Hickson IPA
Brasserie Les 2 Frères

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IPA - American
Ranked #3,930
Ranked #24,334
3.86 | pDev: 11.4%
Brasserie Les 2 Frères
Quebec, Canada
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Ritz Carlton Montreal with friends.
A) Clear, dark golden body throws a large white head that lasts and laces.
S) Malt focused, with citrus and pine and yeast.
T) As the smell, ample, classic, pine, lemon rind, yeast, orange rind.
F) Lush feel, good weight, righteous on tongue.
O) Sturdy IPA I could enjoy much more of.

May 31, 2018
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a light amber with three fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - Bready caramel malts, citrus hops, tropical fruits, hint of grapefruit peel, yeast.

Taste - Bready caramel malts followed up by the citrus hops and grapefruit peel.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

Overall - A nice rendition of the style. The hops are present, however I was hoping for a touch more hop aroma and bitterness. A pretty sessionable IPA.

Jun 27, 2016
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a lovely hazy orange with three hefty fingers of dense head that leaves storm cloud lace as it very slowly recedes.

Smells of sliced lime and grapefruit, under-ripe melon and pineapple, soft caramel, cut flowers and mild pine resin.

Taste didn't leave me moaning with pleasure like the nose did, but still really tasty. Grapefruit and lime pith, tropical fruit salad, more mild caramel malt and more classy pine bitterness.

Feels creamy and fluffy. Medium-light bodied with smooth, frothy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Wasn't expecting to be amazed by this one, but here I am.

Jun 03, 2016
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Rukeli76 from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint from a 500ml bottle picked up at the Beer Store here in Toronto.

Pours a hazy golden pale ale colour. Billowing, foamy two inches of head. Lots of lacing.

Spicy Belgian yeast is the dominant aroma. Lots of fruity hops, too: I'm picking up peach, pineapple, apricot, citrus.

This tastes like a world-class Belgian IPA (and I think it should be reclassified as such). The clove and barnyard Belgian yeast esters are beautifully balanced with restrained fruity hops and not-too-sweet bready-tasting malt.

Active carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. There's a lingering spicy yeast aftertaste.

Judged as an American IPA this likely isn't hopped aggressively enough. Lots of the reviews here seem to reflect this. But this quite obviously isn't an American IPA -- it's a Belgian IPA, and judged by that standard I have to say it's a commendable rendition of the style.

May 08, 2016
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Chris_r2112 from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This IPA looks fantastic. It pours a nice creamy head with about 2 fingers of foam, which has persisted throughout the fifteen minutes or so that I have been drinking it (though it has reduced to about one finger). The beer itself is a pale orange, and is relatively cloudy.

Aroma: light citrus hops. Bit of grapefruit, bit of orange. Relatively pleasant.

Taste: good, but not as robust as I was expecting. Mildly hoppy with hints of orange and grapefruit, a small hint of breadiness on the back end. Good, but again nothing too special.

Feel: this beer is unexpectedly creamy for an IPA. Very pleasant feel in the mouth. medium bodied.

Hickson IPA is best described as pleasant, and not atypical to the style. Seasoned IPA drinkers will enjoy it, but will likely not find anything too unique about it. Overall, I recommend it and I will likely buy it again.

Cheers .

Jan 06, 2016
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cheers Sammy for sending another hoppy freshie. Too bad I've been working lika a madman over the last week and couldn't enjoy it until now.

Pours gold with a haze and two fingers of frothy head. Very floral hops on the nose, some grainy pale malts with a little sweetness. Flavour is floral hops, a touch of citrus, grainy malts that are a bit spicy, maybe some rye.

Not bad, just a little rough around the edges. Thanks, Sammy!

Nov 25, 2015
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CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured out of a very neat looking slim 500 ml bottle into a snifter, pours almost a clear gold color with 2 fingers white head that resides extremely quickly leaving a thin film across the top.

Aroma - earthy floral hops, grapefruit, and some fresh white bread.

Taste - again the earthy floral hops come to the front, followed by some grapefruit and orange peel and some breadyness in the background.

Feel - this beer has a medium light creamy body the carbonation is light and easy.

Overall - This is an interesting IPA the citrus and earthy hops are well pronounced but are not as strong as other american style IPAs ive tried. It feels more a hybrid between british and american ipas. Definitely try this one if you can.

Feel -

Nov 08, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looking at it, Hickson IPA could pass for chamomile tea. (One could possibly say the same from smelling or tasting it, but we'll get to that in a moment.) This clear, daisy-yellow beer has a honeyed glow and not enough foam to really call a 'head'. It looks very light. Pinkies up!

