Bear Hug IPA
Market Brewing Company

Bear Hug IPABear Hug IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #4,844
ABV:
7%
Score:
85
Ranked #30,422
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 7.65%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
22
From:
Market Brewing Company
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Bear Hug IPABear Hug IPA
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Reviews by BigGruntyThirst:
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BigGruntyThirst from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 20, 2019
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for just over $3 CDN. This rendition advertised as 7.0% ABV.

Appearance - Hazy rich dark golden color. A finger and change of frothy and sparkling white head. Good retention and did I mention loads of haze. This looks pretty damn appealing.

Smell - Subdued nose with a lot of ripe tropical fruit. Mangoes, Bananas, Passionfruit, Melon and also some strawberries. Grapes and raisins maybe? The conglomerate is like a tropical fruit smoothie with raisins on top. Another reviewer mentioned apricot, that certainly fits in as well.

Taste - Quite malty with loads of caramel and caramel apple coming through. Raisin and overripe mango. Tropical fruits galore. Leaning towards too malty for an IPA for me, but quite drinkable. Another reviewer mentioned apricot, that certainly fits in to the flavors as well.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, ABV is hard to detect. Carbonation is medium light and finish is dry.

Overall - Bear Hug IPA is a bit too much of a malt bomb for me to enjoy simply as an American (or English style) IPA, but nonethless the tropical notes and a strong (maybe too strong) malt backbone make this pretty drinkable and fairly easy to enjoy. Worth a tipple if you can find it and / or malty IPA's are a personal favourite.

Nov 24, 2017
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ben741 from Canada (ON)

3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid IPA, nothing spectacular but nothing wrong with it either.
Would drink again.

Oct 08, 2019
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pootz from Canada (ON)

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can - pours a cloudy orange-gold ale in the glass with a 2 finger rocky cap. Aromas of mango and pine over a sturdy malt body - some musty side notes - very pungent as it warms. Good dose of of piney-apricot tastes and rich bready malts in fair balance in the front, then the finish hop bittering dominates in the long wet followup - juicy hopping, big malts - far better than I expected in another canned IPA

Oct 28, 2017
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy gold, moderate cap to a film, spotty lace. Sweet malt up front followed by orange pithiness. Noticeably boozy or medicinal on the nose and a wee bit of an alcohol burn on the palate. Drinkable, competent but ordinary. Boozier than your average IPA, more bite from the alcohol that from the hops. Noticeably orange.

Jun 30, 2018
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

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

Sep 10, 2017
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Electros from Canada (ON)

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aug 10, 2018
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO this past summer

From a 16oz can into a snifter
IPA brewed with evergreen tree needles

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, foamy white head with okay retention. Murky gamboge orange in color, opaque, with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thin wisp and clings to the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving touches of lacing falling down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Pineapple, mango, passion fruit and tangerine in there, with laces of evergreen tree needles, just as the label suggests. Decent strength.

TASTE: Pineapple, passion fruit and tangerine up front. Pine needles and evergreen trees at the swallow. Big and bold finish of bitter pine, evergreen needles, passion fruit, grapefruit and some sweet caramel notes. Flavorful.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A bit foamy on the palate, goes down okay and finishes a touch dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff. This is a well-made IPA and the evergreen character is measured nicely as well. An unassuming can that is actually really, really good. Worth checking out, especially if you’re a fan of IPA and Christmas trees. Recommended.

Oct 24, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this beer is better than its ratings, frankly, its one of the better hoppy beers i had around toronto, if not the best outright. its not the greatest spectrum i dont think, but that doesnt diminish that this is really solid. i can tell its heavily dry hopped as soon as i crack the can, some white foam oozes out and it looks hazy to me, what i can make of it, lively, and i decide to pull a heady topper and drink it from the can. the malt base is very light in aroma and flavor, but there is a lot of body to this, almost creamy textured, starchy and kind of thick, but it hold the hops up well, and there actually is a little bitterness here when i settle in and start drinking it. super new school, southern hemisphere smelling and tasting hops, pineapple and mango to me, out of a can, a veritable fruit cocktail here, a splash of zested orange bitterness at the end, this is majorly fresh, and did a great job scratching the itch i worked up all week for good hoppy beer. i hardly saw any market brewing stuff around town, but this one was a great find. recommended, on trend, a little raw, but its good like that.

Feb 13, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy, bruised peach in colour, with a finger of white head.

Smells of tropical fruits, caramel, peaches, and a hint of evergreen.

The taste follows the nose.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation.

Got this today in Kitchener, drinking in New Hamburg, July 26th, 2018. Really decent IPA.

Jul 27, 2018
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yancot from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 28, 2017
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Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

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

Pours orange-yellowy hazy. All I get on the nose is hops. The taste is bitter and a slight bit fruity. I don’t enjoy too tropical IPAs and this is borderline. Actually this one is quite nice despite its high ABV
Jan 30 2021

Sep 04, 2017
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boszormeny from Canada (ON)

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jan 06, 2019
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Jotora from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 12, 2017
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RyanPollock from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mar 19, 2018
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StormAles from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 04, 2017
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly darker than most American IPAs with a rich honeyed malt base to offset the well balanced bitterness.

Jun 22, 2018
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Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Made in Newmarket...hmmmm....will this bear give ya great big ole, drinkable, hug? let’s find out. It began in a tulip pouring opaque Sex On the Beach orange with white sediment. Fair collar. Relatively complex nose here of fruity hops with orange/apricot most prominent for me. Taste threw me. Expected a strong hop tongue here but got a smooth fruitie explosion. Deep orange with minimal aftertaste. This was a shockingly good find. With 12 on tap at its brewery including a double why am I only finding out about this superb brewer now...wow....

Jul 11, 2018
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bixby1971 from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dec 25, 2017
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Cliffy21 from Canada (QC)

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 16, 2018
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Geosuds from Spain

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 05, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tallboy picked up at Superstore; canned Jun 18 2019 and served barely chilled.

Pours an effervescent, hazy golden-blonde colour, topped with an inch of frothy, foamy, elegant-looking white head. A gorgeous, ribbed coat of lacing is left in its wake as it seeps off over the next five-plus minutes; a lumpy cap lives on for considerably longer. Smells a tad resiny, spicy and piney, with hints of tropical fruit and muddled citrus also coming through - that's in addition to its substantial malt backbone, which imparts a bready, lightly caramelized note to the aroma.

Hmm... I'm a longtime hophead, yet I didn't like this one at first - though I did acclimate after a few sips. A backdrop of bready malts and light caramel sweetness is mostly overrun by a relentless cacophony of hop flavours - and they run the gamut from grapefruit/orange citrus notes, to passion fruit, peach, pear and pineapple, finally concluding with an earthy, resiny hop bitterness as you approach the back end; earthy aftertaste. Medium full-bodied, with low carbonation levels that provide only the meekest of presences - this feels smooth and a bit luxurious on the palate, and this might be its biggest strength. Limited drinkability; one would be enough for me, tonight or any other.

Final Grade: 3.55, a B grade. It tastes alright, and it's undeniably hop-forward, but Bear Hug IPA just didn't come together for me. There are five hops in this one, each noticeably contributing to the end product, but their flavours are not entirely complementary... and together with the (robust) malt base it all turns into a maelstrom of bitter, fruity weirdness. I still finished my glass without any fuss, but it's not really what I'm looking for in an IPA. At the very least, it's worth a try, and it's a beer I'll likely revisit at some point in the future, to see if my currently lukewarm opinion wavers.

Aug 14, 2019
Bear Hug IPA from Market Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 22 ratings