Hop On Your Face from Beyond The Pale Brewing Company in Ottawa, Ontario is a rusty mahogany colour with a small, but frothy light cream-toned head that gets retained as a tight collar and leaves traces of spotty lace. This American IPA has a robust smell with aromas of dark toasted grain, toffee offset by sharp notes of lemon, pine and grapefruit, a hint of coffee and faint rye and wood tones common to the brewery’s other ales.
The taste of Hop On Your Face is a rich blend of berry, tropical fruit and citrus flavours supported by a very sturdy, roasted and grainy, toffee-sweetened malt base. This ale is full-bodied with minimal carbonation and plenty of yeasty and bitter life on the tongue, as well as slickness that carries on through the finish. Grape, berry and lemon oil can all be perceived in the aftertaste.
Squire Scotch Ale from The Cannery Brewing Company in Penticton, British Columbia pours a deep, golden-amber colour with a frothy off-white head that leaves moderate lacing and settles as a thin film and collar. Aromas of peat moss, light but sharp caramel malts, musty wood and smoke come through, along with a warm floral hop character.
Squire Scotch Ale has a thick, butterscotch-like malt flavour with a strong wood character and a grassy hop accent that brings crispness with it. This beer is nicely balanced and not bitingly sweet like many Scotch ales. A full body and mild carbonation contribute to a creamy and somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. The finish has a mild bitterness while peat and smoke linger in the heavy aftertaste.
Boneshaker from Amsterdam Brewing Company Limited in Toronto, Ontario pours a hazy caramel-amber colour with light sediment suspended throughout the glass. A thick and frothy white head leaves thick lacing as it settles into a slim collar and cap. The aroma of this American IPA can best be described in two words: Boom! Hops! Thick tangerine, mango and pineapple tones are countered by a warm honey-caramel body and a sharp, piny bite.
The taste of Boneshaker certainly does not lack bitterness. Citrus fruit rind, lemongrass and raw grain flavours are strong and meaty and set against an equally sturdy and toasty caramel malt backing. The ale is full-bodied with a mild carbonation. The sediment creates a lot of life on the tongue before a viscose oiliness coats the back of the tongue and throat. The finish is bitter and a strong citrus tone remains throughout the aftertaste.
Hops and Robbers from Double Trouble Brewing Company in Guelph, Ontario pours a beautiful golden colour with amber tinges. Its large and frothy white head gets retained as a foamy collar and leaves minor lacing. The beer doesn’t smell like a typical Ontario brewed American IPA. It has more of a toasted grain character with citrus and berry tones in the background as well as hints of pineapple and banana after warming.
The taste of Hops and Robbers has a slightly sweet, toasted caramel malt character with subtle berry, grape and citrus notes, along with a nicely-balanced bitterness from dry-hopping. The beer is crisp on the front of the tongue then gives way to a sturdy bread-like sensation with a nice oiliness before finishing dry. The oily character remains in the aftertaste and the toasted character really lingers.
This flavoured light ale from the Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a hazy, mango juice-like orange colour with a frothy white head that falls to a collared film while leaving a fair amount of lace behind. Green Tea Ale has a very mild, yet earthy aroma. It smells like wet grains primarily with a honey-like sweetness and a light citrus tone. The smell of brewed green tea really comes through after warming a bit.
Green Tea Ale tastes like toasted malt, green tea and rice; again with a honey-like sweetness. It’s quite crisp and refreshing, not at all too sweet and the ale develops subtle berry and floral notes as it warms. The mouthfeel thin-bodied with just enough carbonation to give it some life on the tongue and the finish is quite dry.