This American IPA from Bicycle Craft Brewery in Ottawa, Ontario is a golden-copper colour, slightly hazy in appearance and pours with a creamy, billowy off-white head that leaves large streak of lace behind and gets retained as a thick cap. Aggressively dry-hopped, Velocipede IPA is chock full of Centennial hop character and the smell is rich with aromas of lemon peel and pepper, as well as a blend of wild grass and flower notes.
The taste of Velocipede IPA is also hop forward and brings a fairly hefty bitterness (70 IBU) to the table. Light caramel and toasted malts construct the base of this medium-bodied ale, which can get a bit lost under the dominant lemon and pepper notes. Thankfully, this is alleviated somewhat as the beer starts to warm up, letting a sturdy graininess balance things out before a more juicy lemon flavour returns in the finish and transitions to dryness in the aftertaste.
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.
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.
Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan pours a deep and fiery honey-amber colour with a small white head that leaves a frothy collar, a thin film and oily rings of lace that slide back into the beer. This American IPA has strong aromas of pine, caramel-sweetened malts and grapefruit juice, a hint of black tea and a mossy funk that I can’t quite put my finger on.
The packaging of Centennial IPA is primarily a canvas like green colour with two robed angelic figures supporting a stylized yellow wordmark. A description of the beer is found on the six pack sleeve along with images of what I presume to be employees and friends of the brewery. A best before date is stamped on the shoulder of each bottle.
Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour from Better Bitters Brewing Company in Burlington, Ontario is a hazy golden orange colour with very fine white sediment suspended in it and a small but frothy white head that gets retained as a collar that looks like a string of shaving cream and leaves little lacing. This American pale ale has pleasant aromas of lemony citrus and toasted malts with notes of caramel, grass and wildflowers and a sharp pine note.
The smooth taste of Nickel Brook Naughty Neighbour has a mild tropical punch with mango and grapefruit flavours at the fore, an earthy yeast note in the middle and moderate bitterness that takes on a crisp and tart lemon rind tone in the finish. The aftertaste has an earthy grain character and a slight oiliness. The ale is on the full side of medium-bodied and has light carbonation, but still has plenty of life in the mouthfeel courtesy of the sediment.