10 Dec

HopBot IPA | 24 Days of Beer: Day 10

Day 10_HopBot IPA_Hop City

Clear and bright, HopBot IPA is an inviting brew

 

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

This IPA pours a clear golden colour with a small head of foam. The head has some retention, fading to a thin covering of bubbles and some carbonation is evident. Strong, juicy grapefruit and peach dominate the aroma and a hint of tangerine is also evident. Traces of leafy hops round it out for an inviting, intense aroma.

HopBot’s flavour follows its aroma quite well with strong citrus fruits and resiny, leafy hops. Grapefruit, and orange give it a juicy body while the hints of sweet peach balance the high IBUs. A prickly, spicy bitterness dominates the mouthfeel, leaving a lasting sensation of prickly citrus spice.

4 out of 5 cats

Mike says:

HopBot has great mouthfeel!

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14 Jun

Craft Beer Passport: First Pint

craft beer passport - snakes and lagers

Despite working from home  – and being somewhat of a shut-in because of it – having a broken ankle right as the weather is finally getting nice in Toronto is making me very stir-crazy. And having a so-far unused Craft Beer Passport taunting me from my wallet is not helping matters one bit.

And so, with cane in hand, we headed out last Saturday evening for a cold pint or two and some board games at Toronto’s newest – and most fun – beer patio located behind board game bar Snakes & Lagers. Featuring custom picnic tables and a more limited game selection, the patio offers Torontonians the opportunity to drink some fantastic beer while playing a board game without worrying about losing pieces. 

As only my second trip to the bar I was unsure whether we would be able to get in – our group had suddenly grown to 9 people and I had heard tales of extensive lines waiting for space to open up. Luckily the patio was mostly empty when we arrived and we managed to pull a couple of tables together for a few great games of Jenga while we talked and enjoyed the summer evening. The service was quite good this time without the slow decline we experienced the first time we were there. All of our drinks were brought out pretty quickly and I don’t think my glass stayed empty for more than a few minutes before I had another beverage to enjoy!

For those not familiar with the passport, the concept is pretty straightforward: For $20 you can buy a passport online or at select bars. With the passport in hand, you go to each of the 20 bars listed inside and ask what they are serving for passport holders – this may differ from place to place but Snakes & Lagers was offering anything on the menu. When they bring you your beer, you give them $2 and they will stamp or sign your passport. Simple, cheap, delicious! You have until the end of November to hit up each bar and the fantastic price of $3/beer total makes this a great way to introduce people to the fabulous craft beer scene in Toronto.

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