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American IPA
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Ranked #3,579
4.12 | pDev: 7.52%
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Photo of Jeffo
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from the LCBO this past summer

From a 16oz can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, looser, fizzy white head with decent retention. Murky mellow or laguna yellow with no carbonation evident. Quickly fades to a faint wisp and ring. A ring and touches of wisp remain leaving no real lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Tropical fruit. Passion fruit, pineapple and mango on the nose. Some grapefruit and honeydew melon as well. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Tropical passion fruit and honeydew melon up front. Mango and pineapple at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of piney bitterness, some bready notes, grapefruit and passion fruit flavors too. Really nice.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, enough eight, goes down fine and finishes a touch drier. Bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is really good stuff. Flavor is great and the nose is no slouch either. Omnipollo makes some exceptional stuff and it’s pretty cool that some of it is available in Ontario. Get it while you can. Cheers!

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Photo of eberesford
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dense misty straw yellow with a creamy head. Aroma: piney citrusy tropical fruit. Taste: Hop bitterness and citrusy puney aromatics and linger in the aftertaste. Malt sweetness in supporting role.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a standard 473 ml Canadian pint can. I'd rate it an average IPA, with a reasonable hop. Zodiak also had a decent mouthfeel -- not thin like many session IPAs. At 6.2% abv, it should not be compared to a session IPA, but many Canadian IPAs seem to fit that bill. It didn't really have a distinct smell, unfortunately. It was kind of hazy, like a NEIPA.

Update: had a draft on tap at Bier Markt in Ottawa in December and liked it a bit better, so I slightly upped my rating. The menu said it is brewed in Ontario.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Now this a great beer. Color is golden and lacing is fantastic! Nose has a great pungentyness if hops. Head is white and dissipates quickly. Love the aftertaste as the flavor jumps back into the forefront after a few seconds.

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Photo of kitch
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle, with a best before date of 15th November 2018. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with some small particles in suspension and a two finger white head that had good retention, and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Malty, grapefruit and pomelo.

Taste: Sweet malt, butterscotch, grapefruit zest and rind, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: More malty than I expected, but this IPA definitely grew on me, and was enjoyable.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy, milky straw with a crackly but huge and everlasting head. Big orange, lemon, peach, tropical fruit in the nose. Dank hop juiciness all over the place. The taste follows suit with additional grapefruit and pine hop flavors. Very diminutive malt profile in the back. The mouthfeel is creamy with textured carbonation. Medium bodied. Medium to high bitterness mingles with super juicy hops in the the long finish.

A fantastic, fruity, complex IPA. I would get this again.

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Photo of TerryW
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy honey gold, moderate head, some good lace. Orange citrus nose, also to taste. A touch of pithiness. Flavourful without be too hop edgy which is where a lot of these fail. High alcohol content neatly hidden away. Nicely balanced

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can from LCBO Dundas. Pours a pale very hazy yellow with 2 fingers puffy uniform white head. The aroma is of dank resinous pine with tropical fruit. Taste has some piney notes, but primarily tropical fruits, pineapple, kiwi with sweetness up front and only some subdued bitterness on the back end. Finishes with a full creamy smoothness and a hint of bitter. Would not turn down another.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle - what particular Zodiac does this one's label imagery refer to?

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splendid tightly webbed lace around the glass as things slowly seep away.

It smells pungently of blood orange, red grapefruit, and tangerine citrus flesh, a further muddled tropical fruitiness, faint earthy yeast, bready and crackery cereal malt, some hard water flintiness, and more leafy, weedy, and resinous piney hop bitters. The taste is big and juicy, orange, lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple rind notes, a still hard to parse exotic fruitiness, wet stones after a good rain, ethereal yeast, gritty and grainy pale malt, and more earthy, musty, and piney green hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as the ambient temperature increases. It finishes trending dry, the fruity essences having blown off, while the forest floor detritus bitterness lingers in apparent isolation.

Overall - this is yet another well-rendered, if still sort of skewed (in a manner that I can't seem to describe - oh, wait, I can: it's made at De Proef) version of the NEIPA. It possesses the required flavours, mouthfeel, and look, but, in a crude analogy, comes across sort of like the Replicants in Blade Runner, in that they were just not quite human. Yeah.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden and thickly hazy, topped with 3 fingers of off white head.

Smells of pineapple, grapefruit pith, pine and a dry dankness.

The flavour totally follows the nose. It almost has a skim milk taste on the finish as its so smoothly balanced.

Very smooth mouth feel. Its got medium to low carbonation, but again, the texture is like skim milk on the back of the tongue.

