Beyond the Pale
The wonderful folks at BTP are very good at making great beer. I like that they are always "pushing the boundary" and brew new and creative styles of beer.
Here are some of my favourites.
Rye India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.7% IBU: 52
Rye Guy is a West Coast style IPA that uses a ton of rye malt as part of the all-Canadian grain bill. American hops give it distinctive citrus and pine notes. The result is a crisp, full-bodied beer that is surprisingly sessionable for 52 IBUs.
Belgian Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV: 9.0% IBU: 65
Party Animal is a Belgian double IPA that does not overwhelm with "Belgian" flavour, but instead accents the grapefruit and orange flavours of the hops in a wonderful balance.
Hop On Your Face
India Pale Ale
ABV: 7.5% IBU: 77
This beer truly lives up to its great name with pungent, citrus and pine laden hop aromas that quite literally hop all over your face.
Diel du Ciel
I discovered this delightful microbrewery located in St-Jérôme, Quebec back in 2010 and got to visit their brewpub in Montreal during Mondial de la bière. Since then they have become my favourite Quebec microbrasserie.
Corne du Diable (Horn of the Devil)
Corne du diable (French for "Horn of the devil") is a contemporary interpretation of the classic English India Pale Ale. The result is a caramel flavoured, full-bodied red ale, with sharp bitterness and powerful aromas thanks to dry hopping.
Herbe à détourne
Belgian-style Tripel with Citra Hops
This beer was brewed in the Belgian Tripel style... with much exageration! An enormous amount of Citra hops was used, giving the beer a powerful bitterness and obvious hops aromas. This beer had been fermented with our Abbey-style Belgian yeast, but at low temperature in order to limit the production of fruity and spicy esters. Aromas of mango, cantaloupe melon and passion fruit exhale all along the tasting, and match with the strong alcohol content and hops.
In the Fall it is time to enjoy some of my favourite dark beers.
Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel
This beer is very dark, almost black with red tints and pours with a very thick, rich, creamy looking off white head. It has a rich, creamy, chocolate malt taste with hints of citrus and berry.
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
Brewed from 40 percent dark malts and roasted barley, this intensely black ale carries strong hints of espresso and chocolate. Oatmeal contributes body and a long-lasting mocha-colored head to this well-hopped beer.
This award-winning beer is brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Here are some of my favourite summer brews.
Beau's All Natural LUG-TREAD Lagered Ale
Golden-hued, crisp and finely balanced, LUG•TREAD Lagered Ale is a tribute to the classic beer of Cologne, Germany. LUG•TREAD is top fermented (like an ale) and then cold aged (like a lager).
This wonderful beer is brewed by a small family-run company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario
St-Ambroise APRICOT WHEAT Ale
Apricot Wheat Ale blends various barley malts with malted wheat and natural apricot essence to create an original-tasting beer with a clean, fruit nose.
This delightful German wheat beer is best served in a tall tulip-shaped glass on a warm summer evening.