Review: Oktoberfest (Mill St. Brewery)

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Beer Style: Marzen/Okoberfest

Alc./Vol.: 5.6%

Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug

Suggested Serving Temperature: 5-8° Celsius

Availability: Mill St. Brewery, Select LCBO Locations in Mill St. Fall Sampler

This review features a beer from Mill St. Brewery in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Mill St. is located in Toronto’s beautiful distillery district, where they have two locations, Mill St. Beer Hall and Mill St. Brew Pub. The beer that I chose to review is one of the beers in the Mill St. Fall Sampler, Oktoberfest. This beer is true to the great traditional Bavarian lagers. The beer stays true to its roots by being brewed with German malt, hops and yeast

The beer came in a 355ml bottle that I purchased from the Brock Road LCBO, but it can also be found at the brewery. Like I previously stated, the beer was included in their fall sampler pack. Included in the sampler was 3 bottles of the Oktoberfest and 3 bottles of the Mill St. Nightmare on Mill St. Pumpkin Ale, which I will review next time. For my review, I poured the beer in a dimpled mug, but it can be also enjoyed in a shaker glass.DSC02723

When the beer is poured into the glass it has a copper tone. The beer was very clear with no settlement at all. The beer poured with little to no head. The aroma that I smelled from this beer was sweet, yet had notes of bread and yeast. At first, I noticed the sweet smell of honeyed malts and sugar with a hint of bread in the background. The smell was very light and not overpowering to the nose.

At first taste, the beer had a good balance of sweet and dry. I noticed sweet notes of caramel and brown sugar. The beer also had nice characteristics of bread and yeast. It is a very smooth beer that is medium bodied. When the beer was in my mouth, I noticed a high micro carbonation that slowly turned into a creamy harvest taste. The Mill St. Oktoberfest was very true in taste to the Bavarian beer you would find at the Oktoberfest in Germany.

My overall impression of this beer is that it is the perfect beer to drink to celebrate Oktoberfest without having to travel to Germany. This medium bodied lager is very smooth and easy drinking with a well balanced taste that you will enjoy to the very last drop. With the beer sitting at 5.6% it is very sessionable, so make sure you have some pretzels and bratwurst to go along with the beer.

I give this beer an overall score of 42/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself. Shoot me a message or follow me on Twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and let me know what you think.

Prost!

Review: Nightmare on Mill Street (Mill St. Brewery)

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Origin:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alc./Vol.: 5%

Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass

Suggested Serving Temperature: 5-8° Celsius

Availability: Mill St. Brewery, Select LCBO Locations in Mill St. Fall Sampler

This review features another beer from Mill St. Brewery in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Mill St. is located in Toronto’s beautiful distillery district, where they have two locations, Mill St. Beer Hall and Mill St. Brew Pub. As many of you already know, it’s pumpkin beer season. There are some people out there that hate pumpkin beers and many wait all year for them. This is definitely a beer that is worth the wait. Nightnare on Mill Street was brewed using the brewmaster’s wife’s pumpkin pie recipe, so let’s just say based on the beer, I really want to try her pie.

The beer came in a 355ml bottle that I purchased from the Brock Road LCBO, but it can also be found at the brewery. This beer is available in the fall sampler from Mill St., along with Okoberfest. Being that this beer is a seasonal beer, if it is something you are interested in trying, don’t delay. The seasonal samplers don’t last long and usually sell out quickly. Having had this beer before, and many other pumpkin beers, I decided to use a tulip glass for my review as I feel it does the best job bringing out all the aromas and notes of the beer. DSC02752

Once the beer was poured in the glass you could see the beautiful dark copper colour. This beer poured with a thick white head, which slowly thinned, and left little to no lacing on the glass. Instantly I noticed all the smells of a great pumpkin pie. You get hit with sweet pumpkin, spices including cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon and a touch of vanilla.  The aroma fills your nose as you bring the glass to your mouth.

