Czech Mate: Knight to Rook Four

Czech Mate from the Paddock Wood Brewing Company in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan pours a clear golden colour with a moderately-sized, frothy and soapy white head that settles as a collared film and leaves light, spotty lacing. This traditional pilsner has a very pleasant and appetizing smell consisting of a mild soap tone, flowers and fresh grains. A subtle malt note, a hint of green tea and a honey-like sweetness balance out the body of the aroma.

Czech Mate
This Pilsner is Crisp and Clean

The taste of Czech Mate is hop-forward, clean and crisp. A slight malt sweetness is accompanied by a very solid dryness and a tart, almost sour finish. The beer is light-bodied with a medium-heavy carbonation. An oily sensation comes through on the tongue before a slight syrupy aftertaste takes over.

Southern Tier 2XIPA: Double Your Fun

This strong, American-style double IPA from the Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, New York pours a hazy golden-orange colour with a moderate-sized soapy head that gets retained as a collar and leaves a bit of lacing. 2XIPA has a very smooth aroma. It’s well-balanced citrus with a grapefruit tartness and tangerine sweetness, as well as a buttery tone and thick, biscuity malt backing. A piny alcohol tone comes through after warming, but it’s not intimidating.

Southern Tier 2XIPA
This Beer is Exceptionally Smooth for Its Style

2XIPA is also very smooth in taste, especially for the style. It has a syrupy, butterscotch sweetness at first. A maltiness takes on characteristics of dark rye and a bitter, almost sour grapefruit-like citrus kicks in at the end. The beer’s collar sticks around forever, contributing to a fairly thick and creamy mouthfeel. Its high ABV makes itself known in the finish with a warming sour bite before going dry on the back of the throat.

Anchor Steam Beer: Blow off Some Steam

This one-of-a-kind, 19th century American-style beer from the Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco, California pours a pretty golden-amber colour with a moderate tan head that doesn’t leave any lace, but sticks around as a long-lasting film. Anchor Steam Beer has a sort of fishy, freshwater aroma at first. Once that wears off, there is a sweet malty aroma with a very subtle fruit backing and a dry grassiness to it. More honey-like sweetness comes through after warming.

Anchor Steam Beer
Steam Beer is a Trademark of the Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam Beer tastes mostly like sweet malts, but with a well-balanced bitterness. It also develops a tart, raspberry-like fruitiness as it warms. The mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, but creamy on the tongue and light-bodied overall. Slightly malty on the aftertaste, and the beer also has a mineral sharpness that reminds me of tonic water.

Coeur Brise: They Say Only Love Can Break Your Heart

This raspberry-flavoured beer from Brasseurs de Montréal in Québec pours a light golden colour with a light peach pink hue in it. A foamy tan-coloured head survives as a collar until the end of the glass and leaves very minor lacing. Coeur Brisé really does smell a lot like raspberry, not drinking box grape juice or canned vegetables. It has a sort of wet hay backing to it and starts to get musty as it warms up.

Coeur Brise
This is a Surprisingly Balanced Raspberry-Flavoured Beer

Coeur Brisé tastes like a raspberry soda or raspberry ginger ale sweetened by honey. There isn’t a heck of a lot of beer taste aside from a yeasty tone coming through, but it’s not too sweet or tart. The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy, but light-bodied. The beer has a medium carbonation with a puckering sour bite on the finish, but isn’t overly dry.

Crazy Canuck Pale Ale: Uncanny Great Taste

Crazy Canuck Pale Ale from the Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a deep Golden-amber colour with a moderate tan head that leaves a fair amount of lace. A collar and film last throughout the glass. After breathing for a bit, this American-style pale ale has a grapefruit-like citrus aroma with spicy and buttery tones and a cherry-like bitter fruit note.

Crazy Canuck Pale Ale
All this Label Needs is an Image of Poutine

Crazy Canuck Pale Ale sort of tastes like overripe fruit, but in a good way. Like the aroma a tart citrus taste, along with a sweet, buttery malt are present. The mouthfeel is thin, yet creamy and carries a medium carbonation feel. The finish is tart, but not puckering.