Nut Brown Ale

Brewery: Amsterdam Brewing Company (Toronto) Type: Nut Brown Ale ABV: 5.0% Review:  Pours almost jet black.  Has a small cream coloured head, it looks like a huge espresso if I’m honest. If this is a brown ale they mean chestnut brown.  Slightly more bubbly than I expected from the colour.  It is medium thick- the head stuck around so I…

English Bay Pale Ale

Brewery: Granville Island Brewing Company (Vancouver) Type: Pale Ale ABV: 5.0% IBU: 18 It poured a nice frothy head which left no tracings.  No carbonation, medium bodied.  Has a nice red ale kind of colour.  Great looking beer.  It smells like a vanilla caramel earthy beer. This is 200% a malt beer.  I doubt there’s even a hop…

Cruiser – All Day Pale Ale

Brewery: Amsterdam Brewing Company (Toronto) Type: Pale Ale ABV: 4.9% IBU: 40 Review:  Nice frothy sudsy soapy looking head.  Pours thick and sticks around.  Laces the glass like a mofo.  Lots of carbonation, with a creamy mouth feel.  It smelly very dry hop style.  It’s very hop forward.  It tries to balance a tiny bit of citrus…

Amarone della Valpolicella

(4.8) Vintner: Tomassi Grape Varietal: Corvina Blend Region: Veneto, Italy Year: 2011 ABV: 15% Appearance: The color is quite dark, like blackberries or black currant. The wine, after swiveling the glass, leaves long legs running down. Aroma: It smells amazing. Soft and rich, dark berries and a hint of earthiness. It also has quite a warming smell, if that makes sense….

Octopus Wants to Fight IPA

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewery Type: IPA ABV: 6.2% IBU: 88 (!) Appearance: Head is white and fluffy and has good retention, leaving a bit of lacing as it recedes. It has a slightly cloudy yellow-orange color. Aroma: GEEZ. I can smell the hops from a meter away – literally! Upon closer inspection, I’m overwhelmed with a fragrant perfume-y hop smell. I…

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Brewery: Brauerei Aying (Ayinger Brewery) Type: DoppelBock (Double Bock) ABV: 6.7% IBU: 24 Appearance: Lovely off-white, dense head that persists, however not a ton of lacing – maybe a medium to small amount. The beer is a dark walnut color. Aroma: Smells like dark fruit, mainly raisins and berries, with an elusive cereal grain underneath. Taste: Sweet at the start, then…

Amsterdam Blonde

Brewery: Amsterdam Brewing Company Type: Blonde ABV: 5.0% Appearance / Aroma / Body: This beer has a wonderfully dense head with a little bit of lacing in the glass. It smells like a summer citrus fruit; tangy and sweet.Its color is a pale yellow and very pure and clear with no cloudiness. Taste / Feel: There’s a fair amount of carbonation…

Warsteiner Double Hopped

Brewery: Warsteiner Brewery Type: Pilsner ABV: 4.8% Appearance / Aroma / Body: Citrus-hop smell with an undertone of oatmeal. Head is big and fluffy, the kind that sticks to your beard and nose when you take a sip. Great clarity with a light honey color. Taste / Feel: The taste is fairly light but the flavor is there – it doesn’t…

Trentangeli

Vintner: Tormaresca Grape Varietal: Organic Red Blend (Aglianico 70%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Syrah 10%) ABV: 14.5% Year: 2012 Region: Italy Appearance / Aroma / Body: Dark ruby red color with good legs. It smells tart and with a bit of floral sweetness. You can also smell the alcohol mixed throughout. Taste / Feel: Light body that and fairly dry. This wine is quite…

Side Launch Dark

Brewery: Side Launch Brewing Company Type: Dark Lager ABV: 5.3% Appearance / Aroma / Body: Side Launch Dark pours quite nicely, with a light head (note that this was consumed before I learned how to pour a beer properly – no marks deducted for my lack of knowledge). The color is a nice chestnut and it smells like tangy…

Hoparazzi Lager

Brewery: Parallel 49 Type: Lager ABV: 6% IBU: 43 Appearance / Aroma / Body: The appearance of the beer is a bright, citrus orange, with a nice looking head before it quickly disappears. The head seems medium in density and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. There isn’t much smell to it – I don’t really detect any…

UrBock

Brewery: Creemore Springs Type: Dark Beer ABV: 6% IBU: 28 Appearance / Aroma / Body: Good pour on this beer with a really nice, dense, creamy head. It sticks around for an appropriate amount of time and leaves nice lacing on the glass as it recedes. It smells like dark but sweet malts and something fruity, like raisins, and has…