Wellington Brewery 30th Anniversary Ale

Pours deep mahogany. Caramel on the nose. Smooth and full-bodied with sweet molasses maltiness on the palate. The finish is joined by a hint of gingerbread spice. Truly a celebration. Highly recommended.

Flying Monkeys The Matador version 2.0 El Toro Bravo Imperial Dark Rye Ale Aged On Spanish Cedar

Pours thick mahogany-amber-brown. Incredible pepper-spiciness on the nose along with caramel-nougat sweetness. The sweet-spicy-savoury interplay continues on the palate with the black pepper notes determined to be the last to leave the party in your mouth that is this beer’s finish. A complex and interesting beer. I’m eager to see what a year of cellar-aging will do for the second bottle I purchased.

Beau’s Weiss O’Lantern Pumpkin Weiss

Pour a clear light amber orange (clearer than might be expected for a wheat beer). Citrus and biscuit notes on the nose. Tart almost to the point of sour on the palate with a smooth, easy finish.

Amsterdam Brewery Hop Harvest Ale

Like the Nickel Brook offering that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago, this is another ‘wet hop’ ale using only Ontario-grown hops. It pours a clear, light amber-orange. Tropical hop hints on the nose. A bit lighter on the palate than I was hoping for, but still with a pleasant crispness and some grip on the finish. A fine herald for future Ontario hop harvests to come.

Collective Arts Brewing Ransack the Universe Hemisphere IPA gifted to me by their biggest fan @toddWfraser

Pours amber-orange. Lovely pine resin hops on the nose. Resin continues on the palate along with citrus and a pleasant cleansing bitterness and leads to a lengthy finish.

The label features a reproduction of “The Man with the Master Van” by artist Cait Maloney

Left Field Brewery Grandstand Hoppy Wheat


Pours a cloudy light yellow-orange. Pine resin on the nose and lots of lemon-pine on the palate. I find the finish more bitter than the 40 IBUs listed on the label would seem to suggest. I think this could be a great food beer when paired with lemon accented dishes.

There might be some bottles left at the brewery located at 36 Wagstaff Drive, Toronto in Leslieville http://www.leftfieldbrewery.ca

Dieu du Ciel Moralité American IPA


Pours cloudy yellow-orange. Pine and citrus on the nose with the citrus winning. The balance between those notes carries through onto the palate. The hoppy bitterness is crisp and palate cleansing with a bit of pine resin left to hang out around the molars. Very pleasant IPA. If you can find it at the LCBO (apparently there are two 4 packs available in Barrie and Ottawa, respectively,) or get a chance to visit the brewpub in Montreal, I highly recommend giving it a try.

Branca Aguardente de Cana Rum Agricola da Madeira

Pours clear and colourless. Old barn, mouldy cedar mustiness on the nose with brief hints of tropical fruit. Definite alcohol burn on the palate (there’s a reason they call this ‘moonshine’ in Portugal) with a finish that warms all the way down that approaches smoothness during it’s lengthy persistence. Not for the faint of heart. Interesting to try but a larger bottle won’t be making its way into my liquor cabinet.