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

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Added by Phyl21ca on 05-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
195
Reviews:
43
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
7.16%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
47
For Trade:
3
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Photo of safaricook
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Electros
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LanceH
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DaveBar
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Quackenb
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mademers
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spreetaper
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snowmageddon
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Powers30
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerhunter13
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Samallison
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jfreeze
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of theDuck
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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 xuannamnguyen
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ksimons
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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 spycow
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | 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 papposilenus
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Supergenou
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CanadianBacon
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +11.7%
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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Yakima IPA from Microbrasserie Le Castor
4.19 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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