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23Jul/140

Mad Jack Premium Apple Lager: Where’s the Beer?

This flavoured malt liquor from Molson Coors Canada is a bright, caramel-tinged golden colour and yields a small, loose white cap when poured that only lasts for a few seconds. Mad Jack Premium Apple Lager smells almost entirely of sweet apple juice from concentrate and bears little resemblance to anything even approaching any type of lager I've ever had.

Mad Jack Premium Apple Lager

This Beverage IS NOT Gluten-Free

The taste of Mad Jack Premium Apple Cider does have a subtle malt character, but it’s quickly buried under an overly sweet, drinking box-like apple flavour. Malic acid enhances the medium-bodied and lightly carbonated beverage’s moderately sour finish and the aftertaste brings forth a chemical tone that seems to dry out your tongue, despite it being coated by a syrupy film.

21Jul/140

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple: Natural Enhancement

This flavoured, semi-dry hard cider from Angry Orchard Cider Company, LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio is a bright and surprisingly deep golden colour. Its powerful effervescence forms a small white cap that spews aromas of familiar culinary and juice varieties of apple like Empire and McIntosh and burns off within a moment, after which you are left with mild apple and caramel notes, as well as a hint of alcohol.

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple

This Beverage has More in Common with Macro Lager than Traditional Cider

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple is very sweet to the point of imbalance and tastes mainly like grocery store apple juice from concentrate against a backdrop of light caramel and brown sugar. The green apple-like crispness and slight sourness found in the finish owe their presence to the addition of malic acid, a substance commonly used in the making of hard candies and soda. The aftertaste of this light-bodied beverage carries an inadequate, fleeting dryness before leaving a syrupy, apple-tinged flavour on the tongue.

3Jul/140

Patio Saison: Sunshine on My Shoulders

Patio Saison from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario is a hazy golden-amber colour and yields a large, billowy white head that is retained as a small cap and leaves large rings of lace on your glass. This Belgian-style farmhouse ale has strong aromas of light, honey-sweetened malts and freshly picked cloves with a mild citrus note and a faint perfumy whiff that comes from the addition of elderflower.

Patio Saison

This Beer Debuted in 2012 as Wild Oats Series No. 19

The taste of Patio Saison is anchored by a blend of pilsener and wheat malts that create a soft caramel sweetness. Subtle citrus zest and peppery flavours contribute to a well-balanced dryness, while the ale finishes with a moderate bitterness and leaves notes of pith and clove in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel has definite earthy and grainy qualities, though long-lasting fine bubbles produce an air of creaminess and my tongue was left feeling a bit slick and syrupy between sips.

25Jun/140

100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager: I Remember Buffalo

Despite its name, 100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager from Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario is actually a deep golden colour with the faintest of amber tinges and yields a small, tight white head that hangs around as a thin cap while leaving scattered streaks of lace on your glass. This American amber lager smells mainly of sweet grains and light caramel malts, though there is also a noticeably earthy and slightly sour quality reminiscent of freshly cut field grasses.

100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager

This Lager Looks much Lighter Than I Expected

100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager has a rather sweet taste. Flavours of earth, fresh and toasted grains, white grape and red berry juices, cocoa and citrus peel can all be found in this lager. A distinct and sharp saltiness appears in the finish, along with a mild bitterness that’s just enough to balance the brew out. A fairly thick and bready mouthfeel is lightened up somewhat by a moderate effervescence and a mild grain flavour resonates in the aftertaste.

20Jun/140

Let the Gruit Times Roll: Let Them Be on Your Side

Let the Gruit Times Roll from Railway City Brewing Company in St. Thomas, Ontario pours a clear golden-amber colour with a fairly small but creamy white head that gets retained as a soapy film and small collar. The smell of rosemary pops from this spiced, un-hopped ale against a backdrop of sweet malts that carries notes of honey and caramel.

Let the Gruit Times Roll

Variety is the Spice of Life

The blend of rosemary, sage and black cumin dominates the taste of Let the Gruit Times Roll. The brew is particularly dry and peppery at first and in the finish, while a light and syrupy sweetness comes through on the tongue to lighten things up. The mouthfeel is on the thick and viscous side and carbonation is minimal. The sage and black cumin notes hang around in the aftertaste.