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Belly Hop Brewing (/ Red Shed Malting / Red Hart Brewing / Undercurrent Brewing) Ryes Beyond Kveik IPA – American IPA at 6.3% ABV

Belly Hop Brewing (/ Red Shed Malting / Red Hart Brewing / Undercurrent Brewing) Ryes Beyond Kveik IPA – American IPA at 6.3% ABV (C$4.55 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 23-Apr-2021, reviewed 5-May-2021)

Appearance: hazy brownish deep gold with two fingers of fine off-white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, caramel, spicy rye, funky wet cardboard. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light funky tart. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration bitter slightly astringent funky finish. (3/5)

Might be a little oxidized, given the slight tea-like tinge in the colouring.  To be honest, it can sometimes be hard to tell with Kveik yeast, and there’s no packaging date. Either way, as it stands it’s definitely not what I expect for an Alberta Beer Awards gold medal winner, so to quote The Joker, you get what you fucking deserve.  (12/20)

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R & B Brewing Company Hipster Haze – American IPA at 6.4% ABV | 40 IBU

R & B Brewing Company Hipster Haze – American IPA at 6.4% ABV | 40 IBU (C$4.50 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 10-Mar-2021, acquired 23-Apr-2021, reviewed 4-May-2021)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fat fingers of rocky off-white head, excellent retention and heavy soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, caramel & cereal grains, resiny pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium slightly creamy body, moderate-soft carbonation, lingering building bitter finish. (3/5)

That’s a bit on the nose, innit? (And for the record, I’ve shaved off my beard, and never had a nose ring or gauged ears.) Not bad, but a bit muddled, with a slightly unbalanced lingering bitterness. I get the impression they’re trying to blend NE and WC styles, but it’s not a complete success. (14/20)

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Bent Stick Brewing Co. Throwin’ Shade – Black IPA at 6.5% ABV

Bent Stick Brewing Co. Throwin’ Shade – Black IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$4.50 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 23-Apr-2021, reviewed 3-May-2021)

Appearance: clear ruby brown with two fat fingers of fine tan head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: pine, citrus, toasted malt, dark chocolate, hint of cat piss. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium lingering bitter finish. (4/5)

So, lemme get this straight: the label throws shade (hey, they say they’re doing it) on people who call this a “Black IPA” because “BLACK India PALE Ale” doesn’t make sense.

Uh huh.

So, how many barrels of this are you shipping to the Raj by schooner?

That’s what I thought.

‘Snot bad, though. (15/20)

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Imperial City Brew House Milkshake IPA – American IPA at 6% ABV | 36 IBU

Imperial City Brew House Milkshake IPA – American IPA at 6% ABV | 36 IBU (C$4.09 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 2-Mar-2021, acquired 23-Apr-2021, reviewed 3-May-2021)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with two fat fingers of rocky pale ivory head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: sweet mango, vanilla, coconut. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly creamy body, moderate carbonation, medium duration finish. (3/5)

Surprisingly good for what it is. I mean, yeah, it’s gonna cause purists to have seizures, but it’s actually not excessively sweet despite the aroma. I’m not sure I’d call this an IPA… or hell, a beer… but it’s not bad at all for a ridiculous abomination of a style! (14/20)

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2 Crows Brewing Starflight – Saison at 4.4% ABV | 28 IBU

2 Crows Brewing Starflight – Saison at 4.4% ABV | 28 IBU (C$5.89 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 16-Dec-2020, acquired 23-Apr-2021, reviewed 2-May-2021)

Appearance: hazy straw with one fat finger of foamy white head diminishing rapidly to nothing , no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: oak, stone fruit, barnyard funk, floral, phenols. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate funky tart, low bitter. (7/10) Palate: light body, enthusiastic carbonation, dry funky tart finish. (3/5)

The label says “FUNKY PRICKLY DRY” and that’s a fair assessment. The worst you can say about this one is that it’s not pretty. Well, that and the taste isn’t quite as good as the aroma. Don’t get me wrong, I like a nice horseblankety funk as much as the next guy, but there’s a little phenol edge on the back end that reminds me of plastic solvent. It’s not strong, but it’s there, particularly on the tongue, and it drags down the scores for taste and palate. (14/20)

