Aromatherapy IPA | Beyond the Pale Brewing Company

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4.15/5
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Aromatherapy IPAAromatherapy IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Beyond the Pale Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
beyondthepale.ca

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
71
pDev:
6.51%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 71
Photo of eberesford
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale amber with creamy head - quite light in aroma and flavour - the hopping is mostly grapefruit though also some lemon. Sessionable despite the abv.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've now had this twice -- once in a 20 ounce pour (Canadian draft standard, it seems) at an Indian restaurant and once from a 473 ml can. It was excellent both times, though I may have slightly preferred it from the can. It was hazy with a tasty lemon bitterness. It smelled great (citrus) as well. The can was about 20 to 25% costlier than most local craft beer even though I bought it at the LCBO.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into a chalice. An LCBO purchase for $4.50 CDN. Been hoping to try this one for some time.

Appearance - Hazy bright golden orange color. Big fluffy plume two fingers tall of white frothy head. Above average head retention and lots of lacing at the edges of the glass. Great looking beer.

Smell - Aromatherapy indeed. Lots of fruity notes, Pineapple, mango and grapefruit most predominantly, with lychee and possibly melon backing things up.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose, with more grapefruit and lemon zest and a slightly hot boozy and peppery flavor. Mango, pineapple and lychee are phased out here.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, zingy carbonation and dry finish. What's not to love.

Overall - A very solid and very aromatic IPA, that ranks among the better ones in Ontario, with a little more sweet fruit in the flavor this would be absolutely top notch.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is my second try at Beyond the Pale, after the disaster they have named Saison Tropicale. No one should buy that one, even as a joke. Aromatherapy however is a success. Pale and hazy with a thick head that retains for, what looks like, days. The nose is a bit mundane. The taste is refreshing though and not too bitter, although it is missing some depth.
This one doesn't match some of the better IPAs, especially not the ones from the US, but it's still a no-brainer, good go to beer.

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Photo of Easton70
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my first BTP beer since moving to Ottawa and they could be a favourite brewery for me.

It pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head that sticks around for the entire pint.

The aroma is full of tropical and citrus fruit and the flavour continues with a nice bitter finish, but nicely balanced; not too bitter.

A great IPA that compares well with The best from the US.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

473 mL can from the LCBO; no packaging date. I am genuinely pumped to finally try what is almost certainly one of Ontario's most-hyped IPAs of the last two years. Served slightly chilled.

Pours translucent golden-blonde, with approximately one finger of soapy, resilient white head that holds down the fort for more than five minutes; a fat collar and bubbly cap of foam are its descendants. Fantastic lacing - I want to drink this one ASAP, but I need to say something about the aroma first, which is actually fairly muted, especially considering the name of the beer. A citrusy mix of grapefruit, lemon and orange is the most noticeable aspect to me, with minor notes of grassy hay, pale malt, red berry and indistinct tropical fruit.

Very good stuff - there's some underlying gritty wheat and bready pale malt sweetness, but beyond that it's basically hops gone wild from start to finish. Fruity flavours of apricot, orange, melon, grapefruit and papaya come through mid-sip, with the hops kicking into high gear on the back end - that's where the bitter elements such as citrus pith, earthy/dank pine needles and floral, grassy hay really begin to assert themselves. Medium-light body, with fairly lively carbonation that tickles the palate, as well as very fine bubbles (resulting in a mildly crisp, frothy sort of mouthfeel). Good drinkability at 6.5% - I could knock back a couple of these over the course of a night, though I'm sure I'd be a bit wobbly afterwards.

Final Grade: 4.23, an A-. Beyond the Pale's Aromatherapy is a fantastic IPA that I will certainly return to in the future. I tried this beside a can of GLB's Lake Effect - which is one of my top 3 Ontario IPAs - for comparative purposes, and Aromatherapy held up very admirably. All hopheads who can find this one should consider it to be an absolute must-try beer... unfortunately, I've never seen this one in Lambton county, otherwise I'd definitely pick it up regularly.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The consistency looked thick and juicy as I poured it in a glass. Light brown and cloudy with a moderate amount of champagne like carbonation. Topped with 2 fingers of beige head.

