Rickard's India Pale Ale | Molson Coors Canada

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Rickard's India Pale AleRickard's India Pale Ale
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Rickard's India Pale AleRickard's India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of Shpud
2.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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2.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mrskunk
2/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
1.52/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap @ the ACC.

A - Poured light to medium yellow with a small amount of white head.

S - Some bready malts and no discernible hop profile at all. My skepticism seems to be coming true.

T - Slightly sweet bready malts and the faintest touch of floral flavours are present. There is no bitterness whosoever and if I wasn't looking for some resemblance of hops, I probably wouldn't have spotted the light floral flavour. Very disappointing.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation. No hop oils. A good mouth feel for an adjunct lager.

O - Very disappointing. This seems to be a knock off of Alexander Keith's IPA, not brewed to the style but brewed to try to capture some of the market that Keith's has created in Canada with the "IPA" style. At least Rickard's version of an "IPA" has some flavour to it, but there doesn't even remotely resemble an IPA and is being graded accordingly.

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Photo of Pencible
3/5  rDev +28.8%

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2.5/5  rDev +7.3%

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3/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of biegaman
2.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Real Sports Bar and Grill, in Toronto.

I have my doubts that Rickard's India Pale Ale will be much of an IPA at all, but the appearance doesn't really weigh in one way or another. It is a clear, slightly tarnished golden beer that, while a little light for the style, is at least relatively deeper than a typical Molson offering. Furthermore, its head is thick, resilient and, above all, very messy.

The aroma is predictably displeasing, not only because it lacks the hop character it should have but also because it simply smells, well, somewhat off-putting. I note cardboard-y malts, cereal grist and a faint floral quality that seems to be barricaded behind a strong metallic tinge. It's odd enough that, out of curiosity, I kept dipping my nose back in.

This is not a bad tasting beer, per se, but it's definitely not up to par for the style. (Nor is it really even on style! I'm unconvinced this isn't Rickard's Pale under a different name.) The flavour of cereal grist is fortunately void of chemical or much corn taste, and is even accompanied by a pleasant and soft floral hoppiness. Still, it's bland and emasculated; because I can actually finish the pint I can't flunk it too bad, although I'd definitely like to.

That scarcely perceptible hoppiness turns to dust the very moment the sip concludes; Molson obviously didn't want any bitterness lingering (in an IPA? God forbid!). While that makes the whole thing pretty fruitless for someone like me, it maintains the beer's intended mainstream appeal. If you're not part of that demographic, you'll find it a fruitless beer too.

There is a trace of character that might distinguish this as a (poorly done) IPA in the modern English fashion, but otherwise this is surely one of the most unrewarding, substandard IPAs on the market, despite that it is, in other terms, a fairly satisfactory, average offering considering the brewery producing it (which isn't saying much, mind you).

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Photo of TerryW
2.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another dud bearing the Rickards name. I almost feel like I'm being cornered into copying and pasting my earlier reviews of this product line. Same bland stuff, just a different label.

Pale yellow under a very short head. None of the hoppiness or grain that you might expect from a proper IPA, so this really just boils stealing the name of the style (again).

Thin, uninspired, dull. Not an IPA. Inoffensive enough to serve to any one, but not a real beer experience.

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Photo of EatsTacos
2.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is an IPA? Call it something else and I'd review it higher. Poured a copper tan with a beige head.
Aroma was very weak and I could only faintly detect some hops in there. The first thing I noticed in the taste was a sweet caramel malt. There is definately some hop bitterness but not enough for this style. Not much of an aftertaste and overcabonated like many Rickard's beers are if you ask me.

Looks like Rickard's is trying to do what Alexander Keith's is doing and sell some very unimpressive IPA that are really nothing of the sort. Too bad

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Photo of ChrisCage
2.61/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light straw color that was very clear with a pronounced bubbly appearance. I was quite surprised with the thick foamy head after the hard pour...it actually lasted about 3 minutes before all but completely disappearing. Not a very impressionable beer based on looks.

