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…

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…

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…

Bell Ringer

Brewery: Gananoque Brewing Company Type: India Pale Ale ABV: 6.5% IBU: 60 Thoughts:  Another bad beer from Gananoque.  Super disappointing because it poured sensationally pretty.  It had this bright orange sizzling action going on- it was pure electricity out of the can.  There’s no continuity between that and the aroma or taste though.  The mouthfeel is slimy and hostile- the…

State of Mind

Brewery: Collective Arts (Hamilton Ontario) Type:  Session IPA ABV: 4.4% IBU: 38 Thoughts:Super floral hop smell right at the crack of the can.  Nice frothy white coloured head and golden bright color.  Looks like a refreshing lager more than an ale.  Well to be honest this is a biting and dry beer.  My mouth feels stripped of…

Ransack the Universe

Brewery: Collective Arts (Hamilton) Type: India Pale Ale ABV: 6.8% IBU: 85 Appearance / Aroma: Bronze gorgeousness glowing below a nice frothy head.  Really a treat to look at.   Hazy and mystical looking.  As close to no smell as I have ever smelled. Taste / Feel: Low carbonation and a medium mouthfeel leaves some lacing in the…

Mad Tom

Brewery: Muskoka Brewery Type: IPA ABV: 6.4% IBU: 64 Appearance / Aroma: Smells strongly of floral/citrus hops. Maybe a bit of grain in there, too. The head is thick and fluffy with the beer being hazy orange. Taste / Feel: The can says dry hopped so, even though it smells quite hoppy, I wasn’t expecting it to be bitter. I was…

A Summer Smash

So I didn’t make proper notes of these beers.  But I will briefly touch on them before they are lost in my brain forever. Wanderlust, by Breakside Brewery in Oregon, USA.  It’s an American IPA @ 6.6% alcohol.  It was my favorite of the three beers Emily brought  home.  It’s label is a thing a…

Hops and Robbers

Other claims on the can which may serve as a ‘title’: ‘Sessionable IPA’ ‘Extra Delicious IPA’ Brewery: Double Trouble Brewing Company (Guelph) Type: India Pale Ale ABV: 5.7% IBU: 50 Appearance / Aroma: Creamy, sticky foam completely glued to the sides.  It has a murky ale colour to it.  The hops are activated in the air for sure. Taste…

Release the Hounds

Brewery: Big Rig Brewery Type: Black IPA ABV: 6.2% IBU: 72 Appearance / Aroma: Smell has a good mix of hops and malts; earthy and sweet while working in that distinct perfumy hop aroma. It has a dark, coffee color with a big, thick brown head. Taste / Feel: Right away I can taste the hops. They’re slightly sweet and have…

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…

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…