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…

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….

Carol Anne

Brewery: Whiprsnapr Brewing Company (Nepean, Ontario) Type: Irish Blonde Ale ABV: 4.7% IBU: 34 Thoughts:  Very carbonated, thin white head, orange glow.  Nice looking- looks like a wheat beer.  It’s interesting!  Very little sweetness, very little bitterness, I can’t discern anything it is doing if I’m honest.  It’s a dry hop and gentle malt mix for sure because…

Goose Honkers Ale

Brewery: Goose Island Beer Company (Chicago, Illinois)  Type:  Session IPA ABV: 4.3% IBU: 30 Thoughts:  The beer seems a bit confused to me.  It’s a red ale with literally tons of carbonation.  It looks like an 8th grade science project.  At first it’s a mix of soap and very minor hops.  And then it relaxes (as much…

Sultana Gold

Brewery: Lake of the Woods Brewing Co. Type: Blonde Ale ABV: 5% IBU: 15 Appearance / Aroma: Has notes sweet pineapple and rose, in addition to some mellow floral hop. A light grain base sits just beneath. The head is medium in density and leaves a decent lacing. The beer has an orange color. Taste / Feel: It would appear…

One Eyed Grouse

Brewery: English Style Ale (Oakville, Ontario) Type: Cameron’s Brewery ABV: 4.8% Pours a lovely burnt copper with noticeable bubbling and a white soft yet thin head. More air than substance.  Smells like a typical ale. It’s bursts out on the tongue right away.  The bubbles make it an exciting ale to drink.  Perhaps the most carbonated ale…

Hill 145

Brewery: Silversmith Brewery (Niagara on the Lake, Ontario) Type: Golden Ale ABV: 4.0% IBU: 15 Smooth.  Gorgeous.  Bright.  Medium to high carbonation.  It has a but if an oaty start and finish but the middle has a sweet citrus laced malt flavour.  Really nice!  Great patio beer- which it was!  Not a typical Ale flavour or character…

Kickin’ Back

Brewery: Wellington Brewery (Guelph) Type: Dry Hopped Session Ale ABV: 4.8% IBU: 48 This is a delicious, SESSIONABLE ale.  The head leaves a nice lacing.  It glows like a nice wheat beer- that gorgeous orange.  It smells very fresh.  The beer is completely light and fresh but also with that bit of bitterness that only appears…

Biere de Garde

Brewery: Oast House Brewers (Niagara on the Lake) Type: Biere de Garde ABV: 7.0% Appearance / Aroma: Rich brown ale with a deep cream froth which retained quite well yet laced rather little.  It smells very little. Taste / Feel: It’s a lively carbonated and excited beer.  It is as unsmooth of a malt beer as I’ve…

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…

Brakeman’s Session Ale

Brewery: Junction Craft Brewing Type: Ale ABV: 4.5% IBU: 40 Appearance / Aroma: It has a refreshing, clean and slight citrus smell. Also noting some malted grain and very faint hop. The head is white and dense and lasts a while. The beer itself has a cider orange color. Taste / Feel: An excellent beer that definitely has taste! There’s…