Baldwin FishEYE PA | Kensington Brewing Company

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Baldwin FishEYE PABaldwin FishEYE PA
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Brewed by:
Kensington Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
kensingtonbrewingcompany.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Getting up early and dragging dead fish around all day is a tough gig. That’s why we want to pay homage to the hard working fish mongers down on Baldwin Street. This IPA is big, assertive and full of attitude…not too unlike the surly characters slicing and dicing today’s catch. A wonderfully floral, piney and mildly citrus nose comes by way of an excessive dose of American hops and British ale yeast. The big malt bill achieves a chewy body with a sweet finish. Meant to be enjoyed in moderation, this beer is perfect…anytime.

65 IBU

Added by Sammy on 10-30-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
9.63%
 
 
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cask Days 2012. Latest Kensington offering of higher IBU product. Bubbly head on orange body. Some orange citrus taste, not bad a beer, maybe better on tap. Medium mouthfeel, a bit of astringency. Decent drinkability for hopheads. 70 ibu. Some caramel, but the hops are the show.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a clear copper color ale with a rather large foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of dry caramel malt with light bitter hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by some dry caramel malt with some hoppy bitter notes that are not as powerful as I would have expected. Body is light with good carbonation. Too much dry caramel malts for its own good with hops that fell way short considering the style.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark amber-copper coloring with a tall, frothy, big bubbled, off-white head. Vibrant. Nose of pineapple and passion fruit sweetness, tangy caramel backbone, and floral highlights. Flavors of caramel on the forward tongue, roasted and slightly tangy, with a resiny, bitter hops streak at the end of the palate. Slick and slightly oily in mouth, with a roasty sweet aftertaste. Slick, slightly dry finish. Decent brew. A little all over the place, but tasty and interesting.

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Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Bar Hop.

A - Pours a medium amber with a thin film of off-white head.

S - Good bitter hop punch with citrus and pine. A fairly substantial malt bill adds notes of caramel and a good amount of sweetness.

T - Very balanced, as the nose indicated. Lots of sweet, caramel malts and a moderate bitterness with grapefruit, pine and some earthy flavours.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This "Eye PA" is certainly a looker (get it? hardy har har!) Seriously though, the pint glass in front of me looks idyllic: a very deep but highly resplendent amber beer with a fine, almost peach-fuzz layer of foam atop. It's worthy of a magazine ad and requires no airbrushing.

If you ask me, American hops and English yeast have always been uneasy bedfellows - one is vivid tropical and citrus fruits, the other is subtly suggestive of dark and dried fruits. They're coexistence is no less troubled in this bouquet; orange slices butt heads with raisins.

The referee in all this is the malt, its toastiness and toffee notes complimentary to both the resinous pine taste as well as the subtler cherry-like notes. Malty flavours of caramel squares and sticky toffee pudding basically just take over outright on the palate (perhaps to the disappointment of anyone hoping for more focus on the pineapple and pine needles).

The mouthfeel might be a bit cardboard-y if not for two factors: the grassiness and oiliness of the hops. These two textures - one dry and herbal, the other sappy and sticky - add a modest earthy dimension to a profile that otherwise would be dominated by plastic-y caramel. The bitterness is enough to sort the men from the boys but not the beasts from the men.

Kensington Baldwin FishEye PA has echoes of modern, American-style hopping but is obviously of a more traditional, British-minded perspective. My experience tells me this will make it harder to sell as an "IPA" in the southern Ontario market; claiming it an English Strong Ale or something of the sort would serve it better... though it'd be a shame to waste such a good (bad) pun.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.75

Appearance - Clear amber colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some grains and just a hint of a grapefruit flavour. It ends with a malty sweet mildly hopped aftertaste.

Overall - While not exciting, this is a pretty decent beer. Don't expect anything American tasting as far as IPAs go.. more of a English style if anything, Not something I'd buy again, but worth trying once.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant find at the local LCBO... Surprising it made it this far north, but certainly glad it did.

A - Pours a nice amber, finger of head with decent retention and some nicr sheeting lacing.

S - Sweet citrus, earthy pine and cedar, caramel, toffee and a slight metallic finish.

T - Follows the nose, sweet citrus, sugared grapefruit, earthy cedar and a touch of metallic notes. The finish is more bitter with mandarin rind and a touch of caramel.

M - Medim bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - A pleasant addition to the IPA selection locally and something I would both recommend and grab more of. Easily sessioned and well worth picking up. Here's to hoping they stock this regularly.

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Photo of papat444
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 473ml can, best before Jan. 1, 2017.

Pours a deep burnt orange color with decent head and lacing. Biscuity malt at first but followed by a moderate bitterness with flavors of tea-like hops.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Apparently this batch was the first unfiltered batch of the beer. Having not had it before, I can't say if there is a noticeable difference.

Beer is toffee coloured with a moderately sized off-white head. Fades quickly.

Bread and biscuit in the nose, a bit of orange-focused citrus.

Taste is quite malty. Bread and caramel. The hops are there but are surprisingly muted. Some citrus and pine.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Bready.

Overall. one of the maltiest IPAs I have ever had. Not something to go back to.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO

From a 16oz can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with great retention. Fades to a thin film and sticks to the sides of the glass. hazy burnt orange with next to no carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp remains leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel notes, honeydew melon, some grapefruit and pine aromas on the nose. Well balanced.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel and melon flavors up front. Some grapefruit and pine bitterness at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of piney bitterness, floral hops and a touch of caramel sweetness. Pretty decent, and more interesting than their pale ale.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Full and creamy feel.

