Yakima IPA
Microbrasserie Le Castor

Yakima IPAYakima IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #91
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,179
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 7.13%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
217
From:
Microbrasserie Le Castor
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  54
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Vices and Versa in Montreal, QC.

This one pours a clear light rusted orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like your classic and prototypical West Coast IPA - there's orange zest and grapefruit, fresy drippy pine resin, and just a hint of malt.

This is really quite good. It's very hoppy and resinous, with a clean and fresh bitterness, with just a hint of malt sweetness to balance it out. There's freshly squeezed grapefruit, with lighter tones of lemon and orange too.

This is light bodied, and super crisp, with a fantastic level of drinkability.

This was a really wonderful surprise - it's a really well crafted IPA.

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Photo of spcrain
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tried a bottle. Great well defined flavor. A little extra carbonation and smooth gives a great mouth feel. Excellent flavor - good balance of citrus and hops.

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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from TheDoctor. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/9/2018. Pours slightly hazy medium golden/amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper, pine, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper, pine, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of rapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper, pine, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is a fantastic IPA. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink will the modestly bitter/drying finish, not aggressive. Feels like Centennial, Amarillo, and Simcoe. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; great bready malt backbone, mild residual sweetness with lingering bitter dryness. A highly enjoyable offering. Loved the classic west coast hop profile.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper filtered with lots of fast rising, soda like carbonation. Topped with 3 fingers of off white, rocky head.

Smells of pine, pineapple, oranges and caramel. Simple but Pliny like.

Yellow jello, pine, pineapple, and Champagne.

Medium, light body, with moderate carbonation.

Got this in Gatineau, QC a month ago, drinking in Muskoka, Jan 26th, 2018. Well done west coast IPA. Perhaps over rated, or I just got an older version whose hops have fallen off some. Seems it was brewed Nov 27, 2017, so its 2 months old.

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Photo of eberesford
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Pours hazy orange yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly but continues to lace. Aromas: citrusy, floral hos and tropicalfruit. Flavour mango, pineapple, a little honey with floral citrusy hop. Full mouth.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, orange/gold beer with a fluffy white head that leaves a massive amount of lacing. The aroma is fresh with a lot of hops, some floral notes and bright lemony citrus notes. The taste is lightly sweet and really bitter with that lemon flavor evident in the taste. The bitterness lingers but melds with the sweetness of the malt. Decent carbonation makes for a nice creamy drink. This is a nice refreshing IPA.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a burnt to earthy orange color. a huge two plus finger of a white frothy head. stubborn retention and a frothy lacing left the whole way down the glass. top of the glass is hazy, and a murkiness settles in as you move down, on tap is somewhere in the middle of the two. a nice brightness despite the sediment and protein.

Smell: a very raw, dry hopped aroma. lots of lemony aromas, ranging from lemon bread to lemongrass. strong spicy hop aroma, less citrus and herbal. some grapefruit juice. malts stay out of the aroma largely but there is some toasted bread to crystal sweetness in there.

Taste: opens with a nice hop burst. mostly spicy and citrusy, but notes of an earthy resin, spice and slight herbal. malts poke through with lemon bread to toasted bread and light crystal sweetness. some lemongrass and grapefruit juice come through near the end.

Mouthfeel: slightly dry and refreshing finish. lingering bitterness. fairly ideal to me.

Overall: not my ideal hop profile or type for this style of beer but it is done so well that I can't help not like it. really complex hop profile that doesn't seem to end. malts are there but take nothing away from the hops. the dryness and bitterness in the end are exactly what I'd want.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of grapefruit on the nose and flanour for this French Canadian version of a Northwest IPA. Somewhat grainy and dry, somewhat tart. Lingering hop finish and refreshing.

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Photo of safaricook
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very classic old school west coast ipa (the grapefruit and the resiny). I would say a bit overrated because the hop profile is not too complex. However, very drinkable and always a good choice when craving something bitter and refreshing.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Depanneur AS in Montreal for around the $5.00 mark or so for a 660ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a small 1/2" head that is gone in seconds. Medium gold colour and unfiltered.

S- Nice amount of hops on this one.

