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Phillips Brewing Company Bat As Sauvin Spritzer – Session IPA at 3.9% ABV

Phillips Brewing Company Bat As Sauvin Spritzer – Session IPA at 3.9% ABV (C$3.78 at Collective, 473 ml, best before 8-Dec-2019, acquired 22-Sep-2019, reviewed 13-Nov-2019)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with one finger of loose white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and ring, minimal soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: vinous white grape, berries, biscuity malt. (7/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate-low bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate-lively carbonation, off-dry mild bitter finish. (4/5)

There’s nothing really wrong with this, other than it being far too light in aroma and flavour – but I don’t feel like I can really mark it down for that, all things considered. On the other hand, the elevated carbonation keeps it from seeming overly watery. I guess it’s a case of, it is what it is: if you want to be able to spend an hour drinking two or three beers with friends and still be able to drive afterwards, well, this might work for you. If you want something that actually has some real flavour, you might want to look elsewhere. (And the name bugs me – what in hell’s it supposed to mean?) (14/20)

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Sea Change Brewing Co. Session Ale – Session IPA at 4% ABV

Sea Change Brewing Co. Session Ale – Session IPA at 4% ABV (C$4.14 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 19-Jun-2019, acquired 22-Sep-2019, reviewed 13-Nov-2019)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with one finger of loose white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and ring, minimal soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: citrus, grainy malt, tropical fruit, light pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate-lively carbonation, off-dry medium bitter finish. (4/5)

I shouldn’t have left this in the fridge as long as I did – it’s probably getting a bit elderly, but still not bad. Refreshing and decently clean, and certainly doesn’t feel watered-down the way some Sessions do. Given the age, it might be a little unfair to complain about the lack of brightness and slightly muted hop profile, but there you go. I wouldn’t say no to another, and that’s really the ultimate test, innit? (14/20)

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Dageraad Brewing Jumo – Saison at 4.8% ABV

Dageraad Brewing Jumo – Saison at 4.8% ABV (C$4.72 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 30-Apr-2019, acquired 15-Oct-2019, reviewed 12-Nov-2019)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with one fat finger of rocky white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and ring, moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, bready yeast, tropical fruit, mild funk. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, moderate-low bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate-lively carbonation, off-dry lightly tart mild bitter finish. (4/5)

I was going to make a smartass comment about the “containing no oranges” line on the can, and question how many other things it doesn’t contain, but the fact is I can now see needing to make such a clarification: it wouldn’t take much convincing for me to believe this actually contained oranges. Clean, mildly tart, and refreshing, this ticks all the boxes for Saison. I could drink a lot of these… which is actually at least two more boxes ticked… (16/20)

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Belching Beaver Brewery Dia de los Deftones – American Pale Lager at 5% ABV | 15 IBU

Belching Beaver Brewery Dia de los Deftones – American Pale Lager at 5% ABV | 15 IBU (C$4.05 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 23-Aug-2019, acquired 31-Oct-2019, reviewed 11-Nov-2019)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with one fat finger of fizzy white head diminishing rapidly to nothing, no lacing. (2/5) Aroma: lime, crackery pale malt, grass, light plastic band-aid. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lightly tart mild bitter finish. (3/5)

Pretty unimpressive in general, and by far the least enjoyable out of the more than a dozen BB beers I’ve had so far. It would have been a fairly bland lager-and-lime even without off flavours, but the little phenol edge was particularly unwelcome. Beautiful label art, but that’s about the best you can say about it. (11/20)

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Ecliptic Brewing Quasar Pale – American Pale Ale at 6% ABV | 65 IBU

Ecliptic Brewing Quasar Pale – American Pale Ale at 6% ABV | 65 IBU (C$3.01 at Collective, 355 ml, packaged on 11-Sep-2019, acquired 31-Oct-2019, reviewed 11-Nov-2019)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with two fat fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and heavy soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, resiny pine, grainy caramel, citrus. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter finish. (3/5)

I find Simcoe and Mosaic to be a nice combination, and it’s one that’s implemented pretty well here, with tropical fruit and dank pine ahead of mild citrus. It’s definitely hop dominant, albeit with a solid cereal grain malt backbone. Pleasantly balanced, and pretty easy to drink despite the slightly higher bitterness. (14/20)

