Eternally Hoptimistic from Covered Bridge Brewing in Stittsville, Ontario is a hazy, rusty orange colour and pours with a small, off-white head that hangs around as a thin film and stringy collar, leaving very small spots of lace on your glass. This American pale ale has a variety of fruit ester aromas that include citrus, strawberry and green grape on top of a butterscotch flavoured malt base. Phenolic accents of bubblegum and rubber tree are present as well.
The taste of Eternally Hoptimistic is quite woody, grainy and for lack of a better word, green with a subtle hint of cocoa. A moderate to strong bitterness comes through midway bring a mild lemon or grapefruit note with it. Grain flavour returns the finish along with an earthy, musty note that evokes coffee mushrooms. This ale has a fully body, little carbonation and is rich with toasted grain character on the tongue and palate. The aftertaste is starkly dry and carries a lemon pith tone.
Beers from Covered Bridge Brewing are available in standard 64 oz growlers and 32 oz snap top bottles as pictured above. Both vessels are decorated with the brewery’s oval-shaped logo that depicts a scene in which an 1930s style delivery truck is crossing a covered bridge. A slogan reads “For Great Beer, We’ve Got You Covered” and beers come with information cards that describe them and provide SRM and IBU information.
Eternally Hoptimistic is quite hearty for an APA and feels very Canadian thanks to dry, earthy and grainy characteristics. It could use a bit more carbonation to lighten things up, but has a solid foundation. This ale worked nicely with roast beef, dark rye bread, earthy cheese, mushroom soup and caramelized onion.
Type: American Pale Ale
Region: Ontario, Stittsville
Brewery: Covered Bridge Brewing
Format Purchased: 949 mL / 1.89 L
Price: $12 / $17 (Including $5.00 Growler Deposit)
Alcohol Content: 6.2%