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Beer Review: Trestle Brewing Company: Golden Ale

September 6th, 2017 by in Beer Reviews, Everything

As many of you out there may know, I enjoy beer, and well most of you reading this I would also assume enjoy beer.  We are in an age where there are so many new breweries popping up, and so many amazing new flavours to try, you start into a whirlwind of beers.  There are the IPA’s, APA’s, Pilsners, Golden Ales, Stouts and the list goes on and on and on.  Is this a bad list, not at all, because we as beer drinking folk and without beer we are normal folk.

 

One of these new up and coming breweries is based out of Parry Sound Ontario, Trestle Brewing Company.  You can check out their Facebook link below.

https://www.facebook.com/trestlebrewing/

If you are not one of those Facebook type of folk and more of just the internet, which is on computers now.

Welcome to Trestle Brewing Company

 

Now if you are a person that doesn’t have the internet, well you wouldn’t be reading this in theory, but they have just recently broke ground on their brewery, so congratulations to them, it is really awesome to see another brewery starting up!

 

Well now we should get into some of the more important stuff, such as the beer itself cause really beer is what you are reading this for.

Trestle Brewing Company has released their Golden Ale, which as you can see by the below picture, is an Ale, and has the Golden colour to it.  If the colour was amber, I would assume it to be called an Amber Ale, but that is not the case, Golden it is and Golden it will stay.

Now typically a Golden Ale would also be referred to as a Blonde ale, which in turn has more of a Lager trait to it.  A crisp, clean, balance flavour.   Have I confused you yet.   How bout some examples of similar beers if that helps out.

 

Yeah I had to include Labatt 50, cause really who here has never had a Labatt 50.  My point exactly!

 

The Golden Ale by Trestle Brewing Company does hit all the flavour notes of a typically golden/blonde ale.  The beer itself had a crisp taste, there was not a tonnes of hops or after taste, which is what you would expect from a Golden Ale.  There was a full balance between the hops and malt, so you do not get a big kick from either over the taste profile.  There was good flavour, slight hint of malt and hops, but nothing that punches you in the face like an IPA or Session Ale.

As you can tell by the photo above, and now that I have said that you are looking at the photo above, the colour is Golden, but you also have a nice clean white head to the beer.  The head lasted for a few minutes after pouring.

Overall, I did really enjoy the Golden ale, it is a perfect Summer, apres ride or really whenever beer.

 

 

For anyone who is up in the Parry Sound area, pop in and check out Trestle Brewing company, follow them on Facebook, or their website to keep up to date on what is happening.

Like any new brewery, give them a try, you will find some amazing beers out there, if you just explore, and if you haven’t had Labatt 50, well need I say more.

 

Overall:  4.11 out of 5

Was the beer Hoppy:  Not overall hoppy, just a nice hop/malt tone

Would you recommend this to a friend:  Yup for sure I would, no doubt.

Would you buy a case of it:  As soon as it is on sale at the LCBO I will for sure.

Where Can I buy it at:  http://trestlecraftbeer.ca/news/where-to-buy/

 

 

 

 



Beer Review – Alaskan Brewery Alt Style Amber

July 18th, 2017 by in Beer Reviews

Well I know I’ll probably get some slack over a beer review for something you cannot purchase here in Ontario, but I still have to review it, cause who knows when you are off to Alaska, or the North Western USA.  On our recent trip to Whitehorse, we did the Yukon-White Pass train ride to Skagway Alaska and stopped at a local pub for a pint.  The one that I tried was the Alt Style Amber from Alaskan Brewery.

 

 

Amber

 

In the grand scheme of things, the alt-style amber is not meant to be a hoppy beer, or anything like that, with an IBU rating of 18.  But there is a really solid flavor profile, which is more indicative to an Amber beer. With the aroma notes of Caramel and maltiness (dont think maltiness is a word) it lends itself to be a good overall pint.  As you can tell by the photo, you see the amber colour with a slight white head to it.

 

With respect to the flavour, it definitely hits the target of the Alt Style Beer.  There is a hops note, but nothing like you would get in an IPA, but there is something there for sure.  The beer had a medium body to it, which was nice for the day we were having in Skagway.  There was a bit of roasted malt in the taste profile so overall a really good beer profile.

 

At the end of the day, if you find an Alaskan brewery beer, pick it up and give it a shot, it is worth it for sure.

 

Rating:  4.11 out of 5

 

Would you buy this beer again:  yup for sure.

Would you recommend it to a friend:  yup again for sure.

Was the beer hoppy:  not too bad, slight hop note but overall good.

