Star Cheek IPA | Tool Shed Brewing

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Brewed by:
Tool Shed Brewing
Alberta, Canada | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by zachloveshisbeer on 07-12-2013

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Reviews:
16
Ratings:
38
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
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Reviews by wordemupg:
Photo of wordemupg
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml can poured into tulip 17/8/13

A clear copper liquid with plenty of bubbles throughout, big light tan head sticks around long enough to leave some spider web lacing and end up as a pencil top eraser island, looks solid

S citrus and soft caramel, floral notes and orange sherbert, not overly intense but balanced

T a little lemon rind and a hint of pine but it mimics the smell fairly well, a little cereal and could use some more hops but I still like it

M medium bodied, creamy, bitter but not a palate wrecker, rind and orange cream candy on the finish

O pretty solid offering for a first batch IPA, that being said I's like to see more hops thrown at this one, I could see many people grooving on this as its a good entry level IPA but I doubt it will excite the true hop head heads

I like it but I loved the Red Rage, not a bad entrance to the market and I see heaps of potential, perhaps they can drop a palate wrecking DIPA as a seasonal. I'll give Tool Shed props for not starting off with safe and shitty lagers, I can't wait to see where they end up

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Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml can. Not quite sure what a "star cheek" is - oh, it's somebody's visceral reaction to drinking. Ok, I'd check that out as a skin condition, or something. Otherwise, very 70's KISS scene, man.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of densely puffy, mostly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some faint soap-scum webbed lace around the glass as it lazily abates.

It smells of laid-back citrus and pine hops - not watery, more disinterested in being the center of attention - bready, lightly biscuity caramel malt, and a touch of low-key cream. The taste is actually pretty bitter, but in an isolated, laboratory sort of manner - the normally associative citrus fruitiness seems remote, detached. A meek, understated pale, grainy caramel maltiness sits below all of this, swapping war stories with a bristling alcohol astringency, further informed by some floral perfumed hoppiness.

The carbonation is pretty innocuous, and hardly perceptible in such a heady hopverse as here, the body medium-light in weight, and not so smooth, what with the acrid hops and edgy booze having their way with my palate right now. It finishes mostly dry, the hops, alcohol, and now abandoned malt fulfilling their prime directive.

I know that this is a contract brew for these nascent Calgary tool shed aficionados, all the way from Aldergrove, BC. The hiccups here are limited, and I'm quite looking forward to what comes out of this brewery (quotes redacted out of respect) once activity is centered back at home (in their backyard or otherwise).

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Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of LanceH
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks wordemupg!!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy orange-amber with three fingers of thick and rocky cream coloured head.

Smell. Citrusy hops and some floral notes with a good amount of caramel malt coming through.

Taste. Caramel malts and citrus fruits with some bitter rinds in the finish and some floral notes throughout.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A nice IPA that I'd be happy to drink again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to strang for this can! No freshness info was apparent on the can.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Opaque cloudy orange colour with one finger of cream coloured head.

S - A big floral aroma, which was unexpected based on the label description. Lighter pine and caramel notes also present. Not getting any citrus.

T - A good bitterness up front, making it apparent that this is fresh. The floral notes from the nose are still present but are not dominant in the palate. Pine, orange zest and a hint of grapefruit are all present along with a slight caramel malt sweetness.

M - Medium body with good hop oils. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't think this is being contract brewed anymore - I think it's brewed in Calgary now?

Great looking hazy golden orange with lots and lots of head that is off white and sticks around. There is yeast in floating about as well - that doesn't bother me.

I was expecting to get kicked in the face with hops - but it's actually quite mild and balanced. The hops are there at the front in a nice subtle way and then the malt, also subtly, come and back it all up. It's a solid beer - if not uniquely outstanding - very enjoyable

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Photo of EspressoGuy
1.7/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Can 355ml
L:orangey gold, hazy
S:pine, green, orange soda, not really fresh
T: that's kind of weird... bitter, and a bad acrid finish...tastes really off and clunky... not nice at all ... and getting worse with every taste
F: I don't know ... the taste is so bad that I didn't even notice the mouthfeel
O: bad

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy almost orange-amber colour. A semi-aggressive pour nets a stupid (4+ fingers) amount of head that is dense and pillowy and recedes slowly, leaving a decent amount of lacing.

