The second beer to emerge from B-Side Brewing Label in Vankleek Hill, Ontario comes courtesy of Gigantic Brewing in Portland, Oregon. La Formidable “American-Belgo IPA” is a hazy golden orange colour and pours with a large & creamy white head that leaves small streaks of lace and hangs around as a silky cap.
This hybrid ale has aromas of pepper, clove and banana from Belgian yeast intertwined with the punchy lemon and orange notes you’d expect from American hops, all over a light caramel and honey-toned malt base. The taste of La Formidable is rather dry and earthy from start to finish. Thick toffee malts are accented by milt fruit esters and the beer’s sturdy (60 IBU) bitterness really hits home in the aftertaste, with also leaves mild lemon peel and pepper notes behind.
Audrey Hopburn from Great Lakes Brewery in Etobicoke, Ontario is hazy orange in colour with pencil yellow highlights and a tight, but creamy white head that leaves spots of lace and is retained as a healthy cap that climbs the glass. This Belgian IPA has strong tropical aromas of mango, tangerine and lemon zest backed with notes of wild grains, yeast, black soil, musty wood and cigar.
Audrey Hopburn has a dry, peppery taste that brings with it flavours of clove, fennel and citrus fruit rind, while balance is found through a caramel malt tone that is just sweet enough. This ale is very creamy in the mouth, medium-bodied and carries a fairly mild amount of carbonation. The finish is dry on the palate, with a juicy grapefruit flavour on the tongue that transitions into a pithy and yeasty aftertaste.