Easter dinner was at my oldest brothers house and the whole family was going to be there. That means Toronto craft beer order! The week before, Great Lakes had a limited release of Robohop and I asked Kevin, who lives in Toronto, to grab one for me if he can. He couldn’t get down there in time to get a can from the retail store, so I’m going to have to wait for a giant bottle from the LCBO. He did, however, make it to Bellwoods and grabbed a nice selection.
When I got there, he and Teri were waiting for me to ask about the beer so they could dive into this one. It is a low-alcohol or sessional ale, so I was expecting a light-ish tasting beer. When we opened it, all you could smell was pine and citrus. Wait, that’s what hoppy beers smell like and they are usually big on alcohol content. How can a 2.8% beer pull this off?
It poured out a cherry yellow (I think I made that colour up, I’ll check Crayola’s list…NOPE, not in there). The more I smelled it the more I thought of all those wet hopped beers I had in the fall. It tasted like a super hopped up ale! It still blows my mind to this day that such a small beer could be so powerful. It was amazing. There were all the flavours you’d expect from a nice IPA (pine, lemon/orange) but absolutely no after taste. Even Kevin and Teri, who don’t like hoppy beers, loved this.
It may have been a session beer, but I did find it a little too sweet to really enjoy more than one at a time.
Stay Classy, you are on my Top 10 short list!