Broken Axe APA

Brewery: Lake of Bays Brewing Company Type: American Pale Ale ABV: 4.8% IBU: 36 Thoughts: I was debating not putting this up because I really don’t have much to say about it. It has a clean, golden colour with a big, white and frothy head. The nose is subtle with floral hops and hints of pine needle. Taste-wise? It’s just…

Revenge of the Ginger, Kickin’ Ginger Red IPA

Brewery: Double Trouble Brewing Co. Type: Flavoured Red IPA ABV: 6.2% Thoughts: I’m not sure why I got this beer… It’s can is obnoxiously loud and perhaps slightly offensive to our crimson haired companions. It also has flavouring added, which I’m never in favour of – but, to their defence, I didn’t read the can before buying it…

Jasne Pełne

Brewery: Okocim (Poland) Type: Lager ABV: 5.5% IBU: 17 Thoughts: Kind of a dull yellow gold shine to the beer, with a fairly weak but bright white head typical of a Lager.  Lots of carbonation.  Typical sweet yeast European smell.  It’s nice.  It’s fresh and balanced, sweet and light without being boring.  There’s a spicyness to the…

Dinner Jacket O’Red IPA

Brewery: Arch Brewing Co. Type: Ruby, IPA ABV: 6.2% IBU: 60 Thoughts: This beer pours fairly aggressively and sports a big, dense head which becomes less dense over time. Almost like it’s starting to break down, however it leaves great lacing on the glass. It smells like floral hops and sweet, oatmeal and roasted malt with possible signs of banana…

8th Sin

Brewery: Hopcity Brewing Co. Type: Black Lager ABV: 5.0% IBU: 25 Thoughts: The can design is what initially caught my eye – unfortunately for most breweries, I’m a sucker for looks and I often judge a beer by it’s cover. As well, while we’re on the topic of the can, I’m also noticing that this beer has won some awards….

The Tom Green Beer!

Brewery: Beau’s Brewing Co. (Vankleek Hill, Canada) Type: Milk Stout ABV: 5.0% IBU: 27 Thoughts:   Seven Types of Malts.  Pours with a nice head with lot of retention- small little bubbles cream color like a root beer.  It glows a coppery brown at the edges and looks heavy to the shake- lots of loud (not sound) movement in the…

Go To IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) Type: India Pale Ale ABV: 4.8% IBU: 65 Thoughts:   It says they used a technique called hop bursting which means they add some (even more) hops at the final brewing phase which ensures maximum flavor and aroma.  Definitely worked- it has that dry and sharp hoppy smell.  It also has a lovely sunshine…

Ten12

Brewery: Nita Beer Company (Ottawa, Canada) Type: Blonde Ale ABV: 5% IBU: 44.6 (Yes… they gave it to a decimal place…I don’t know why) Thoughts:   Lots of carbonation happening.  Golden shine- looks more like a lager/pilsner than an ale- I guess that’s where the blonde ale comes in though.  Very thin and delicate head quickly taken…

8: Stout

Brewery: Exchange Brewery (Niagara on the Lake, Canada) 2017 Canadian Brewery of the Year http://exchangebrewery.com/ They have a very nice spot right on the main corner of Niagara on the Lake. Type: Stout ABV: 7.5% Thoughts:   Is it ever dark.  Pitch black and the head is sticking around forever.  Milk chocolate brown and dense as heck this is…

Le Coeur Noir

Brewery: Beau’s Brewing Co. Type: American Black Ale ABV: 7.1% IBU: 60 Thoughts: Gorgeously thick creamy head sticks around forever leaves the glass a mess.  Pitch black.  Striking beer.  Nice label too.  They have a great graphic designer.  Very pretty thing.  It’s interesting I didn’t expect it but it’s a hop forward smell (I didn’t see that…

Bonfire Black Lager

Brewery: Perth Brewery Type: Dark Lager ABV: 5% IBU: 20 Appearance / Aroma: Aroma is sweet and grainy with hint of apple. The colour is similar to a black coffee, dark brown and slightly translucent. The head is fluffy and big. Not so dense but it sticks around. Decent lacing. Taste  / Feel: I’m conflicted on this one because the first…

St. Peter’s English Ale

Brewery: St. Peter’s Brewery Type: Organic English Ale ABV: 4.5% Appearance / Aroma: Bright and citrusy aroma. The malt notes are actually even a bit sour and bright as well. Fairly pale in color with moderate cloudiness. The head didn’t develop a whole lot and receded down to a thin layer on top that’s sticking around for a bit….