This IPA leads with the pine resin and vegetal greens, with a noticeable undercurrent of citrus. Is that coriander and anise? Very floral. Biscuity malt, a bit of pepper. There's almost a hint of Belgian character here?

Taste actually has a distinct peanut butter note, so that's strange. A mix of pine, dank marijuana, and very dry grapefruit juice. A bit of pale, crackery, biscuity malt. Finishes dry, herbal. Good body and good carbonation.

Not the best Calgary IPA, but a respectable beer. My preference runs toward more juicy and less piney on the IPA front, but this is quite nice for what it aims to do.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mattsander
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Crystal clear copper, dense and tenacious head. Great looking beer.

S: Bready malts are up front, a bit toffee, orange peels, floral. Has a slightly metallic twang to it (I think this might be from shipping?). Approachable but I find it a bit too mellow.

T: Fruity malt profile, reminds me of a very nice English ESB in many ways. Finishes with juicy malts and a firm bitterness that coats the mouth.

M: Creamy, luscious and medium bodied. Very nice here.

A nice beer from the new guys on the block here, not my favorite flavor profile for this style but they did a good job.

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new brewery in Calgary, currently being brewed at Dead Frog. 355 ml can with a paper sticker label. Another new can for my collection, and a couple spares to trade.
Clear copper color, light tan foam, head lasts a long time and leaves strings of lacing.
Smells of citrus hops, floral and leafy.
Taste has lots of hoppy flavor, citrus and a bit of pine needles. A bit of caramel malt gives a good flavor.
Medium bodied and mouthfeel, nice bitter aftertaste, but not overly burning or sharp.
Another solid offering, I have been very impressed from this new comer. Not a real hop bomb, but good flavor and balance.

July 2015 - Revisit.
Had draft sample at Limerick's in Calgary, now being brewed at the own brewery in Calgary.
Lots ofcitrusy hops in both smell and taste, well balanced by the malt base.
Continue to enjoy most all of the beers from Tool Shed.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tool Shed Brewing 'Star Cheek IPA' @ 6.2% , served from free sample 355 ml can
A-pour is gold from the can to a hazey amber in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-hoppy , mostly citrus
T-clean and a certain crispness
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer and Alberta IPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of derdtheterd
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stefman454
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Idrankthat
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of goalie35
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of zachloveshisbeer
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to be able to connect brewer and market Graham with the fine folks at VR Wine and Silver Springs Liquor Store. When they were pouring at Silver Springs Liquor Store, I was able to try their IPA, dark red ale and their cream ale. All I can say is WOW! Totally bursting with citrus fruit flavour, a nice bitterness on the palate and a nice grainy malt profile. I love how this one is nice and balanced and something I can see having with food or on its own. The hops used, from what I understand, are not the "typical" American C hops but that's a very good thing. The story behind it is even better and named after Jeff's mysterious "perfect star" that appears on his cheek every time he drinks.

The coolest part of Tool Shed and their beers is the stories behind them and the fact that they are literally brewed in Graham's tool shed. All of their beers will be in cans and kegs, but for the sake of providing quick tasters, they are serving from brown glass bottles. Grass roots brewing as it should be! Why play if safe? Just brew good beer and keep the BJCP guidelines as a blueprint.

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Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of rogerdandy
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robertwmartin
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I found a six-pack of this at Sherbrooke last week and have been quite happy with my find. I personally find the paper glue-on labels (used on this brew and others such as Yellow Dog's Shake a Paw Porter) awesome since, at least to me, it symbolizes how new technology is helping craft brewers advance their product. Mine were stamped "Batch 000049". Here's to hoping they keep going.

This is a beer to pour cautiously since it is extremely easy to get three things of foamy head. The beer and head looks nice together, with the beer a cloudy amber color contrasted by the bright white foam. The smell is the least impressive point of this beer, with only a little interesting offered up. The taste is nice and bright, with a bunch of grapefruit and some other citrus, plus a bit of spice like something was thinking of trying to taste like black pepper but didn't quite make it. The beer has a nice if somewhat indistinct mouthfeel to it and overall is definitely worth a drink or two.

Happy to support an Alberta brewery and looking forward to trying more from Tool Shed.

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Photo of Corson
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of artemh
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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