Fire in the Rye from Double Trouble Brewing Company in Guelph, Ontario pours a hazy, rusty amber colour with a frothy off-white head that leaves waves of lace as it settles into a thick, climbing collar and fuzzy-looking film. Aromas of toffee, rye, pine and citrus zest are joined by accents of black pepper, chocolate and red berry in this American-style rye beer.
The taste of Fire in the Rye is malt forward with a warm, dry roasted rye flavour present throughout. Bitter lemon rind and pith come through on the tongue and palate and remain throughout a dry finish. This ale is full-bodied, earthy, roasty and grainy, though a fairly thick oiliness keeps everything smooth-going. Moderate carbonation and a touch of yeast pop on the tongue, leading to an aftertaste that has hints of grapefruit juice and chocolate.
This American IPA from Kensington Brewing Company in Toronto, Ontario is a ruby-tinged amber colour with a large tan head that leaves a thick web of lace before settling as a small collar and mossy film. Baldwin FishEYE-PA has a rich smell packed with aromas of berries, tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, notes of caramel and dark grains and a hint of chocolate.
The taste of Baldwin FishEYE-PA is very well-rounded, grainy and decidedly thick with caramel and berry flavours while putting forth a moderate bitterness. This ale is full-bodied, mildly carbonated and very oily feeling. A dry chocolate character in the finish reminds me of a coffee liqueur and dark toffee while the aftertaste takes on a flavour not unlike lemon oil.
This oak aged altbier from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario pours a ruby-copper colour with a large, frothy and creamy beige head that settles as a loose collar and thin film, leaving very small spots of lace behind. Festivale Plus Sticke Alt has a woodsy aroma that reminds me of pine and fir trees. Whiskey, dark berry, caramel and earthy grain accents contribute to a general warmth.
The taste of Festivale Plus Sticke Alt is fruity and red wine-like. There is also a grainy, woody and sweet character that reminds me of rye whiskey and honey-sweetened biscuit or muffin. The ale is full-bodied with mild carbonation, an earthy, raw grain mouthfeel and a slight oiliness. A rather dry finish precedes an aftertaste with oak and fruit notes.