Got this in Toronto, drinking it in Muskoka, ON, Jan 10th, 2018. Excellent brew, really like the New England style of IPA.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a peach orange coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells wonderfully of citrus and tropical fruit: grapefruit, passion fruit, pineapple and lychee. Taste follows the nose, with a hoppy, fruity, slightly juicy citrus/tropical fruit taste of grapefruit, passion fruit, pineapple and lychee. Very mellow, with a great balance, smooth mouthfeel and medium bitterness. If this wasn't so expensive, I would seek it out a lot more.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy straw/pale gold colour with a medium tall fluffy white head with good retention. Lots of thick white lacing during drinking. Aroma predominantly grapefruit hops with perhaps some passionfruit. Smell reminds me of some of Bellwoods juicy IPAs. Taste is also very juice-like. Grapefruit & tangerine, sweet hops with just a touch of grassiness & so little bitterness on the finish that it's hardly worth mentioning. Mouthfeel is a just a little thin, carbonation levels are very good. A friend told me he thought this was like Heady Topper (he's only tried HT once). I don't see it; instead I think it's like a Bellwoods IPA (I've only tried them a few times). Maybe halfway between Jutsu & Tang Town. It's a Bellwoods with retention! I enjoyed this very much; the $3.60 is a little high, as there are some other nice IPAs at the lcbo for a little less, but if this came down to that price point I could see myself having it regularly.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into a tulip. Purchased from LCBO for $3.60 Canned August 15, 2017.

Appearance - Very hazy light orange / gold / orange juice colored beer. Capped with nearly two fingers of f;luffy white head. Good retention and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Very tropical with grapefruit playing a huge role but also some mango and pineapple, subtle hints of melon and even lychee coming into play. Rather aromatic with moderate intensity. A touch of booziness as it warms.

Taste - Somewhat juicy, grapefruit, melon and mango make up the biggest flavors with a subtle backing of lychee. There's also a general graininess flavor underneath representing a decent malt backbone. Kind of reminds me of a cross between Flying Monkeys Juicy Ass and Collective Arts Ransack the Universe. That's pretty good company to be in.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, a little lighter than many IPA's with crisp carbonation and a reasonably dry finish. Creamier than expected.

Overall - Whether it's from Sweden or Canada, Zodiak is a winner in my books. A well rounded and solid if not exceptional IPA that is worth a tipple or three.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Aug 15 2017 and served slightly chilled. Brewed and canned at the Brunswick Bierworks in Toronto, ON.

Pours golden-yellow in colour, featuring a turbid, sediment-laden complexion and crowned with one finger of frothy white head. It persists for only 3-4 minutes or so, replaced with a modest collar of foam which floats underneath a spotty ring of lace. Smells fragrant and fruity to me, with orange zest and white grapefruit coming through alongside hints of pineapple, mango, honeydew melon and passion fruit. A little flowery too, with hints of pine needles, but the fruitiness is what really sticks out IMO.

The flavour profile takes after the aroma, with notes of white grapefruit and lemon-lime citrus playing a dominant role; its bready, wheaty pale malts and oat cereal sweetness are relegated to more of a background presence. There's passion fruit, pineapple and apricot notes at the midpoint of the sip, soon displaced by flavours of grapefruit pith, pine resin and earthy, floral hop bitterness on the back end. This bitterness subsides into the aftertaste, which also has a nice, spicy hoppiness to it. Medium-bodied, with moderately low carbonation that meekly agitates the palate's surface; the texture is soft and quite smooth, with excellent drinkability for the style.

Final Grade: 4.2, an A-. Omnipollo's Zodiak made for a rather enjoyable quaff, and can be considered a safe, reliable selection for anyone who considers themselves a hophead. Calling it a superlative example would probably be a stretch though, as it doesn't really do anything particularly novel (at least, compared to its many, many contemporaries within Ontario craft beer circles). I noticed that an earlier reviewer compared this to Collective Arts' Ransack the Universe - a beer I drink fairly regularly - and I must say that it's quite an apt comparison, especially in terms of flavour profile (though I find Ransack to be more bitter and less fruity). Good stuff - drink up this canning run before it disappears.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of citrusy and grapefruit notes with nice floral undertones. Taste is also a mix of floral hoppy undertones with some citrusy and grapefruit notes with light subtle bitter notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Enjoyable with well-balanced bitterness.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark sunshine with sticky lace. 4
Cat, pine, + grapefruit with speckles of pineapple and grass. 4.25
Slight cracker, big punch of tart lemon, slight dank, grapefruit pith, passionfruit sorbet and burnt lawn. 4.25
Long chalky leave.
Light+, clean, oily. 4

Nose sparkles like a gem only to crush you with 1000 pounds of citrus. In the midst of the current storm of juicy IPAs, I haven’t had IBUs like that in a long time. Tropical bits poke through as it goes - along with that lime Frozfruit thing that Citra does - making this a nice synthesis of classic and trendy IPAs. I’d keep this as a fridge constant if it weren’t priced as an import.

