Review: Lagabière Ta Meilleure Northeast India Pale Ale

This is one of the many beers I purchased at Exp√©rience Bi√®re in Montreal back in May, as well as the second beer I've ever reviewed by Lagabi√®re Brasserie Artisanale out of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Today's review is their Ta Meilleure Northeast India Pale Ale. The can says "Make it ta meilleure!" (Make it your best!) so I'm assuming that Lagabi√®re is insanely proud of their New England/"Northeast" IPA to the point that they call it "the best!" Well's pretty bold in a province that already makes a lot of the best NEIPAs in Canada (and the world) already!

Appearance: Everything looks good so far.. a lot better than a lot of NEIPAs I've had in the past where some just looked like a West Coast IPA with a lot of NEIPA-friendly hops to them and not even any cloudiness! This one is hefty and juicy.. it's not as juicy looking at Bor√©ale's IPA du Nord-Est but it's up there.. looks a good deal like a beer mimosa (a mixture of witbier and OJ) so I don't mind that. The head is fairly light and whiteish.

Aroma: Very sweet and tropical - notes of pineapple, oranges, lemon and mango. There's a very slight creaminess to it that gives it a bit of a creamsicle vibe to it. Very aromatic and a tad leafy.

Taste: An intense amount of oranges and mango right from the very second it hits the palate, notes of pineapple and lemon follow but I really wasn't expecting it to be this sweet. There's a light leafy bitterness in the beer, a tad amount of breadiness that mostly is present for the aftertaste that gives off a good deal of breadiness as well as a really heavy tropical sweetness that doesn't want to leave the palate at all.

Overall Thoughts: When I saw the name Ta Meilleure (Your Best) NEIPA, I was kind of expecting to write off this beer but everything I've tried by them has been good so far, including a beer they had at the brewpub that was spiced with coriander and basil. It takes a lot of guts to basically call it "Your Best".. but yknow what? It was great! It was affordable at $3.99 per 473mL can and was an inviting beer right from the beginning. 7.0% ABV

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