At first taste, you will notice the bold pumpkin notes, which is the main character of the beer. Even though the pumpkin is the main feature, it does not overpower all the other flavours of the beer. As the sweet pumpkin starts to fade in your mouth, the spice of the beer has some time to shine. You will start to taste the nutmeg and cinnamon, which really bring this beer together. But the Nightmare on Mill Street isn’t finished there. As the beer settles in your mouth, it finishes with the perfect amount of vanilla which gives you a very creamy finish to the beer. 

My overall impression of this beer is that if you like pumpkin beers, then you will love this one. Since the beer is a medium body with little carbonation, you will have no problem having a few of these watching the leaves change or carving your halloween pumpkins. It is a very balanced pumpkin beer that is not overly sweet. Its pretty much the perfect pumpkin pie in a glass.

I give this beer an overall score of 44/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself. Shoot me a message or follow me on Twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and let me know what you think.

Cheers!

Farmhouse Classic (Bellwoods Brewery)

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Origin: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Alc./Vol.: 7.0%

IBU: N/A

Malts: Pilsner, Pale, Wheat, Flaked Wheat

Hops: Bravo, Styrian Goldings

Suggested Glassware: Oversized Wine Glass

Suggested Serving Temperature: 3-5° Celsius

Availability: LCBO, Bellwoods Brewery or at Bellwoods Bottle Shop

This week’s beer review features a beer from Bellwoods Brewery in Toronto, Ontario (124 Ossington Ave) called Farmhouse Classic. This brew is a Saison style beer that has been bottle conditioned. 

I had picked up this bottle (500ml) at Bellwoods Bottle Shop located in the brewery. The brewery is a great place not only for beer but also good. If you haven’t already been there you need to check it out. Also be sure to try the Duck Hearts, simply amazing. Farmhouse Classic is one of the first beers that Bellwoods has brewed, it is also a very popular beer at the brewery. 

When the beer is poured you instantly get a very fresh smell of citrus and lemongrass. The beer has somewhat of a champaign smell to it. I also noticed light notes of sour dough and spice in the aroma. This Sasion truly reminds me of Spring with all the fresh notes to it. The appearance of the beer is a straw yellow colour, that is a bit hazy in the glass. There is a great head on this beer that is a true white color. The head slowly thins out as you are enjoying this beer. DSC02452

At first taste, you get notes of sweet malt and citrus. You really start to taste the champaign characteristics of the beer. With each sip I started to notice different flavours in the beer. At points I started to taste lemongrass, as well as clove, and light peppery notes. The beer fills your mouth of a light bodied brew with somewhat if a grassiness to it  I really noticed the freshness of the beer. The bottle conditioning give the Farmhouse Classic a very unique taste that stays with you through the drinking experience. As you’re drinking the beer you will get a slightly bitter after tastethat really finishes the beer off well. 

My overall impression of this beer is that it is extremely well balanced. Even at 7% I could easily drink multiples of the Farmhouse Classic and still enjoy each one. It makes for very easy drinking brew to be enjoyed on a nice spring or summer day. It is a very crisp beer that is smooth till the very last drop. 

I give this beer an overall score of 46/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself. Shoot me a message or follow me on twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and tell me what you think.

Cheers!

Review: Spring Bock (Amsterdam Brewery)

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Orgin: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Dopplebock

Alc./Vol.: 7.3%

IBU: 30

Malts: Munich, Vienna, Pils, Melanoidin, Caramunich

Hops: Hallertau

Suggested Glassware: Stem Glass, Dimple Mug

Suggested Serving Temperature: 10° Celsius

Availability: Feb – May at The Amsterdam Retail Store and the LCBO and on tap at finer bars and restaurants.

This review features a beer from Amsterdam Brewery in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Amsterdam Brewery is located at 45 Esandar Drive Toronto, and also has a Brewhouse in Downtown Toronto. The beer that I chose to review is the Spring Bock. This “Bock” has been aged 6 weeks, which is 3 times longer than a regular lager. The longer aging is what gives a “Bock” it’s strongerbody and greater malt taste than a lager.

The beer came in a 500ml bottom that I bought from my local LCBO, but it can also be found at the brewery or downtown Brewhouse. It is an all-natural beer with no additives, no preservatives and is non-pasteurized. I
used a pint glass for this review, but Amsterdam recommends a dimpled mug or stem glass.

