Ontario Coast IPA | Three Heads Brewing

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Ontario Coast IPAOntario Coast IPA

Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing
New York, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 85
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 Sammy
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Uninteresting IPA. Some bitterness, not bad, but nothing special as an IPA. Yellow coloured body, a little lace. Slightly odd aroma. Not that drinkable. Average mouthfeel, suitable carbonation. Booze was hidden but does it have to be so high alcohol. Mediocre for style.

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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 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 lovindahops
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 3HB brew to end a brutal week of new opens at work. I love 3HB's brews. They are good guys with some great initial offerings.

A- ontario coast pours a golden yellow with a quick to reside head of foam. There is some decent lacing on the sides, but more appealing is the yellow glow that screams belgium

S- a whack of belgian yeast with peppery, buttery, and a good citric aroma coming through. It's very uplifting, almost like a saison (as aforementioned). Properties of the belgian strain are wicked evident

T- prickly pear, citric, bready malt, and herbal spices enrobe the belgian yeast strain. The brew is a very well represented belgian ipa from american brewers

M- well carbonated and creamy. A good brew

D- this is very drinkable and yummy for the style. 3HB continues to make great brews. I recommend snagging some of this when you can

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

A - Pours an opaque medium gold color with a one fingered head which eventually subsides to an even, thick, but yet thin white head across the top with a thick lacing ring and mild carbonation.

S - Very pungent, grassy, lemon herbal aroma, some grapefruit, and bready sweet malt. The aromatic blend is very up front and bold.

T - There's two different layers going on with a grassy, herbal, spicey, peppery, lemon, and somewhat coriander bitterness dominates the sip. Bready malt is present and sometimes surfaces as a slight sweet zing on the front of the tongue, otherwise, it stays buried in the mix.

M - Fairly mild on the tongue, medium body with a slightly watery finish.

O - The overall blend is more Belgian-like which is not what I expected, but very well done and enjoyable. This is my second beer from Three Heads and I'm impressed!

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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 JAramini
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber claims 72 IBUs. More on that later.

Pours a cloudy gold with a creamy persistent head. Looks like a sunrise over Lake Ontario.

Smell is predominantly Belgian yeast, not a substantial amount of hop aroma. As it warms I'm smelling more lemon/citrus hops, but the yeast is still king.

Taste follows in kind. This strikes me more as Belgian Pale than a Belgian IPA. For 72 IBUs I don't get a ton of hop flavor, though the bitterness does linger in the finish. That bitterness is mellowed somewhat by the sweetness from the malt bill and Belgian yeast strain.

Mouthfeel is more IPA, fairly sturdy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

As an IPA, this beer falls a bit short in terms of hop character, but as a Belgian ale this beer is on the money and delicious. maybe I'm desensitized to hops and other palates would disagree, but I'd like more hop character if this is supposed to be a Belgian IPA, but it's an awesome BPA.

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Ontario Coast IPA from Three Heads Brewing
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