This extra strong blend of two imperial ales from the Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, New York pours a murky amber-orange colour with a creamy, soapy white head that sticks around as a collar and leaves a healthy amount of lace.
Gemini Imperial Blended Ale smells like hops and lots of them. There are a ton of citrus and fruit notes; pineapple, lemon and grapefruit are all present. There is also a mild sweetness, like toffee or caramel. As it warms, I get a nice earthy, grassy tone.
The taste of Gemini Imperial Blended Ale follows suit and is dominated by hops and citrus flavours after a slight toasted malt start. Grapefruit and pineapple really stand out for me. The mouthfeel is very creamy with a medium body and light carbonation. The unsurprisingly bitter finish is where the ABV rears its head, almost tasting like vodka at the end.
Pale Pilsner from the Old Credit Brewing Company Ltd. in Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario pours a slightly cloudy and pale, rusty-gold colour with little more than a filmy collar of head, despite a seemingly high carbonation. The aroma reminds me of brewed orange pekoe tea with hints of lemon, rye whiskey and, of all things, white wine.
Old Credit Pale Pilsner has a rather watery, slightly bubbly mouthfeel similar to a light beer. The tea-like aroma really comes through in the taste, along with a syrupy sweetness, decent hop bitterness and a slightly malty finish. There isn’t a lot going on here, but its an easy-drinking beer and there’s nothing particularly unpleasant about it.
This light English-style ale pours a lovely amber colour with a moderate, soapy white head that leaves behind a bit of lacing and a small collar. Arkell Best Bitter from the Wellington County Brewery in Guelph, Ontario creates a rich, crisp and inviting aroma with a deep malt tone, hints of dark fruit like prunes and a grassy citrus backing.
After all that rich aroma, the taste of Arkell Best Bitter falls slightly flat. There really isn’t much going on, but what’s here is good. I get a toasted, bready and slightly syrupy malt flavour with just enough bitterness to keep it balanced. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, but more substantial than most light beers. It has a decent feeling of carbonation on the tongue and leaves a clean dry aftertaste. I find this to be an extremely drinkable beer.
This European style Lager from the Wellington County Brewery in Guelph, Ontario, Canada is perfect for an afternoon on a patio or dock. It has a crisp, dry and somewhat malty taste and woody aroma thanks to specialty malts from Germany and Czech hops. Trailhead has a smooth, dry finish with a little bitter aftertaste and a light golden colour.
The can is an attractive powder blue that uses the silver aluminium of the can to evoke a river. The logo features a jumping fish drawn with a hard black outline and a distinctive all-caps typeface.