When the beer is poured into the glass it has a deep mahogany colour. You instantly get the smell of roasted malt and caramel. As the beer sits in the glass you start to smell light notes of fig or raisins with a hint of
citrus. This “Bock” has a very sweet smell to it despite it being a strong beer. There is little to no head on the beer, which as I was drinking also left no lacing on the glass. The clarity on the beer is very good, no hazing or clouding.DSC02462

At first taste, you get hit with full bold flavors of sweet bread with hints of dried fruit and caramel. You really notice the malt from the 6 weeks of extended aging. Despite its very bold malt flavors it balances out well with a light amount of citrus and sweet chocolate. At the proper drinking temperature you get this perfect creaminess that acts as a great compliment to the malt and bitters. This “Bock” has an amazing aftertaste that begins with the roasted malt but finishes with a lingering bitterness that sits on the palette. The light carbonation really helps to combine the two very different tastes.

My overall impression of this beer is that it is that is full of very bold yet, balanced notes that complement each other greatly. It was very clean and fresh to the very end of the beer, never tasting bitterer than it should. I feel that it would be a great beer for a cool spring day, sitting on the patio. In addition, with a little age, maybe a year, this beer could really take on character and have a whole different taste profile.

I give this beer an overall score of 41/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself. Shoot me a message or follow me on Twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and let me know what you think.

Cheers!

Cutthroat (Tree Brewing Co.)

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Orgin: Kelowna, B.C, Canada

Beer Style: West Coast Ale

Alc./Vol.: 5.0%

IBU: 36

Malts: Pale, Light Munich, Honey, Vienna, Crystal

Hops: Perle, Centennial, Golding, Cascade, Columbus

Suggested Glassware: Chalice

Suggested Serving Temperature: 3-5° Celsius

Availability: LCBO

This weeks beer review features a beer from Tree Brewing Co. in Kelowna, B.C. The beer that I chose to review is the Cutthroat, which is a West Coast Ale and is a beer that is brewed year round.

The beer came in a tall boy can (500ml) that I bought from my local LCBO. Cutthroat is a B.C. Local brew that contains no preservatives and is unpasteurized. It is a 2007 Gold Medal winner by the Canadian Brewing awards and is brewed by Brewmaster Dave Gokiert. Tree Brewing’s philosophy is simple, to brew memorable and flavourful beers regardless of the style.

When the beer is poured into the glass it has a true copper appearance. The head consisted of thin white foam made up of very tiny bubbles which will result in scattered lacing down the glass. The aroma of the beer is a nice pairing of bitter and sweet. At first pour you get notes of sweet malt that has undertones of fresh citrus. The aroma is very fresh with no stale notes.  The beer is very clear with no hazing whatsoever.DSC02440

At first taste, you get hit with full flavour. It starts off with toffee and/or caramel. It is not over powering but very predominant. This is where the beer changes. You
soon start to get very fresh hops and citrus. The IBU is only 36 so the bitterness is not over powering but you can taste the bitter and citrus hop character. It is a very good balance of two very different taste palettes.  Cutthroat is a medium body that is micro carbonated. It is definitely a full flavoured ale that leaves a tartness as the beer settles in your mouth.


My overall impression of this beer is that it is a well balanced, full flavour ale. It is a very drinkable brew, that to me, screams spring with fresh hops and citrus notes. I wish there was a little more in the aroma but that does not take away from the beer at all.  It is a beer I would go back to and drink.

I give this beer an overall score of 43/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself. Shoot me a message or follow me on twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and tell me what you think.

Cheers!

Dinner Jacket O’Red IPA (Arch Brewing Co.)

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Orgin: Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Red IPA

Alc./Vol.: 6.3%

IBU: 60

Malts: Cdn 2 Row, Maris Otter, Melanoidin Roasted Barley, Carafoam, and Oatmeal

Hops: Selection of North American Hops

Suggested Glassware: Snifter

Suggested Serving Temperature: 3-5° Celsius

Availability: Year Round at LCBO and Beer Store, and on tap at Bars and Restaurant

This weeks beer review features a beer from Arch Brewing Co. in Guelph, Ontario. The beer that I chose to review is the Dinner Jacket, this is Arch’s one and only beer at the moment. Dinner Jacket is Red IPA, which they call O’Red IPA. 

