Saint of Circumstances

(4.2) Brewery: Collective Arts Brewing Type: Blonde Ale ABV: 4.8% IBU: 19 (!) Appearance / Aroma: Fluffy meringue-like white head that gives a spicy, floral hop aroma. Perhaps a few citrus notes as well. It’s color is a slightly cloudy apple juice; yellow-orange. Taste / Feel: After smelling the beer I was worried it was going to be heavy on…

Collective Project / Black IPA

Brewery: Collective Arts Brewing Type: Black IPA ABV: 6.8% IBU: 75 Appearance / Aroma: As you can see by the image, there’s an extremely thick head produced by an average pour. I’ve waited 5 minutes and it’s barely moved. That being said, the head is fluffy and brown and releases a strong, tangy and floral hop aroma into the air….

Fire in the Rye

Brewery: Double Trouble Brewing Co. Type: Rye Pale Ale ABV: 6.1% IBU: 60 Appearance / Aroma: Aggressive poor left a rather large, fluffy head. The nose is sweet with a strong, grainy base and floral hop towards the front. The color is a frosty burnt orange – quite mesmerizing. Taste / Feel: Since there was a lot of head, that’s…

Skinny Dippin’ Stout

Brewery: Sawdust City Brewing Co. Type: Stout ABV: 5.5% IBU: 35 Appearance / Aroma: Smells of dark raisin and cherries with a buttery chocolate coloured head – dense and fluffy looking. The beer is a dark coffee brown and slightly translucent. Not much light coming in. Taste / Feel: This beer boasts 7 different type of malts however I don’t…

Naughty Neighbour

Brewery: Nickelbrook (Burlington, Ontario) Type: Americal Pale Ale ABV: 4.9% IBU: 38 Appearance / Aroma: I smelled this beer the exact second I cracked it.  It’s explosive and fresh smelling – it doesn’t smell like a beer… I get a mint and grapefruit smell which is easing me into a hopiness, I can feel it.  Pours nice-…

Lenoir

A Belgian style ale which claims to be session able at 6.5% ABV ‘due to its low bitterness’.  Clearly this term is a moving target. Brewery: Bell City Brewing (Brantford, Ontario) Type: Belgian Ale ABV: 6.5% Appearance / Aroma: Cloudy, sightly ambering gold coloured ale.  Sweet on the nose and some pretty clear wheat aromas.  Little head and…

Captain’s Log

Brewery: Cameron’s Brewing (Oakville, Ontario) Type: Lager ABV: 5% Appearance / Aroma: Bright gold typical lager colour.  Nice head from a vigarous pour- noticeable carbonation and bubbles in the glass. Taste / Feel: I took a nice big gulp, as this is my post 25km bike ride thirst quench and at first I wanted to say…

Rise Up Red

Brewery: Hoppworks Urban Brewery (Oregon) Type: India Red Ale ABV: 6.1% IBU: 65 Appearance / Aroma: Lots of bubbly carbonation, medium cream colour head with lots of thick retention.  Nice 6 month copper shine.  It smells hoppy when real close, but pretty tame. Taste / Feel: Definitely a hop first beer, played off by several things:…

Fireside ESB

(4.3) Brewery: The Collingwood Brewery Type: Extra Special Bitter (ESB) ABV: 5.8% IBU: 40 Appearance / Aroma: A cloudy toffee and amber color with a nice looking, slightly off-white, fluffy head. There is a definite hop aroma with an undertone of caramel malt. Taste / Feel: When I saw this beer I was wary simply because its name actually has the…

Haarlem Globetrotter

Brewery: Collaborative Effort: Oast House (Niagara on the Lake, Ontario) Jopen Bier (Haarlem, the Netherlands) Type:  To understand this beer we need to put our historical beer nerd hats on for a minute, please allow me this indulgence.  The beer type is technically classified as a Koyt beer, a version of a Gruit beer.  The…

Ambear Ale

Brewery: Cameron’s Brewing (Oakville, Ontario) Type: Amber Ale ABV: 5.0% IBU: Unknown Appearance / Aroma:  An enticing deep reddish brown color and capped by a fluffy cream colored head.  Absolutely beautiful looking.  Really.  Really nice to look at.  Lots of lacing. Taste / Feel:  Classic caramel malt red ale flavour with a tiny bit of smokey but…

Old Tomorrow

Brewery: Old Tomorrow Ltd. (Toronto) Type: Canadian Pale Ale ABV: 4.9% IBU: Unknown Appearance / Aroma:  Lovely colour- first bright then settles into a warm amber glow.  Little head which disappeared quite quickly but also left a lace on each sip which is nice.  I can smell the hoppy vibrancy but only when looking for it.  It’s very…