Tapsucker wrote:Tell us about the "New England Style" theme here. I heard about the Octopus and was curious. What did you think?
It's the first I've heard of Canuck being played this way too. Like, is that really necessary? Or is it so good I shouldn't just roll my eyes?
Well, as a crusty cynic who is straight up tired of hazy IPAs and mediocre takes on the New England style, I think the NE Octopus is arguably better than the original version. Don't know exactly how or why, but something about this tweak seems to bring out more of the hop aromatics, and there's lots of punchy hop flavour to boot. I also find the NE to be a bit less sweet than the original (surprisingly).
The NE Canuck isn't quite as impressive as the alternative Octopus, but it's still very tasty. And I literally never buy the original Canuck, so thought it'd be fun to try a different take on this beer. It did not disappoint.
To be honest, though, my two favourites from this latest GLB haul were the Chocolate & Banana Brown Ale and the Prud'homme Vienna Lager. Both just really lovely beers. This year's Lake Effect is also drinking fantastic.
I probably sound like a fan boy, but I don't really care. Great Lakes is knocking it out of the park right now, and they deserve praise where praise is due. Hope that answers your question.
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