S- Grainy and not much else. Even the potency of the aroma is lackluster. Not a very impressive smell.

T- Again, this tastes almost like it smells, only slightly better. Not much of an IPA, very little hop presence...and actually kinda sweet considering. The flavor is weak...reminds me of an American light beer like Coors, only with a bit more flavor

M- Quite watery with lots of carbonation. I let this one sit for a bit and it smooths out decently, but other than it doesn't have much complexity in this department.

D- If you want something on a hot summer day, this will quench your thirst, only if ice cold. Other than this offering, even though I'd drink this again if it was the only choice, I don't think I'd be recommending this one to anybody.

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2.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

HAHAHAHAHA. Seriously. That's how you'll feel too. Pours a straw, macro-lager color. Looks like crap. No real head or lacing. Smell is all grain and malt, but very mild, to the point of being non-existent. Very cool, clean flavor. Like the smell, very mild. Absolutely no hop flavor, at all. This is NOT and IPA, and anyone pretending it is deluding them self. Body is thin, and carbonation is too high. I got this in a tastyer - I always thougth Rickards Red was a solid lager, but they've overstepped themselves here. Just bad, overall. Hilariously enough, the bottle claims "Authentic Pub Quality." Bull.

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Photo of BDTyre
2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hmmm...this is an IPA?

I don't think so. Pour yourself a Molson Canadian and imagine it being a bit darker, a bit hoppier and there you have it!

Lager-like colour and skunky scent. Watery, lager-like taste with a bit of a hop character enough to make a pathetic attempt at being an IPA.

Oh yeah, one last thing...the ABV on my bottle is only 4.8%.

Thanks, but no thanks.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pale. A shade darker than what I'd call straw. Minimal brittle head after a hard pour.

S - Big macro aroma. Faint apple and sweetness.

T - Grainy. Minimal bitterness. Macro flavour(lessness).

M - Stinging carbonation w/ light body.

D - Maybe in the macro category, it would rate quite well, but doesn't hold a candle to a decent IPA.

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Photo of Dithyramb
1.36/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is absolutely the worst IPA I have ever drank. If you are reading this prior to having one yourself, please pour it over your plants and thank me. I purchased the bottle yesterday while trapped in the international gate at Toronto airport thinking that it was a local microbrew surviving in the field of Molson. They slapped a fancy label on a bad lager. Fizzy yellow, no hops to speak of, over carbonated swill. It was a labor to finish one. It took so long to order from the clueless folks behind the counter that I kept it anyway. Buyer beware, this is not an IPA and not worth your time. Especially at $6.50 CAN at the airport.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.17/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

So it's come to this. The final entry from the Rickard's Taster 12-pack - Rickard's India Pale Ale, advertised as "refereshingly distinctive..." with "a lively character and a crisp, clean finish." My last experience with Rickard's IPA was, as I recall, a largely neutral one, but let's examine more closely.

Pours into my pint glass a very translucent straw yellow, with an initial 1/4 inch of head that dies to little more than a weak lacing within ten to twelve seconds; it does not look particularly appealing at all - at least the Red and Honey Brown were pleasant to look at.

The aroma is slightly sweet, with only hops on the nose. Virtually nothing else is distinguishable here (and even the hops seem a little on the weak side for an India Pale Ale). Largely neutral and unimpressive.

Taste is nice, but reflects little in the way of complexity or even a representativeness of the IPA style. The hops are certainly more dominant here than malts, but not by nearly enough to reflect a true example of the style. Taste is initially slightly malty, with the hops becoming detectable at about the midway point. It's only slightly bitter, and leaves an ever so slightly adjunct-y aftertaste that damanges what would otherwise be a good tasting (albeit it unrepresentative of its style) beer.

Mouthfell is weak. Body is too thin and this is the most overcarbonated of the Rickard's bunch. I will admit, however, that this stuff, like the bottle boasts, is actually rather crisp and refreshing; and for that it scores high on drinkability. The only problem is, there are dozens of cheaper brews out there that are just as crisp and refreshing.

