Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager
Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale LagerMad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager
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Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #65
Ranked #45,446
3.49 | pDev: 12.61%
Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
Ontario, Canada
Mad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale LagerMad & Noisy Brewing Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager
Notes: We have turned our brew house into a brewer’s playground with the introduction of our Craft Beer Exploration Series called Mad & Noisy Brewing, named after the two rivers that merge and flow through the village of Creemore. Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager is the first release in our ever changing series of imaginative, innovative, and delicious craft concoctions. A Czech twist on an English IPA it takes the best components of a lager and an ale and rivets them together to build a beer much greater than the sum of its parts.

60 IBU
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polloenfuego from Canada

3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pour is nice, orange gold with a nice two fingers of head. Head has good retention, and on break leaves a nice cap and collar with quite good lacing.

Smell is crackery malts and some thin hops. After it warms a little, some caramel malt comes through, but really, it's a little dull.

Taste is definitely malt led. Bready and biscuity. The hops are much more present on the palate, the bitter taking away from the sweet I usually experience in a lager.

Feel is about medium weight, with medium but firm carbonation. Finish is bitter and leaves a bit of a wet feel.

I'd have to say this is a fair beer. Not something I would consider having again. The bitter from the additional hops makes the difference for this beer, were it not there the scores would be even lower.

Nov 03, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

fortunately they rebranded this one from the can pictured here, it looks a bit more grown up now, which i think really probably helps. the beer is an idea to fuse a czech pils type lager with an english pale or ipa type, and the result is somewhat less interesting than it sounds like it should be. there are more hops in this by far than any other beer i had from creemore springs, not even close, and this is without a doubt their boldest offering that i experienced from them on my trip. its copper colored, fragrantly hoppy, balanced by sweet bready english crystal malts, and has been crisped up in the finish by their house lager yeast, which to me isnt the most exciting strain in the world, but it does its job well enough here. i get more of the english grain than i need, and i think the bitterness is a little excessive, but its flavorful, which is a turn on to me among some of the more mild creemore lagers. a warming nutty middle gives it a wintery vibe which works with the season, as does a pine note in the hops. this beer is a little confused, but its something different and i found it enjoyable enough. not rushing back to find this again, but its a cool stab at something new. a more flavorful lager yeast would make this more compelling...

Feb 10, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I brought a can of this back from Hamilton, ON last January whilst in Canada for my son's hockey tournament. It poured a slightly hazy amber with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had hints of bitter pine. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink....somewhat English leaning. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a good beer.

Jun 04, 2017
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portwood from Canada

2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Smell: orange peel, caramel, floral hops.
Taste: thin mouth feel, low carbonation.
Finish: bitter dry, mild pine note, astringent.
Seems unbalanced - bitter without much citrus.
(can code D131616:01)

Jun 05, 2016
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada

3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hazy dark gold color with moderate activity. Creamy beige 3 finger island head, lasting around 10 minutes, with good leggings. Flavors of biscuits, caramel, orange, pineapple, lemon, roasted grains, herbal spices. Sugary yet overwhelmed by bitterness. Oily, almost full body, with moderate carbonation. Strong strength finish, lingering astringent grassy and piney hops, with caramel and tropical fruits. Feels more like an IPA. The smell is faint and the taste is decent, but nothing amazing. Okay freshness, but a little dull. A little too strong for the lack of flavors. Overall the quality is pretty average for this craft.

Apr 12, 2016
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dipso123 from Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap.
Hazy short-lived head
Small hop aroma
Rough bitterness lingers with a bit of unpleasant citrus rind flavor.

"A Czech twist on an English IPA it takes the best components of a lager and an ale and rivets them together to build a beer much greater than the sum of its parts."

I found the very opposite of this to be true.

Mar 08, 2016
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mylespetro from Canada

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange/amber colour, one finger of slightly off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly with a little bit of lacing
S - Mild hops, orange peel/citrus, malt
T - Hops, citrus, grapefruit, malt, a little brassy(?)
M - Bright carbonation, leaves the mouth a tad dry
O - A good IPL, very drinkable but nothing to write home about

Feb 21, 2016
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CanadianBacon from Canada

3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - This beer poured a very hazy Amber redish color with 2 fingers head which fade to a foamy film which covers the top.

