New brews sampled within the last week:
-Beau's Buenos Dias - LCBO bottle. How is this a gruit? It has hops (and sea salt) in it, and no botanicals other than the orange/lime peel. Why not just call it a gose, which is closer to reality (and also a much more trendy style atm)? Style gripes aside, this was drinkable, but very mundane - the gritty, wheaty pale malt backbone was the most noticeable aspect, followed by the sea salt, but the citrus was barely even a factor. Oily texture. Disappointing.
-Lake of Bays Broken Axe APA - LCBO tallboy. Past experience with this brewery has caused me to lower my expectations, so maybe it's not a surprise that I enjoyed this brew more than I expected to. Lots of pithy pink grapefruit, with notes of lemon, sour peach and resin. Refreshing and sessionable; nothing to get too excited about, but still better than the rest of their year-round stuff, at least IMO.
-Sleeping Giant Northern Logger - LCBO tallboy. Pale, grainy malts and grassy hay; a tad vegetal. Not something I'd return to, but passable fare for campfires, or after playing a hockey/baseball game or whatever.
-Shock Top Citrus Radler - TBS tallboy. Shockingly decent, considering the source; nothing here but slightly sweet grapefruit juice flavour. It's no Stiegl Radler, but I wouldn't be opposed to drinking more over the summer.
-Mad & Noisy Lagered Ale - LCBO tallboy. Pretty sure this is the same as that Creemore Kölsch that came out last spring, except they've re-labelled it (and shifted it to their M&N brand). Boring, but quite good for what it's supposed to be - very clean, refreshing, and highly quaffable.
-Okanagan Springs Big White White IPA - Bottle from a mixed 12 pack picked up at TBS. I don't know what it is about this sub-style - I am not super-picky about IPAs in general, but these so-called "white" ones never seem to do it for me. Tastes like a mediocre witbier crossed with a Belgian IPA.
And some revisits:
-Railway City's The Witty Traveller - LCBO tallboy (very fresh; about 2 weeks old). I have never been a big fan of witbiers, but this is one that I always seek out in the spring when fresh flats come into the store: the white pepper flavours really shine through when it's young. Forget about buying old stock; this one goes downhill big time after a month or two on a warm shelf, so either try it fresh or don't even bother.
-Okanagan Springs Brewmaster's Black Lager - From the same TBS mixed 12-pack. This was the first schwarz-like beer I ever tried, years back. Not as good as I remember, but still an acceptable dark lager, and arguably the best thing in this sampler.
-Refined Fool - The Glistenator - Bomber from the brewery; described as a Vienna Lager, but lacking the crisp, clean flavours and appearance of the style. Drinks more like an amber lager; seen through that lens it's not bad at all.
-Wellington County Dark Ale - LCBO tallboy. An old classic, yet still one of the better brown ales available year-round in this province.
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