Today I have an IPA from a Montreal microbrewery called Dieu du Ciel. This is an India Pale Ale in the craft brewed style, with a high ABV (6.5% here) and plenty of hops. These beers are very bitter, and are definitely not for everyone. I love the overpowering hops, but judge for yourself. They offer a unique sort of flavor and are great for sipping slowly.
This one pours with a thin beige head that dissipates to leave behind a thin layer of foam and long-lasting lacing. The color is a little different from other IPAs. It's a rich rust-colored beer, quite dark for this type.
The nose lets you know that this is something good, if a little different. There is a strong pine-like scent of hops, very resinous and spicy. This beer delivers a rather heavy mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation.
The taste is powerful, like you would expect from an IPA. There is an immediate burst of pine resin, caramel, and sweet malt, followed quickly by intense bitterness from the hops, with a slight grassy flavor. It's a great combination, and a little bit different from the intense resinous IPAs like Dogfish Head's 60 Minute IPA and Southern Tier's IPA. The finish is long and bitter, with more of that resinous pine taste.
Cost - $3.10 CAD for a 341 mL bottle
Taste - 9.5/10
Overall - 9.5/10...a great IPA that is not just a bottle of hop juice. Terrific for sipping, and a fine example of Canadian brewing. One of the best.