Aroma - Pine hops, orange peel a slight grapefruit smell, a strong caramel malt backbone,

Taste - Piney hops, orange peel, some grapefruit a very strong Caramel backbone very similar to the smell, also have that lager crispness, almost a spring water flavor.

Feel - closer to light , light medium body, in between an AAJ and an IPA smooth and easy drinking for a more bitter beer.

Overall - I wasn't drinking craft so I can't say whether or not Molson has changed the recipe's that Creemore Springs came up with, As Lagers go this is one of the better I have Tried, Easy drinking with more than enough flavor I don't know what stopped me from trying it sooner.

Feb 11, 2016
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Does not tie together for me. Overly harsh unbalanced (mineral?) bitterness. Nothing wrong with it aside from a sulfury aroma note, but I could be wrong there.

May 20, 2015
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Haydn-Juby from Vermont

3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: A cloudy amber color. One finger of off white head. Lacing is good.

S: A a fair bit of sulfur and baker's yeast. A bit of citrus. Caramel malt, a bit bready.

T: Pretty malt dominated although a bit a citrus shows its head too. Caramel and cereal notes are at the forefront. I get grapefruit, a bit of grassiness, and just the slightest hint of orange. Bitterness is far less powerful than I would expect 60ibus to be; actually a bit sweet. I don't get the 'chocolate' advertised on the can. A Pretty easily quaff.

F: Nice Medium body. Retains the easy drinking quality of a nice cold aged lager.

O: A pretty good beer. I don't know if I would label it as extremely hoppy, it's more like a decently hoppy amber lager. Still nice but nothing I would really care to drink again, and it's passable in the grander scheme of things.

Apr 07, 2015
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Logan12321 from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a light head around 1", stays for about 30sec. Not a whole lot of carbonation. First smell gives off a slight fruit and hoppy aroma. Tasting has a crisp beginning and a bit of that hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Jan 11, 2015
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DoBeerDoBeerDo from Canada

3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little too strong on the malt and weak on the hops for my liking, unfortunately in this case it subdues the fruitiness/citrus ambiance that one expects from an India Pale beer and displaces it with a touch of sourness. A difficult beer to get ones palate around, 5.3% a touch on the light side for an India Pale beer.

Jan 08, 2015
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kevofficiel from Canada

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Indian Pale Lager

So the look of it: golden colour with a finger of head. Bold colour also.

The smell of it: You have that Indian Pale Ale with a touch of lager on it.

The taste of it. Very powerful. A both combination of Indian Pale Ale and a larger. A bit too strong on the after taste I will say but a very easy drinking beer

So overall would I recommend ? Yes, if you like Indian Pale Ale and Lager this beer is for u !

Dec 22, 2014
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NedShakeshaft from Canada

3.7/5  rDev +6%

This purchase was largely the result of walking into the Beer Store at three minutes before close. "Hops" and Bolts? Bright red, funky label? Brewery I'd never heard of? Sold.

Turns out this is a Creemore creation. I assume the reason they chose to market it as "Mad and Noisy" and not as part of their own label series is revealed in paragraph one, and good on them, I suppose.

Poured into a pint glass, the beer came out an unfiltered, ruddy brown. The head was an eggy white and dissipated quickly, leaving only a faint rim that stuck around for the duration.

Smell was equal parts citrusy hop and toffee malt with some earthy character beneath. The earthiness came through more in the taste, but complimented, rather than overpowered, the sweet, biscuity malts and grapefruity hops. It had the feel and easy quaff of an English Ale, like a citrusy London Pride. Nothing challenging here, but it works well together.

With its 5.3% ABV and moderate hop profile, this isn't an "India Pale" anything, but it's enjoyable. I'd be content to take the full eight pack to relax with at a cottage, or enjoy it at a family gathering alongside some barbecued pulled pork.

