11 May

666 Devil’s Pale Ale Beer Review

The Devil Made Them Brew It...

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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26 Jan

Break of Dusk Beer Review

Break of Dusk_Black Oak Brewing Co_small

An appealing and inviting dark beer, this black APA has great head

Brewery: Black Oak Brewing Co.
Style: Black APA
ABV: 4.4%        IBU: unknown

Brewed as a hybrid style of Stout meets American Pale Ale, this unique beer fuses dark roasted malts with bold citrus American hops to create a rare brew…Pair this versatile, yet lower in alcohol brew with everything from
dark grilled meats and curries to the most delicately rich desserts.

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21 Dec

Hawaiian Pale Ale | 24 Days of Beer #21

Day 21 - Hawaiian Style Pale Ale - Spearhead

Full of Caribbean citrus, Hawaiian Style is a nice break from the winter!


Brewery: Spearhead Brewing
Style: Hawaiian Style Pale Ale
ABV: 6%        IBU: 60

This pale ale pours a golden yellow with a small white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is dominated by grapefruit and tropical citrus notes with some leafy hops present.

Mildly bitter with some tropical fruit notes, Hawaiian Pale Ale is a light, refreshing beer with a nice citrus hop bite. Medium carbonation and body round it out for an enjoyable drinking experience. A tasty beer from a great brewery, it deserves a chance if you see it around, and you will. Their other brews are a lot less easy to come by but just as deserving of a try, particularly the Indie White Ale (a surprisingly lovely wheat IPA) and Jamaican Fire, a spicy coffee stout.

3 out of 5 cats

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13 Aug

Hoptical Illusion Beer Review

Flying Monkeys Hoptical IllusionAs a big fan of the way Flying Monkeys Craft Brewing approaches beer-making, I often find myself reaching for these familiar and tasty brews rather than trying something new and I have to fight the urge. While not as attractive of an option as its hoppier cousin SmashBomb, Hoptical Illusion is a great brew for those times when I want something full flavoured but not quite as strong.

Brewed with privately grown Amarillo hops which lend the beer its provocative citrus and floral essence, this APA gets its subtle maltiness from the blending of an amber klin and roasted speciality malts.

Delicious but subtle, Flying Monkeys certainly got it right in their description:

Hoptical Illusion is a beer that doesn’t beat you over the head, steal your wallet, and jack your car. But you still wouldn’t want meet it in a dark alley.

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19 Jul

Coffee Pale Ale Beer Review

Nickel Brook LogoUnfortunately we did not actually make it to the Junction Brewery on Wednesday as once you get settled in at 3030 it is easy to simply stay. Fortunately I did try some delicious and interesting new beers. The first one was both of these, the second mostly just interesting so I thought it would be good to share my thoughts on the bizarre brew.

The first few sips didn’t bother me overtly but I didn’t really enjoy them either. The more I drank of the beer, though, the slower I got until the final third which I practically chugged because it was time to go. Something about the combination of coffee flavours and an otherwise fairly standard pale ale just did not suit my taste buds and I found the closest analogy I could make was an overly creamy, too sweet iced coffee. Not that it taste specifically sweet but that it had that watered down coffee flavour of an iced coffee that has been left to melt for just too long.

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10 Jul

Craft Beer Passport: The Bar With No Name

craft beer passport_3rdWith the cast off and summer in Toronto heating up quickly, I have been picking up steam on my passport. Last Monday, taking advantage of the holiday to have an extra long weekend, we decided it was long past time to check out the nearby, geek-friendly Bar With No Name that we had walked past many times but never entered.  

Greeted with a unique atmosphere and friendly staff, we were happy to see the beer selection was not only quite good but also incredibly affordable: Mondays at the Bar With No Name means $10 pitchers of anything on tap! And with their selection, that is a pretty impressive deal. 

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21 Jun

Craft Beer Passport: Second Stop

second stop-3030Having gotten started on my beer tour of the city last week, I was determined to keep going cast or no. Luckily we live very close to 3030 so my (amazing) husband was able to drive me there and then drop the car back at home.

As only my second trip to this bourbon and craft beer bar in the Junction, I was impressed once again not only by the beer selection but also by the delicious small share plates, most of which are only $5. Among my favourites: Blue cheese mac n’cheese & popcorn chicken. (The doubles also look fantastic for the vegetarians/vegans out there!)

To read about the delicious beer I tried on this stop, keep reading!

Have you tried any interesting brews yet on your craft beer passport? Tell me all about them in the comments – I’d love to add some interesting new beers to my wishlist!  

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