Ontario Coast IPA | Three Heads Brewing

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Ontario Coast IPAOntario Coast IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing
New York, United States
threeheadsbrewing.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 06-02-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a gold with white head. The head fades but leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is of peppery lemon.

The taste has many layers to it. Bitterness on the front the fades to lemon/citrus, pepper notes, and the best part, a little malt on the back.

The thing that usually throws me off from Belgian IPA's is the lack of malt to balance. This has a just enough on the back to keep the yeast esters from becoming overpowering.

I dig it.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a brew of glowing golden-yellow. It holds a glorious three finger cream-colored head, with some of the best retention we’ve ever seen. It has taken at least ten minutes for it to calm down to the point of sippage. Lacing is snowy, and thick around the glass. There is no sediment but serious haze. Carbonation appears voracious. The aroma is of a beautiful Belgian-style yeast. It is bready, steely, and almost a bit funky. We also pick up orange and coriander, as if we’re flirting with a wit. On top of this come bright and fruity citric hops, with orange and grapefruit shining through. Additionally, there is pineapple sweetness and pale malts that are both bright and bready to smooth things over. Booze comes in and out with a faint sting. As we sip, the flavors begin with bitterness of grain, both coppery and rich. These also appear wheaty, and with striking sourness. The front also boasts plastic phenols and standard citric hops. The Belgian yeast also makes an appearance, adding immediate bitterness. With the peak of the swallow we get bittering citrus and fruit peel. The hops swoop in to steal the show, with bright grapefruit and a calming lemon flavoring. We finish with spicy sweetness of cooked fruit, soapy hops, booze, medicinals, and yeast. Things here are cleaner, and much less pronounced. The aftertaste breathes of phenolic bitterness, fusel alcohols, grassy hops, and a general bitterness. The body is medium and the carbonation is high, almost to the point of being overwhelming. There is smooth slurp and huge cream to each sip, which is helped along by the generous, billowy head. The mouth is left finely dried, but the astringency is not overwhelming. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how true it stayed to the style. Everything that was supposed to be there was, and it was executed with extreme precision. The bitterness was pronounced but perfectly controlled with that sweeter, fruitier edge. The hops also showed a nice variety throughout, only adding to an already exemplary beer.

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Photo of poohbearzeccola
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent along with an excellent yeast aroma. The hop character is quite good as well. It has a nice bitter aroma that melds well with the earthy, citrus yeast aroma. The taste is great! It has am earthy, yeasty flavor that compliments a basic pale and biscuit malt bill and a nice hop character. It goes down smooth with a mild to aggressive bitterness and finishes with a citrus, Belgian yeast feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It has all the bells and whistles without being over the top.

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Photo of plowe70
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cavedave
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge and thick off white head almost overtops the stemless tulip. A very cloudy golden brew seethes with carb. beneath it. Lather grows from the glass as the head goes down.

The unmistakable smell of saison yeast is the main aroma in a bouquet carrying spice, pepper, grassy hops, some herbal bitterness, and citrus beneath. Delicious!

Mmm, what a delcious take on a BIPA. A hint of saison yeasty tart and spice starts the sip, some mild bready sweet joins in, citrus offers a hand, grassy hop, and it ends with the spicy and tart nature stepping up to some mild bitterness for a fairly dry, not quite crisp, finish. The balance of elements makes this quite yummy.

Mouthfeel is quite viscous, it could do with a touch less carb., and the finish is really fine.

Couldn't help reading the other reviews and I am wondering if this growler is from a new batch with a tweaked recipe, as the tastes are better than others experienced, even different in some ways, and the quality is really fine. I recommend trying this to all who have not, and re-trying it to all who have tried it and found it lacking. This makes Raging Bitch its bitch.

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Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly cloudy, short lasting head with good lacing. Looks more Belgian than IPA

Has many good aromas- citrus,yeast,spices,almost hefe like with some funk and hops

A whole lot of flavors going on here. I taste like 5 different styles of beer here- ipa,belgian ipa,hefe,saison,pale ale.

Feel is light enough for summertime

I think I will enjoy a few more of these this summer.

I do think some better labeling would be a good idea. The label says IPA but does not mention enough about the Belgian influence. I knew it had Belgian yeasts, and enjoy that style, but the label should be more clear

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Photo of TTripp725
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ABokononist
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of chefduff2
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of plaid75
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Hoptron Brewtique, Patchogue, NY.

