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Analog Brewing Boomshakalaka – American IPA at 6.5% ABV

Analog Brewing Boomshakalaka American IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$10.25 at Collective, 946 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 14-Jun-2019, reviewed 14-Jun-2019)

Appearance: clear pale amber with two fingers of fine pale ivory head, good retention and chunky lacing. (5/5) Aroma: stone & tropical fruit, bready caramel, light citrus. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-lively carbonation dropping off rapidly, medium duration slightly watery finish. (3/5)

This starts off pretty promising, but then it just seems to lose steam. For example, the carbonation. I mean, yeah, it’s a growler, but it was filled only a couple of hours ago, and I got a very nice hiss upon cracking it. Not only that, it was actually pretty lively at the outset, but then it just kinda faded, ending up sort of watery in the finish. Similarly, the bright fruit aromas are promising, but end up coming across as slightly cloying. There’s very little citrus here, and no pine at all, and I think it would benefit from both. Don’t get me wrong: it’s a long way from unpleasant – but I don’t feel any great urge to go looking for it again, either. (13/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Belching Beaver Brewery Peach Be With You – American Pale Ale at 5.5% ABV

Belching Beaver Brewery Peach Be With You American Pale Ale at 5.5% ABV (C$4.32 at Collective, 355 ml, packaged on 10-May-2019, acquired 14-Jun-2019, reviewed 14-Jun-2019)

Appearance: slightly hazy straw with one fat finger of fluffy white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: sweet stone fruit, crackery pale malt, light citrus, hint of perfume floral. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry moderate bitter finish. (4/5)

Despite the aroma of sweet stone fruit (OK, fine, Fuzzy Peaches candy) the sweetness is completely restrained and remains civilized throughout. Similarly, although I’ve described a perfume floral note, it never gets cloying. Not the kind of beer you might think of as crushable, except it kinda is. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Hawk Tail Brewery Hawk Tail Pale – American Pale Ale at 6.5% ABV | 38 IBU

Hawk Tail Brewery Hawk Tail Pale American Pale Ale at 6.5% ABV | 38 IBU (C$2.61 at Collective, 355 ml, packaged on 5-Apr-2019, acquired 28-May-2019, reviewed 13-Jun-2019)

Appearance: slightly hazy straw with a short, short-lived white head and no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: crackery pale malt, grass, herbal. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry moderate bitter slightly astringent finish. (3/5)

Almost Pilsener-ish, with a crackery malt and grassy herbal hops on the nose. Largely inoffensive, but unremarkable, and fairly mass-market in character. (12/20)

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Omnipollo / Mikrofonbryggeriet / Morgandagens / Dugges Neophyte Tropic Lollipop IIPA – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.8% ABV

Omnipollo / Mikrofonbryggeriet / Morgandagens / Dugges Neophyte Tropic Lollipop IIPA American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.8% ABV (C$9.58 at Collective, 330 ml, best before 11-Dec-2019, acquired 28-May-2019, reviewed 12-Jun-2019)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with one finger of fluffy white head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: candy berries, citrus, dank pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter, light tart. (8/10) Palate: medium-full body tending slightly syrupy, moderate carbonation, off-dry lightly tart warming lingering bitter finish. (4/5)

Restrained sweetness and surprisingly well-balanced on the tongue, given the sweet, Jolly Rancher-style aromas. The finish is an interesting combination of a lingering bitter and a warm-verging-on-hot booziness cut by a light tartness. (16/20)

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Brasserie Dunham Cyclope IPA (Simcoe, Topaz, Mosaic) – American IPA at 5.7% ABV

Brasserie Dunham Cyclope IPA (Simcoe, Topaz, Mosaic) American IPA at 5.7% ABV (C$3.87 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 13-Feb-2019, acquired 28-May-2019, reviewed 11-Jun-2019)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fingers of fluffy white head, good retention and minimal spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, resiny pine, tropical fruit, bready caramel. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-lively carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter finish. (4/5)

