, not slick or oily and left a decent dry finish, but felt a tad thin to me. The flavors were al right, just nothing that was gonna make you stop and take notice of it.
Overall tis was ok. It just came off as a bit too light for me and thats why it doesnt get a better score. I would put it right above average, only because it is not bad, however needs to be juiced up a bit to have some of those flavors start to come out.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at Braise et Houblon (little too cold)

Copper-coloured with small head but lovely lacing. Smells of caramel and banana.

Lots of maltiness in the taste. Some citrus with a surprising amount of pepperiness. Grassy with floral notes.

Beautiful dry bitter finish.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of SFLpunk. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear light amber color with a thin off-white head. Good spotty lacing and a few bubbles on top. The nose carries a bit of light malt and some very faint citrus. The flavor is bready with a bit of caramel and some citrus and floral hops. Light fruit and a bit of cherry. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a light bitterness in the finish. Tastes slightly oxidized with a bit of cardboard. Okay beer, though not up to par with good versions of this style.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - Mostly clear copper colour with a small size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruits

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a decent amount of hops. There is also a nice amount of citrus flavour going on - oranges and grapefruits. The beer finishes with a sweet citrus aftertaste with some light lingering hops.

Overall - I'm always excited when I taste a IPA from Canada that tastes like it came from the states. The flavour was good and it was very highly drinkable. The mouthfeel was a little lacking but that was probably due to the fact that this was on cask. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of Intrinsic
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Postcolonial pours a dark-red copper colour, has an average looking head with less than average retention. Looks pretty tasty, but nothing that particularly stands out.

The smell immediately declares this to be an IPA, as its stronger character is the hops - a very piney variety.

As you would expect, the taste is quite similar, with piney hops dominating the experience from start to finish. In that respect, it isn't a very well balanced beer but I don't think that takes away from the experience too much. There's a little bit of spice and malt, but that's it. Still very good.

This has the mouthfeel of an average IPA - dry, not too heavy, good carbonation. Overall, I think this beer is lacking in complexity but its still definitely worth trying if you're into IPAs. I'm particularly a fan of piney hops, so I really did enjoy it.

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Photo of kwjd
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Volo. Pours a dark copper-amber colour with thin off-white head. Some rings of lacing around the glass. Nice resiny pine in the nose, with some citrus hops with some sweet malt backbone. Bitterness is very apparent in the flavour, still balanced though. Good medium bodied mouthfeel. Certainly one of the better Canadian IPA's I've had.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to freud for this one. $8 CAN, 750mL brown glass pry-top bottle. No date. 6.5% ABV on the label.

Pours a dark amber, somewhat hazy, with some thin off-white sudsy head. Nose is of bitter pink grapefruit and amber malt grains. Palate is grippingly bitter, but not aggressive. Lots of pink and yellow grapefruit, some rind in there too and a creamy rich quality to the low-level carbonation. Caramelized sugar glaze-like flavor rides passenger. Some faint biscuit malt flavors come out as it warms up a bit.

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Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Volo.

Pours a nice copper red colour with a 3/4" white head that left a thick lace on the glass. Smells of crisp citrus hit you right away with a nice bitterness following. The taste is much like the nose lots of citrus bursting with grapefruit and orange, a biscuit like quality is present with a nice dry hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel was the weak point here, found it a little watery but it still smooth. Drinks very well, I wish I had a bottle or two to have again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch and a half of creamy, long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A subtle, underplayed aroma of citrus, hops, and a little malt.

T: Not an overwhelming citrus presence here, but a little grapefruit, with a big dose of hops and a malty finish. Not as complex as other IPAs, but pretty tasty.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Surprisingly light-bodied.

D: An interesting, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at festival bieres et saveurs à Chambly

pours a orange,amber color brew,low carbonation
nice white foamhead that leaves some lace

smell hop, citrus ,malt

taste hop, citrus etc these kind of flavors

mouthfeel is very smooth, round, texture is oily

drinkability is good, well balanced ipa good taste

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Photo of drabmuh
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is orange and clear, forms a thin white head and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate with tiny bubbles. Looks great!

