This spiced bock from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario is a clear ruby tinted orange colour and pours with a spongy off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a stringy collar and a few spots of lace in its wake. Hogan's Goat is ripe with earthy, herbal and outdoorsy aromas like juniper, mint and pine oil standing out against a sweet malt backdrop with a hint of wood.
Herbal flavours of peppermint, orange peel and juniper berry also permeate the taste of Hogan's Goat. The addition of rye malt contributes to a decidedly dry experience, with toasted grain, red berry juice and a sharp hickory-like note rounding things out in the finish. This lager has a medium body and light carbonation, as well as a pronounced oiliness that lingers in the aftertaste with a blend of herbal tones that bring dry gin to mind.
Fire in the Rye from Double Trouble Brewing Company in Guelph, Ontario pours a hazy, rusty amber colour with a frothy off-white head that leaves waves of lace as it settles into a thick, climbing collar and fuzzy-looking film. Aromas of toffee, rye, pine and citrus zest are joined by accents of black pepper, chocolate and red berry in this American-style rye beer.
The taste of Fire in the Rye is malt forward with a warm, dry roasted rye flavour present throughout. Bitter lemon rind and pith come through on the tongue and palate and remain throughout a dry finish. This ale is full-bodied, earthy, roasty and grainy, though a fairly thick oiliness keeps everything smooth-going. Moderate carbonation and a touch of yeast pop on the tongue, leading to an aftertaste that has hints of grapefruit juice and chocolate.
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.
Wishart's ESB from Clocktower Brew Pub in Ottawa, Ontario is a deep, rusty amber colour with streaks of gold throughout. A frothy, light tan head settles as a climbing collar and thin film while leaving small spots of lace on your glass. Chocolate and toffee malts anchor the smell of this English ale, with notes of plum, roasted grain and lemon pith rounding it out.
The taste of Wishart's ESB brings forth fruity esters that remind me of plum, black cherry and lemon, as well as a flavour not unlike black tea. This full-bodied and lightly carbonated ale carries a moderate, yet sharp and mineral-like bitterness. Chocolate and coffee notes in the finish lead to a dry aftertaste with hints of pepper and grapefruit.
This English pale ale from Railway City Brewing Company in St. Thomas, Ontario pours a beautiful, chill hazed ruby colour with a small tan head that evaporates quickly, leaving a stringy collar and very little lace. The smell of Woodworth and Edwards Honey Bee'lixer is so thick with nectar that it takes on a caramel hard candy tone reminiscent of liqueur. Notes of dark plum and chocolate malt contribute to an overall warmth.
Woodworth and Edwards Honey Bee'lixer has rich flavours of roasted grains, bread, plum, chocolate and of course, fresh honey. There is a soft bitter bite that is just enough to strike a balance with the sweet malt base of this full-bodied and grainy ale. Despite the amount of honey used in this mildly carbonated brew, it manages not to feel too syrupy and a subtle pop of yeast comes forth on the tongue. The finish has a certain booziness to it that leads to an earthy and grainy aftertaste.
Lake Effect IPA from Great Lakes Brewery in Etobicoke, Ontario is hazy golden orange colour, with a loose off-white head that settles as a bubbly collar and film and leaves long, thin streaks of lace on your glass. This American IPA is loaded with grapefruit, toasted grain and pine aromas that are accented by notes of black pepper, honeydew, coconut flesh and baked apple.
The taste of Lake Effect IPA is quite bitter, clocking in at a solid 80 IBU. Unsweetened grapefruit juice is balanced by fresh and toasted light grain flavours, with an apple or pear note coming forward in the finish. This ale has a medium body with a good amount of fine carbonation. It feels creamy and a bit grainy in the mouth and also has a nice oiliness to it. The aftertaste has a lingering citrus rind tone and residual bitterness.