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Saturday, March 31, 2012
Brewery Vivant Named to Best & Brightest Sustainable List, Announces Major Expansion and Plans for Distribution to Chicago.
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ABV 5.3% (Bottled - 650ml)
Founded in 1987, Great Lakes Brewery is Toronto’s oldest craft brewery.
From the Bottle
"Our seasonal ale is now available for a limited time. Brewed with a generous amount of hops, a touch of honey, and heaps of fresh oranges. This golden ale boasts a zesty, fruity and refreshing taste. Perfectly balanced to compliment grilled chicken, seafood and salads."
From the Website
"Handcrafted with five specialty malts and five varieties of hops, along with just a touch of honey, we added heaps of fresh oranges and peels into the boil. A little different, you say? We sure hope so."
Pours frothy like a wheat beer (you'll be hearing a lot of wheat comparisons), and cascades nicely throughout the glass. I got a 3 finger head, probably my fault, that stayed almost for the duration. It was nice and fluffy though. Colour is light amber, and it might be my imagination but I detected a definite orange like tint along the lines of an orange popsicle. There is some nice persistent carbonation that looks refreshing.
The nose is fresh with mild orange flesh notes, as well as some bitter peel aromas. The sweetness and citrus notes develop a bit throughout the glass, but they weren't as strong as I had hoped.
Lots of carbonation, medium bodied and fills your mouth with a cool pillow of froth. It is quite refreshing but I found myself waiting for some bite or taste on the back end that never came. It had more zest than taste. It would be a good accompaniment as suggested on the bottle, for lighter fare. You get a small amount of the bitterness of the peel, and I can't help thinking with a bit of cinnamon, this might make a neat winter warmer. I'm not sure this ale does justice to 5 malts and 5 hops, as I really couldn't taste them. The hops was evident in the citrus, but that could have been the oranges.
Just nice. The closet thing I could compare this ale to is a wheat beer of the Hoegaarden variety. Or a Keith's/Rickards White with a slice of orange in it. For all the malt and hops and orange peel and honey, there really wasn't much to it. It is a refreshing brew to be sure, well suited to the spring and summer months, but the complexity of taste and zest promised wasn't there. If I'm going to have a seasonal with oranges or some other additive, that component should be evident or well balanced with some bite or flavour, but here it was mostly absent. Otherwise I could just put an orange slice in a Grasshopper and be more satisfied. Overall this beer is nice, but it just doesn't follow through. So I'm giving it a C as I wouldn't recommend it over anything similar on a regular tap at the pub.
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Propeller Brewing Company, Nova Scotia’s largest independently owned and operated brewery, is adding a spring beer to their seasonal rotation. The brewery has announced the release of Propeller Double IPA.
Propeller Double IPA is a full bodied, American style Double India Pale Ale that is brewed with premium Pacific Northwest hops and a rich blend of 2-row Pale and Crystal malts. Following fermentation it has been heavily dry hopped (a process that enhances the aroma without imparting bitterness in beer) giving this bold brew its big west coast nose. Double IPA delivers a huge amount of piney, floral, and citrusy hop aroma and flavour from start to finish that is balanced by sweet malt flavours. At 8.2% alcohol by volume and 85 IBUs, Propeller Double IPA is not for everyone… It is a TRUE hop bomb, for TRUE hopheads.
This brew is based on Propeller’s most popular One Hit Wonder limited release to date, 2xIPA. Propeller has tweaked this recipe from the original version “It was great to brew what was essentially a test batch.” Says Bobby Zacharias (Brewmaster at Propeller Brewing Company) “It gave us a chance to really get to know the beer and to listen to what our customers thought of it before releasing the final version”. John Allen (President of Propeller Brewing Company) explains “This is exactly what the One Hit Wonder Limited Release Series is all about – having fun, experimenting with styles, and finding something truly spectacular”.
Propeller Double IPA will be available March 22nd at the Propeller Shop and soon after at select NSLC Locations and private retailers.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Another delivery from our friends at McClelland Premium Imports. This time they dropped off a Belgian Amber Ale - Palm.
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