Smells of caramel and shortbread, pine and pineapple, as well as green herbs like dill.

The taste is full of complex hop characteristics. Its a fast dance I need to slow down on my second sip, all I know is its beautiful. Caramel, pineapple, pine, dill, green herbs, orange juice, and a strong but not abrasive bitter end.

Thick and juicy body with a medium low carbonation.

Got this in Toronto, drinking it at Lake Muskoka Dec 20th, 2017. Really great taste and consistency on this one. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden colour, light uniform cloudiness aided by tiny silt-like particulates. The tall fluffy white head dissipates slowly & leaves significant lacing. Aroma is nice tropical fruit juice, although rather mild. Taste is sweet juicy hops with citrus & tropical fruit with some sourness along the way & sweet bitter finish; very nice. Mouthfeel is full & creamy, caronation level very good. I think this is my first BTP beer & I quite enjoyed it. This compares nicely to recent offerings by CA; I plan to do a comparison with this and HAZY side by side soon.

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Photo of rjcohen
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

I will just start by saying that, surprisingly, there was no freshness date on the can, as far as I can see. I would think this is a beer for which freshness is important.
The beer is a bright orange color and very cloudy, with a very full head.
Aroma is beautiful, as you would hope. It's extremely fruity, especially with melon, with an undertone of piney hop bitterness.
That fruit, surprisingly, does not come through very much in the flavor. The predominant flavor is bitter, and it's a pretty bland bitterness that doesn't really taste like anything. Some sweetness comes through in the swallow, though this too is bland and watery. Still, that is to the benefit of the beer. Even though neither the bitterness nor the sweetness are very dynamic, they are well-balanced.
The beer is thick and undercarbonated, fairly flat.
I'm afraid the name of this beer is followed too literally, as its taste falls short of the aroma. Based on the smell I would have expected one of the best juicy, Northeast-style IPAs I've had, but instead it is just okay. Flavors are balanced well, but none of those flavors themselves bring much to the table.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a much-better-than-expected East Coast IPA from Beyond the Pale in Ottawa. Pours a hazy yellow colour. Inch of head disappears quickly, leaving some impressive lacing. Aroma is citrus and green tropical fruit. The flavour is dominated by more of that tart green tropical fruit: gooseberry, green mango, green papaya. Light mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation.

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Photo of SSS
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Super clear golden yellow with a nice white head that lingers
S-Beautifully sweet aroma, herbal and dank.
M-Light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel with a resinous effect
T-Sweet upfront with an alcohol burst that moves to a bitter aftertaste that lingers and coats the gums
O-A very nice IPA that has some kick to it. The clarity of this beer is impressive.

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Photo of Lewnanny
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow opaque color, with a small head yellowish. The hopy smell and taste is nice and fun to taste.

This 6.5% ABV is fun to taste and the 55 IBU is not too much aggressive.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy straw with a frothy, long lasting head. Huge fruity, floral aroma explodes from the glass as I pour this. Tropical fruit, peach, pineapple, canteloupe, and lavender hops in the bitter hop dominated taste. A light cracker maltiness lies in the background, barely balancing the hops. Light bodied with high but smooth carbonation. Delicious tropical fruitiness and a mouthcoating bitterness in the infinite finish.

Wow, a fantastic Ontario IPA. Possibly my favourite yet. Unbridled hoppiness but not brash or over the top. A must try.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Service: Can
Canned on: Aug-22-2016


A:
Hazy white gold with massive fluffy white head that settles at one and a half. Rings of lace and great retention. (4.5)

S:
Ground up bits of citrus flesh and guava, passion fruit juice, weed. (4.25)

T:
Over-ripe grapefruit and flowers, more earthy yeast flavors and mossy hop resins. (4.25)

M:
Lightly prickly and creamy as could be with a nice tapering, hop-lacquer finish. (4.5)

