India Pale Ale | La Barberie

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
La Barberie
Quebec, Canada
labarberie.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
18.48%
 
 
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of ZorPrime
4.74/5  rDev +39%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For an India Pale Ale this one is pretty damn good. This is definitaly a good beer in my opinion and very easy to drink.

This beer has a good taste and the mouthfeel is very good. It is fruity at the beginning and it finish with some malt and hop! The smell is simply awesome. Mind blowing. Wish they would sell this as a 6-pack!

The head foam is beautiful. I drank this one in a beer mug... it was nice. Interesting factor is that my girlfriend tasted it and said it was good... however she didn't like the aftertaste.

Simply awesome!

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Photo of shamus
4.72/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yes. This is damned good. Damned in the sense that only Satan could offer such a temptation in a bottle. Like a fresh cut lawn of hops with a pure spring wash. This is one of the freshest pale ales I've ever had. I support you my lovely IPA.

More words? Seek it. Find it. Indulge and you will be free (although the beer will cost you about 3-4 dollars a bottle).

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Photo of StormAles
4.64/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Goldorak
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 30jun2004 at Vices et Versa in Montreal, on their lovely backyard terrasse that just "officially opened" (they had permit problems but now it's all nice and legal).

Deep orange colour, quite opaque, with a small but tough white head that hung on for dear life on the side of the pint glass. The smell comes on more spicy than hoppy, which I found very interesting. It turned more floral after a while.

This IPA has a very fruity, citrus finish, with a relatively mild hop bite. I asked Sébastien our bartender if he knew what type of hops were used, and since he wasn't sure he noted down my e-mail address and said he'd get back to me as soon as he would find out.

***update***Here's the list of hops used: Cascade, Halter, Saaz, Shinook and another one, he didn't remember.

Very refreshing and an above-average offering from La Barberie.

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Photo of MasterMart
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A full body beer, not limpid at all, very unclear and a dirty blonde look.
a big head, very big, bigger than my head!!!

Smell of hops, citrus.

The taste is bitter, nothing very deep in bitterness just a tiny bit, you can feel and taste the hops, actually I feel it is a wee bit unbalanced toward the hops, leaving no other taste to play in. But, I am a hophead so me like.

Not the best IPA I had, not the worst, but I do enjoy!

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Photo of rale
3.96/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VbolieuV
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JOaikido
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Bottled on Feb. 2007. Ale on lees.

A-Coppery amber. Very bubbly. OK whitish head that has decent durability. All comes together to make a good looking beer.

S- Malty ale. Fruity notes. Carbonation. Faint yeastiness.

T- Mild pale malt. Fruity notes with a bitter hops finish. Flavourful but somewhat basic beer. There are some coffee notes to the bitterness and a touch of caramel.

MF- Pleasant medium-bodies ale.

D- Quite pleasant to drink. Flavourful with good balance to taste and feel.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried two versions of this: at the Quebec brewery, I tried it straight from the tap. In Montreal, I had an opportunity try this beer cask conditioned, which was better.

Cloudy and amber in color; Like others from La Barberie, this was not presented with any head and there was no lace at all on the glass.

Surprising chocolate aroma. Equally surprising is the lack of a hop smell. I also note apples.

The hop shows up in the taste, strongly. Nice body. This is dry and bitter, although the finish and aftertaste lack the traditional lingering bitterness.

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Photo of kenito799
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass at Fou Bar, Quebec City.

La Barberie brewery is a cooperative du travail, labor cooperative, i.e. socialist owned-by-the-workers company, how cool is that. Tried this because they weren't pouring it at La Barberie pub when we were there.

This darkish amber brew is pretty clear, with a small head that recedes and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Crisp and light. Aroma is pretty much lacking the floral-grapefruit notes we have become accustomed to in AIPAs. Taste is of a crisp, dry, very good bitter...long, long, very bitter finish. Well made, but I would not classify this as an AIPA, I couldn't detect any dry hopping...nor is the alcohol content very high. Good session bitter, would be good with food.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from draft.

A: A turbid burnt orange look with minimal head, but a ring of soapy lacing that leaves a residue of film as the beer is consumed. A unique looking IPA.

S: Light to moderate hop aroma with hints sweetness and sourness in the nose.

T: A mixture of hop bitterness and sweetness upfront with a hint of yeasty sourness in the finish.

Overall: This was a nice, satisfying IPA with some unique features that help distinguish it from the crowd.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle with crown top. Bottled on may 28th, 2010. 4,49$ at Peluso. Light copper with a tick white head. The foam stand 'til the end of the glass. Good hops aroma, american in style. Very hoppy with a good bitterness. Somewhat dusty aftertaste. Good overall IPA. 7/10

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Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of allergictomacros
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear amber/copper with a fairly substantial head of foam. Nose is grapefruit and pine, with hints of orange/tangerine. Little bit of sweetness on the palatte, and a big smack of hops - mostly of the grapefruit pith variety. Also a little bit of acidity up front as well. Light in body with a spritzy carbonation, and a long bitter finish. Certainly hoppy, but could use a bit more maltiness and body I think. Still, lots of hops are always nice, and OK drinkability.

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Photo of Derek
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Citrus, grass, rind, earthy mineral, tropical fruit, slightly yeasty.

T: Earthy citrus, rind/marmalade, dried pineapple, modest bitterness. Really more of a hoppy pale ale than an IPA.

M: Well-attenuated, light to moderate body, very dry finish, higher than average carbonation.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

utility IPA, quite drinkable. Brown body, significant and noisy head, some grapefruit in aroma , drying finish.Some malt offset. Grapefruit and astringency in the flavours,. Grassy hop,but a good amount of it- a pint is too much and had to be shared. Better when it was cold then when it warmed.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second beer of the night at the brewpub. Their IPA has a hazy bronze color, lacking retention and little lacing.

The smell (and taste) is a little to laid back (IMO). Grassy/citric hops, the yeast has Belgian like quality's and light caramel malts.

Tastes a little watery, good hop bitterness (pine and grapefruit), some yeast spice and a little malt in the finish.

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Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange brown, medium white head forms, some lacing on the glass. Smell is strange, grassy hops, chocolate and coffee. Taste is very similar, bready grassy hops, sweet malts. Smooth beer, medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, not exactly and IPA though. Thanks DrJay.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mspang
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Niceroad77
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fisherman34
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange in colour, with a hops and citrus aroma. Has a nice hit of grassy hops upfront, followed by grapefruit, malt, and maybe a bit of pine. It's got quite a drying finish too. Lacks the complexity or balance of some of the better IPAs that I've sampled, but this is still a very solid and drinkable example of this style.

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India Pale Ale from La Barberie
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