Hop Addict
C'est What Durham Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
3.78 | pDev: 9.52%
C'est What Durham Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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dgilks from Australia

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber colour with a smooth, white head that dissipates to a thin film over the beer. Nice lacing.

Bright citrus aroma with a touch of sweetness. Nice and fruity.

A smooth caramel maltiness with some moderate citrussy fruit. Nice balance and a touch of floral and slightly grassy character adds nice depth.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A really beautifully crafted pale ale. There are plenty of hops here and a smooth maltiness that brings it all back together.

Aug 06, 2011
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kwjd from Canada (ON)

3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Victory Cafe. Pours an amber-orange colour, with small white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, small amount of lacing. Smells of soapy (I think that best describes this) with a some toffee sweetness. Some bitterness in the flavour, but not over the top. The name suggests hoppier than it is. Smooth carbonation.

Dec 02, 2010
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Smokeless Joe's, in Toronto.

There may not be remnants of hop cones floating in the beer but it is considerably clouded nevertheless. Its haziness is supported by an awfully toasty, sandy (almost russet laced) golden colour. The head is strong and sturdy enough to give me the impression that even an earthquake couldn't shake it off (indeed, its lacing turned out hard as concrete).

A name like "Hop Addict" makes you think of a gluttonously hopped West Coast-style IPA that might douse your nose hairs in sappy resins before setting them aflame with a piercing citric acidity - any notions of this beer being that can be done away with quite quickly. The bouquet is reserved, if ordinary, and, let it be said, in need of more hops.

I've had beers so full of delicious fruity citrus or succulent piny resins that you literally would just hook it up to your veins if you could (your veins start to run green anyhow). This, however, is relatively lifeless of lupullin and showcases, instead, a rather conventional, lightly toasted malt profile. It is hoppy only by English standards, I reckon.

If I wasn't itching for hops before this, I am now. All this toneless, cardboard-y malt leaves me dreaming of zesty, spicy, sprightly hops. The beer drinks without much sensation and an astoundingly coy bitterness given its name. The beer is palatable enough to lend itself to multiple rounds but with no real character I'm not so inclined to let it.

This bar as a tendency to keep their taps a little too cold and, in fairness, as it warmed more of that delicately leafy hoppiness came through (and with it a soft mist of grapefruit). The beer is made much more agreeable but around the same time it starts to get a little too filling. By the end of the pint, my belly feels as though it's in its second trimester.

Hop Addict may offer a slight change in content (a few more hops) but it doesn't offer a change in form - this is still the same old malt-forward, overly conservative, humdrum kind of offerings that Ontario craft brewers have been underwhelming us with for years. If you have a 'hop addiction', don't make County Durham your dealer.

Jul 13, 2010
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Victory Cafe.

Poured a deep amber colour with a small amount of white head.

Faint hop smell with some sweetness. Not an overly impressive nose.

Palate was bitter piney hops with a slight caramel malt backbone that gave it a little bit of sweetness. Bitter on the finish. I drank this thinking that it was a slightly weak IPA only to find out that it is a pale ale, which would make it a somewhat hoppy pale ale.

Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

A very good beer. Nice to find a pale ale with some bitter hop bite.

Jun 08, 2010
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eat from Canada (QC)

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Victory Cafe. One-finger frothy off-white head. Some lacing but not much retention (finally just a ring around the glass). The beer is dark-amber in colour.

There's almost no smell here. Some light bread and faint hops, sweet candy malt. Very weak.

There's something off here. I've had this beer a few times and remember liking it more than this. Maybe something is wrong, I'll have to come back to this one another time. There's an off flavour of dust or cardboard or something. Still, it's not that bad. Good dose of British-style hops, though nothing that would satisfy an addict. Seems to be just generally bitter instead of having a specific hop profile. Light sweet malt background. Almost tastes more like an extra bitter ESB than an IPA. Very English.

Prickly medium body and medium carbonation. Good feel.

I'll have to try reviewing this again, I seem to remember it being better than this. Although it certainly wasn't terrible. There's just not much going on in this beer besides an anonymous bitterness.