Aug 18, 2014
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EvanHarper from Canada

3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light amber, slightly hazy with an impressive rocky head. Few bubbles in evidence, looks lightly carbonated.

Aroma is all hops, with a compex and atypical hop combination that I can't even begin to identify. "Tropical" is the best I can come up with - can hops smell like banana? There also might be a leafy noble hop base under the fireworks, if I squint and imagine.

Herbal hoppy bitterness leads, backed with a rich malt sweetness until the tropical blast takes over. The taste comes in three distinct phases, starting with a relatively tame sweetness + noble hops combination, moving into a tropical hop burst, and finishing dry, toasty, and quite bitter. Really unique hop combination, with enough malt complexity to keep it on an even keel while remaining dry and lagerish. Hard to say, but there may be a trace of the estery, Continental yeast flavour that distinguishes the more conventional Creemore brews.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, carbonation more towards the English than American IPA levels, and quite light indeed for a lager. Honestly, I wouldn't have known this beer was bottom-fermented without reading the packaging.

May 26, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Clear slightly unfiltered amber in colour with little carbonation, huge 4 finger light tan head that leaves chunky lacing. Fairly good head retention.

S: Light orange peel and citrus notes, medium roasted malt quality, a little pine and spruce, pineapple, a little sweet fruity quality almost like a pot pourri.

T: Starts with the medium amber like roasted quality then the orange peel, spruce, pineapple, fragrant perfume like qualities come in. Finally it finishes with a long dull hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium bready resinous body with medium low carbonation.

O: Complex and keeps me wanting to drink more. Great can.

May 03, 2014
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The lightly hazy golden amber colored beer is served in a nonic pint glass with a 1/4" ivory head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

The aromas include some citric zest, a nice light malt character and a slightly earthy hop note.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some malt sweetness, some citric zest and an earthy bitterness from the hops. As the sweetness fades so does the malt and then the citrus, leaving a lightly bitter dry earthiness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with the finely bubbled carbonation.

A reasonably well brewed beer that is not outstanding but which I could have another of during a long chat, etc.

May 02, 2014
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ChrisCage from Canada

3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Drewsy for the trade!

A- Pours a dark copper color with a two finger thick off white creamy head. The head itself doesn't dissipate at an alarming rate either which is nice to see, eventually settling into a dense layer over the brew. There appears to be a medley of thin wisps of bubbly rising to the top of my beer mug, suggesting a mild mannered fizz factor. Lacing isn't exactly the greatest however, only leaving behind small curled patches of foam on the mug. Overall a decent looking beer!

S- The aromas are typical for an IP'L' style beer, and are not overwhelming, but definitely noticeable. First and foremost is the aromas of fresh hop cones....bitter, leafy and Earthy. There are also hints of caramel sweetness lingering in the background, offering some balancing qualities. The finish does contain a tart citrus note....somewhat lemon, somewhat grapefruit.

T- This is where the IP style really comes out hitting! Reasonably bitter hop flavors that hit the back of the palate in particular with fury. Just as the label suggests, there is a faint hint of very dark chocolate, with the fruitiness of the cocoa bean noted. Citrus flavors are also detectable, again, with hints of grapefruit and/or lemon rind. The finish is very bitter and leafy as well, and the flavor lingers on the palate right up to the next sip. The unfiltered nature of this beer also allows for a slightly yeasty/biscuit flavor that maintains throughout the drink.

M- This is a solid medium bodied beer, and the carbonation is in fact mild and smooth, allowing the full range of flavors to stick to the fact, I'd say this is somewhat of an oily beer, but not in a slimy kind of way....just the beer glides around the mouth very easily and sticks around for sometime afterwards.

O- I'm still not the biggest fan of Imperial Pale Ales, and now Lagers...this is done very well for a non ale! With that said, I actually enjoyed drinking this one, and could see myself enjoying this again in the future! It's full flavored, smooth and carries some solid looks and smells. I recommend this one and say that Creemore Springs continues to do solid work!

Apr 28, 2014
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DaveBar from Canada

3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO 473ml can for just under $3.00. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass.

A- Excellent! Opens very well with a nice 1" head tapering to a film quickly

S- Not the most hops but hops are there that's for sure.

