Postcolonial IPA | Hopfenstark

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Postcolonial IPAPostcolonial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hopfenstark
Quebec, Canada
hopfenstark.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Goldorak on 02-06-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
47
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Socialiste
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimWakimika
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrenihan
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of LarryAppleton
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Mack
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of rale
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of slowfade
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of duracell
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of mrskunk
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Krakpoff
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of nathanjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Cask

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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Postcolonial IPA from Hopfenstark
3.76 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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