OVERALL: This is pretty solid. A better and more interesting beer than their Augusta pale ale. There are quite a few good IPA's in Ontario now and while this one doesn't stand out, it can certainly run with the crowd. A solid IPA that I'd gladly drink on a regular basis. Cheers!

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Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of tommyguz
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of peensteen
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber orange, one finger of white head, some lace. Smell is a mix of sweet caramel malt and citrus fruit, grapefruit, orange and pineapple, fruit seems a bit muddy when combined with the generous malt, toasty with just a hint of butter. Taste is of toasty bread and fruit, grapefruit with touches of caramel, medium bitterness, some earthy hop flavours, orange hoppy aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium creamy body, lightly oily. Solid and drinkable, while not outstanding still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of patre_tim
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Copper orange filtered with no carbonation, 4 fingers of amber tinged head, some chunky continents-on-the-map-like lacing. The head unfolds like an inverted waterfall and is beautiful, in some ways resembles a nitro can though its not.

S: Orange, fruity, light pine, some red chili peppers, cough syrup.

T: Light fruity, melon, orange, pine, alcohol, cough syrup

M: Medium thick syrupy body, somewhat resinous. Low carbonation.

O: Quite good that would be better if chilled a little more, I’m having it at room temperature.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can from the LCBO; no freshness info - but that's not terribly concerning because these haven't been on the shelves for very long. It's encouraging to see another beer from the folks that brought us Augusta Ale - not exactly a personal favourite of mine, but still a good beer that I've returned to on multiple occasions. I haven't had an IPA in a few months now, so hopefully this one will satiate my hop addiction. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a pint glass.

This brew pours a beautiful amber colour, slightly hazy and topped with about one finger of puffy, off-white head that quickly recedes into a thin, creamy film. It also leaves a solid ring of thick lacing behind, coating the sides of the glass. Enjoyable aroma that doesn't stray far from the mean - pine sap and orange citrus notes, with some bready malts and caramel detectable just beneath the hoppy surface.

Enticing enough so far, I suppose, but the taste leaves me wanting. The malts are more profound here than on the nose, providing a pleasant caramel sweetness that underlies the far more noticeable hop bill. Earthy pine needles, pink grapefruit and orange pith become more prominent toward the finish, which is fairly astringent and bitter. Medium-bodied with mild carbonation, and an oily feel that makes this brew's aftertaste cling to the tongue after each sip, extending its presence.

This is a well-made beer that I don't have any real complaints about, other than the fact that it offers nothing particularly novel or exciting. I had a hop craving and this brew stood up to the task nicely, but while drinking it I discovered no features that really stood out. I'm a big fan of the mouthfeel, though, which really makes this stuff seem more drinkable than it probably should be at 6.5%.

Final Grade: 3.72, a serviceable B grade. Like Augusta Ale, Kensington's Baldwin Fisheye PA is a solid representative of its style, but I'd hesitate to call it an outstanding one. It's not a bad beer - quite the opposite, in fact. It's a textbook American IPA that I wouldn't hesitate to suggest to someone looking for a good baseline introduction to the style. Worth a shot.

[Updated Jan. 4 2014]

Another can, this time compared side-by-side with Mad Tom, Boneshaker and Red Racer IPA. I've had a few cans of this over the past few weeks and have come to appreciate it a little more - this is not an attention-grabbing IPA at all, but it's quite tasty, well-balanced and sessionable for the style. Good stuff, and something I'll probably return to again.

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Photo of Bilco
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of yancot
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of byronic
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TerryW
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good looking bright opaque rusty orange beer with a moderate head that settles to a film. Lots of lace all the way down. An extra 0.25 for fun graphics on the can.

Nose full of grapefruit citrus and pine with malt lurking in the background. Taste is aggressively hoppy, dominated by citrus peel, followed by sweet malt, drying bitterness, slightly metallic. Decent enough, but essentially the same as the rest of the pack. As this style is becoming increasingly common its getting harder to distinguish yourself.

Good overall and worth a try.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting orange and blue from LCBO for $2.65 CDN served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange / Brown (Burnt Orange?) color is poured. Some sediment in the glass is apparent especially near the end of the pour. Rocky 1 finger of head wasn't doing a ton for me right away, it looked nice and all but the longer it lingered the more impressed I became. Trace amounts of lacing left on the glass and some effervescent bubbles in the glass.

Smell - Not a ton here some mild hops and floral presence is there. The hops are pleasant on the nose but a little more subdued than expected.

Taste - Grapefruit is in here that wasn't apparent on the nose gives it a nice bitter taste, however it is not overpowering. The beer transitions into a maltier back end and the transition from one to another is well done. These are the two stars of this beer and there's not a lot else here but it is well executed. Vague caramel taste in there too.

Mouthfeel - Nice balance between watery and thirst quenching and the rich creamier ale feel. Medium / low carbonation.

Overall - A good IPA, with a solid kick, never is the 6.5% detected. It is a bit on the simple side, because there are fewer elements going on so this may be a good beer for introducing someone new to beer drinking to the American IPA style. Wasn't blown away, but if someone offered me one (and they don't know much of anything about beer) I would be very pleasantly surprised.

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Baldwin FishEYE PA from Kensington Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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