Red Leaf Lager from the Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a nice copper-amber colour with a rather small white head that has good retention and a fair amount of visible carbonation. This American amber lager has a very malt laden aroma. Chestnut, caramel and a plum-like fruit tone are accompanied by toasted note and a nutmeg-like spiciness.
The taste of Red Leaf Lager is relatively sweet with characteristics similar to the aroma. Dark toffee malts with a plum or red grape-like fruit tone backed by a fatty, nutty flavour and a hint of chocolate. The beer is thin-bodied, giving off a prickly pop on the front of the tongue before a creamy sensation takes over. There is a bit of a syrupy, resin-like feeling to the aftertaste, but it’s clean overall with a hint of fresh grains.
This strong seasonal ale from the Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario pours a copper colour with amber highlights around the edges of the glass and has the appearance of wavy lines on a hot road. A moderate tan coloured head burns off quickly, leaving a bit of lace and a thin collar behind. The aroma of Muskoka Harvest Ale is dry in nature. The beer smells of fresh grains and grasses, caramel malts, baker’s chocolate and it has a peppery spiciness to it. A sweet, honeydew-like fruity note and a hint of alcohol appear as it warms.
Muskoka Harvest Ale tastes like dark or toasted malts, a dark fruit like raisin or date and it’s highlighted with a note that reminds me of a buttered bran muffin. The ale has a very crisp and bitter finish with a hint of grapefruit and there is little trace of alcohol in the taste, but there is a definite warming effect. The beer has a medium body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. There is a yeasty pop on the tongue and the aftertaste is dry, but with an oily quality and a peppery bite.
This hopped-up pale wheat ale from the Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a golden pencil yellow colour, somewhat hazy with sediment and a soapy white head that leaves behind a generous lace and small collar. Miami Weiss smells very bright and fresh, with notes of buttered popcorn, honey, toasted wheat, flowers and tangerine.
Miami Weiss tastes like malted wheat at first, followed by a tart grapefruit citrus tang, a subtle cherry tone and a slight earthiness in the finish. It feels a bit yeasty on the tongue and it’s a bit thin, but it does have a certain sparkle to it, along with a dry and somewhat bitter aftertaste.
Dunkel Buck from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario pours a hazy nut brown colour with a rusty orange tone around the edges. A very frothy, tan-coloured head takes a while to burn off, leaving minimal lacing behind and a nice, thick collar and film.
This dark, strong and unfiltered German ale has strong fruit tones in its smell. Banana and bubble gum notes are joined by a plum or cherry-like smell and a hint of cloves. A honey-like sweetness and alcohol come though after warming.
The taste of Dunkel Buck follow suit with a slightly sweet, fatty banana flavour taking the lead. The beer is backed by a toasted wheat taste and a cocoa or roasted baker’s chocolate tone that fills out the body and lends a nice bitterness to the finish. The mouthfeel is quite creamy thanks to the long-lasting collar and sediment, while managing to not come off as too thick.
There is a low carbonation but a mild prickly sensation occurs on the tongue. The aftertaste is dry and tart, with a peppery note and the warming effects of the alcohol coming through on the back of the tongue and throat.
Pugnacious Pale Ale from Grand River Brewing in Cambridge, Ontario pours a nice honey-amber colour with a frothy white head that settles as a thick film while leaving a moderate amount of lace. This American pale ale smells of thick, caramel-sweetened malts, freshwater and buttered popcorn. A dark fruit tone, like plums, comes through as it warms.
The taste of Pugnacious Pale Ale is very malt-forward. A buttered, heavy bread taste gives way to a brewed tea note and crisp and bitter finish with a hint of lemon zest. The beer has a fairly heavy mouthfeel with a medium carbonation that’s prickly on the tongue and a mostly clean aftertaste with a slight yeasty tone.