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Curly Horse IPA | Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square

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Curly Horse IPACurly Horse IPA

Brewed by:
Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square
Alberta, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
55 IBU

Added by biboergosum on 04-21-2011

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 10
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20oz pint at the Edmonton Oliver location, the latest addition to Brewsters' full-time offerings. Dry hopped twice - once in the fermentation vessel and again in the maturation tank, according to the brewery, and coming in at 55 IBU. A different beer than their previous seasonal IPA, which, even by their own admission, was much more British in style. USA! USA! USA!

This beer appears a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with one flabby finger of somewhat puffy, foamy, and fairly creamy off-white head, which settles evenly, leaving a wall of striated painted lace around the glass - sure looks like a proper IPA to me.

It smells of grapefruit and bitter orange citrus, pine needles, biscuity caramel malt, and a further herbal, leafy, and kind of perfumed bitterness. The taste starts out leaning more towards the caramel/toffee malt, until the lemon and orange citrus peel and dewy pine resin acridity quickly catches up, all underpinned by a twinge of estery alcohol warming.

The carbonation is moderate, and mostly unobtrusive (hey I did burp putting the second pint back a lot more quickly, for what it's worth), the body a solid middleweight, borderline smooth, and maybe a bit sticky. It finishes fairly clean, with a blend of the now usual suspects - semi-sweet malt and bitter piney, floral hops.

I have oft bemoaned our lack of the simple pleasure that all cities in the U.S., and a few others in Canada, afford their hop-minded denizens: the ability to walk into one's local brewpub, and call for a pint of a real American IPA (and perhaps another and another). Now, finally, Brewsters has come through - a well balanced West Coast IPA - multifaceted, challenging hops, and a decent malt backbone. And at 3 bucks a shaker on Wednesdays, downtown Edmonton has seemingly arrived. Hallelujah!

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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a clear copper with half a finger of loose, foamy off-white head that leaves skeleton grin lace as it recedes.

Smells of grapefruit and orange rind, caramel malt and piney hops.

Tastes of mildly sweet breakfast biscuit malt, more bright citrus rind and sticky pine sap.

Feels fuzzy and frothy. Medium-light bodied with sturdy carbonation. Finishes mildly dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Could drink a great deal of this.

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Photo of hoser
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Guess I should review this as I bought a keg for a house party. Having my second one today and helping clear out the left overs. A very nice IPA with some great late dry hopping. Could I drink more of these oh da hell ya. Nice job Brewster's

Guess I should review this as I bought a keg for a house party. Having my second one today and helping clear out the left overs. A very nice IPA with some great late dry hopping. Could I drink more of these oh da hell ya. Nice job Brewster's

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Photo of goalie35
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 7/11/11

A clear light copper with just a few bubbles and some tiny suspended particles, short lived big bubbled cream colored foam leaves lots of lace where the head existed

S lots of caramel and biscuit with a little citric rind and faint pine, big nose on this one with loads of herbal and leafy hops

T mimics the smell pretty well but has less herbal, leafy hops and its just a little toned down

M has some body but its a little flat, leaves just a little behind both in texture and flavor

O went down quickly and that says something for sure, no booze at any point and smells great

Brewsters makes decent stuff and for Six 500ml bottles for less then 20$ is a bargain, try it on tap and bring some bottles home you have little to lose.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of boszormeny
3.19/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Curly Horse IPA from Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square
4.1 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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