02 Jul

Belle Epoque Beer Review

Belle Epoque_Belgian IPA_Flying Monkeys

This 10th Anniversary Ale was interesting but not to my taste

Brewery: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Style: Belgian IPA
ABV: 10%        IBU: 72

On one of my few trips to the LCBO recently – I have predominantly been visiting my favourite local breweries for the past few months – I noticed a new boxed brew from Flying Monkeys.

Just in time for their 10th anniversary, Flying Monkeys released this new Imperial Belgian IPA. Hopped with Citra and Glacier hops, it is a unique brew well-suited to celebrating a unique brewery.

Track this one down if you’re curious, I doubt it will be around forever!

Announcement: 

Before heading on down to read the rest of this review, please note that the Drunk Kitten will be posting on a reduced schedule for the summer. With so many beer events going on, it’s been difficult to maintain two posts a week (despite drinking a large number of new brews – I am just shy of 500 unique brews on Untappd!) Expect a new beer review each Thursday with sporadic updates about the huge number of beer events you should check out over the next several months.

 

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08 Jun

Recidivist Beer Review

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This highly unique barleywine was a special treat

Brewery: Amsterdam Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
ABV: 10       IBU: N/A

Having seen this barleywine listed for several weeks on the beer menu at the Brewhouse, my husband was quite disappointed to suddenly find that it had sold out in less than a week between his visits. Taking to Twitter to express his disappointment, he was informed that there were a few bottles left, and promised that they would let him know when it was back in stock.

Well, we got the good news last week: not only was it back (in limited supply) but Heather had put aside a special bottle just for us to take home. Thank you, Heather! This delicious, honeyed barleywine was a very special treat I am glad I got the chance to try.

 

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01 Jun

Hypnopompa Beer Review

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This stylish bottle holds a delicious secret

Brewery: Omnipollo
Style: American Imperial Stout
ABV: 11%       IBU: N/A

While enjoying a delicious dinner at Mugshot Tavern, one of our many local options, I noticed an interesting name at the bottom of the bottles list:

omni pollo hypno pompa

At $15 for a 330mL bottle of 11% imperial stout, we decided to share it and our expectations were understandably high.

And not disappointed.

The one caveat I will add to is that we should have ordered it earlier in the evening so it could sit and warm up a bit. In the end we spent awhile sitting with the brandy snifters between our palms waiting for the beer to  reach the right temperature. It was certainly worth the wait.

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28 May

Nigerian Prince Beer Review

Nigerian Prince_Indie Alehouse

A heady brew that pours black as night

Brewery: Indie Alehouse
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10%        IBU: N/A

Filling up our 2015 Growler Club growler for the first time in a few weeks, I had a tough choice: A new saison, a new ESB, and a rich, strong imperial stout.

With a fridge full of Canuck and Pompous Ass, I decided the stout would round out our options best and spent the extra $9 for this over-proof, barrel-aged brew.

I think I made the right choice – this stout was a great pairing with our delicious Indian dinner – but I’ll certainly have to be back again soon to try out the other new options available.

 

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25 May

Thrust! An IPA Beer Review

Thrust An IPA_GLB

Gold Medal Winner at the 2014 Canadian Brewing Awards

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewery
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.5%         IBU: 72

Leading GLB to a clean sweep of the American IPA category at last year’s Canadian Brewing Awards, Thrust! An IPA is a another Tank Ten success story.

Available at the Great Lakes retail store and select LCBO’s around the city, this American IPA is a beautifully hop forward brew with bright citrus and leafy hop notes.

After spending a lovely afternoon at the GLB Annual Charity BBQ this past weekend drinking possibly more Thrust! than I should have, I figured it was long past time to review it so here we go…

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11 May

666 Devil’s Pale Ale Beer Review

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The Devil Made Them Brew It…

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 6.66%       IBU: 35

First released in 2006 as a seasonal beer, Devil’s Pale Ale was met with such a warm reception that it was soon brought back as a year-round addition to the Great Lakes lineup.

One of my first introductions to the brewery, 666 has been a staple in my fridge for several years and it’s a perfect balance to all the massively citrusy IPAs I tend to drink.

666 Devil’s Pale Ale is best paired with ribs, hot wings, and smoked cheeses.

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01 May

Leaf Hop Saison Beer Review

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Leaf Hop Saison is a recent addition to the Amsterdam lineup

Brewery: Amsterdam Brewing 
Style: Saison
ABV: 6%        IBU: N/A

Not your typical saison, this new addition to the Adventure Brew lineup is a great brew with which to welcome the Spring.

Nicely balanced between funky farmhouse flavours and resinous hops, Leaf Hop Saison is brewed with Opal leaf hops and then dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin.

A limited run, this beer is worth checking out while you can! I know I will be enjoying it a bunch more over the next few weeks thanks to the Brewhouse’s close proximity to Mike’s work.

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27 Apr

Heelch O’Hops Beer Review

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This Double IPA is brewed with a heelch of Columbus, Chinook, & Cascade hops

Brewery: Anderson Valley
Style: American Double India Pale Ale
ABV: 8.7%        IBU: 100

Sometimes cat-sitting has its perks. In fact, it has many perks but the relevant one at this point is the image to the left.

This delicious Californian Double IPA is an especially tasty treat left for me by my grateful and very thoughtful neighbours as a thankful for watching their 3 adorable cats.

Extremely well balanced, Heelch O’Hops features not only lovely citrus hop profiles but also plenty of resinous hops and lots of malt. Far from detracting from the flavour, the high levels of Pale Two-Row, Victory malts in this beer give it a solid backbone on which to hang the intense hop characteristics.

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20 Apr

Octopus Wants to Fight Beer Review

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A perfect IPA for a sunny afternoon

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewery
Style: IPA
ABV: 6.2%        IBU: 88

Having already tried this beer in a can direct from the brewery when it first launched just a few weeks ago I almost did not order it on tap this afternoon. Luckily there was nothing on that I had not already tried and I know that GLB is always best fresh from the tap. I was not disappointed.

Already a delicious IPA, Octopus Wants to Fight gains an extra level of tasty when served fresh on a sunny spring afternoon in Toronto. Bright and effervescent, it features a lovely mingling of hop flavours.

In any case, I was glad I decided to it as I feel I have much greater appreciation for the beer than I did previously. If you get the chance, drink this one fresh, as Octo says. And this is not to say that it is not worth drinking from a can, it is still a delicious IPA well worth the $2.50/can.

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16 Apr

Punch Buggy Beer Review

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Packed with raspberry, Punch Buggy is surprisingly tart

Brewery: Indie Alehouse
Style: Fruit Beer
ABV: 4.5%        IBU: N/A

Making the most of the great weather in Toronto the last few days I decided to wander over to Indie Alehouse for a pint or two in the almost-patio front area. Unfortunately when I arrived I found they did not actually have it open. Ah well, I got lots of air on the way over, and was quite thirsty by the time I arrived.

Eager to earn more achievements on Untappd (by far my favourite social media of late) I always try to have something new on New Brew Thursdays. As I was feeling pretty summery today I decided to try the new fruit beer on offer: Punch Drunk. I figured it was likely to be pretty refreshing if a little sweet.

While it did slake my thirst, this raspberry beer was certainly not the sweet beverage I anticipated. More tart than anything else, it was still packed with strong, natural berry flavours.

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