Omnipollo know their stuff. 4.25

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale hazy gold with a thumb's worth of head. Head is very slow to break, and there is is great lacing. Citrus, tropical fruits and a slight melon aspect in the nose. Taste is citrus pith and resin from the hops, there is also some fruitiness and an earthy bitterness. Feel is medium body with average carbonation.

It's a good IPA, but it doesn't turn my world upside-down. I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure I would seek it out again.

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Photo of Jtee
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From a 473ml can served straight from the fridge at 9 degrees Celsius into a stemmed IPA glass.

Look: The beer pours a veiled yellow/pale gold with 3cm of foamy, white head that dissipates into a partial film in 2-ish minutes. Decent lacing but overall poor head.

Smell: Quite mild and sharp. The aroma showcases American/New World hops with notes of citrus (grapefruit, orange, and lemon), resin (pine), as well as faint grass and melon. No apparent off-flavours.

Taste: Moderate strength and bitter. Follows the nose with American/New World hops with notes of resinous pine, grapefruit, orange, melon, and grass. The bitterness is pithy and dry. The finish is medium in strength and length as well as bitter.

Feel: Medium body with lively carbonation. Drying, astringent, and sharp. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Overall: Omnipollo's Zodiak is right down the alley of your average North American IPA's. It's a solid brew and I appreciate that it has certain nuances to it, but it's nothing special and I expect more from a beer with “Omnipollo” on its label. Not bad but I'm disappointed.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the Ontario-brewed version of a well-known Swedish beer... and it's a downright beautiful East Coast IPA. Hazy lemonade colour. Thin head dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Aroma is juicy ripe tropical fruit: mangoes and passion fruit. Taste is more of the same. Juicy. Lingering tart unripe fruit finish. This is a classic.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First time trying this and I swear it is like a weaker sister of Ransack the Universe. The two are hard to distinguish initially, but Ransack wins in all departments in the end. Zodiac lacks the colour, the head retention and especially the nose. And the taste does not have the same bite and is somewhat watery.
Still, this is a very safe bet to try and try again.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Omnipollo tumbler glass.

A: The body is yellow with some relative haziness. The head is white and one finger thick. Good retention. Good lacing.
S: It's a more fruity American IPA, as it has mango, passion fruit and some sweetness coming from something I can't exactly pinpoint.
T: The begining is sweet and soft, having a big bunch of malt followed by citrus, followed by a mild earthy bitterness that provides a rather good touch.
M: The body is medium low to low. Carbonation not visible but medium. Bitterness is mild but accepted because best by is 12th October 2016. It's already February 2017 and probably not in very good shape, but still!...
O: Not a fresh Zodiak but would have it again, if not just for the earthy aftertaste that you get.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Honey-like color, one finger white head, messy lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Lots of spices, hops, sweet. Wonderful.

T: Spicy, sweet, fruity. Very slightly bitter on the back end.

F: Light, very drinkable and refreshing.

O: Good, spicy, light IPA.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tiny bottle in a snifter. This ale pours a lightly cloudy amber touched hazed
yellow with a moderate head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and pretty
nice soapy lacing. Nose of rich citrus fruits of pineapple, lemon zest, a touch of mango, and a hearty
does of zesty pine touched hops. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with honey and bubblegum malts
awash in pineapple and lemon zest on the front and sides. Zesty hops bring in the middle to rear of the
palate with very nice carbonation that is bubbly and effervescent leaving a light mineral note on the aftertaste
that is lightly dry and cracker like. Overall an excellent AIPA. Excellent.


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Photo of farrago
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just over a finger of cream white foam, fairly even surface and good head retention, the lacing is formed of irregular splotches, alternately wide or thin. Cloudy, deep golden hued liquid, difficult to see any bubbles but it holds light well within. Crisp nose, quite citrusy with white grapefruit to lemon, the fruit expression is dry, mainly pineapple, nectarine, kumquat, plenty of dried pine sap and tar, even the green leafy matter is dry, lack floral delicacy but does have a malt backbone, albeit not very sweet. Medium-bodied, broad and fluffy, the carbonation has strength but does not scrub the palate. The dryness extends through the white citrus, pepper, pine and lemongrass flavors. Likewise, the apricot, pineapple, nectarine fruit parched if not lacking in flavor. Tea leaf, violets, comes with a vague earthiness even as it loses a substantial amount of the grassiness here. Were one not to mind a very dry mouth texture, it is smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - yellow and very hazy, medium white head

S - citrus and pineapple

T - bubble gum, citrus, pine

F - ok mouthfeel

O - a good balanced ipa. Might be better a bit fresher

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Zodiak from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 221 ratings