E9 Brewery Realize Real Lies – American IPA at 6.4% ABV

E9 Brewery Realize Real Lies – American IPA at 6.4% ABV (C$5.22 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 27-Feb-2020, reviewed 5-Apr-2020)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fingers of rocky pale ivory head, excellent retention and heavy chunky lacing. (4/5) Aroma: juicy tropical fruit & citrus, caramel, dank pine. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (9/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky medium duration finish. (4/5)

A new best IPA from E9, in addition to being their best overall (for me, anyway). Slightly better than Puppies vs Kittens, and miles better than Black Helmet or Operation Haze Bro. Almost an NEIPA on the front end, but possessed of some West Coast dankness on the back end. My only complaint about this one is that I’d like it a tiny bit less sweet/malty, but it’s still excellent regardless. (17/20)

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E9 Brewery Puppies vs Kittens – American IPA at 6% ABV

E9 Brewery Puppies vs Kittens – American IPA at 6% ABV (C$5.22 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 27-Feb-2020, reviewed 4-Apr-2020)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fingers of rocky off-white head, excellent retention and heavy chunky lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, bready malt, stone fruit, citrus. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky medium duration finish. (4/5)

Puppies. Duh.

Here, you Philistines, have some book-larnin’:

The Kitten
The trouble with a kitten is
THAT
Eventually it becomes a
CAT.
-Ogden Nash

Probably the best IPA I’ve had by E9, if not necessarily their best offering overall. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Fernie Brewing Company Nomad Wild IPA – American IPA at 6.3% ABV | 42 IBU

Fernie Brewing Company Nomad Wild IPA – American IPA at 6.3% ABV | 42 IBU (C$4.27 at Collective, 473 ml, best before 7-Aug-2020, acquired 27-Feb-2020, reviewed 4-Apr-2020)

Appearance: translucent medium amber with three fingers of unruly dense ivory head, excellent retention and heavy chunky lacing. (3/5) Aroma: hay funk, stone and tropical fruits, tart wheat. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, moderate funky tart. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration funky tart finish. (4/5)

An interesting idea, with Sabro and Enigma hops on a wild yeast – and if I recall correctly, Fernie might’ve been the second brewer I ever experienced using Sabro hops, though I’ve had them quite a few times since – but not entirely surprisingly the wild yeast very much carries the day here, completely dominating with very brett-like funk and fury. A massive three fingers of dense ivory head towers over a somewhat muddy medium amber body, and funk is the name of the game when it comes to both the aroma and finish. Hints of stone and tropical fruits are interspersed throughout, and perhaps some acidulated wheat tartness, but those are frankly overshadowed by the enthusiastic wild yeast. I’d have to say this is as much a true Wild, as it is an IPA, and I approve. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Annex Ale Project King’s English Black Tea Lemon Pale Ale – English Pale Ale at 4.6% ABV

Annex Ale Project King’s English Black Tea Lemon Pale Ale – English Pale Ale at 4.6% ABV (C$4.10 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 24-Mar-2020, acquired 25-Mar-2020, reviewed 4-Apr-2020)

Appearance: hazy pale amber with one finger of loose white head diminishing rapidly to nothing, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: black tea, lemon, floral. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, mild tart. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration mildly tart finish. (4/5)

Looks, smells, and tastes pretty much like unsweetened iced tea, medium heavy on the lemon just the way I like it. It’s actually very refreshing, with no hint of alcohol. There’s also pretty much no hint of beer, but what the hell, I like it anyway. Too bad it’s still winter, or it’d be a great one for a sunny deck. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Born Colorado Brewing Earl’s Ale Earl Grey Tea Pale Ale – English Pale Ale at 6% ABV | 30 IBU

Born Colorado Brewing Earl’s Ale Earl Grey Tea Pale Ale – English Pale Ale at 6% ABV | 30 IBU (C$4.50 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 10-Mar-2020, acquired 25-Mar-2020, reviewed 3-Apr-2020)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with one finger of loose white head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap and ring, moderate soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: Earl Grey tea, blueberry, vanilla, floral. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate-lively carbonation, sweetish medium duration finish. (3/5)

I guess it’s not overly sweet in an absolute sense, but the combination of blueberry and vanilla on top of a floral note makes this verge on sickly for me. Not my cup of tea, so to speak. (12/20)

6/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Medicine Hat Brewing Co. February Frost – White IPA at 6.3% ABV | 53 IBU

Medicine Hat Brewing Co. Stand Tall February Frost – White IPA at 6.3% ABV | 53 IBU (C$4.14 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 12-Feb-2020, acquired 27-Feb-2020, reviewed 3-Apr-2020)

