The Vicar's Cross | Boxing Rock Brewing Co.

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44 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boxing Rock Brewing Co.
Nova Scotia, Canada
boxingrock.ca

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ludachris on 10-07-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.82/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy, deep Amber body with lots of soapy off-white head. The scent is large on citrus rind, pine needles, and a biscuity maltiness as well. The taste brings on immense maltiness and huge huge bitter and citrus hop bomb, touching each and every tastebud, with an awesome smooth finish. You've outdone yourselves boxing rock, this beer is awesome.

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Photo of lildrummerboy17
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dcerdman
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of BillsFan2011
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaveBar
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Got on a trade from Curtis. THX Curtis!! Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.5- This opens well and pours nice!!! Super dark and unfiltered. A HIT!!

S- 4.1- This is good! Enjoy if you can

T- 4.40- This is WONDERFUL!!!!

M- 4.15.- Yup I like the bomb but.....A touch bitter

O I LOVE IT!!

Food Pairing

This GREAT DIPA went well with...... Sushi!!

Enjoy!

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Photo of scotinns
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jpower
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mylespetro
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark amber, nice off-white head that stays forever.
S: Fruity, a little boozy with a nice hoppiness.
T: Juicy citrus, toasty malts and a lot of hops as should be expected. Surprisingly easy to drink given the ABV, alcohol content is well masked by the complexity of the flavour profile.
M: Medium carbonation that's a tad dry, but less dry than a normal IPA.
O: A supremely drinkable DIPA that sets the bar for Eastern Canadian craft brewing.

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Photo of sdm9465
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BRYeleJR
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Electros
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coronaeus
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle.

Deep amber with minimal head dissipating very quickly. Piney aroma with a slight dankness. Malty thickness on the tongue. Pine, generic citrus and distant ready notes. The bitterness hits hard, but is pleasant. Substantial body. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mousel
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaPan
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thedannypink
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased from NSLC in 650mL bottle. Took out of fridge for 15-20 mins before tasting.

Not a pretty ale, pours a slightly murky brown/bronze with subtle red hue. Very light, not quite soapy head that goes away in a couple minutes. Smell is pleasantly fruity, less floral than other double IPAs I've had. Bomb of flavor and as expected, bitter, but becomes less harsh as it warms. Leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste on the tongue. Dry mouth feel. I enjoyed it, and will be trying it again.

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Photo of souvenirs
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So there IS good beer in this province! Took me long enough to find it.

A: On the darker side for an IPA. Amber, a bit cloudy. Good retention.
S/T: Hoppy, as promised, well backed up by malts. More floral than fruity.
F: A little on the heavier side.

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Photo of -Rick
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gingerbread
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TravitoJones45
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Molson2000
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Vicar's Cross is initially a very handsome beer - deep tawny amber, with a dim complexion but subtle highlights and a frothy, bubbly beige head - but all that becomes entirely spoiled by the last few ounces of the bottle, which transform the stylish liquid into some kind of sludgy brown gravy.

It's not uncommon for 9%, 90 IBU Double IPAs from the United States to drink as if they were 5%, 50 IBU. That's because hops don't fill you up - malt does. Bitterness can be off-putting, but never bloating. The secret to American Double IPAs is that they don't use as much - certainly not as dark - maltiness and so they don't need to overdose on the bittering hops to compensate.

My biggest complaint with Canadian DIPAs is that they do just that. The Vicar's Cross, however, does something very interesting: it lets malt take the lead and reserves hops for a more supplementary role. This approach makes for a different beer altogether, one that might disappoint die-hard hop-heads...

But the results are every bit as impressive and gratifying. Nuanced aromas and flavours of molasses, toasted dark bread, dried fruits and toffee are encased in a cognac-like glaze and complimented by subtle fruit peel and tree resin notes courtesy of the hops. The underlying tea-like bitterness actually serves to accentuate the sweetness of the malt, which absorbs that 8.5% alcohol whole.

Like the name suggests, The Vicar's Cross is a product of British heritage. While nowhere as explosively hoppy as its American counterparts, this DIPA instead showcases nuance, sophistication and drinkability while still offering great flavour. It's no surprise this is every Nova Scotian bartender's favourite.

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.
Clear dark amber body topped with a bubbly white head.
A well balanced DIPA that emphasizes hoppy aromas rather than high bitterness. The exceptionally appealing aroma features tropical fruits and seems rather exotic. A lot of grapefruit peel in the finish that, surprisingly, doesn't completely carry over to the aftertaste.
Very smooth, medium+ body.
Worth seeking out.

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Photo of kuhndog
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nightwing
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from 650ml bottle. Strong aroma of citrus. Hazy amber with minimal head. As expected the taste is heavy on the bitter. Medium body, oily texture, and average carbonation. Overall, it is a very nice Double IPA.

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The Vicar's Cross from Boxing Rock Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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