Collective Arts IPA No. 10 ?

 

I usually quite like the beers coming from Collective Arts  in Hamilton, Ontario, but IPA No. 10 bends my palate and mind into a space I don’t want to go!

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While it is only 3.2 percent abv, and unfiltered, it is muddy, top to bottom, and therefore unrecognizable as beer.

 
Sorry, perhaps juicy is the new vernacular.
No, it is actually, really turbid.

 
This beer is hopped with Simcoe and mosaic hops, as if you would notice among the mango-mashed mud flavour.

 

It is undrinkable. I dumped it
Damn. It is okay. I paid for it!
Please, all breweries, stop brewing this murky stuff.

 
I might swear if this becomes the new norm.
Oh shit, it has!

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Spearhead Brewing Company: Big Kahuna

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Big Kahuna, a copper coloured Imperial IPA brewed by the Spearhead Brewing Company of Kingston, Ontario, powers forward with 100 IBUs and 10 percent abv. It is double dry-hopped with Warrior, Cascade, Hallertau Blanc and Cashmere hops to good effect. Big, bold floral notes fold into a defining hop bitterness, that is unrelenting in nature.

A reluctant malt sweetness appears with purpose to balance it all out as the flavours unfold. For the moment! And then another wave of hop bitterness rolls over and the surf’s up on your palate. Brewed with pure pineapple juice that doesn’t get in the way.

Ontario Brews

Town Brewery of Whitby has opened with Levon Saison, a 6 percent abv Belgian style
saison. It is a pale lemon coloured beer that is quite effervescent in nature. The initial action is a tongue-tapping spiciness, with cloves to the forefront. On the palate, the aromatics fold over and deliver vigorous spice notes. The finish is on-form and sprightly.

Next up is a collaboration of the Town Brewery with Muddy York of Toronto in brewing New England IIPA, an 8.7 percent abv brew that is big, bold and beautiful. It is suitably hazy and pale orange in colour. There is a sprightly burst of citrus aromas. On the palate, it is surprisingly gentle on the hop bitterness front. However, the bitterness builds neatly and assumes its rightful place directing the show right through to the gloriously bitter finish.

Town Brewery has also released Mash of the Titans IPA, a 6.5 percent abv beer. It pours a cloudy pale yellow colour and is citrusy and effervescent. On the palate, fruit and bitterness are seemingly masked by the density of suspended material. The finish is tangy and mildly bitter. I suspect that there is a big beer lurking somewhere in the mists. townbrewery.ca

Prospect DDH Simcoe Single Hop IPA, brewed by the Left Field Brewery of Toronto, rides in at 6.7 percent abv. It pours a veiled straw colour, while releasing aromatics of tropical fruit, spice and a deep forest green. This is followed by a smack-down of hop bitterness, with just a kiss of the barley to carry it all forward. The finish is boldly bitter and increasingly moreish!

jamie mistryThe Common Good Beer Company of Toronto began brewing as a contract brewery in 2016 according to co-founder Jamie Mistry (left). Over 90 percent of what they brew is contract, for the likes of Radical Road, Black Bellows, Danforth, Beaches and Lost Craft.

The 35 hectolitre, five vessel, Newlands brewhouse is located in a 12,000 square foot building. The brewery has 14 X 70 hectolitre fermenters and 3 X 70 hectolitre bright tanks.

Common Good has released Caught in an Eddy Session IPA as part of its Brewers’ Series. This pale-straw coloured ale tops out at 3.9 percent abv and it has a gentle, refreshing hop presence on the nose. On the palate, hop bitterness slides forward and embraces a resilient malt backbone. The finish is hop-forward and sustained to a level that suggests another might be in order, an order?!

 

Also, from Common Good comes its Bonsai Kitten White IPA, a 7.7 percent abv polished, pale gold coloured ale. It presents crisp malt with a cut of the hop on the nose. On the palate, malt leads the way but hop bitterness surges forward and above the alcohol. The finish is clean and increasingly bitter.

Dry Hop Pils from Common Good has a bright, pale yellow colour and aromatics of spicy fresh hops. On the palate, sprightly, peppery hops deliver a forthright message of goodness. This is followed by a long, engaging, floral and bitter finish.

The Sociable Pilsner is a German style pilsner brewed by Common Good to 4.7 percent abv, while delivering 35 IBUs of bitterness. It pours a sparkling golden colour, while releasing fresh grain and light hop notes. Malt and hops co-mingle happily on the palate. The crisp finish is refreshingly bitter.

The Amsterdam Brewery of Toronto has loaded up the hops on its Fracture Imperial IPA to the tune of 95 IBUs. This 9.1 percent abv ale has an amber colour. Pithy pine and citrus notes are prevalent on the nose. On the palate, hop bitterness assertively parts the waves of malt goodness. The finish belies its 95 IBUs–while it is pungently bitter, it does not overwhelm!

