Yakima IPA | Microbrasserie Le Castor

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Le Castor
Quebec, Canada
microlecastor.ca

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Phyl21ca on 05-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
199
Reviews:
44
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
7.16%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and resinous hoppy notes is quite intense with nice floral notes. Taste is dominated by citrus and resinous hoppy notes with floral undertones with dry malt base and some bitterness at the end. Body is about average with great carbonation. Quite an impressive beer with great hops punch and citrus notes while limiting the bitterness level.

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Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev -6%
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 Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
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 MasterSki
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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 sendbeer
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of liamt07
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Soods for this one.

A - Cloudy pale yellow wit a thin layer of white head.

S - Peach, pine, grapefruit, pineapple and a light mango aroma. Slight honey sweetness.

T - Moderate bitterness up front with a mix of citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Peach, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple and a light mango flavour. A honey malt sweetness is present to provide some balance.

M - Medium. Creamy. Oily. Moderate.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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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Photo of Derek
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spinrsx
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Brouehaha QC for $6.99+

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, grapefruit, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot, grapefruit, and malts. There is also pineapple, resiny hops, and citrus zest.

Overall - Wow - it's amazing how far quebec IPA's have come in the last few years. This plus Moralite have really changed the landscape for QC brews. This is pretty bang on for a west coast style IPA, and I can get it fresh. My bottle was from a case stamped May 26th. If this was in a smaller format like moralite, it would be one of my go to's.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of wordemupg
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

660ml bottle poured into tulip 8/7/13

A slight haze in a bright yellow body, lots of tiny bubbles and fine sediment, large loose off white foam has great retention slowly falling to a eraser top island leaving lots of soapy lace

S fuzzy peach candy, tangerine and mandarin with a little mango, pines strong with some floral notes and vitamin C chewable's, smells strong and sexy

T a little lemon rind and grapefruit I wasn't picking up on the nose, not quite as tropical with more pine needles, still solid but the nose takes it

M fairly light bodied for an IPA but it works, a nice bitter snap and the bubbles give it some body, long lingering rind and pine finish

O I wasn't expecting this beer to make my day but it did just that, not lacking anywhere and it smells divine, I could drink another bomber or two no issues

I never would've guessed I'd be drinking this random want today, I'm considering myself lucky today

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3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from hoppypocket in CanBIF Fall 2013. Told by a guy in Montreal that this was the best IPA from Quebec. Expectations!

A - Pours golden and slightly hazy with a three finger bubble bath soap head that turned into four fingers. Strong carbonation. Good rings of lace and a solid finger and a half retention.

S - Lemon, pine, melons, alcohol. Canned syrupy fruits. Mango-y type tropical fruits present too.

T - Lemon, more pine, more melons. Some alcohol is evident. A little tropical.

M - Good gripping bitterness and a little booze in the finish. Strong carbonation, medium oily body.

O/D - This wasn't as great as I was expecting. Not a resinous hop bomb like they try to claim it will be on the bottle. Good though. Has potential to be great. Valiant effort but held back by an alcholic melon note.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Rutager
4.19/5  rDev 0%
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 andrenaline
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of papat444
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 660ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: A stark white and foamy head that really lays it on the glass. Light yellow colored body, nice and hazy..

Smell: Powerful lemon and assorted citrus fruits, aromatic, bit floral.

Taste: Sweet kiss on the hops, biscuity, lemon, papaya, pineapple and tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced, not aggressive but good bitterness regardless.

Overall: A sessionable IPA. Nothing over the top, just well made.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer is a light yellow golden in colour. Large white head. Nice retention and lace.

Scent is nice. Lemon, grapefruit and a bit of pineapple and other tropical scents. Nice light fruit scents. A little bit of malt, but this is a hop focused beer.

Taste is great. Nice bright tropical and citrus fruits. A real pineapple/mango flavour, with some grapefruit and lemon behind. A bit spicy. Malt is low but present, a bit of a bready flavour. Very nice!

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Nice.

Overall, very good. A real surprise! The best IPA I have had from Quebec. I would happily drink a lot of this one.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy medium amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-malt, citrus, orange, pine, floral hints

T-bready malt a hint on the sweet side, grapefruit, orange, pine, light floral, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a nice solid IPA, the blend of hops gives a nice fruity character to this beer

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Yakima IPA from Microbrasserie Le Castor
4.19 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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