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.
Little Scrapper IPA from Half Pints Brewing Company Limited in Winnipeg, Manitoba pours a hazy, light amber colour with golden highlights and a frothy, creamy off-white head that has nice retention as a pinky finger wide cap and leaves fairly heavy lace on the glass. This American IPA carries aromas of caramel, pepper, lemon peel, umami and pineapple anchored by a thick, toasted grain tone.
The toasted malts anchor the taste of Little Scrapper IPA from beginning to end as well, accented by juicy pineapple, lemon and mango flavours, as well as a hint of brewed black tea. This ale is easily quaffed, with a medium body, low carbonation, light oiliness and grainy warmth. There’s just enough bitterness to please a hop head in the finish that lingers through the aftertaste and is joined there by a slightly salty tone.
Twice as Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario is a slightly hazy and bright amber colour with a frothy off-white head that settles as a thin collar and leaves cascading lace at every stage of the glass. This American double IPA wallops your nose with pineapple, grapefruit and mango notes along with accents of pepper and pine set against a thick toffee-caramel backing.
The taste of Twice as Mad Tom IPA has a layered effect about it. Waves of citrus flavours like pineapple and tangerine, grapefruit rind wash over toasted grains, caramel malts and mango tones. Every sip seems to taste a bit different, though a solid bitterness permeates the whole glass. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and grainy, but it also has a warm creaminess, semi-viscose oiliness and mild carbonation. The finish is sharp while pine, rind and pepper notes mingle in the aftertaste.
This flavoured American pale ale from Magic Hat Brewing Company in South Burlington, Vermont pours a clear golden colour with an amber tinge and a moderate white head that remains as a persistent ring throughout the glass while leaving spotty lacing. Apricot dominates the nose of Magic Hat #9. The ale also has a fresh, floral tone with a syrupy, but light caramel backing and a slight vegetal note.
The apricot is more balanced in the taste of Magic Hat #9, imparting a mild dryness over a tropical citrus body. An earthy graininess serves as the backbone and a nectar-like quality builds as the ale warms. The ale is medium-bodied with a mild carbonation. There is a nice creaminess with a syrupy quality on the tongue. The finish has a mild, slightly dry grape character and the aftertaste is tart with syrup and apricot notes.