Aroma is overall weak but I can pick up some piny / earthy hop aromas. I wish it were stronger in the nose.

This beer is oddly smooth...really smooth. Like nitro smooth. Its thick with carbonation in the mouth but it isn't interfering. Very odd. Its like a cream beer or something of that nature. The flavors are odd. There is this cherry flavor to the whole thing, kind of cherry soda feeling to it, there is only a slight bitterness at the back, relatively easy to drink but I'm not sure I would call it an IPA.

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Photo of Lunch
2.72/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

erved on-tap at ChurchKey in Washington, D.C.(05/01/10) in a 10oz. becher glass at a desired temperature.

A: Pours a deep, mahogany brown with a ruby hue. No head whatsoever and no lacing. Sorry but this is not a good or even decent looking IPA.

S: Smell is of medicinal and herbal hops, but it is really dominated by a strong and sweet malt. I'm not really getting an IPA bouquet at all.

T: Oh dear, this is a sweet and malty beverage. Some faint herbal hops, but this is all about the malt.

M: The best part of this beer by far. Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation with some nice fullness at times.

D: If someone told me that this was any malt forward beer or really anything other than an American IPA, this could be drinkable.

Overall I always try to give each an every beer a chance, but this was so far away from being an American IPA, that I found it so unpleasant. Pass on this.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale amber-gold body. Moderate head. Not the greatest retention. Good lacing left on the glass.

S: A bit of noble hops. Herbal and floral bitterness. Tea like notes.

T: More of the same herbal character from the nose. Limited malt presence. Slightly bitter overall.

M: Slightly thin bodied. Bitter finish. Not crisp, nor refreshing, however. Lingering finish.

D: Uninspired. Not particularly bad... simply bland.

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Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft at Capone's on 12/03/2009.

Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with golden ruby orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Strong caramel malt aroma that isn't very hoppy. Slight earthiness with minimal pine presence and very subtle citrus in the nose.

Chewy resinous medium body with much more of a hop presence than the aroma leads you to believe. Strong caramel malt backbone with some slight toasted biscuit character. Dry pine and sweet citrus notes, mostly grapefruit and orange peel. There is some slight alcohol warmth but overall this is pretty quaffable. Sweet yet sharp, dry finish.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hopfenstark- Post Coloniale

A- Dark ruby orange with a thick frothy head. Moderate amount of lacing down the glass.
S- A nice blend of sweet caramel malt and juicy pineapple, orange, and grapefruit citrus hops.
T- Thick sweet caramel malt with a good balance smooth sweet citrus hops. Grapefruit and Pineapple come out.
M- Solid balance on the palatte. Creamy smooth with a nice juicy, slight bitter, citrus feel. Malt and hop flavors and feel are entangled.

Overall- Well balanced and 1 of the better IPA's I've had in awhile. Very smooth and easy to consume. This is worth seeking out!

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


Postcoloniale has a deep golden look with some burnt orange peeking through. A nice creamy off white head stays throughout. It almost looks like whip cream. decent lacing. Smells are malt, bread/bisquit, caramel, grapefruit and pine. Taste is malty at first than some bittering hops follow with pine and some bread. Grapefruit and the like are in the background, not large. Some grain and earthness at the end. No problems with the feel, this ipa is easy drinking while not being overly aggressive. I would of drank more if I did not have so many choices on tap. I look forward to more from this brewery.

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Photo of cfrancis
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of Fred82. Aroma is all hop. Really nice aroma with a little floral as well. Pours a cloudy orange amber colour with a generous white head. Body is well carbonated and somewhat complex. Flavour is somewhat floral with a great hop bitterness in the aftertaste. I'm really liking this brewery. Need Fred to get me some more!

