This schwarzbier from Hop City Brewing Company in Brampton, Ontario is dark brown in colour with streaks of ruby visible when held towards a light source and it yields a small, fluffy tan head that leaves large rings of lace as it settles into a thin cap. 8th Sin Black Lager carries robust aromas of dark roasted grains, chocolate and burnt coffee, with notes of tree nuts and wet birch that provide an outdoorsy warmth.
The taste of 8th Sin Black Lager is in line with its smell, bringing forth flavours of chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted grains and hints of nuts and wood. The finish has a notable sweetness, with the chocolate and wood tones lingering in the aftertaste of this medium-bodied and moderately carbonated lager. There is a syrupy feeling throughout, but it’s not too heavy or cloying.
Big Mouth Tap Room Pale Ale from Hop City Brewing Company in Brampton, Ontario pours a slightly hazy golden-amber colour with a relatively small, soapy white head that settles as a thin collar and film, leaving little lace behind. This American pale ale has a floral, soapy aroma with notes of lemon zest, grains, light chocolate and caramel malts.
The taste of Big Mouth Tap Room Pale Ale is a bit mild overall, with well-balanced caramel malt, floral and citrus flavours and a subtle bitter bite. This is a very easy going, creamy feeling ale with a fairly thin body and mild carbonation. Hints of red berry and alcohol come through in the finish and the aftertaste has soft bitter and oily characteristics.
This red lager from the Hop City Brewing Company in Brampton, Ontario pours an amber-copper colour with lots of visible carbonation and a medium-sized, foamy tan coloured head that leaves some spotty lacing and settles as a collared film. Barking Squirrel Lager smells of toasted caramel malts with a floral hop quality. Fresh grains, alcohol, raisin and tree nuts also come through.
The taste of Barking Squirrel Lager is crisp and mostly dry, with a subtle nutty quality, a bread-like tone and a hint of chocolate. The finish is solidly bitter with a slight wood or scotch note. The mouthfeel is creamy with a yeast-like quality on the tongue. There is a nice pop of carbonation even at the bottom of the glass and the aftertaste is dry with a raisin-like fruity tone to it.