Wednesday, 7 November 2012

September 10, 2012

176/576)  Home:  India Pale Ale by Six Pints Specialty Beer Co. of Ontario:  **1/2;  "Strong beer" 6.5%;   piney floral nose;  floral taste with a bitter hop finish;  unfashionable though it might be to say this is one of the better West coast IPAs going;

This was purchased at Beer Academy, in the building that formerly housed Growlers and later Duggan's Brewery.  Their website would benefit from more frequent updating, in terms of what's available.  This is a craft brewery, tasting bar, retail store and museum under a single roof.  It starts with a couple of points against, in the minds of some, because it is owned by the Big Guys but I felt I was rewarded by approaching it with an open mind.

The label indicates which glass to use which is nice to know.  It may seem a bit silly but not so long ago I was at a tasting hosted by Stratus, who make Tollgate on the one end and Wildass on the other, and part of the presentation employed a row of different glasses, each containing the same wine.  We were invited to sniff each differently shaped glass and I wouldn't have believed the difference it made had I not tried the experiment myself.

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