It's obvious that Rickard's IPA is an attempt to steal some business from Alexander Keith's IPA - a brew that is similarly unrepresentative of the IPA style, but still wildly popular. I can't imagine them succeeding (I'd rather drink Keith's than this, I'll begrudgingly admit; plus the new Sleeman India Pale Ale actually has some marginal reason for which to actually call itself an IPA).

Rickard's India Pale Ale is not an IPA. I can't see this brew as anything other than a lager, and for that, it loses many points.

That said, tastewise, at least, Rickard's IPA isn't bad. Drop the pretense of being a beer style it's not and drop the price a couple bucks and you'd have a solid - if unspectacular - entry in the lager category.

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Photo of Barraclou
3.11/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It is a dark golden ("morning piss") yellow ale with lots of white foam.

Smell: Hops is what you smell first of all. After that smell, you discover some others aromas, but they're too weak to recognize them for sure.

Taste: Lots of sweetness and malt bitterness. Very clean flavour and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It is not too thin, but not much else to say about it.

Drinkability: It is not as bad as others reviewers wrote. I agree is not the best beer brewed under Rickard's name, but it is still ok. Ok, that's too sweet, but there's so many worst beers on the market.
P.S. I also searched for born on / expiration date / code and I found out nothing on the bottle or its label.

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Photo of DrJay
2.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks pretty good. Very clear golden yellow colour topped by a dense white head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma is just basic sweetness with faint earthy hop notes. Grainy sweetness dominates the flavour with a mild bitterness hiding underneath. Finishes sweet with some dryness on the palate. Overall the flavour is on the weak side. Very light body, definitely on the thin side, with a slightly slick mouthfeel. If you're looking for a good example of an IPA, this isn't it. I suppose it might be okay on a hot summer day, but I'd opt for a glass of water.

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Photo of pootz
2.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale gold...not a bad head and lacing....medium carbonation....not the nose one would expect from an IPA...it lacks any substantial floral bouquet...all we have here is near cloying sweetness and some DMS...weak mouthfeel...unbalanced...lacks the hopping...overly sweet with a sweet finish...horrible. Leave it on the shelf

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Photo of BigBry
2.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

One of three selections in the Rickard's tasters pack. Label says its an India Pale Ale. Clear blonde color, little foam that disappeared to nothing. Light tasting, low bitterness or hop, really nothing that makes it distinguishable. I had to check the label again and yes it is supposed to be an IPA. OK as a macro-type ale, but not as an IPA.

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Photo of canadianbarman
2.83/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

--Regular brown 341 ml bottle, no freshness date found
--poured a light, golden straw like in color
--nice head that lasted a few seconds, very minor lacing

This was a hard beer to judge as it really did not taste like an IPA. If I didn't look at the label it was a not bad, slightly better than average beer. But as an IPA it fails miserably.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.68/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a blonde color ale with very small head and no carbonation. Carbonation is quite weak and body is very thin. Aroma is also quite weak with a bit of floral malt and not much else. Taste is watery with subtle floral malt and very little else is going on here. Not as bad as totally lacking character.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.27/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I thought it was a pale ale, til I noticed the word "India" to the left. If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't have noticed a difference. This IPA poured a a light, autumn leaf colour. Kinda pleasant. But no head whatsoever. A bit of foam rised up, then left like a rat in a snake cavern. Lacing is nonexistent, as their is nothing to get lace from. Smelled alright. Hops are dominant, which doesn't say much. It's a weak smelling beer. I can barely detect malt. Then again, I barely detected the hops. Taste is pathetic. Definitely not an IPA. Where is the bitterness, the bite, the sensation your mouth just got a surprise attack from some hoppy battalion? Instead, I get this dull hop presence. It's like the hops are hiding in the corner, waving at passerby's but not showing any effort. Their is a bit of a cloying sweetness. Is it an adjunct? Might be, though I'm unsure. Mouthfeel was a little crisp, given the pathetic strength of this IPA. After having the honeybrown from Rickard's, this was a disappointment.

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Rickard's India Pale Ale from Molson Coors Canada
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