Baldwin FishEYE PA | Kensington Brewing Company

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Baldwin FishEYE PABaldwin FishEYE PA
BEER INFO

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%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
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Photo of randallpink
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of valianes
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of NedShakeshaft
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can. Left a fluffy eggshell-white head with excellent retention. As it faded, it left splotchy, white residue as if it were marshmallow melting over hot chocolate. The beer itself is an appropriate goldfish orange.

Smells like a creamsicle! Some note of pine and earth as well but the sweetness dominates the nose.

I'll get to the taste but I'm going to start with the mouthfeel as it made the first and longest-lasting impression on me. It's cream and velvety. A bit thin for an IPA, but so smooth.

A lot of malt upfront. Bready caramel. Dry and bitter finish, some lingering orange peel. It's mildly hopped for an IPA. Some pine notes, a bit earthy and citrusy.

Overall, a delicious IPA but its only exceptional trait is its drinkability. I'd happily a bunch of these for a night of watching sports and eating pizza and wings with friends.

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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 IdeaSpeeder
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 473ml can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance - A fine looking beer. Pours a clear Copper/orange in colour with a decent 2 fingers of thick white head which seems to be sticking around. A mild amount of carbonation is visible. No hop resin that I can see.

Smell - Your standard I.P.A. fare here...citrus and pine in a big way. Malty smells...biscuit and caramel are also present.

Taste - More of the same. Getting s caramel malts up front, followed by some decent citrus. Towards the end I'm getting mostly pine and a lingering bitterness, but given the style it's quite mild.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light for an IPA. Carbonation is low as well. Beer finish wet and smooth.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of MaltyClarkey
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Bilco
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WeizenMike
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ArrogantPrick
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of yancot
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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 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 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 gloryhole
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of davemathews68
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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 bigox420
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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