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TGIF: Extra Terrestrial

TGIF: Extra Terrestrial

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

Grand Terrestrial Rhapsody – Flying Monkey’s

The first pour produces a clear golden colour, and even yields a touch of copper. Capped off with a healthy dose of white foamy head that is lacey from top to bottom.

Initial aromas evoke pops of pineapple right off the bat, as well as strong notes of grapefruit and grape. The blended smells are exactly as advertised.

As for the flavour, here the profile matches the aroma with more of those citrus fruits. As opposed to other IPAs, Terrestrial uses pineapple puree instead of pineapple concentrate. This leads to alot of pop in the taste, but not overwhelmingly so.

The body presents as a good medium, and overall smooth with the apt amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a summery drink that pops with zest and colour.

Best paired with traditional pub fare favoring sharper, salty sides to balance the sweeter sections of the drink.

By the numbers:

  • ABV 8.1% alc./vol.|IBUs 40
  • Malts:2-Row Pale Malt, Spelt Malt
  • Hops: Neslon Sauvin, Idaho 7 
  • Dry-Hopping: Neslon Sauvin, Idaho 7, Galaxy
  • Special Additions: Pineapple Purée

What did you think of TGIF: Extra Terrestrial? Do you have an idea for our next TGIF? Or would you like to be a guest reviewer? Send us an email or connect with us on FB.

TGIF: Hit The Accelerater

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.


And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.


This week why don’t you try…

Accelerated Stall IIPA – Barnstormer’s

TGIF: HIT THE ACCLERATOR

Beginning with a hazy translucent dark yellow brown, the fall-esque coloured first pour leaves a drizzle of creamy head.

Following the initial pour, expect a menagerie of pleasant smells. Herbal, floral, lightly citrusy with grapefruit and somewhat piney hops come to the surface first. That gives way to toasty caramel malts and hops.

On the whole, there is potency and old flavour, but not overpowering. You’ll find the hops balanced, and even somewhat subdued by malts leaning toward a toffeelike scent. A light resiny pine shines through, with mixed bag of herbal, floral, and citrusy/rind to support it. The aftertaste does provide a slight kick, with equal parts spice and bitter.

Accelerator emits a medium carbonation, generally creamy but on the thinner side of thickness. It’s more of a drying coating.

Coming in a tall boy that can purchased directly at Barnstormer’s, this is an overall rather complex flavour that is quite balanced with hoppiness. Unlike other similar beers, it is not as bitter as the IBU would suggest.

You can check out Accelerated Stall IIPA at Barnstormer’s. What did you think of TGIF: HIT THE ACCLERATOR? Let us know in the comments!

And if you have a suggestion for our next TGIF, or would like to post a review of your own, let us know! We’ll feature your suds recap in our next blog!

TGIF: Alone In The Forest …And Loving It

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

TGIF: Alone In The Forest …And Loving It

IPA From Sawdust is a Pine Infused Treat

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

LONE PINE IPA

TGIF

Best described as “hop bomb”, this IPA is very piney; in a good way. The initial aroma emits the usual malts and grapefruits, with a trace of mango that compliments the woody/pine base.

This is an ideal pick for the adventurous beer-drinker, with a golden yellow appearance and a big lacy head. The first taste will have you thinking about camping, as the pine/hops really capture the outdoor vibe.

It’s a medium-bodied, refreshing brew that brings a welcome zip to the palate, with a sharply bitter finish.

This IPA is not quite a session brew because it is so bold (6.5% ABV) but it’s an invigorating shot to kick off your night. And because of the heavier tones, it’s probably not a meal accompaniment. Available in cans at the LCBO and a few local establishments.

What did you think of TGIF: Alone In The Forest …And Loving It? Would you like to review a locally brewed beer? Email us today at [email protected], with TGIF in the headline!

TGIF: Triple Teamed

TGIF: Triple Teamed

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

Pancho Barnes Triple Stout Chocolate: Barnstormer’s

The appearance pours a jet black, with sizeable fingers of creamy lace orbiting the glass.

That gives way to a pleasant first sniff – mainly grainy roasty malts, cocoa, coffee bean, earthy and leafy hops, dark fruits (fig as the strongest) and earthy yeast.

As you enjoy the taste, those grainy roasty malts and coffee bean come to the forefront. The earthy and leafy hops are meshed with the cocoa hints, and they come through strongly. Followed by the dark fruits, the earthy yeast rounds out the brew.

The mouthfeel is best described as medium to full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Moreover, it finishes creamy with all elements lingering.

Overall – This is a flavourful sweet stout that delivers on all fronts. In general it is velvety smooth, and bold. Well deserving of a session from those that haven’t sampled it yet.

Best paired with traditional pub fare favoring sharper, salty sides to balance the sweeter sections of the drink.

By the numbers:

  • ABV : 5.9
  • IBU (THEORETICAL) : 21
  • 36 SRM

Find out more about Pancho Barnes on Barnstormer’s website, and get it at the LCBO.

What did you think of TGIF: Triple Teamed? Interested in becoming a guest beer reviewer? We want to hear from you!

TGIF: By The Moonlight

TGIF: By The Moonlight

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

Moonlight On Chrome: Redline Brewhouse

The first impression is a good one, conveyed by the inviting appearance. The initial pour is a rich golden color, slightly hazy, with a finger plus of head. Although it is short lived, it leaves a nice egg shell white of spotty lacing in it’s wake.

The sitting improves with the first smell. You’ll detect wafts of light citrus, mingled with candied pineapple and mango. This aroma could perhaps be a bit more forceful without detracting from the experience. But the subdued hints of the fruit is pleasant.

On to the taste. This brings a light grainy flavor to the taste buds initially, followed by splashes of sweetness. The candied mango and pineapple really stands out here. After the first few sips, weedy hop qualities come to the forefront, offering an earthy sensation to the sitting.

As for the mouthfeel, Moonlight is medium-light bodied, punctuated by crisp carbonation and a dry finish that is near chalky.

Overall this a creamy beer that comes together nicely and is stronger than the sum of its parts. Best paired with traditional pub fare favoring sharper, salty sides to balance the sweeter sections of the drink.

By the numbers:

  • ABV : 4.3
  • IBU (THEORETICAL) : 53
  • MALT : 2-ROW, MUNICH 1 MALT, FLAKED OATS, FLAKED WHEAT

Find out more about Moonlight on Chrome on Redline’s website, and get it at the LCBO.

What did you think of TGIF: By The Moonlight? Interested in becoming a guest beer reviewer? We want to hear from you!

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