During a recent game of “has Ken had this” with Jackie, she brought back from Toronto a bevy of new beers for me. This one, somehow, got lost in the fridge for a while. So, on a night when dinner was going to be at 9 pm after the kids were asleep, I brought it up to drink.
The first thing I noticed when I looked at the bottle was there was no air bubble at the top. That was kinda concerning, since early last year I had to toss out a beer because the cap was struck wrong and never sealed. It was a citra hopped beer from England that I couldn’t find again. LCBO needs some better QC I think.
Anywho, once I opened it, I realized why there was no air bubble. The liquid was filled to the brim. The very top. There was no room for a pfft when I opened it. I expected the beer to be flat and I would have to tosses this one too, but as I poured it out, it started to bubble and fizz like it should.
It poured out a dark yellow IPA colour and smelled like spicy hops. It tasted a little different from your usual IPA, most of which are made in North America. It had a resin-like feel (no, I’m not turning into one of “those” beer guys). It was kinda oily. The hops were fantastic at first, but as it warmed, started to become more and more bitter. That’s when the English side started to show.
Overall, a decent beer. Maybe the score would be higher if I could get one with a tiny bit less in the bottle.
Country of Origin: England
Alcohol Content: 5.8%
Vessel: Glass by way of very full bottle