Feb 28, 2010
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at BeerBistro.

This beer appears a clear medium amber hue, with one finger of foamy beige head, which leaves some webbed lace around the glass as it dissipates. It smells of caramel malt, and citrus and pine hops. The taste is grapefruit, orange, and a bit of pine hops, and soft caramel/toffee malt. The carbonation is on the mild side, the body medium weight, and a wee bit syrupy, and it finishes mostly dry, and hoppy.

An impressively balanced and tasty APA, very easy to drink.

Feb 11, 2010
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mrmanning from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est what? Copper liquid is topped with a frothy beige cap. The aroma is heavy citric hops(mostly grapefruit)with some pine, followed by bready, cookie dough and caramel. Taste is bright cirtus rind hops, fresh leafy greens and pine with some butterscotch and caramel sweetness. This is quite dry and chalky, and finishes bitter and and tasty. I wish it was available near me!

Nov 16, 2009
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ThatWineGuy from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Beer Bistro, generous white head and clear golden / amber colour. Not a lot of visible carbonation but good lace and retention. Smells hoppy enough and enticing. Taste is high grapefruit hoppiness, lots of IBU's here, dry, tart, thirst quenching and satisfying. True to its' name with a bone dry mouthfeel. If you like hops, you can't go wrong with this but like so many quality beers, probably not meant to be drunk all night long. Enjoyed with good food, it hit the spot and I'd love to buy this at the local LCBO if it was available.

Apr 25, 2009
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bartle from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cloak and Dagger.

A - Copper. Nice thick rocky head. Great retention.

S - Grapefruit, earthy esters. Grassy, sweet, bitter, beautiful.

T - bitter sweet followed by cloves and herbs. A nice balance. The sent of citrus hits the tongue. This is so full of flavor. Hoppy goodness!

M - modest body. A very easy drinker. A slight bite to it.

D - One of my favorites found on tap in the city.

Thumbs up!

Apr 20, 2009
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bobsy from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rare (perhaps first) appearance on cask at C'est What, but damn good even on regular tap. Hazy copper color with a nice white head. Delightful hoppy aroma with a hint of lemon zest. Great balance between the hops and malt, with biscuit and grapefruit duking it out. Nice, smooth finish. I would consider this to be a perfect drink for the Summertime. Nice job Bruce!

Apr 04, 2009
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Beer Bistro in Toronto, served in a pint glass. The beer was clear and copper color with about 2 fingers of foam. The aroma is cleanly hopped, pine needle variety but not too strong. The taste is very balanced, the hops are more an accent on top of this APA, very good for the style as long as this isn't an IPA. With a name like Hop Addict one sort of expects an IPA... Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable, a nice APA.

Feb 07, 2009
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irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What. Has a clear orangish color. Nice lacing and retention. I thought this was a very well made brew.

Smells of citrus, grapefruit, a bit floral and some sweet malts.

Has a nice balance of malts (a little caramel) and bitter hops on the palate. A good drinkable beer from Durham.

Jul 21, 2008
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allergictomacros from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange with a creamy head of tan foam.

S - Soap, citrus, grapefruit, pine.

T - Hops seem more floral than citrusy. Notes of lemon and a smooth backdrop of malty goodness. Finish is fairly bitter.

M - Moderate body and carbonation are good.

D - Well balanced, very drinkable brew.

Jul 02, 2008
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Conrad from Canada (ON)

4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I read all of the previous reviews, and find my opinion matches the others, so I will not repeat all of the findings. But to summarize:
A: clear copper with a decent head
S: Wonderful hops aroma with citrus background
T: Hops up front, mild malt background
M: Crisp, smooth, long finish
D: Wonderful summer brew. Had a small buzz after only one glass. Maybe I'm getting old and it doesn't take as much beer to get a glow on, but this one is a keeper.
My only complaint: After taxes, it's $7.00 a glass at the Black Tomato in the Ottawa ByWard Market. Too expensive to make it on my regular must have list.