Poured a slightly hazy brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured clean esters and a vibrant peppery hop.

The taste was likewise clean with flavors of fresh white pepper, sweet pale malt and an earthy active ester.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very nicely crafted estery ale. Refreshing.

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Photo of dhmxray
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bomber at Brilbeck's for $6.50. I forgot for a minute that this was a Belgian IPA and my tongue was a bit confused. The beer poured a hazy gold with a huge white head. The flavor is dominated by Chouffe-like Belgian spice, but there's also a sweet peach ester hiding under the earthy lemon hops and yeast character. It's hoppy for a Belgian ale, but less hoppy than most American-made Belgian IPAs. Still, this has a lovely Belgian character with a little sweet and tropical fruit mixed is. The hops don't really appear until the citrus rind finish, but it's a great way to close out a tasty Belgian style ale. It touches on the IPA, tripel (for the dry spice), and Belgian pale (for the fruit) styles, without completely fitting into any one. It doesn't matter though, this is a great beer worth trying.

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottle, $6 and change, purchased recently at a Wegmans in the Rochester area.

Pours lighter amber with a hazy tangarine hue, off white head, initially huge, going to a fluffy meraingue and then settling to a film, collar and slippery blobs of lacing.

Bright nose, that includes some lite peppery spice, yeast, a slightly off putting burnt plastic, and then orangy flowers. Complex sniff...

Tasty, interesting and complex brew. Creamy mouthfeel, notes of fresh herbal and citic hops, Belgian spice poking up here and there. Dry and peppery finish. Well done, nice take on a favorite style.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with 2 fingers of thick and foamy bright-white head. This retains with a full looking finger, which soaps the sides of the glass with a ton of creamy rich lacing. The aroma smells floral and bright in the nose, with a lot of spicy phenolic character from the yeast. Underlying bitter fruit is sweetened up some by a tight smelling graininess along the back. Just a touch of alcohol starts to emerge as this warms.

The taste is a combo of fresh and bright feeling bitter grapefruit and citrus rind flavors, which sits at the forefront of the profile, but I am picking up more sweet tropical fruit character here than I did in the nose. It’s still not overly pronounced but does add a stickiness to this that melds well with the sweetness of the malt. That Belgian yeast does add a lot here though, with some softer fruit notes that helps balance the bitterness and this REALLY spices the finish up, lingering in the back with some leftover dry citrus rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a soft creaminess to the carbonation that intertwines effortlessly with the slickness of those hop oils. Like the nose, there is a bit of warmth to this but the alcohol is mostly very well hid here.

Really solid take on a Belgian IPA here, with those flavors from the yeast really being prominent yet they were still very well integrated in with the rest of that India Pale Ale character. The freshness of the hops and the super easy body on this really put this one over the top for me. Nicely done.

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Photo of hondo2160
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Consumer's Beverage's in Amherst, NY - nice store/ 22oz bottle.

Pours orangey yellow...not spectacular. Poured too cold, but strong lacing nonetheless.

The surprise is in the span of time from smell to swallow.

Smells Belgian. Uber Belgian. Horse blanket with delicious cardamom. Mellow but extremely present.

Piney first sip which mellowed towards the back of the throat. A true transformer. Changing from Tripel to IPA in 45 seconds. Oily and spicy hops - big malt backbone.

I really enjoyed this beer. It has a lot going on, but a surprising balance has been created. Like a bite of Korean spicy pickle after sweet Korean BBQ...a nice surprise indeed.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle from Finger Lakes Beverage.

A: The IPA is golden, akin to molten cheese. Still clear, the ale supports a huge head, over three fingers. Lacing is ample and sustaining.

S: Hoppy aromas, floral and earthy, are paired with sweet tripel spiciness. Coriander is intense, a peppery pairing with the hops. The Belgian yeast strain does nicely, controlling the ale.

T: That's a good Belgian IPA. The tripel flavors, spicy and strong, start things off nicely. The yeast carries a heavy burden, turning out plenty of phenols. Those clove flavors are weizen-like but much more intense. Underneath those flavors is a bit of alcoholic burn but not much. The IPA has a pop, herbally strong. The ale is very effervescent, spritzy sip after sip.

M: The mouthfeel is muddled like a good Belgian IPA, the phenols, hops and spices doing a great job of swirling together. Makes me wish I had a few more bottles.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ng85
4/5  rDev +5%

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Ontario Coast IPA from Three Heads Brewing
3.81 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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