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Moody Ales Super Simcco – American IPA at 7.2% ABV

Moody Ales Super Simcco – American IPA at 7.2% ABV (C$4.09 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 31-Oct-2019, reviewed 10-Nov-2019)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fingers of creamy white head, excellent retention and heavy soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: resiny pine, tropical fruit, caramel, citrus, earth. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, sweetish medium bitter finish. (3/5)

Not bad for being single-hopped with Simcoe, with a bit of a range of pine and fruit character going on. More to the point, there are none of the off-flavours I sometimes associate with Simcoe. It definitely falls short of being “juicy”, though, despite its elevated sweetness, and could definitely stand to be brighter. Merely OK. (13/20)

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Bridge Brewing Company 1-604-HOP LIME BLING Lime Milkshake IPA – American IPA at 6% ABV

Bridge Brewing Company 1-604-HOP LIME BLING Lime Milkshake IPA – American IPA at 6% ABV (C$3.78 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 31-Oct-2019, reviewed 9-Nov-2019)

Appearance: hazy and particulate-laden muddy medium amber with two fingers of creamy pale ivory head, excellent retention and heavy soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: lime, lactose, caramel, ginger. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate tart, moderate-low bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, sticky slightly peppery finish. (3/5)

Bit of a train wreck. I really didn’t expect much from this, so I wasn’t really disappointed – but it’s certainly not changing my opinion of Milkshake IPAs. (12/20)

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Phillips Brewing Company Brut Lupe Fresh Hop Brut IPA – American IPA at 7% ABV

Phillips Brewing Company Brut Lupe Fresh Hop Brut IPA – American IPA at 7% ABV (C$3.91 at Collective, 473 ml, best before 26-Feb-2020, acquired 31-Oct-2019, reviewed 7-Nov-2019)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale straw with two fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and heavy soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: bready yeast, champagne, grape must, citrus, floral, hay. (7/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate-low bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, dry medium bitter finish. (3/5)

Not the worst Brut I’ve had, nor the best. A bit yeast-dominant, especially for a “fresh hop”, and the carbonation tends slightly low. The attenuation feels like it’s in line with what I’d expect for the style, but it’s not quite as dry and crisp as I’d like to see it, possibly because of the lower-than-expected carbonation. Slightly better than unremarkable. (14/20)

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Trolley No. 5 Brewpub A Hazy Shade New England Pale Ale – American Pale Ale at 5% ABV

Trolley No. 5 Brewpub A Hazy Shade New England Pale Ale – American Pale Ale at 5% ABV (C$2.56 at Collective, 355 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 31-Oct-2019, reviewed 6-Nov-2019)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with a short off-white head, good retention and minimal spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: stone fruit, biscuity malt, citrus, light pine. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium bitter finish. (3/5)

It’s hazy, I guess? There’s nothing actually wrong with it, but I just can’t rate it any higher. Pretty uninspiring overall. (12/20)

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Russell Brewing Company “Air Quotes” Wild IPA – American IPA at 5% ABV | 11 IBU

Russell Brewing Company “Air Quotes” Wild IPA – American IPA at 5% ABV | 11 IBU (C$4.09 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 31-Oct-2019, reviewed 6-Nov-2019)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fingers of growing rocky white head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, grainy pale malt, mild barnyard funk, light plastic phenol. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter, light funk. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-lively carbonation, off-dry medium bitter slightly funky finish. (4/5)

Despite their sarcastic-verging-on-offensive takedown of wilds on the label notes (“Do you really think we left the windows open all night over here?”) this is a pretty decent take on the style. There’s just a hint of plastic phenol marring the otherwise pleasantly balanced aroma of fruits, grainy malt, and barnyardy funk, particularly as it warms. But, I’m certainly not going to complain about the choice of Sacc Trois, Idaho 7, and Citra. Could be better, sure – maybe if you had a hip, fancy coolship, or just swabbed your weird uncle’s beard? – but it could be worse. (15/20)

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