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Frau Gruber Craft Brewing Green Is Lord – American Pale Ale at 5.1% ABV

Frau Gruber Craft Brewing Green Is Lord American Pale Ale at 5.1% ABV (C$5.13 at Collective, 330 ml, best before 20-Aug-2019, acquired 16-Jul-2019, reviewed 21-Jul-2019)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with two fat fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and moderate stringy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: resiny pine, biscuity malt, grapefruit, tropical fruit, floral. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium bitter lingering lightly spicy finish. (4/5)

Nice. Not sure what makes it “Bavarian”, since the dominant elements here are initial resiny pine giving way to grapefruity citrus and tropical fruit. I can’t find any brewer’s notes indicating what hops are used, but they’ve got to be North American, presumably PNW, though there might be some ANZ in there too. Big flavour from a little package, both physically and in terms of ABV. Nice little break from mowing the damn green! (16/20)

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Moon Under Water This Is Hefeweizen – Hefeweizen at 5.5% ABV | 14 IBU

Moon Under Water This Is Hefeweizen Hefeweizen at 5.5% ABV | 14 IBU (C$3.69 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 16-Jul-2019, reviewed 19-Jul-2019)

Appearance: opaque medium gold with three fingers of rocky off-white head, excellent retention and spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: banana, cloves, orange pith and peel, . (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, light tart. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration slightly tart finish. (4/5)

Well, I dunno if it’s necessarily a reference-style Hefe – personally, I think the amount of fruitiness here would give purists fits – but it’s definitely not a boring blonde ale, so I guess that’s mission accomplished. Despite the emphatic-verging-on-bombastic flavours, the sweetness remains restrained, and the finish is, if not actually crisp, short and refreshing. It’s no Weihenstephaner or Krombacher, but it just might hold its own against Paulaner in a blind taste test. Plus, that Fräulein has a crazy glint in her eye that makes me slightly afraid to rate this any lower. (16/20)

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Whitetooth Brewing Company Icefields Belgian Inspired Pale Ale – Belgian Pale Ale at 6% ABV | 46 IBU

Whitetooth Brewing Company Icefields Belgian Inspired Pale Ale Belgian Pale Ale at 6% ABV | 46 IBU (C$7.79 at Collective, 650 ml, packaged on 18-Apr-2019, acquired 16-Jul-2019, reviewed 18-Jul-2019)

Appearance: clear pale amber with one finger of fine pale ivory head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: coriander, biscuity malt, citrus, floral. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration slightly spicy finish. (3/5)

Definitely Belg-ish on the nose, and a little less so on the tongue. Though, to be fair, they’re not claiming it’s a Belgian Pale, just Belgian-inspired, and it’s definitely an interesting attempt at blending Belgian yeast and PNW hops. All in all, it’s OK, but I think a bit more American hop presence might’ve made it a bit more interesting. (14/20)

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Sawback Brewing Co. New England IPA – American IPA at 6.3% ABV

Sawback Brewing Co. New England IPA American IPA at 6.3% ABV (C$4.23 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 16-Jul-2019, reviewed 18-Jul-2019)

Appearance: hazy medium gold with one finger of fine pale ivory head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, stone fruit, pale malt, vanilla. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-lively carbonation, short slightly sticky finish. (3/5)

I dunno. This might’ve blown me away a year or two ago, but these days it feels like it’s one of many very similar beers. Maybe my love affair with NEIPAs is drawing to a close, or maybe I just need a break from the style for a bit, but this is just failing to impress me for some reason. (14/20)

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Moon Under Water Tranquility California IPA – American IPA at 6.5% ABV | 70 IBU

Moon Under Water Tranquility California IPA American IPA at 6.5% ABV | 70 IBU (C$3.69 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 16-Jul-2019, reviewed 18-Jul-2019)

Appearance: clear pale amber with two fat fingers of rocky pale ivory head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: resiny pine, caramel, grass, citrus, floral. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, building and lingering bitter slightly spicy finish. (4/5)

I guess I get where they’re going with this – old school West Coast, with pine and caramel malt dominant – but it’s, I dunno… just not really clicking for me. Maybe you just can’t turn back the clock to 1990, much as my old ass might like to. Solid, but falls short of exciting. (15/20)

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Evil Corporation Brewing P&L Profit and Loss Pale Ale – American Pale Ale at 5% ABV