From the unusually named Orange Snail Brewers Limited of Milton comes Iron Pig Pale Ale, a 5 percent abv orange coloured beer. Aromas of sweetish malt and a light spiciness are presented early. On the palate, a light bitterness intersects the malt core. The finish sees the single malt grain gain the upper hand over the hop presence in this unpasteurized ale.

Working Twice as Hard DIPA is brewed by the Muddy York Brewing Company of Toronto to 8.2 percent abv and 30 IBUs. This cloudy, golden coloured ale has a nose of tropical fruit. On the palate, a pleasantly soft hop bitterness intertwines with a flexible malt backbone. The finish is gentle on the hop expression and the alcohol does not rise to the top and request undo attention.

Cerbeerus, a 5.2 percent abv collaborative wet hop pilsner brewed by Brunswick Bierworks and Muddy York, features three additions of Perle hops. It pours a bright gold colour and releases floral hops on the nose. This is followed a forthright hop attack on the palate. The finish delivers more wonderful hop flavours to enthrall.

A collaborative brew from the Eastbound Brewing Company, Toronto, and the Sawdust City Brewing Company, Huntsville, has resulted in a festive brew, Hold On, I’m Comin’ Home for the Holidays, a Belgian Christmas ale topping out at 8.5 percent abv. This polished auburn coloured ale showcases spicy aromatics of cinnamon and nutmeg. On the palate, sweetish malt is embraced by spices, with the alcohol in check. The finish is bright, with a splash of alcohol overlaying rich, chewy malt and Christmas spices.

Eastbound also released Fresh Start Idaho 7 APA, riding in at 5 percent abv. It pours a pale golden colour with a slight haze. There is a whiff of fresh green hops on the nose. On the palate, a sprightly hop presence leads to a strengthening hop bitterness. The lasting, bitter finish entices greatly as the delicious hop bitterness grows in intensity to that level where you not only want another one, but you order it!

Town Brewery
1632 Charles Street
Whitby ON L1N 1B9
905 666 3838

Common Good Beer Company
475 Ellesmere Road
Scarborough ON M1R 4E5
416 639 6579

Star Bright: Big Hop Delivery

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Once in a while a bright star of a beer flashes over my desk and lands in a tulip glass ready for tasting. Such a beer is Life Sentence IIIPA Southern Hemisphere, 10 percent abv, brewed in collaboration with the Great Lakes Brewery and the Amsterdam Brewery, both of Toronto.

 It has a purported 100+ IBUs from a hand selected 150 kilogram bale of Pacifica hops grown in Nelson, New Zealand, specifically bale # 47-4214.

 

This wondrous beer pours a soft veiled amber colour, while releasing intoxicating aromas of fresh green hops and alcohol on the nose. On the palate, juicy malt is relieved of its quantum load of hop bearing inner goodness as the mouth happily succumbs to a defining hop bitterness.

 

Still, while the hops are big and brassy and very much in charge, unrelenting in nature even, this wonderful and playful ale has enough malt backbone to keep it all in check. It’s a revelation in big beer delivery without killing the happy recipient’s joy of beer drinking!

My First Driving Lesson—When Seat Belts Were Not Mandatory!

I remember the family visiting the Yorkdale shopping mall in Toronto shortly after it opened in 1964 and then detouring by accident to Downsview Airforce Base, then an operational airport, on the way home. Actually, we were completely lost and managed to drive out on to a runway and stopped the car while my father, the driver, got his bearings.
“Were on the fecking runway, dad”, I shouted, or would have if my schoolyard education had been more advanced than it was. I had not yet learned the word and its various and sundry derivatives.
“Look down the runway and you will see an idling airplane,” my brother, Dave, and I said loudly in unison from the backseat.
“What do you mean, airplane?” said our father, who had been in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII, and should have known a thing or two about airplanes, and was forever in denial.
“There. Straight ahead.”
“Where?” said he, apparently with no eyes and minimal awareness of his surroundings.
“We’re on the bloody runway!”
We were sharply silenced by our father but our family of four did somehow manage to escape without incident or questioning but security in those days was not something that anyone was remotely aware of or interested in in any way.

Overheard in Pub…Where Else?

(Obviously, no pub is to blame for people’s comments, so no image this time out!)

 

“My eldest son is a year away from completing his degree. My other son is a drug dealer, probably go to jail. But that’s okay with me.” Said by a man to a barmaid.

 
“I don’t know what he knows. But I do know he makes $5,000 an hour.” Said a publican to a punter.

 
“I think in the end I didn’t leave with him.” One woman confiding in another woman.

 
“Is it really you?” Pause. “I’ve never seen you with your pants on before.” One man to another man.

 
“Praise the Lord for lack of evidence.” Said a mother to a vicar about her son who looked very much a criminal.

 
“I have a lot respect for her. But I still think she is an a..hole.” One woman speaking of another woman.

 
“This was a letter that was actually mailed?” One woman said to another woman.

 
“You only die once?” One woman said incredulously to another woman.