Nice one, similar to the Bêta but with a slightly different aroma due to the different hops. Juicy and enjoyable. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Zero Issue Brewing Innsmouth Sour – Sour / Wild Ale at 4.8% ABV

Zero Issue Brewing Innsmouth Sour Sour / Wild Ale at 4.8% ABV (C$3.46 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 30-Jan-2019, acquired 13-Feb-2019, reviewed 10-Jun-2019)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with one finger of fluffy white head diminishing gradually to a thin ring, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: mango, passionfruit, bready malt, light floral. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high tart, moderate sweet, low bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate-high carbonation, short tart finish. (4/5)

No idea what a kettle sour has to do with the Mouth of Madness (Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!) but I’m always up for the greater evil, and I’ve been unfailingly impressed by ZI, so I figured I’d give it a chance despite my low opinion of kettle sours. It’s certainly not the best beer I’ve had from them, but it’s one of the better kettle sours I can recall having. (It’s not changing my mind about kettle sours, though.) (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Troubled Monk Brewery Dangerous – American Double / Imperial IPA at 9% ABV

Troubled Monk Brewery Dangerous American Double / Imperial IPA at 9% ABV (C$12.99 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 500 ml, packaged on 22-Mar-2019, acquired 27-May-2019, reviewed 8-Jun-2019)

Appearance: clear pale amber with one finger of creamy pale ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin skim and ring, moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel, vanilla, light bourbon and pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium full body tending slightly slick, moderate-soft carbonation, slightly sticky lingering bitter warming finish. (4/5)

That’s a whole lotta barrel – it’s more about the BA and less about the DIPA, if that makes sense. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it certainly dominates and doesn’t leave room for much else. My biggest disappointment here is the complete absence of any Brett character, in the head, aroma, or taste. Blind, I’d almost think it was an Old Ale or something along those lines. Regardless, it’s boozy good fun. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Dog Island Brewing Lip Pointer Double IPA – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.5% ABV | 60 IBU

Dog Island Brewing Lip Pointer Double IPA American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.5% ABV | 60 IBU (C$5.71 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 28-May-2019, reviewed 7-Jun-2019)

Appearance: hazy straw with one fat finger of creamy white head, excellent retention and heavy chunky lacing. (4/5) Aroma: bright citrus, tropical fruit, grainy pale malt, light pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly creamy body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration mildly warming finish. (4/5)

Very nice DIPA – well-behaved for a fairly high ABV, with a pleasant warming but no harshness. I would have rated this higher based upon the first half of the pint, but in fact as it warmed I started to get just the faintest note of, I swear, wet dog. If you were to drink it fast, it probably wouldn’t become apparent, so drink it fast! (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Whistler Brewing Co. Trailforks Hazy Trail Pale Ale – American Pale Ale at 5% ABV | 35 IBU

Whistler Brewing Co. Trailforks Hazy Trail Pale Ale American Pale Ale at 5% ABV | 35 IBU (C$3.55 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 28-May-2019, reviewed 6-Jun-2019)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and moderate spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, caramel, light pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, medium-low bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly creamy body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration slightly astringent finish. (3/5)

Nice enough on the front end, with pleasant aroma and flavour. The finish is slightly disappointing, though, and gets a little astringent. Decent overall. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Born Colorado Brewing Lap 1 Double IPA – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.5% ABV | 70 IBU

Born Colorado Brewing Lap 1 Double IPA American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.5% ABV | 70 IBU (C$4.14 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 25-Apr-2019, acquired 28-May-2019, reviewed 5-Jun-2019)

Appearance: lightly hazy pale gold with two fingers of rocky pale ivory head, excellent retention and heavy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus peel, caramel, doughy yeast, resiny pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering and building bitter warming finish. (4/5)

Brewer’s notes say hopped with Citra, Ariana and El Dorado, and it makes for a pleasant, if somewhat mild, balance. I guess I shouldn’t say the aroma is mild, as such, but it’s somewhat milder than I was expecting, especially given the emphatic bitter and alcohol presence. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com