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Refined Fool Brewing Co. Van Full of Weirdos Juicy IPA – American IPA at 6.2% ABV | 30 IBU

Refined Fool Brewing Co. Van Full of Weirdos Juicy IPA – American IPA at 6.2% ABV | 30 IBU (C$5.25 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 11-Apr-2024, acquired 7-May-2024, reviewed 9-May-2024)

Appearance: hazy medium gold with two growing fingers of fluffy pale ivory head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, resiny pine, citrus, cereal grains. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration bitter finish. (4/5)

The brewer calls this “Simcoe-heavy” but doesn’t specify what other hops were used. It’s not catty, in any case. It’s also not blowing me away or anything, and I would certainly like there to be a bit more “juice” character in something that bills itself as “juicy”, but it’s fine. There’s a decent little bitter through the finish that might not jibe with “juicy”, but that I nonetheless enjoy. (15/20)

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Destihl Brewery Dead Head West Coast-Style – American IPA at 7% ABV | 60 IBU

Destihl Brewery Dead Head West Coast-Style – American IPA at 7% ABV | 60 IBU (C$7.30 at Collective, 568 ml, packaged on 2-Feb-2024, acquired 7-May-2024, reviewed 7-May-2024)

Appearance: clear pale gold with two growing fingers of fluffy white head, excellent retention and heavy chunky lacing. (4/5) Aroma: zesty citrus, resiny pine, pale crackery malt. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-lively carbonation, building bitter mildly warming finish. (4/5)

“Citra, Simcoe & Chinook hops with a vintage malt backdrop.” Sure, why not? Pretty classic flavour profile for the style, works for me. (15/20)

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Twin Sails Brewing Locals Only – American Pale Ale at 4.8% ABV | 37 IBU

Twin Sails Brewing Locals Only – American Pale Ale at 4.8% ABV | 37 IBU (C$5.95 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 23-Apr-2024, reviewed 6-May-2024)

Appearance: clear pale amber with two fingers of rocky pale ivory head, excellent retention and moderate stringy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: resiny pine, caramel, herbal, citrus. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration bitter finish. (4/5)

Columbus hops in the whirlpool, Talus, Eclipse, and Chinook hops in the dry hop. A well-executed example of a fairly classic style, that on the basis of flavour might well be considered an IPA were it not for the slightly light ABV. This apparently makes it a flavourful Pale instead, with the benefit of being light enough to allow you to drink more of them. I really like this style, so I might be guilty of being slightly enthusiastic in my scoring, but this really is quite a nice little beer. (16/20)

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The Establishment Brewing Company Fashion is Danger – American Pale Ale at 5.2% ABV

The Establishment Brewing Company Fashion is Danger – American Pale Ale at 5.2% ABV (C$5.55 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 15-Apr-2024, acquired 23-Apr-2024, reviewed 6-May-2024)

Appearance: hazy straw with one finger of creamy white head, excellent retention and well-defined soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: zesty citrus, stone and tropical fruit, white grape must, cereal grains. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (9/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, medium duration clean finish. (4/5)

While I’d agree that the houndstooth can design is a potentially dangerous fashion choice, the hops choice (Rakau, Motueka, Waimea, Wai-iti Cryo, and Maui Nelson Hop Kief) is definitely not dangerous, and is in fact precisely the kind of thing I can get behind. I’ve had Wai-iti before, but I don’t think as Cryo, and I definitely haven’t had Maui Nelson, as kief or otherwise. I don’t like handing out high scores all willy-nilly like (and in particular I’m starting to feel like I just automatically just give The Establishment top marks) but I’m pretty hard-pressed to find any reason to mark this one down: it’s bright, crushable fun from a brewery that consistently delivers. (17/20)

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Flying Boats Brewing A Galaxy Far Far Away – American IPA at 6.3% ABV | 42 IBU

Flying Boats Brewing A Galaxy Far Far Away – American IPA at 6.3% ABV | 42 IBU (C$6.15 at Collective, 473 ml, best before 19-Jun-2024, acquired 23-Apr-2024, reviewed 3-May-2024)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fingers of loose white head, excellent retention and spotty soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, cereal grains. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration slightly astringent finish. (3/5)