T- Both bittering and fruity hops. Good malt base but not that sweet. Has a good balance of hops to malt but not too overpowering. Touch bitter at the end but that is the blend of hops since it's a bit fruity at the beginning.

M- Not too thick or rich but has the dryness and tartness of a good IPA. Creamy at the front

O- Very good blend. Nice balance all around and worth having a few from time to time.

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with....... Schezwan stir fry. Traditionally hot but that gets moved around by this hoppy brew.

Enjoy

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Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate head that settles to fine layer of bubbles. Ample spots for lace. Gold color and nearly clear.

Strong earthy and bittering hop aroma.

Solid but brief pale malt start. The ho kicks in and completely dominates the taste. The swallow and long aftertaste is one-dimensionally bitter. Fits the American, west coast IPA perfectly. The mouthfeel is soft with a fine carbonation presence. The body is moderate.

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Photo of Act25
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quebecois IPA is great, starting with this one. Perfumey, grassy, wintery, northland.

A - White foam settles to a cap, a big ring of lace. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Orange perfume in the right way, Northland meets West Coast IPA. Malt body, with candy notes of sugared zest and rind Malt backdrop supports the touch of sweetness, but remains in the background.

T - The taste follows the smell but is bigger, fressher and leaves that floral perfume, orange water feel in the long tangible, tangy finish.

M - Medium body, prickly carbonation, and a pleasant, long dry finish with lingering oily hop resins and flowers.

D - Is this the best Canadian IPA? Must try.

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Photo of ksimons
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden yellow color with a fingers worth of white foamy head. Aroma of citrus and pine hops and sweet malt background. Taste is similar to the smell with a bready malt backbone and citrus with light hop resin. Medium body, crisp carbonation. Overall a really excellent IPA and very drinkable.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Just a hands down 4.5 all the way. what an impressive ale.

Appearance - pours a hazy gold with 3 fingers frothy head, which dies down fairly quick.

Aroma - The aroma that first hits my nose is of citrusy hops, I get orange peel, grapefruit and even some lemon. Its followed by some very light malts.

Taste - As soon as it hits my tongue I get these hops, Its like tropical juice, then some malts and some pine but not resiny pine. theres a slight bitterness that remains but its really not too overwhelming. If I was to show a friend who doesn't drink craft an IPA this is the flavor I'd want to show. I don't think its so light he or she would like right away but at least they would come back less nervous.

Mouth feel - The mouth feel is medium creamy with some small pricks from carbonation on the tongue. Very smooth and easy drinking for an IPA.

Overall - I think this is my favorite IPA to date, There really is nothing for someone who drinks all kinds of ales to be turned off by its just a good hearty IPA!

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber purchased at convenience store in Varennes, QC. Although freshness is not a concern, given the small batches and the popularity of the beer, a date stamp would be a useful idea for the future.

Pours a slightly cloudy tangerine color. Decent foamy head, not v. thick and dissipates a little too quickly.
Smell is intense citrus and flowery.

Taste matches the aroma and doesn't disappoint. Clean and crisp on the tongue, no astringency (as expected from the modest abv), no oily or resiny aftertaste. The 75 IBUs are likely made up from my personal faves: Citra, Simcoe, Amarilllo, Cascades.....

For Canada, this is an exceptional example of a west coast IPA. Absolutely the best I've had. And it wasn't done by a Canuck brewery anywhere near the action in Oregon...but in Quebec !!?

In the Appalachian region, this beer is similar to and every bit as good as the much-vaunted Heady Topper of Vermont. Put it on your list...this is a very good beer.

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Photo of Rutager
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers for the big Canadian want, Tom!! Pours a nice hazy honey gold with a finger of frothy white head. Pretty dank nose with cedar, light malts, pine and citrus. Sweet light malts and plenty of delicious, well rounded hops leaning to the west coast. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation. Great stuff.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy with a big two-inches head. Not a lot of carbonation visible though. Smells just amazing, lots of fruit smells. Aromas of pibeapple, orange, grapefruit, apple, lemon and peach. Reslly fruity in the mouth too, with a good hop bitterness. It's an exceptional IPA in my opinion. Really hoppy but also really fruity, refreshing and easy to drink. Almost a 5/5 beer, almost.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Vices and Versa. Served in a short pint.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Huge white head with great retention and beautiful lacing.