Evil Corporation Brewing P&L Profit and Loss Pale Ale American Pale Ale at 5% ABV (C$4.32 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 29-May-2019, acquired 16-Jul-2019, reviewed 17-Jul-2019)

Appearance: slightly chill-hazed pale amber with two fat fingers of rocky white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: grass, caramel, pine, floral, citrus. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, medium duration slightly sweet finish. (3/5)

A sudden cloud ended up making my exposure a bit more dramatic than usual, but given the brewery name, I decided to roll with it. (On the topic of the brewer, the can says “A brewery like no other where the dollar rules as much as the mighty hop.” You think that’s like no other, huh? I think AB InBev / SABMiller might have an opinion there…) Says it’s hopped with Magnum, Perle, and Cascade, but I’m not getting much Cascade-y citrus there. In fact, there’s a lot of macro adjunct lager aroma going on, with grass and caramel dominating the aroma, and a slight sweetness in the finish. Decently done overall, and somewhat better than their Initial Public Offering IPA, but definitely old-fashioned. (14/20)

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Collective Arts Brewing Collective Project/ IPA No. 10 – Session IPA at 3.2% ABV

Collective Arts Brewing Collective Project/ IPA No. 10 Session IPA at 3.2% ABV (C$4.14 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 4-Jun-2019, acquired 16-Jul-2019, reviewed 17-Jul-2019)

Appearance: opaque straw with two fat fingers of rocky pale ivory head diminishing gradually to a thick persistent cap, spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: juicy citrus and stone fruit, pale malt, pine, light vanilla. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate-lively carbonation, short clean finish. (4/5)

Impressive juicy aroma and flavour for such a very light malt bill. The body tends a bit thin, but not precisely watery, presumably borne aloft by the moderate to lively carbonation. Bright and juicy without being excessively sweet, and refreshing. Definitely one could literally drink all day long on a sunny patio! (16/20)

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Zero Issue Brewing Construct IPA (Issue #16) – American IPA at 6.1% ABV

Zero Issue Brewing Construct IPA (Issue #16) American IPA at 6.1% ABV (C$3.92 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 16-Jul-2019, reviewed 16-Jul-2019)

Appearance: near-opaque pale gold with two fat fingers of rocky pale ivory head, excellent retention and heavy chunky lacing. (4/5) Aroma: mild, stone fruit, pale malt, citrus, dank pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, moderate bitter slightly tart finish. (4/5)

Not bad, but I was slightly disappointed by the mildness of the aroma. It’s a pleasant enough blend, but I’d like a bit more emphasis. Good overall, though. (16/20)

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Amager Bryghus / Surly Brewing Todd the Axeman – American IPA at 6.5% ABV

Amager Bryghus / Surly Brewing Todd the Axeman American IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$7.34 at Collective, 330 ml, best before 1-Nov-2019, acquired 14-Jun-2019, reviewed 16-Jul-2019)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with one finger of fine white head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap and ring, spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: dank pine, tropical fruit, pale malt, citrus. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, high bitter. (9/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, mildly warming lingering bitter finish. (4/5)

The only real complaint here is a pretty minor one: the appearance could use work. I don’t mind the haze, but better head retention and lacing would be nice. Aside from that, this is a very nicely rendered West Coast IPA, with big dank pine and tropical fruit leading the way over clean malt and mild citrus. Yeah, I’ve been flirting pretty hard with NEIPAs lately, but I keep coming home to dank West Coast IPAs – definitely my kind of beer. (17/20)

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Bannerman Brewing Co. Dream Time – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8% ABV

Bannerman Brewing Co. Dream Time American Double / Imperial IPA at 8% ABV (C$10.99 at Bannerman Brewing Co., 945 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 10-Jul-2019, reviewed 10-Jul-2019)

Appearance: opaque deep gold with one fat finger of fine pale ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and ring, moderate stringy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: juicy citrus, pale malt, vanilla, stone and tropical fruit, pine & grass. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (9/10) Palate: medium slightly sticky body, moderate-soft carbonation, medium duration mildly warming slightly tart finish. (4/5)

Nice – these guys are clearly killing it. Earlier today they had on offer a very nice Lager and an even nicer APA, and now this DIPA raises the bar yet again. Very similar to the APA, but with the lactose vanilla being somewhat more pronounced. Despite that and the fruit character, the sweetness is never excessive. Easy drinking despite the high ABV – a couple of these and it really would be dreamtime! (17/20)

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