Robert Simpson Confederation Amber Ale from the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie, Ontario pours a slightly cloudy, almost pencil yellow colour with a nice frothy and creamy head. It creates a very bright, hoppy aroma with strong citrus notes as well as some mild earthy tones and a bit of pepper.
There is a pleasant tang to the initial mouthfeel that gives way to a rich and satisfying creaminess. Robert Simpson Confederation Amber Ale tastes surprisingly dry and crisp for a cream ale and strikes a fine balance between a graham cracker-like sweetness and sour citrus tones. The beer leaves a noticeable, but not too thick, bready aftertaste on the tongue.
HogsBack Vintage Lager from the HogsBack Brewing Company in Ottawa, Ontario pours a very nice clear golden colour with a respectable and foamy white head that leaves a fair about of lacing before settling as a collar.
This beer has a relatively hoppy and surprisingly “boozy” aroma with some tangy citrus notes. It also has a sort of dank, earthy smell to it, common to many Ontario craft-brewed beers. Thankfully, these “moldy” traits lighten as the beer warms a bit.
The mouthfeel of HogsBack Vintage Lager is quite bubbly, making for a smooth and refreshing drinkability. The taste itself is more bitter than I’d expect upfront and remains that way, but it also carries a robust malty sweetness in the finish thanks to a three malt blend. I also get faint wood tones in the aftertaste.