Juice Caboose
Railway City Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,283
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #30,928
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 4.81%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
13
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Railway City Brewing Company
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Pmicdee from Canada

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was expecting a hazy nectar-like beer but this pours clear (✔️) Bitter and hoppy but not overly so, a little high in the ABV department but you wouldn’t know it (✔️) A good beer
March 7 2020

Mar 07, 2020
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada

3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a diminutive eggshell head. The aroma is of tropical fruit, grapefruit, cherries and grainy malts. The taste is hop forward with lemon, grapefruit, berries and mango in abundance. A strong malt profile balances out the hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is moderately bitter with longs of malty sweetness.

This is a good IPA with a prominent maltiness. Worth a try.

Feb 16, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got a can of this beer from a beer store in Sault Ste Marie whilst there for my son's hockey tournament. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had bright citrus aroma. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with ripe fruit salad flare. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with fizzy carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Jan 14, 2020
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from the LCBO this past summer

From a 473ml can into a pint glass
IBU: 48
Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Citra, El Dorado and Mosaic

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, foamy, medium looking white head with good retention. Hazy amber yellow with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and clings to the glass. A full wisp remains leaving lots of really good lacing down the glass as it empties. Nice head.

SMELL: Honeydew melon, some pineapple, mango, a bit of citrus and lemon with hints of wheat malt. Decent strength.

TASTE: Honeydew melon, some caramel malts, pineapple and cantaloupe up front. Melon flavors with some wheat. A slightly bitter swallow with a bold finish of honeydew melon, some mango, pineapple and some piney bitterness lingers on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a bit dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is alright. Not the tropical fruit punch this style is known for but there’s still plenty of flavor and aroma to enjoy here. Feel is solid too. Enjoyable brew, even if it’s not quite as advertised.

Oct 23, 2019
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for around $3.50 CDN.

Appearance - Somewhat hazy rich golden colored brew with some white head, okay staying power and minimal lacing.

Smell - Super tropical with intense tropical aromas of pineapple, orange and mango. Doesn't jive with the other reviews here, but I can assure you the nose was intense.

Taste - Back to your regularly scheduled drinking. Some tropical flavors of pineapple and mango, cereal grains in the background. As others noted, not particularly juicy, kind of a hybrid of NEIPA and regular IPA. Tasty and good but not overwhelmingly good.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, booze a little more prominent, but carbonation is middling and just right for this brew. Pretty solid.

Overall - Solid brew across the board, but hard to stand out in the increasingly competitive Southern Ontario market. The nose makes a dent, and Juice Caboose is not the caboose when it comes to ranking these, but it's not the locomotive either. Would try again though and is worth a can or two.

Jul 27, 2019
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pootz from Canada

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can_ poured lightly hazed pale gold with a smallish white cap....aromas are slight but pleasant, citrusy, bright pale malts.....pleasant balanced fruity-citrus tones in the flavor are well balanced with dusty dry malts....long clean wet fruity and lightly bitter finish...quenching and brightly flavorful....one of the few times I've truly liked a beer from this brewer....perhaps the tide has turned for them.

Jul 20, 2019
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Jesterr44 from Canada

3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very slightly cloudy straw golden colour with larger than expected bubbles fairly quickly foaming out to a thin active carbonation. No remaining head to speak of; little to no lacing during drinking. This really looks like it could be a pilsner. No explanation on the can, but I suppose this has been filtered. Some fruity hop on the nose but not a big aroma either. Expectations went down some from the name upon open & pour. Some mild fruitiness with each sip; sweet light tropical mix with sweet bready flavours; not much of a hop burst at all, and I'm not getting any fruit I can particularly identify. Maybe a touch of kiwi? A bit of metallic lageresque at the end of each sip and just a hint of astringency - very subtle but perhaps pine tinged. Not a juicy IPA as I think of them, but there are a few juice-like flavours. I don't expect to try this again unless I'm out & this is the only IPA choice. There are just much better IPAs out there, and this one doesn't live up to the name.

Jun 11, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy from the LCBO; dated May 14 2019 and served barely chilled. Now that's what I call a fresh IPA.

Pours a (very) slightly fogged golden-blonde hue, with nearly one finger of frothy white head holding together for two or three minutes. A thin, soapy collar is all that remains, save for a few specks of lace; it's unusually non-hazy for this style, but that's hardly a cardinal sin. Melon and mango come through on the nose, along with hints of stone fruit, indeterminate berries, citrus rind and a touch of doughy pale malt sweetness. It smells fine, but more variety and intensity would both be appreciated.

A decent strong IPA: not particularly exciting, but there's no serious faults to bitch about, either. Grainy, doughy pale malts and lightly caramelized sugars provide a suitable scaffolding, while the hops come out of the gate with notes of cantaloupe, grapefruit, apricot and tropical fruit. Suggestions of mango and melon remain present into a pithy, citrusy finish with restrained bitterness. Medium in body, with moderately low carbonation levels that gently nudge the palate; feels smooth, slick and soft on the tongue. No sign of the 6.8%, which results in a very quaffable end product.

Final Grade: 3.74, a B grade. Juice Caboose ain't bad at all, but it's got a long haul to go before it catches up with the competition. Let me clarify: taken as a standard, no frills IPA, I did enjoy this beer. However, it's not particularly juicy and I certainly wouldn't offer it up as a good example of an NE IPA - a descriptor that the brewery itself doesn't actually use (they simply call it 'hazy', which is also inaccurate because its complexion is fairly clear). At the very least, it's worth taking a flyer on, and I expect I'll be returning to this occasionally if fresh stock keeps cycling through the system.

May 18, 2019
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 13 ratings