IPAs can be as good as the number of 'C hops' they contain. This one uses four and the combo of Citra, Cascade, Chinook and Centennial is one that rarely ever disappoints. This has herbal, fruity, as well as floral aromas. But there's more in there than just hops - yeast is a factor too. I'd peg it a Belgian IPA.

It's a fairly loaded yeast, one with high-octane zest and and a tongue-singing spice. Think Duvel and you're in the right ballpark. Hickson has a similar 'lemongrass and peppercorn' profile, albeit it also has plenty of actual lemon flavour (not to mention pineapple and pink grapefruit). It's almost Saison-ish...

Dry, earthy, super spicy and evidently containing alcohol - yup, it fits the description. Or at least it would if not for the borderline pungent hoppiness. When all the phenols and booze settle what's left standing is a candied citrus flavour that gradually gives way to a soft, soothing, herb-infused note of chamomile.

Like many craft consumers I probably drink IPAs more than any other style. And, frankly, they can get redundant. Hickson IPA, however, breaks the mold while still delivering all the qualities one expects; it has an old-world, Belgian-y twang that is customary from Quebec brewers. It's an easy one to enjoy.

Oct 09, 2015
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VbolieuV from Canada (QC)

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with some carbonation and a one-inch bubbly head. Floral hops smell, almost nothing from the malt. Decent hop flavor and bitterness, nothing incredible but a good IPA nonetheless.

Aug 22, 2015
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Haydn-Juby from Vermont

3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Clear. A very pale orange/ golden color. The one finger of head stayed around quiet a bit.

S: A bit hoppy: earthy, slightly citrusy. Some bready malt.

T: A well balanced IPA that leans more towards being a pale ale. It's not overly hoppy. The hops comethough as the traditional grapefruit/citrus zesting. There's some kind of earthy note that I sometimes get in IPA's that I can't quiet pin - perhaps it's from the Chinook. Malt is bready and it's definitely not cloying.

F: Dry with a good carbonation level. Medium bodied.]

O: More like a dressed up pale ale than a IPA in terms of drinkability but it's still a pretty nice beer.

Jul 15, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, an apparent ode to the (fraternal?) proprietors' trip to a brewpub in England over a decade ago. Made with Citra, Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial - almost all the big Cs!

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splendid webbed desert bush lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of rather robust floral, citrusy, dank piney, and tropical fruit evocative hops, a grainy caramel malt sweetness, prominent flinty hard water notes, kind of musty yeast, and a twinge of astringent alcohol. The taste is bready, grainy caramel malt, a still heady pine needle, white grapefruit and orange pith citrus, and bitter floral hoppiness, some waning wet stone chalkiness, and a particularity pleasant, if a bit fresh, booziness.

The carbonation is nice and fluffy in its well-rounded frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and actually mostly smooth, all that big American hoppiness showing some old-fashioned, down-home courtesy, it would seem. It finishes well off-dry, the varied fruitiness of the hops, still attached at the hip to the steady caramel malt, ruling the day.

An interesting version of the style, as it clearly has American aspirations, but is mired (in a good way) in the English tradition, what with the strong floral component, and the mild, wishy-washy maltiness. At any rate, this is quite good, and a pleasure to put back - belated thanks to M. Hickson for teaching these Quebecois boys a thing or two.

Jun 09, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of citrus and earthy hops is enjoyable enough. Taste is also dominated by citrus and earthy hops with some bitterness noticeable. Malt profile is slightly sweet but nothing to overshadow the hops profile. Well brewed but doesn’t’ necessarily stand out from the pack of IPA out there.

Dec 31, 2014
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%


Pours a crystal clear pale copper with a creamy two fingers of perfect tan head that sticks around for quite a while before descending to a fat, uneven coat. Okay retention; some spotty lacing. (3.75)

Tropical fruits. Under ripe papaya, citrus rind, earth, clean malt odors. (3.75)

Dry and bitter. Dark and bready with a rising almost acrid bitterness that kind of settles in the back of my throat. (3.75)

Easy drinking, dry, thin to medium body, great carbonation, smooth finish, lingering hop resin tinge. (4)

Pretty damn decent IPA.
I was certainly not expecting much of anything from this beer. I wasn't even planning on buying it (no date, brewery I've never really heard of, usual quality of QC IPAs, etc.). But it had a really nice-looking label and I had never seen it before, so here we are...
I have to say it is actually a pretty solid beer. Certainly nothing above and beyond, but definitely a good all-around straightforward English-American IPA. Despite the lack of date I have the feeling it was pretty fresh. Maybe not, but it definitely had not been ravaged by age.
Would have again; worth a shot. (3.75)

Sep 11, 2014
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