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Photo of bobsy
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had been on my wishlist for a while, so I was pretty pumped to find it available on cask at Volo's Cask Days.

Hazy amber pour with a bubbly off-white head that soon dropped to a collar with only a few spots of lace. Citrus galore in the nose, with grapefruit, orange and lemon mixing in with a little pine and some brown sugar. Lots of grapefruit flavour upfront, slowly transitioning through to a pine resin finish. Light caramel malts in the background are a good choice for the hop profile, but not prominent enough to provide the required balance. Medium mouthfeel and restrained carbonation from the cask conditioning.

A bit unbalanced to be a true winner, but a very drinkable IPA nonetheless. I'm wondering whether this is one of those beers that may taste better from a regular tap than it does from a cask.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz pour at Volo Cask Days. Pours a very hazy tea color, hints of amber, light bubbly head.

Nose of citrus, lemon, pine, tangerine, grapefruit, balanced with a light malt bill. Juicy and pleasant.

As balanced in the taste though leaning towards the piney resin side, long bitterness in the finish, not as juicy, caramel malt bill coming through. Perhaps a little tiring in its slightly one dimensional bittering but certainly not to the point where I would abandon my pour or where I wouldn't drink it again. Light cask mouthfeel adds to drinkability.

Not bad, nice on cask. Could add a little brightness and dimension to the hop profile but otherwise, nice.

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Photo of calsbeek
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fred poured this at the 2009 BAckwoods brewfest (along with many others of his beers).
Overall I enjoyed the beer but I just didn't find IPA an appropriate title. If an IPA it is heavily on the English side. malty with big residual caramel sweetness, not much hop aroma or flavor, a bit spicey. Carbonation was very low, but probably because it was a bottle filled off a keg.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at St. Bock's.

This beer arrives to my table, and appears a mildly hazy orangish-amber, with two fingers of soapy, foamy white head, which leaves minor lace as it recedes. It smells of piney and mild citrus hops and caramel malt. The taste is soapy, dandelion-like, grassy hops, and soft caramel malt. The carbonation is moderate, the body actually pretty solid and malty, and it finishes with a clean weedy hop flourish. A so-so attempt at a West Coast IPA in la Belle Province.

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Photo of John_M
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours an amber orange color with OK head retention, but very good lacing. On the nose, I get some light citrus, and not much else. The beer has a bit more flavor on the palate, and I get a modestly sweet IPA, balanced with some pleasant (but hardly overwhelming) bitter citrus. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and drinkability is fair. Alcohol seems to be dailed down prett well, but I wish this beer had more of a hoppy bite and more flavor.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50th review!

I was excited to get this and be able to try it at home.

Beer is amber color and hazy. Can't see through the beer. Smell is hops almost piny and grass. Very interesting smell, I love it. Taste is a little bit disappointing since I had hope for more hops. A more intense IPA. Nevertheless, the taste is good. I expected to be extraordinary. The mouthfeel is thin and not much carbonation and/or bubbles. Head is also quite thin. Next time, I will pour more aggressively.

A more than decent beer.

A beer to buy again.

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Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised to find this cask at Vices et Versa.

A: Deep copper with a light tan head, some retention, excellent lacing (hand pumped).

S: Wonderful grass, pine, grapefruit & tangerine nose, slightly biscuity.

T: Quality biscuity malt, good bitterness and a well-rounded citrus hop profile.

M; Moderate body is very smooth, hint of hop acidity, modest carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via glouglouberp- my first offering from Hopfenstark. Pours a cloudy dark orange colour with a thick off white head. Nose- caramel, slight pine. Taste- spicy hop flavour, earthy balance well with caramel and doughy malts. Not an in your face IPA, but a more classic british style. Finish is not overly dry as the sweet malts linger. Mouthfeel- medium bodied and carbonation. Drinkability is quite good given the balance of hops and malts.

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