What is the capital of Alaska:  Juneau

 

 

Beer Review: Waterloo Amber

May 31st, 2017 by in Beer Reviews

Well I’m not sure what else to do on a lazy Tuesday morning but write a beer review.  Oh wait it is Wednesday… Well whatever day it actually is, that just means it is a good day for a beer review.  On this edition, if we want to call them editions now, is the Waterloo Amber.

photo courtesy of thebeerstore.ca

Waterloo Amber is brewed by Waterloo Brewing https://waterloobrewing.com/pages/waterloo-amber

Check out their website for a details on the Amber.  I picked up a 12 pack from the Alliston Beer Store, which if you have not been in, the walk in cooler is perfect now!  Also if you dont have air conditioning in the summer, why not visit your local Beer store cooler and have a picnic or something.

 

Now to the meat and potatoes of the review, which would probably go good with the beer to be honest.

I personally didn’t pour the beer into a glass, mainly due to not having one readily available.

With respect to the taste, for an amber beer it was quite sweet and malty.  The sweetness from the sugars, caramel toffee and vanilla flavours.  There is also a malt flavour that you will notice.  Overall taste profile was really good start to finish.

The Amber does have a higher alcohol level at 6.8% which is a little more than typical ambers.

 

Overall the beer is really good, from start to finish.

 

Rating:  4.11 out of 5

Was the beer hoppy:  not overly hoppy, but good flavor profile.

Would you buy the beer again:  oh for sure, I bought 1 already.

 

 

 

 

 

Beer Review: Trailer Park Boys Freedom 35 Lager

May 19th, 2017 by in Beer Reviews

Yup, you read that right, Trailer Park Boys released a Beer!  In addition to the Liquormen’s ol dirty Canadian Whiskey, they have pushed into the craft beer market.  Now they are not actually brewing the beer themselves, so don’t worry about that.  Double Trouble Brewing is the folks behind Freedom 35 Lager.  You may also know them with respect to Hops and Robbers or Prison Break Breakout Pilsner.  So based on that you know Freedom 35 should be pretty good.

I was tempted to start using some of the Rickism’s from the show, like Water under the Fridge, and Denial and Error, but we will try and keep this review on the same high grade humor as reviews in the past.

 

I ended up finding this beer at the Orangeville LCBO, which was pretty sweet, a fantastic selection and at a great price.  You can only purchase Freedom 35 by the can, which again, not a bad thing, 473ml Can’s.  Freedom 35 Lager, well is a Lager first and foremost, with an ABV of 5%, so a nice refreshing summer beer.

Now to the meat and potatoes of the beer, taste etc.

For the taste, this falls right in line with typical Lagers, I personally would say better than most.  There are slight grainy notes, with a very tiny note of hops.  Nothing overpowering at all, just a crisp taste start to finish.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to fully expect, based on the can having Trailer Park Boys on it, but I was pleasantly surprised.

 

I didn’t pour the beer into a glass, or really do a full on sniff test, so sorry I can’t help you there.

 

Overall, I was happy with the purchase.  If you are in the mood for a lager, then check out Freedom 35 for sure.  That is, if you can find it.

 

Rating:  3.82 out of 5

Was the Beer Hoppy:  Not really hop orientated no.

Would you buy the beer again:  Yes for sure, without a doubt.

What is your favorite Rickism:  Where there’s smoke there’s wires

 

 

 

 

 

Beer Review: Lost Craft Crimzen Premium Red Ale

April 20th, 2017 by in Beer Reviews, Everything

As we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel of winter, this turns us towards the warmer season of craft beer drinking.  With the new craft beers comes beer reviews, as they seem to go hand in hand.

This review is for Lost Craft Brewery Crimzen Premium Red Ale.

 

 

A short history on Lost Craft Brewery, based on their website.  Lost Craft is a Toronto Based craft beer company that focuses on brewing world class session style craft beer. We travel the globe to source beer styles from around the world to inspire our recipe development. We think global and drink local.

 

Now to the down and dirty of the review, the taste and all the other senses surrounding a beer that you may experience.

If you were so lucky to have a glass nearby and decided to have some class by pouring the beer into said glass, you would see a copper coloured beer infront of you.  The head on the beer was somewhat of a beige appearance.

 

As you drink the beer you will notice an array of flavours.  I had a mixture of grain, malt and a slight hit of bitterness, but overall very smooth.  There was a good amount of carbonation but no over powering flavours or hoppiness.  Overall a nice mouthful of beer for sure.

 

Overall, I found Crimzen to be a great red ale, pretty much what you would expect from a Red.  It has a simplistic overall flavour tone, which works out really well and I can see myself buying this beer again for sure.

 

Rating:  4.13 out of 5

Was the Beer hoppy:  Not really hoppy, more bitterness, but really good overall.

Would you buy the beer again:  For sure I would.

Why do you ask yourself questions at the end of the review:  Ummmmm… Next question.

 

 

 

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