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Superflux Beer Company Easy Tiger – American Pale Ale at 4.5% ABV

Superflux Beer Company Easy Tiger – American Pale Ale at 4.5% ABV (C$4.90 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 23-Apr-2021, reviewed 2-May-2021)

Appearance: opaque straw with one fat finger of loose off-white head, good retention and minimal spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: juicy and pithy grapefruit, wheat malt, light resiny pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (8/10) Palate: medium-light body, lively carbonation, off-dry medium bitter lightly tart finish. (4/5)

Very nice – lots of aroma and flavour despite the lighter body and ABV, to the point where no qualifiers are needed and this could stand on its own against bigger beers. Bright pithy juice dominates, but there’s a little dank pine on the back end, especially as the pint warms. All in all, a very pleasant lunch beer. (16/20)

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Belching Beaver Brewery No Worries – American IPA at 6.2% ABV | 45 IBU

Belching Beaver Brewery No Worries – American IPA at 6.2% ABV | 45 IBU (C$4.45 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 1-Apr-2021, acquired 23-Apr-2021, reviewed 1-May-2021)

Appearance: clear pale gold with one fat finger of white head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: citrus, mixed fruits, cereal grains, grass, pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, sweetish medium bitter finish. (3/5)

Brewer notes say hopped with Strata, Galaxy, Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo, but none of the expected characteristics are particularly well-defined. Nothing special and probably one of the least interesting BB brews I’ve ever had. (13/20)

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Zero Issue Brewing Midgard West Coast IPA (Issue #43) – American IPA at 8.1% ABV

Zero Issue Brewing Midgard West Coast IPA (Issue #43) – American IPA at 8.1% ABV (C$4.81 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 23-Apr-2021, reviewed 1-May-2021)

Appearance: hazy pale amber with two fingers of rocky ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and ring, well-defined droopy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel, zesty grapefruit, resiny pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full slightly sticky body, moderate carbonation, sweetish lingering building bitter finish. (3/5)

Straight up old skool malt-forward WCDIPA, short on subtlety and long on bombast. (14/20)

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Marda Loop Brewing Co. The Big Juice – American IPA at 5.8% ABV

Marda Loop Brewing Co. The Big Juice – American IPA at 5.8% ABV (C$4.18 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 24-Mar-2021, acquired 23-Apr-2021, reviewed 30-Apr-2021)

Appearance: slightly hazy medium gold with two fat fingers of rocky pale ivory head, good retention and well-defined soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: pineapple/tropical, apple/pome, citrus, caramel, grass, light pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-lively carbonation, sweetish medium duration finish. (3/5)

Not bad, but sweeter than I’d prefer. The fruit aroma is decent, but translates through to a somewhat sweet mid and a slightly sticky finish, preventing it from being as clean and refreshing as I’d like. Ultimately it’s juicy, but not brightly so. (14/20)

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Dageraad Brewing Field Theory – Saison at 4.2% ABV

Dageraad Brewing Field Theory – Saison at 4.2% ABV (C$4.45 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 24-Feb-2021, acquired 23-Apr-2021, reviewed 29-Apr-2021)

Appearance: hazy pale straw with a massive fluffy white head, excellent retention and moderate stringy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: floral, herbal, white pepper, cereal grains, lemon zest. (8/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, low bitter, light tart. (8/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate-lively carbonation, dry clean finish. (4/5)

Hard to go wrong with Dageraad, particularly in their many Saisons, and this is exactly how I like to see a Saison done: dry, light, and refreshing, with a low ABV. Brewer notes indicate this is malted with barley and triticale, the latter contributing nicely to the cereal grain character. There is just enough peppery phenol character to make things interesting, and zesty lemon to cleanse the palate, resulting in a refreshingly dry and short finish. Great thirst quencher with lunch. (16/20)

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