The Vicar's Cross | Boxing Rock Brewing Co.

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The Vicar's CrossThe Vicar's Cross

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ludachris on 10-07-2013

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a light foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of caramel malt with light earthy and musky hops is more or less pleasant. Taste is also dominated by caramel malt notes with dry earthy and musky hops that falls flat with some bitter notes in the aftertaste. Body is full with low to average carbonation. Ended up in the drain as the malt bill is too powerful and doesn’t allow for the hops to really shine.

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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 johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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 deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaPan
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Molson2000
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer but more of an English IPA than a DIPA. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium size white head. Good head retention and thick rings of lacing on the pint glass. Aroma is slightly sweet bready malt and mild floral hops. Flavor is more of the same but there is a good strong bitter presence. Mouthfeel is crisp, nicely balanced between malt and hops, with good bitterness. No hint of the 8.5% abv. This is the last of the Nova Scotia beers that I brought home and once again it is ten times better than the ubiquitous Alexander Keith that is served everywhere. This is a well crafted and tasty beer.

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Photo of byronic
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Electros
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Coronaeus
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DaveBar
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

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


Food Pairing

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


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Photo of BRYeleJR
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of -Rick
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of souvenirs
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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 lgmol
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of dfecteau
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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The Vicar's Cross from Boxing Rock Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 46 ratings