Brewer notes say this is “centred around Australian Galaxy hops” but doesn’t specify what other hops were used. Pleasant aroma, but the flavour is slightly sharper by comparison, and that carries through to the finish. Pleasant but it falls slightly short. (15/20)

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Field House Brewing Co. / Strange Fellows Brewing Cryptic Pale Ale – American Pale Ale at 5.7% ABV

Field House Brewing Co. / Strange Fellows Brewing Cryptic Pale Ale – American Pale Ale at 5.7% ABV (C$5.95 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 5-Mar-2024, acquired 23-Apr-2024, reviewed 2-May-2024)

Appearance: hazy straw with one finger of fine white head, good retention and spotty soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: stone fruit, melon, grass, pithy citrus. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, medium duration slightly astringent finish. (3/5)

Hopped with Citra, HBC586, and HBC1019. Meh. Tends a bit thin, with melon that almost goes vegetal as it persists through a slightly astringent finish. OK, but not impressive. (14/20)

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Zero Issue Brewing Enceladus – American Pale Ale at 5.1% ABV

Zero Issue Brewing Enceladus – American Pale Ale at 5.1% ABV (C$5.00 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 18-Apr-2024, acquired 23-Apr-2024, reviewed 1-May-2024)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with one finger of loose pale ivory head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: pithy citrus, resiny pine, cereal grains. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-full body, moderate carbonation, medium duration finish. (4/5)

I guess I’m kind of damning this one with faint praise, but I don’t really have much to say, other than it’s a pleasant example of the style. Nothing really stands out. (16/20)

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Trillium Brewing Company DDH Public Garden – American Pale Ale at 7% ABV

Trillium Brewing Company DDH Public Garden – American Pale Ale at 7% ABV (C$15.70 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 7-Feb-2024, acquired 23-Apr-2024, reviewed 30-Apr-2024)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with one fat finger of loose pale ivory head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical and stone fruit, citrus, earthy and resiny pine. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (9/10) Palate: medium-full body, moderate carbonation, medium duration finish. (4/5)

Hopped with Mosaic and Strata, malts are American 2-Row Barley, Flaked Spelt, and C-15. Nice one: the flavour profile is exactly what you’d expect for Mosaic and Strata, with lots of juicy fruit and just enough resiny, earthy pine underneath, and the body is just big enough to support the bombastic hopping. (17/20)

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Trillium Brewing Company Double Dry Hopped Fort Point – American Pale Ale at 6.6% ABV

Trillium Brewing Company Double Dry Hopped Fort Point – American Pale Ale at 6.6% ABV (C$15.75 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 5-Mar-2024, acquired 23-Apr-2024, reviewed 28-Apr-2024)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with one fat finger of fine pale ivory head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical and stone fruit, citrus, resiny pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-full body, moderate carbonation, medium duration finish. (4/5)

The brewer says this contains the same ingredients as the base (Citra and Columbus hops, malted with American 2 Row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, and Dextrin[e]) but with an additional Citra dry hop. That said, the malt bill for the base actually doesn’t include Dextrin, and I suspect they’ve added that to try and bring up the body. I mean, I’m not complaining, but the effect of the additional dry hop (and for that matter, it being month younger than the base I just had) is barely perceptible. Yes, there might be a bit more tropical fruit in there, but it’s not a night and day situation, and I noticed very little increase in body. I’d go so far as to say that would probably have to have them side by side, as opposed to in sequence, in order to really discern any significant differences. Again, I could have gone slightly higher, but probably no more than half a point overall. (And yes, I suspect I’m getting harder to impress in my old age / increased experience. Deal with it.) (16/20)

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Trillium Brewing Company Fort Point – American Pale Ale at 6.6% ABV

Trillium Brewing Company Fort Point – American Pale Ale at 6.6% ABV (C$14.95 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 2-Feb-2024, acquired 23-Apr-2024, reviewed 28-Apr-2024)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with one fat finger of fine pale ivory head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical and stone fruit, citrus, resiny pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-full body, moderate carbonation, medium duration finish. (4/5)

Hopped with Citra and Columbus, malts are American 2 Row Barley, White Wheat, and C-15. I could potentially have gone a point higher on both aroma and flavour, but ultimately felt that although this is world-class, it’s very slightly utilitarian – as in, yes, a great daily drinker – but not next level. (16/20)

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