Jul 12, 2007
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange with a wispy eggshell head that vanishes quickly but leaves good lacing. The aroma is floral and citrusy with a good measure of malt dough. Sweet flavors are the first thing I taste. Orange blossoms and rocket candies come to mind. In the middle some grapefruit rind shows up as does a biscuity flavor. The finish is somewhat bitter, but could be a lot more. The mouthfeel is light with a soft carbonation.

This is an decent pale ale, I expected more hops though, and definitely less sweetness.

Oct 18, 2006
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crwills from Canada (ON)

3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Smokeless Joe.

Although this style, like good IPAs, is rare in Ontario, this was a bit of a disappointment. Certainly better than most local 'pale ales,' but since I'm reviewing this after sampling the fantastic new APA at Church Key this weekend, I know it's possible to do better.

Looked fairly typical for an APA, if a little darker (some red notes?) than some. Aroma was pretty good... very woodsy and cereal-bitter, with very little of the usual citrus.

Taste was a big letdown, and the only reason I give it a 3 is because it's still a step above other mainstream Canadian ales. However, the woody, astringent bitterness was overly aggressive, and there was an unpleasant aftertaste (like burnt grass) that really detracted.

Something's not quite right yet, but it's a step in the right direction!

Aug 20, 2006
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, copper-orange; off-white head, only a little retention but it leaves a nice lace.

S: Fresh hops (floral, slight citrus); a little toffee & caramel, slight sulfur.

T: Fresh hops (floral/grassy citrus), slightly sweet (toffee) with a crisp, slightly bitter finish.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation; slight acidic bite to the finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

May 23, 2006
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DrJay from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colour with an orange hue, clear, with a creamy beige head. Very fragrant hop aroma with lots of pine and grapefruit. Solid bitterness without overshadowing the mild malt character. Some grapefruit towards the start, followed by orange and piney hops in the finish. Decent body with some dryness from the hops. Easily drinkable - I've had this at a couple of different establishments already and I've had no reservations about recommending it to others.

Apr 24, 2006
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Popsinc from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as Ontario Pale Ale's go, this one was above average....A nice amber pour that seemed to be quite lively...obvious hops in the nose....my pint was served too cold at Smokeless Joe....having said that, once warmed up a few degrees i quite enjoyed this beer...what can be said, prominent in the hop catergory. A super-hoppy pale ale without being over the top or experimental...the name says it all "Hop Addict" but without losing marks for drinkablilty...malts were present here as well so the hoppiness didn't overpower this beer....found it to be reasonabley balanced and drikable...good fresh and lively mouthfeel...i liked it!

Apr 20, 2006
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tatterdash from Canada (ON)

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Caffe Volo, what a great tap handle! (It looks like a syringe full of hops). Coppery red with an appropriate white frothy head, lots of retention and lace. Smell was a huge pile of cascade hops and a bit of malt that reminds me of Tankhouse. Taste was a very full yet refreshing blast of cascade hops and a nicely balanced malt profile. Nice and crisp and perfect for the patio, a beer I could drink until the patio grows dark and not get tired of.

Apr 17, 2006
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden yellow with bubbles. A whiff of C-hops. Good bitterness, significant hops and malted. Balanced though light-medium mouthfeel.Served on the too-cold side
Had it a couple of months later at a different bar and it was too bitter.

Had it a week later on cask and it's bitterness was like an ESB. Better appearance but worse on aroma as cheese and hops and malt.
Had more than a year later at Victory Cafe and liked the balance,m creaminess, and lace.

Apr 06, 2006
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange/golden, thick medium sized white head, nice and creamy, some decent lacing and good retention. Smell is sweet caramel, with a citrus, pine, floral hop hit, plenty of grapefruit as well. Taste is caramel up front, crystal malt, huge citrus, grapefruit and floral, little bit of pine, nice clean bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, aggressive carbonation, nice and refreshing. Served slightly too cold at Smokeless, but a nice APA.

Apr 05, 2006
Hop Addict from C'est What Durham Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 42 ratings