Smell - Citrus hops. Toasty malt. Bready and doughy smell.

Taste - Sweet orange citrus hops. Really nice. Light pale malt sweetness. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light. Creamy and low carbonation.

Overall - Impressive. American hops with and English malt and feel.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark golden, almost amber color, with powerful activity. Thick foamy and creamy beige 3 finger island head, lasting more than 30 minutes, with super strong legs.

Aromas of fresh piney citrus and straw. Flavors of fruits like pineapple, melon with some citrus like orange, lemon including floral and herbal spices. Pleasant fruity sweetness with a sharp crispy fresh grassy feel.

Slick medium body with champagne like carbonation. Well intensified strong finish of medium length, ending with some sweet citrus and a nice spicy hoppy feel.

Overall an awesome beer with incredible visuals and inviting smell. Delicious complex flavors and a well balanced finish with a super refreshing feel being not too excessive.

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Photo of TDotScott
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass

L- pale gold with a thin white head. Though small, the head persisted for several minutes.

S- ripe fruits: blueberry, pineapple, tropical fruits. Very fresh, and delicious.

T- the same notes from the nose are present on the mouth, with a bitterness throughout that lingers into the finish. Not much malt presence to be found.

F- medium low bodied and moderate carbonation. Just what you expect for style.

O- very enjoyable, but I would like it more if it were a tad more balanced.

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Photo of simonsays2k9
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Golden orange, frothy 2 fingers head dissipating into a thin coat leaving tons of lacing around the inside of the glass. Nice carbonation. Very lovely presentation.

Nose: Grapefruit, citrus rind, tangerine, pine, a bit of dankness, tropical fruits maybe a bit of pineaple and mango. Hops up front, the malts are very suddle, acting more like a canvas for the hops.

Taste: Grapefruit juice, tangerine, lime zest, a bit piney and earthy in the finish.

Solid West Coast Style IPA - Basicly everything you would expect. Nice balance between the fresh fruit and the green notes. Clean, crisp finish. This is right on the money. Truly one of the best IPA in Quebec at the moment. This brew met my expectations. Well done, Le Castor !

94/100 (Overall)
95/100 (IPA)

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Photo of MasterSki
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mason jar at Cask Days.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap and specks of lace. Lightly hazed orange body. Pretty appropriate for a cask IPA.

S - Orange creamsicle; spot-on West Coast IPA. A heavy does of citrus flesh, with some zest and rind mixed in. Malt backdrop imparts a touch of sweetness, but remains largely in the background.

T - The taste isn't quite as awesome as the aroma, with less succulent orange and a bit more in the way of bready malt and piney bitterness. Still, the latter isn't excessive and on the whole its quite enjoyable.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, and a pleasant dry finish with lingering oily hop resins. No perceptible alcohol.

D - This is a top tier Canadian IPA. I hope the bottles taste like this, as I'd love to buy this regularly. The best IPA that I had at the fest in any case. I think these guys get that the secret to a great West Coast IPA is in the malt bill.

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Photo of SebD
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance: It has a nice hazy deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, pineapple, grapefruit (very tropical), dank pines resins and some sweet bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of citrus, grapefruit zest, pineapple, perhaps even mango, dank bitter pine resins and a touch of bready malts on the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Definitely one of the best IPA's Quebec has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of zhivago373
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

poured from bomber. couldn't find a bottling date.

pours a hazy deep orange with hints of yellow. big soapy head on the initial pour, which i was not expected from an IPA.

smells of citrus, pine, slight grapefruit - standard west-coast profile, but really nice nonetheless.

the taste lacks on this. maybe the bottle i have is old, but the hops are pretty faded, leaving the clean malts to come through too much. nice mouthfeel though.

chalking this one up to an old bottle. hope to try again with fresher beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

The beer comes in a hazy bright orange.

The flavor hits of huge grapefruit and citrus. A touch of tropical and peach flavors. There's a crisp bready malt that does not hunker the beer down. A bitterness of floral and pine on the finish.

A really tasty brew and refreshing IPA.

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Yakima IPA from Microbrasserie Le Castor
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 217 ratings