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GIB Two Tides India Session Ale

GIB Two Tides India Pale AleGranville Island Brewing Two Tides India Pale Ale

One of GIB’s more recent additions is the Two Tides India Pale Ale is a excellent beer for those who are new to the IPA category. Typical Pacific Northwest IPAs are hops heavy and tend to turn off newbies from this wonderful style of beer. GIB has done an excellent job with the labels of there beers, the backside of the bottle has info on colour, IBUs, and even a suggested food pairing. When poured, the liquid is a delectable rich golden colour with a nice tight, white head which receded quickly. A gentle hop aroma draws one in to your first taste. Sweet malts are chased with subtle hoppy bitternes.

Rating: 4/5 A nicely balanced IPA that went down way too easy on this hot summer afternoon.

Muskoka Brewing Mad Tom IPA

Mad Tom IPA

Opened in 1996 in the heart of Ontario’s cottage country, Muskoka Brewing has grown to employ over 70 employees. They have a strong belief in purity, freshness, independence and creativity. I was introduced to their brews several years ago while on a trip to Toronto, and given my love of IPAs – Mad Tom was the first one I tried.

Mad Tom comes in a 341ml long neck brown bottle, but what caught my attention was the Adirondack chair with a bottle on the arm rest on the neck.

In the glass, this beer poured a beautiful honey colour with good carbonation and a decent off white head. The nose has hints of citrus as is common in most IPAs. The mouthfeel is has some weight to it with average carbonation on the tongue. The flavor has strong Chinook and Centennial Hops which definitely sticks around in a pleasant fashion.

Rating 4/5 – Overall a great IPA that i could definitely see myself have a few of in a sitting.

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Pyramid Brewing Thunderhead IPA

Pyramid Brewing Thunderhead IPA

Originally based in Seattle, Pyramid Brewing’s Thunderhead IPA comes in at a lofty 6.7% abv. An aggressive pour yielded a great off white head with the beer a mouthwatering clear golden honey colour. I found the nose to be rather complex with hints of pine and citrus yet definitely sweet. The mouthfeel had some weight to it, with a hint of lemon bitterness. The finish was crisp with a mild hoppy bitterness on the palate.

Rating: 4/5 – a nicely balanced IPA that would be a great introduction to this particular style, before moving up the scale to the typical hoppy bitter Pacific Northwest IPA. A great beer to pair with a light, yellow Thai curry.

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Erdinger Dunkel

Erdinger Dunkel

Erdinger Dunkel is a dark wheat based beer that is bottle conditioned. At 5.3% abv this savory beer has a lovely dark coffee coloration with a rich tan head. The nose is malty with coffee and spice undertones. I found the mouthfeel to be thin with a pleasant dark roast malt flavor. The finish was dry with a touch of hop bitterness.

Rating: 3/5 – a flavorful dark wheat ale that would pair well with a herbed rack of lamb and roasted vegetable.

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Efes Dark

Efes Dark

Brewed by Anadolu Efes Brewing in Turkey, the Efes Dark is a delicious example of a dark lager. At 6.1% abv this beer tricks the palate into expecting something much different. In the glass, we see a clear, rich dark cola colour with a quickly receding tan head. The nose is distinctly sweet with sumptuous molasses brown sugar aromas. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with definitive dark malts and sweet molasses flavors. The finish is crisp with a slight hop character.

Rating: 4.5/5 – this is one of my favorite styles, crisp clean finish with rich dark beer flavors. Efes Dark would pair nicely with meaty stews and tangy tomato based pasta sauces.