Hopping Mad | Granite Brewery & Restaurant

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Brewed by:
Granite Brewery & Restaurant
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A copper coloured pale ale, aggressively hopped with Cascade hops and dry hopped with East Kent Goldings.

Added by Sammy on 10-12-2008

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Electros
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of eberesford
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cask Conditioned at the source: copper body under a light off white head with good lacing. The body is slightly cloudy which reduced my scoring. Aroma light floral hop some toffee. Taste of caramel toffee and toast offset by well balanced bitterness in the body and finished with a lovely floral (not citrusy) hop finish. Mouth feel full but not cloying. A lovely UK style IPA.

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Photo of far333
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask at the Queen and Beaver in Toronto. Pale copper colored with a soft, large bubbled head of foam that sits about a quarter inch high and lingers long. Virtually no aroma. Delicate and delectable flavors of honey malt, some biscuit, floral and citrus hops, a note of pine. Orange rind lingers. Soft and full mouthfeel, some noticeable carbonation for a cask ale. The overall score is low due to the lack of discernible aroma, otherwise this is a lovely beer.

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

Flashback #285

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

Watery, not hopping and the only thing that will be mad is you, thanks to your high expectations and Granite's average delivery.
Get your jollies elsewhere.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at C'est What.

Pours quite clear with a characteristic bubbly cask head. Just a few big continents of lace stick to the glass. The aroma is grassy and citrusy with a solid malt doughyness. Grapefruit and also herbal and woody hop notes hit first in the taste. Always in toe is robust malt presence. The mouthfeel is quite light with a languid carbonation. Bitterness mixes with malt sweetness and a bit of alcohol heat in the finish.

This is a great cask IPA. Excellent balance with malt equally represented to hops. I sense a bit of an English hop character. While a little restrained for my hophead tastes, its a lot closer to the style than the brewery's other IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of SebD
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy orange/red color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrusy, tropical and piney hops with some bready malts and a slight caramel note.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice citrusy, tropical and piney hop character to it but also has a strong enough malt presence.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewpub...

A: Pours a nice amber, orange/red, color with a bubbly off white head. The foam settles into a rocky landscape of large and small bubbles. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: This beer is has a great floral nose with larger scents of citrus than their standard IPA. I'm also picking up a bit of pine in the background. There is a touch of sweet malt, but it's really subdued.

T: The initial hit is big and floral. The citrus comes on strong in the middle. I get mainly lemon and grapefruit out of this beer. There is a slight touch of pine in there as well, but the overwhelming flavor is lemony hops.

M: Light bodied beer. There is nothing to outrageous in the way it hits the palate. The flavors mingle well on the palate and the citrus notes don't destroy your mouth. It's a bit bitter in the finish, but it's pleasant.

O: Another solid beer from Granite. It's nice to have a flavorful IPA that doesn't wreck the taste-buds. I'd spend my money on another pint of this beer in the future.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of spiderwebb70
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy copper, orange. Average head, plenty of lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, other citrus. Some bready scents.

Taste: A beautiful bitter hoppy taste. Caramel and citrus comes through.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall, this is a very good IPA. As a recent award winner, I was expecting exceptional. Not disappointed, but not the best I've ever had.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler:

Very little carbonation--thin head with little lacing, copper body.
Smells of pine and sweet malts.

A little thin and watery mouthfeel but the taste doesn't disappoint. Lots of pine and bitter hop taste along with sour malts and caramel flavours. A slightly sweet but dry finish--Medium bodied.

Nice session beer--even at 6 percent.

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Hopping Mad from Granite Brewery & Restaurant
3.79 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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