Cloudy dark yellow. Tropical passion fruit, mango & lychee (almost sherbet) on the nose with a hint of pine lurking in the background. On the palate the pine steps to the foreground on a wave of pleasant hop bitterness leading to a long finish. Where as Trillium’s Grass Hopper Pale Ale didn’t overly impress me, this IPA is a World Series winning home run definitely worthy of the biggest ticker-tape parade.
Cloudy deep amber. Pine resin hop notes on the nose. An incredibly balanced beer. Perhaps too perfectly balanced to make a splash in the current craftbeer zeitgeist. On the palate the hops and malt are present but almost indistinguishable. It’s smooth and easy drinking. The length begins to build after the 3rd or 4th sip. This is a beer that could easily get lost in a tasting flight since there is no stratospheric IBU presence or big roasted malt notes to smack you around. Grass Hopper was brewed with 100% Massachusetts-grown/sourced malts and hops, and I imagine the goal was to craft a beer that allowed the ingredients to support each other rather than having one aspect standout. I’d say Trillium has definitely accomplished that with this pale ale, although the result is more a subtle “good job” nod rather than a ticker-tape parade.
Dark amber-brown. Aromas of liquorice and figs. Smooth and medium-bodied with a hint of sweetness. A pleasant after dinner beer.
Oily jet-black. An oaky creaminess on the nose is reminiscent of other barrel-aged brews but accompanied by a high octane background of alcohol. Bitter baker’s chocolate on the initial attack that smooths-out to a creamy chocolate truffle on the palate. Hardly any bitterness on the finish but I can’t find any hint of the cranberry fruit.
Dark amber-caramel colour. Cereal and biscuit on the nose. Faint hint of black liquorice on the initial attack. At first the hops dance around the edges of the palate—ceding the floor to the malt—until, the finish, when a pleasant bitterness sets-up camp around the molars.
Lovely deep golden amber. The nose is soft and sweet with hints of butterscotch and new oak spiciness. Starts light on the palate moving into a medium body of biscuit and cereal with a heavy alcohol presence. The finish is a good length and is warm with plenty of oak presence. A big thank you to Juan Algarin for this bottle and introducing me to a great scotch.
Dark brown. Like walking into a pancake breakfast at the church hall, the smell of butter melting into maple syrup on hot flapjacks leaps out of the glass and follow onto the palate. The sensation is balance with a pleasant baker’s chocolate bitterness that comes through on the finish. One of the best maple-infused beers I’ve ever tasted. Highly recommended.
Recently I was contacted by Lynn Moffatt from the hip-hop performance group Side Pony Nation to let me know about an amazing adventure they are undertaking that, like the Yonge Street Pub Crawl, is also raising money for Right To Play.
From September 18 - 29, 2013 Lynn and her partner-in-crime Tanya Casole-Gouveia will join Ryan Malfara on a bike trek of 1,896 KM along the entire length of Yonge Street (aka Highway 11).
You can donate to the cause at http://alwaysyonge.com. If you would like to offer your support in-person there are two opportunities to do so.
On Thursday Sept 12 there will be a "Send-Off Party" at Alley Catz.
For the more actively inclined, the final 90 KM leg of the journey from Barrie to the Toronto Waterfront will be an open group ride. There will be a bus to take participants up to Barrie. More details are available on their facebook page.
Deep cloudy amber. Faint hint of black liquorice on the nose. The alcohol is strong—approaching barley wine levels in taste if not ABV. This is a beer that coats the palate like lead paint—seeping in deeper and deeper with each swig. The barrel ageing has added considerable depth compared to the original Festivale with toasty oak notes throughout.
Photos from the 9th Yonge Street Pub Crawl
This beer truly is the perfect balance between a Belgian saison and a hoppy IPA. Hint of cloudiness in the golden yellow colour. Hoppy banana and big league chew bubble gum on the nose. Creamy on the palate with pleasant bitterness creeping-in from the edges for a long finish.
Yonge Street Pub Crawl T-Shirts: Built Tough
On the left: my YSPC T-shirt. Worn regularly since Aug 2007. A little faded but still going strong.
On the right: one of the 7 remaining brand new YSPC t-shirts available for purchase (3 Smalls; 4 XXLs) for $20.00 ea. All proceeds to Right To Play
Every year since 2005 friends and like-minded drinkers have gathered once a year to pub-crawl up “The Longest Street in the World” and raise money for Right To Play while raising a glass.
The 9th edition of the YSPC happened on Sat August 24, 2013 and managed to raise $595.00 for Right To Play, bringing our 4 year total since 2010 to $1,895.00.
Donations can still be made at the following link:
(DONATIONS OF $20.00+ WILL RECEIVED A TAX RECEIPT FROM RIGHT TO PLAY CANADA)
Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. For more information please visit RightToPlay.ca
See you next year for your 10th Anniversary Yonge Street Pub Crawl currently scheduled for Saturday August 16, 2014. To see more photos from this year’s crawl visit:
Jet black. An intense nose of alcohol and black liquorice that only amplifies on the palate. Definitely a candidate for ageing to see if these qualities mellow over time.
I’d describe everything about this beer as subtle—especially the hops which from the nose to the palate to the finish is always present but never really bursts forth. Cloudy amber. Nose has some citrus and cereals. Smooth and velvety on the palate. Well balanced and easy drinking.