Ontario IPA Beer Guide

Ontario is home to some truly amazing craft breweries, each pouring delicious and varied creative brews. Among the best are the wide range of bitter and fruity India Pale Ales. Originally brewed with extra hops to withstand the long journey to India, IPA’s have recently sprung up as an increasingly popular style among craft brewers.


Lone Pine IPA

BrewerySawdust City Brewing Co. 
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.8%        IBU: 65

5 out of 5 cats

Made with Simcoe, Chinook, and Cascade hops, Lone Pine IPA is one of my favourite hoppy treats. A lovely golden copper colour, this brew is clear with faint carbonation and a frothy and fluffy white head. A strong, hoppy nose with strong pine and citrus notes and subtle caramel hints, it is full of hoppy bitterness with bold notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and honeydew melon. Full-bodied with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel, Lone Pine finishes dry with lingering hop flavours. Read the full review here.


Smashbomb Atomic IPA

BreweryFlying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6%        IBU: 70

4 and a halfcat

Hopped 9 times during the brewing process with Citra and Centennial hops, Smashbomb is a powerhouse of rich, intriguing flavours. A clear, golden brew with meringue-like foam, this one-of-a-kind beer has a complex aroma including citrus and tropical fruits. The hop-forward flavour also includes dominant citrus notes with a complex fruity and grassy profile. Read the full review here.


My Bitter Wife IPA

BreweryGreat Lakes Brewery
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7%        IBU: 88

4 and a halfcat

Another creation of the Tank Ten series from Great Lakes Brewery, this American IPA is named for Carrie Nation, perhaps the most predominant force behind the radical temperance movement in the United States before prohibition. A hazy copper colour with tall, creamy and bubbly head, the lacing of this brew hangs in sheets with good retention. The aroma is dominated by juicy citrus and a fresh, bold and bitter pine and the first sip is highly bitter with sweet citrus notes and a herbal bite. A medium body with moderate carbonation, this brew has a softer, creamier texture than many IPAs. Read the full review here.


Mad Tom

Brewery: Muskoka Brewery
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.4%        IBU: 62

4 and a halfcat

One of my go-to selections, Mad Tom is dry-hopped with Chinook and Centennial hops. Well-balanced and versatile with a cloudy and burnt orange colour, this IPA features a nice, fluffy white head and good carbonation. Full of fresh pine and floral aromas with hints of malts and citrus, Mad Tom tastes predominantly of strong, sweet citrus and a powerful hoppiness. Robust and rugged, roasty caramel malts balance a lingering bitterness with a slight spiciness. Read the full review here.



BreweryHop City Brewing Co.
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.1%        IBU: 70

4 and a halfcat

A new discovery, Hop City’s HopBot lives up to the breweries name by delivering a powerfully hop-forward brew with lovely citrus fruit notes. This beer pours a mildly hazy copper to amber colour with foamy, white head. A pronounced citrus aromas including pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit belie an easy-drinking and well-balanced flavour with a smooth mouthfeel and a strong hop finish.  Some malt sweetness balances the powerful hops and gives this beer a solid backbone beneath the Citra hop flavour.


St-Ambroise IPA

Brewery: St-Ambroise/Brasserie McAuslan
Style: English IPA
ABV: 6.2%        IBU: 56

4 out of 5 cats

Made with Chinook, Golding, and Cascade hops, this English IPA has a lovely clear amber to golder orange colour and an off-white frothy head which leaves a nice lacing behind. Initial bready malt scents quickly give way to strong grassy hops with a citrus sweetness. Full of hop flavours with light hints of caramel and malt, St-Ambroise has a lingering bitternes and a slight spiciness to the aftertaste with a very dry finish. Read the full review here.


Couch Surfer

Brewery: Indie Alehouse
Style: American IPA
ABV: 5%        IBU: 65

4 out of 5 cats

Made with Citra hops, Couch Surfer IPA pours a light yellow to dark gold colour with white head and sticky lacing. The aroma is light on hops with notes of pine and tropical fruits while the flavour is dominated by a moderate bitterness and grapefruit notes. Medium-bodied with a clean mouthfeel, this is an easy-drinking and sessionable IPA. Read the full review here.


Apocalypse Later Black IPA

BreweryGreat Lakes Brewery
Style: Imperial / Double Black IPA
ABV: 9.99%        IBU: 100

4 out of 5 cats

Spawned from the ingenious Tank Ten series, this Double Black IPA has a powerful hop and malt character that has been aptly described as an IPA for stout lovers. Dark brown to black in colour, Apocalypse Later has a thick head and a dense lacing that clings to the glass in sheets. A rich herbal hop-nose with caramel notes blooms as the beer warms and cocoa and brown sugar notes sweeten the citrus hop bitterness. Hop forward with rich dark malts and a tart fruit backing, Apocalypse Later is a complex and full bodied brew with mild to average carbonation. Read the full review here.