Posts Tagged:ipa

Detour — Muskoka Brewery

Detour — Muskoka Brewery

So if you read my post yesterday, about Spearhead’s excellent India White Ale, you will know I’m not 100% okay with the over-use of the word “India” in terms of beer-style naming. India Pale Ale, in its American and English formats, is great. I’m okay with the Imperial/Double IPA too. But things get a little […]

Thrust, an IPA — Great Lakes Brewery

Thrust, an IPA — Great Lakes Brewery

There are many excellent brewers in Toronto, but most would agree Mike Lackey at Great Lakes has a dab hand with the hops. Uncanny, you might say. He’s more than capable when it comes to barrels and sours and weird bacterias; highly talented. But he just makes great IPAs and pale ales. Canuck pale ale, […]

Rebecca — Amsterdam Brewing Co.

Rebecca — Amsterdam Brewing Co.

Well, despite assertions from major beer-writers in Toronto (I’m looking at you, Ben), this is the perfect beer for Valentines Day. Even if it doesn’t hit shelves till tomorrow It’s at the retail stores now! Get it on your way home. Why? Well, for starters, this vDay is on Friday. This is Rebecca Black IPA […]

Dinner Jacket O’Red IPA — Arch Brewing Co.

Hey, did you read my post yesterday, about the explosion of new brewers out there? Well, Arch is in that cohort, but is definitely one doing things well.  Partnered with Paul Dickey, and making their beer on contract at Welly, they are taking the act of making great beer seriously.

Great Lakes Etobichoker vs Indie Alehouse Instigator IPA

Great Lakes Etobichoker vs Indie Alehouse Instigator IPA

Okay, I’m the first to admit it: today’s match-up is a totally uneven bout.  Indie Alehouse’s awesome Instigator IPA is a rock-solid American-style IPA, and a constant crowd-pleaser at the brewpub. Etobichoker is a new Tank Ten brew from Great Lakes, and is a Belgian double-IPA.  While they both share three initials, that’s probably where […]

Great Lakes Lake Effect vs Bellwoods Cat Lady

So here starts the head-to-head battles between beers.  Before I address the two contenders, let me make something clear:  The four breweries involved are absolutely top brewers in Toronto.  None of these matches are likely to be landslide victories.  In fact, I expect to have trouble picking winners.  Mike and the folks at Great Lakes […]

Fracture Double IPA — Amsterdam Brewing Co.

I love hops, and I hope you do too.  In fact, I have three hop plants on order from Toronto Brewing as we speak.  I also have a hop vine at my mother’s house.  So, you would assume that I was a pretty big hop head.  Give me the biggest, brashest, hoppiest thing you can […]

6-4-3 Double IPA — Left Field Brewery

Wow.  Just Wow.  How about Left Field Brewery?  I don’t know if you remember when, a few weeks ago (March 4th, to be specific) I mentioned Left Field Brewery launching.  I remember, because it was the single biggest day of traffic on my blog.  Seriously.  People were jazzed about the new baseball-themed beer.  Obviously, I […]

Hopwired IPA — 8 Wired Brewery

Did you ever read The Chrysalids in school?  Remember Sealand, the awesome country where telepaths were normal and encouraged?  Sealand was New Zealand.  It survived the nuclear holocaust, basically because it’s such an awesome place.  Even Wyndham knew that it was that awesome.  Think about it: It’s Middle Earth; they have the All Blacks; Marlborough […]

Roman Candle IPA — Bellwoods Brewery

I love a good fireworks display.  When I was younger, it was all about lighting off the kind you buy at pop-up shops on the way to the cottage, firing them off over the lake on Victoria Day, Canada Day, and midnight on New Year’s.  As I’m getting older, I prefer just wandering down my […]