Appearance: hazy straw with two fingers of fluffy white head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: coriander, orange peel, oats, white pepper. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, moderate peppery spice. (6/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate-soft carbonation, off-dry mildly spicy finish. (3/5)

This is a tough style to get right, and all things considered this one is not bad, but it’s a bit too heavy handed on the spice. By the end of the pint, the spice has pretty much blown out everything else. (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Zero Issue Brewing Invasion Coffee IPA (Issue #21) – American IPA at 5.9% ABV

Zero Issue Brewing Invasion Coffee IPA (Issue #21) – American IPA at 5.9% ABV (C$4.85 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 25-Mar-2020, reviewed 2-Apr-2020)

Appearance: muddy opaque deep gold with two fat fingers of dense creamy pale ivory head, excellent retention and spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: coffee, resiny pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly creamy body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter lightly spicy finish. (4/5)

Well… I don’t hate it. And for a coffee IPA, that’s not a bad accomplishment. Mind you, when I say it smells like coffee, it’s really a bit more like soggy grounds in the trash, than a nice freshly-brewed cup. But all in all, it’s reasonably well balanced and drinkable. (14/20)

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Coronado Brewing Company / Pizza Port Brewing Company South of the Pier – American IPA at 6.5% ABV

Coronado Brewing Company / Pizza Port Brewing Company South of the Pier – American IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$4.86 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 27-Jan-2020, acquired 25-Mar-2020, reviewed 1-Apr-2020)

Appearance: hazy straw with one fat finger of loose pale ivory head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: grassy & herbal, resiny pine, tropical fruit, crackery pale malt, floral. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium bitter lightly spicy finish. (4/5)

Bit disappointing, if I’m honest – I’ve heard great things about Pizza Port, and Coronado is a perennial favourite of mine. On top of that, the label reports Amarillo, Mosaic, Waimea, and Motueka hops, at least two of which are high on my list of favourites. (Amarillo and Waimea are OK, but kind of work-a-day in my opinion.) This, however, while reasonably solid and inoffensive, is a bit uninspired and falls well short of epic. I can’t say I’m getting a whole lot of Mosaic complexity or Motueka tropical fruit – or, for that matter, a lot of West Coast dankness. Ultimately it’s a middle-of-the-road AIPA without a whole lot to distinguish it in a very crowded field. (14/20)

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Cabin Brewing Company Summer Saturation Tropical New England Pale Ale – American Pale Ale at 5% ABV | 40 IBU

Cabin Brewing Company Summer Saturation Tropical New England Pale Ale – American Pale Ale at 5% ABV | 40 IBU (C$4.72 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 19-Mar-2020, acquired 25-Mar-2020, reviewed 1-Apr-2020)

Appearance: opaque pale gold with two fat fingers of loose off-white head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, minimal spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: juicy and sweet tropical fruits, grapefruit, bready malt and oats. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly creamy body, moderate-soft carbonation, off-dry medium bitter lightly spicy finish. (4/5)

Looks like grapefruit juice, and doesn’t taste a whole lot different, either. Well… a bit more tropical, I suppose. Brewer notes indicate Ekuanot, Citra and Simcoe hops, but there’s none of the cattiness that I’ve found Simcoe in particular sometimes gives. Hearty flavour without excessive sweetness, on a smooth body verging on creamy. Definitely not a Pale that tastes like a watered-down IPA! If only it weren’t still full-on winter, this’d be a great one for the patio – but I’ll take it as a promise that better days are coming… assuming we avoid a full-on Zombie Apocalypse, of course… (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

S.Y.C. Brewing Co. Dankeroo West Coast IPA – American IPA at 7% ABV

S.Y.C. Brewing Co. Dankeroo West Coast IPA – American IPA at 7% ABV (C$4.45 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 22-Mar-2020, acquired 25-Mar-2020, reviewed 30-Mar-2020)

Appearance: opaque medium gold with two fingers of fluffy pale ivory head, excellent retention and heavy soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: dank pine, tropical fruit, herbal, caramel, citrus. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-soft carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter mildly warming finish. (4/5)

I like this a lot, especially the dank aroma and resiny bitter finish. It doesn’t taste quite as good as it smells, but that’s not to say it doesn’t taste good too! Aside from looking sort of like an NEIPA, this is very much the dank West Coast offering the label promises. Probably my favourite so far out of the maybe dozen or so I’ve had by this brewery. (17/20)

8.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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