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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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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20 Mar

Sunkicked Anejo Beer Review

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Aged in tequila barrels; it is a sour, boozy brew

Brewery: Indie Alehouse
Style: Barrel Aged Imperial Wit
ABV: 7%        IBU: <10

While stopping in at the Indie Alehouse last weekend for the much anticipated Twin Pines IIPA, I decided to try this unusual barrel-aged brew. Mike had decided to stop in at the Rod, Gun & Barbers across the road for a quick haircut and I didn’t want to get started on the main event until he joined me.

So I picked out something new to try, something different; and I could not have picked something more different if I tried. Pretty far from my usual choices, this tequila barrel aged imperial wit is sour, boozy, and unlikely to appeal to anyone lacking a taste for tequila.

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12 Mar

Training Wheels Beer Review

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Enjoying this strong beer with a candlelit, homemade meal

Brewery: Indie Alehouse
Style: Strong Coffee Ale
ABV: 9%        IBU: N/A

With the warmer weather finally coming to Toronto, I have been taking the opportunity to make good use of our Indie Alehouse Growler Club. Popping in for a fill earlier this week, I was sorely tempted by this new ale but unconvinced that an entire growler of it was really a solid plan. Luckily Indie has gotten their new bottling system working and had some handy 500mL bottles available.

Thanks to Untappd, we have gotten into a habit of saving new beers for Thursdays (gotta get those badges!) so we cracked Training Wheels open tonight with our homemade Pav Bhaji, an Indian dish featuring mashed cauliflower, potato, and carrots with a healthy dose of rich spices.

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07 Dec

St. Crispin’s Mild | 24 Days of Beer: Day 7

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Getting the most of our growler before the year is over

 

Brewery: Indie Alehouse
Style: English Mild
ABV: 3.8%      IBU: 20-30

St. Crispin’s Mild pours a clear, dark mahogany. The thick, white head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing down the glass as you drink. A soft aroma of bready malt and bitter hops includes some hints of caramel, roasted grains, and a light spice.

This beer is incredibly well-balanced with a rich malty flavour and the perfect level of bitterness. Flavourful and easy-drinking, St. Crispin’s Mild is a great option if you want something light enough that you can drink it all afternoon and delicious enough that you won’t get bored. A touch of spice and nuts and a hint of roasted grains add a nice layer of complexity before a pleasantly dry, bitter finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation, it has a lasting malt aftertaste with some bitterness.

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08 Nov

Pumpkin Abbey Beer Review

Indie Alehouse - Black Pumpkin AbbeyMy husband is not a fan of pumpkin beer. This means I am a bit picky about which large bottles I buy for myself as, well, it can be a lot to drink on my own, especially if I don’t like it very much. Since Indie Alehouse is pretty reliable, I decided to take the risk and bought myself a bottle of their Pumpkin Abbey to enjoy over Halloween afternoon as I got into the spirit of the day. Since it is a strong beer, I was careful to drink it slowly, savouring the flavour and letting it warm. This turned out to be a good thing for two reasons: 1) the flavour did improve as it warmed, bringing forth stronger spice notes and 2) I ended up having a very late dinner as my pizza did not arrive until after I had to leave. Serves me right for ordering a pizza at dinner time on Halloween I suppose.

The beer itself is quite lovely and set the stage nicely for the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies‘ Pumpkins + Porters Halloween Bash. (It was slightly overshadowed by the truly excellent Pumpkin Spice Porter that Sawdust City’s Aaron Spinney brewed up for us but that can’t be helped as the porter was pretty much perfect.) Black Pumpkin Abbey, however, is gets the nod as my favourite pumpkin beer of the season by virtue of actually be available for purchase: If you are going to try one pumpkin beer this year, Black Pumpkin Abbey is the one I would recommend.
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30 Jul

Weakday Warrior Beer Review

Indie Ale House I am usually not much of one for low alcohol beers – in fact, I usually feel like they are somehow a rip-off, as if I am not getting the full bang for my buck if it is any less than 5%. How glad am I that I allowed that concept to be challenged!

I first tried Weakday Warrior by happen-stance and immediately fell in love. I have been back to Indie on multiple occasions simply to drink this beer – not to say that I don’t enjoy others or the typically fantastic food – but this beer has been my main draw to the establishment since it’s arrival. Pungent, tropical, and hoppy this Warrior is ready to battle the summer heat!

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