O:
Lordy me, what a fabulous new-fangled IPA, from the Wilds of East Ontario!
It looks like a hazy pilsner or a clearish wit, with a big, beautiful head that you can practically eat. The aroma is immediately apparent on opening the can. Lots of juicy fruits, not super complex just a unified citrus and tropical fruit melange with a little dank hoppy scaffolding. The flavor is similar. Sweet, but not as much as the smell would suggest. Nice resinous finish, pretty drinkable. Excellent beer.
I now understand why I keep seeing this one mentioned among the better IPAs from the great white north. (4.5)

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Photo of yasky
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden pour, large pillowy head, good lacing. Resiny aroma, grapefruit, citrus, grass, tropical fruit. Juciy citrus up front, pine resin, tropical fruit, biscuit malt. Medium body, oily mouthfeel. Probably the best beer being brewed in our nations capital.

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Photo of peensteen
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden colour, 1.5 fingers of white head and good lace. Smell is dank and piney, light citrus, fruit and yard trimmings, some peach. Taste is hoppy, medium bitterness, lemony citrus and fruity, dank earthy notes, dry with a slight malt mid palate. lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Quite nice, a solid IPA worth trying.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome IPA, this one will make noise on the Canadian scene shortly.

The look is a little underwhelming, very little head, slight haze, but solid lacing. The nose is spot on:, lots of pine, grapefruit, not overly heavy, smells refreshing.

Taste is the same, but a little too light and a touch too much carbonation. That makes it feel like quite the thirst quencher, so nice tradeoff.

Well done Beyond the Pale!

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Photo of Derek
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really damn good IPA, not quite heady topper, but very 'juicy'.

Surprising amount of yeast sediment in the can, contributes to a hazy straw appearance.

Big citrus aroma (tangerine?), flavour rounded out with tropical fruit and hints of piny resin.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a hazy pale yellow color ale with a small foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of citrusy and floral hoppy notes with light grassy undertones. Taste is also dominated by floral grassy notes with some citrusy and light piney notes with light bitter aftertaste. Body is pretty full for style with OK carbonation. Pretty interesting but falls a bit short on carbonation.

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Photo of byronic
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lively slightly hazy golden yellow with a nice foamy head. Not much retention but very nice lacing. A very refreshing but mellow nose with notes of citrus and a tinge of pine. A nice balance of sweet and bitter with some grapefruit presence. A smooth mouth feel with just the appropriate carbonation. Slightly dry and bitter on the finish. Overall very nice and a drink I'd have almost anytime.

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

Bought in a tallcan at Beyond the Pale. Cloud yellow-gold colour, nice head and rings in the glass. A fruity IPA - reminds me of DDC's Moralité, although not as grape-fruity, and somewhat less bitter. Really good!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Light cloudiness, closer to haze. Nice yellow/golden colour with good carbonation. Pillowy white head of one finger on top. Good lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Lot's of fruit. Sweet sugary fruits. Very tropical. Bubblegum. Mostly sweet citrus. Seems like there might be some Nelson Sauvin in there too.

T - Candy, bubblegum, grain, lot's of tropical notes. Grapefruit to finish with lot's of tropical notes as well that stick around for a good amount of time.

M - Bitterness is there but not too aggressive. Carbonation is good, right around medium. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and medium.

O/D - A fairly solid IPA from the BTP kids. This one is highly drinkable and packed with flavour. Kiwi hops do a good job of making the depth in this one carry for a while and keep you paying attention throughout the growler. Good job.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshly filled growler.

Pours a golden color with an orange hue and a slight haze with 2-3 fingers of cloudy head falling to a thick creamy collar and leaving nice lacing (and that is from the second pour from the growler!). It packs a nice, clean fresh nose of sweet citrus and wiffs of pine. The taste is is loaded with citrus (oranges, tangerines and grapefruit) with some nice tropical notes (papayas?) balanced with a nice, light toasted malt backbone. The finish is mildly bitter with and a little short. It is light yet round on the palate and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a great IPA and definitely one of their best offerings!

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Aromatherapy IPA from Beyond the Pale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 71 ratings