The beer came in a tall boy can (473ml) that I bought from my local LCBO. Dinner Jacket is brewed out of  Wellington Brewery with Head Brewmaster Paul Dickey. The can is a black and grey plaid, with a red and black plaid shirt on the front of it. The shirt symbolizes a Canadian dinner jacket. Arch is a family run company and wants their customers to feel like their extended family. Dinner Jacket is meant to be enjoyed in a Snifter Glass to savour all the aromas and flavours.

When the beer is poured into the glass it has a deep ruby red appearance. The head consisted of thin white foam, which later ended up becoming nice lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma of the beer was a sweet caramel with hints of roasted oats. There were light butterscotch notes that become stronger as the beer warmed to a drinking temperature of 5° CelsiusSONY DSC

At first taste, you get bold bitter hops (60 IBU) which slowly turn into sweet caramel and roasted oatmeal notes. As the beer fills your mouth, you feel the bitter hops across your tounge. This IPA is lightly carbonated and really compliments the bitterness of the beer. There is a great contrast between the bitter and sweet notes in the beer, which is quite enjoyable as you work your way down the glass. Dinner Jacket has a sweet aftertaste which quickly changes to a light bitterness that stays with you until the next sip. The beer is a medium body, which makes the beer very seasonable. There is a slight creaminess in the body that is noticeable as you finish the beer.

My overall impression of this beer is that it is very well balanced from start to finish. The boldness of the IPA makes you want to grab another, once you finish. The hops are what make this Red IPA stand out from the rest. I have had this beer many times and it never seems to disappoint.

I give this beer an overall score of 43/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself. Shoot me a message or follow me on twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and tell me what you think.

Cheers!

Downtown Brown (Amsterdam Brewery)

 

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Orgin: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Beer Style: Brown Ale

Alc./Vol.: 5.0%

IBU: 17

Malts: UK Optic, Chocolate, Dark Crystal, Munich

Hops: Goldings, Fuggles

Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug

Suggested Serving Temperature: 10° Celsius

Availability: Year Round at The Amsterdam Retail Store, LCBO and Beer Store, and on tap at Bars and Restaurants

This weeks beer review features a beer from Amsterdam Brewery in Toronto, Ontario. Amsterdam Brewery is located at
45 Esandar Drive Toronto, and also has a Brewhouse in Downtown Toronto. The beer that I chose to review is the Downtown Brown, formerly known as Nut Brown Ale. Downtown Brown is a Brit
ish style ale brewed with malts from two regions of the world, Canada and Europe.

The beer came in a tall boy can (473ml) that I bought from my local LCBO. The can has a great design graphic, showing what looks to be a trolley or street car with the name of the beer on street signs.  It is an all natural beer with no additives, no preservatives and is non pasteurized. I used a pint glass for this review, but Amsterdam recommends a dimpled mug.

When the beer is poured into the glass it has a deep chestnut colouring. The head is a thick foam, which later ended up being very thin with little to no glass lacing. The aroma of the beer was a sweet nut with hints of roasted malts. The nut notes are really noticed as the beer warms up to its proper drinking temperature of 10° Celsius.DSC02336

At first taste, you get bold and light bitter hops which slowly turn into sweet caramel notes. The beer finishes off with roasted nut and hints of chocolate. As the beer really opens up, the nut notes become more prominent, which is very smooth and enjoyable. The beer is a full body experience in your mouth with light carbonation. As Amsterdam Brewery says, “Downtown Brown delivers an uncommon smoothness and distinct drinkability.”

My overall impression of this beer is that it is a very well balanced brew that combines all the flavours very well. The nut notes are the ones that shine which was intended by the brewery. This is definitely a beer I would go back to and drink again.

I give this beer an overall score of 42/50. Be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself. Shoot me a message or follow me on twitter (@_bottomlesspint) and tell me what you think.

Cheers!