Gorbalev (2917) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler shared with Hogtown Harry, Jerc, GregClow, and Blankboy, courtesy of Mr Manning (thanks Len!). Amber, small white head (blonde?). Aroma - lots of bready sweetness, just a hint of hops in background. Taste is malt forward, sweet without cloying, very fresh. Nothing terribly overwhelming, just a solid session style ale. If I was local, I’d reach for it. Nice first effort, looking forward to your future offerings.
GregClow (2881) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & tupalev - courtesy of MrManning. Burnished golden-amber with a small white head - darker than I expected from a Blond, which makes me wonder what their upcoming Amber will look like. Aroma and flavour are both very well-balanced - malt forward with sweet bready notes and a hint of honey, and a moderate hoppiness to balance. A very nice session ale that would be a go-to easy drinkin’ beer for me if I lived down in the area. Well done, guys - looking forward to your future offerings.
blankboy (6030) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of MrManning. Pours a clear bubbly orange-copper with an average size diminishing white head. Nice, fresh aroma of caramel malt, light floral hops and some sweet biscuit or bread. Flavour of caramel malt, lightly sweet along with some fruit, toffee and a light bitter finish. Medium bodied. Well done, a good debut for this brewery -- I would gladly order this.
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008-05-01. Orange amber body with a small quick off white head. Sweet bready malt aroma, light hops, brief sweet hint of fruit or white grapes? (6+) Similarly sweet malty flavour, just enough bitterness to balance things nicely. (6+) Palate is slightly more full bodied than average, pleasantly so. (3+) On the mild side of the flavour spectrum, but a pretty solid first effort. Nice job. Growler courtesy of MrManning
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler. Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev, courtesy of MrManning. Pours hazy amber (yep, amber), smallish head. Sweet bready aroma, hint of floral hops and graham crackers. Very fresh-tasting, doughy sweet caramel malt, mildly roasty, quick sweet finish. Average chewy body; refreshing, quite sessionable --- not really a "blonde"
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is the first offering from this brand new southern Ontario brewery. From the growler, this ale pours a deep gold with a frothy white cap. The nose is quite hop forward and is complimented with floral notes, along with fruity malts (mango, peach), and leads into bread crust and caramel. The flavour profile is upfront with floral hops alongside caramel malts, and is complimented by fruity lemony sweetness. This is the perfect summer golden ale. I am glad it is only a 15 minute drive from my place to the brewery, as I will be visiting often. The finish in this is bitter and quenching. Great session beer. An excellent start! Right on AL and team!