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.
Nightmare on Mill Street Pumpkin Ale from Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a hazy and warm ruby-amber colour with a moderate light beige head that leaves spotty lacing and gets retained as a thin collar. This wheat-based pumpkin ale smells of grain, sweet malts, pumpkin and spices such as clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. A bitter chocolate-coffee aroma becomes apparent after warming.
Spices are at the forefront of the taste of Nightmare on Mill Street Pumpkin Ale and create a crisp bite, with a sweet pumpkin flavour behind that and an earthy and grainy backing. Vanilla comes through on the tongue and coupled with the spice blend reminds me somewhat of Dr. Pepper for a moment.
Nightmare on Mill Street Pumpkin Ale is fairly thin, but wheat character and fine carbonation give it a nice, lively body. There is a surprising mild sourness in the finish before going dry. Vanilla, pumpkin and spice all remain prevalent in the aftertaste, along with a mild syrupy feeling.
Oktoberfest Beer from Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a slightly hazy, copper-tinged amber colour with a small but frothy white head that leaves a some minor lace and gets retained as a thin collar. This märzen smells of sweet, toasted malts and grains as well as mild floral hops, with an alcohol aroma that comes forward after warming.
The taste of Mill Street Oktoberfest Beer is very sweet and malt forward with a subtle roasted character and nutty accent. The lager is very thin for the style with mild carbonation, resulting in a somewhat slimy mouthfeel. The finish is moderately dry, with an earthy and slightly burnt aftertaste and a lingering syrupy feeling.
This American pale wheat ale from Amsterdam Brewing Company Limited in Toronto, Ontario pours a slightly cloudy, grassy yellow colour with a small white head that reduces to a collar within a minute, leaving little to no lace behind. (416) Urban Wheat smells of wet grass, yeast, earth and burnt wheat, with subtle clove and citrus notes.
The taste of (416) Urban Wheat is very similar. Burnt grains, earth and yeast dominate, with hints of banana, cloves and orange rind. The beer is medium-bodied with a mild carbonation. Earth and burnt grains maintain their presence on the tongue, along with a mild syrupy quality. The finish is dirty and the aftertaste is very tart, astringent and slightly metallic.
Augusta Ale from Kensington Brewing Company in the heart of Toronto, Ontario pours a slightly hazy golden-amber colour with a large and frothy white head that is slow to burn off, leaving a large collar in its wake, along with a healthy coating of lace. This American Pale Ale smells of toasted malts, caramel and freshly cut grains. A nice floral tone appears after warming.
The taste of Augusta Ale is very much in line with the aroma. It’s toasty and malty with a sweet caramel tone. There is a really solid bitter bite that carries a subtle grapefruit rind citrus character. The finish is dry and bitter. The ale is medium-bodied with a light carbonation level. A hearty, bread-like sensation is imparted on the tongue with a mild oiliness behind it. The aftertaste is grainy with a hint of chocolate.