Two Flags IPA: Two Can Be One

This American IPA from Dominion City Brewing Company in Ottawa, Ontario is fairly dark for its style, pouring a hazy tone somewhere between amber and ruby. A soapy, off-white head leaves small swaths of lace and settles into a yarn-like collar. Two Flags IPA has big pine and citrus peel aromas, an unmistakable pineapple scent and a peppery note that sit atop a hearty chocolate and toffee malt base.

Two Flags IPA
Malt and Hops in Harmony

That blend of rich malts in Two Flags IPA, along with hints of burnt sugar and coffee combine to remind me the taste of a popular candy that rhymes with “Footsie Toll”. This ale has a great, distinctive transition from dark malt, to sweet berry flavours to a moderately bitter grapefruit tone. Two Flags IPA is full-bodied, has a fairly mellow level of carbonation and a resinous slickness that lingers in the aftertaste.

Boundary Ale: Walk the Line

This American pale ale from Moosehead Breweries Limited in Saint John, New Brunswick is clear and light amber in colour, pouring with a small but frothy light tan head that leaves weblike lacing as it settles into a thin cap. Boundary Ale has a very fruity smell, with dark notes of plum and raisin countered by bright grape, lemon and apple juice aromas. Sweet fresh grains and light malts carry hints of chocolate and minerals.

Boundary Ale
Don’t Judge This Beer By Its Brewer

The taste of Boundary Ale is thick with flavours of biscuit, raisin, cocoa and honey balanced by a moderate bitterness that is most prevalent in the aftertaste and carries notes of lemon rind and fresh grasses. This ale is on the lighter side of medium-bodied and has a fair amount of carbonation that pops on the front of the tongue. A smooth oiliness leads to a grainy and somewhat chocolatey finish.