T- Excellent! Enjoying this lighter IPL very much. Nice carbonation. All an IPA can be with less hops really.

M- Excellent! Enjoying the bite with creaminess.

O- Very good. Looking forward to trying this on tap one day. Will buy again as something different. Not a lot but again.

Food Pairing

This nice light IPL went well with... Spicy tuna


Apr 12, 2014
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MAB from Canada

3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of the better lagers that I've enjoyed in the past year, although an India Pale Lager is not a style that i've ever heard of before now.

It was a lot darker-- deep amber-- than I was expecting and despite the "60 IBU" stamp on the label, I thought it was more bitter than it was going to be, too.

I have to say that it was a fine effort, although I still prefer my west coast IPAs to this Eastern IPL.

Dec 01, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light amber/orangey color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light citrus hops notes with light dry crisp malt notes. Taste is also dominated by dry and subtle citrus hops with some light dry and crisp malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. A bit light on the hops side for my taste but well brewed nonetheless.

Nov 07, 2013
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada

3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange with a big, foamy cap that drapes the glass in lace. Citrusy and herbal hop notes and wet grains in the nose. Bready maltiness with a tad of astringency up front with the hoppiness quickly following suit in the first sip. some grapefruit and woodiness in the hop profile, and a good amount of somewhat coarse bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

A good lager, but a bit of an astringent off flavor (perhaps a wierd form of hop bitternesss?) that doesn't ruin the beer but detracts. Still worth a try.

Oct 31, 2013
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beerluvr from Canada

3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber colour, very slight cloudiness. Nice restrained carbonation, off white hued head. Sharp hoppiness at first whiff then a lager-like malt note. Flowery and bitter right out of the gate upon first sip, more "ale-ish" than I expected, some malt sweetness backing it up but mostly hop bitters. Thin mouthfeel doesn't detract. Finishes long and hoppy...if you like the more bitter lagers or a milder IPA then this is up your alley. A nice surprise as I wasn't expecting too much from this.

Oct 21, 2013
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can picked up from LCBO. Didn't realize this was a Creemore offshoot.

Appearance - can poured into pint glass Nice slightly hazy golden / copper / orange color than IPA's only ever seem to have.. Nice 1.5 fingers of head but low retention time. Good soapy collar left around the top of the beer and a bit of wispy cream on top. Very nice looking beer.

Smell - Surprisingly subdued hops, but also some malt is quite present. Reminiscent of a strong bitter molasses if that makes any sense. A certain dry roasted feature is observable in the nose as is plentiful grapefruit and lemon. Somehow it doesn't work as well together as has been described here.

Taste - Hops shine through, but malts are again very present/ When beer is just out of fridge they don't work that well together, but as the beers warms (say 20 minutes) this improves significantly. There is definitely a dry roasted quality in the hops that is palpable here in the beer. Very biter aftertaste that seems strange after a perceived medium dose of pure floral hops while drinking.Piney notes and grapefruit again are present.

Mouthfeel - Very dry finish, quite astringent.. Never really got the puckery citrus flavor most hoppy Pale Ales.

Overall - An interesting effort at something different combining strong malt presence with a very hoppy lager, but for part, it just doesn't do it for me. By no means a bad beer just would rather have a number of other beers before choosing this one.

Oct 10, 2013
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IdeaSpeeder from Canada

3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Cloudy orange/copper...quite striking for the style. On top sits 2 fingers of slightly off white head which dissipates quickly. A good amount of lacing is left behind.

Smell - Caramel malt bits and a good deal of grapefruity-citrus. Otherwise quite grainy.

Taste - Not sure what to make of this. It's pretty bitter for a lager (but maybe not for an 'India Pale' Lager?). Grains and sweet malts up front, followed by light citrus and sweet malts. There is a lingering bitterness towards the end, along with more grain.

Mouthfeel - Hevay enough body for the style. Carbonation is quite hight. Finish is a bit wonky really...a little coarse and very unpleasantly dry.

Oct 01, 2013
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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 176 ratings