Garrison Brewing Company Reviews




reebtogi
3.2
Garrison Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale
650ml bottle pours a golden color with a finger of white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is light tropical fruits with some grassy notes. Taste is a light fruity and malty sweetness with a grassy hop bitterness. Light bodied with decent carbonation. A refreshing and tasty brew that suits the style well.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

rejtable
3.4
Garrison Test Batch Code Name Juicy
Bottle from Marc. Pours clear dark straw some head and clumpy lacing. Nose is fruity, and grass. Flavours of apricot, grapefruit, some fresh grass. Taste medium bitter light sweet. Full sticky body lively carbonation, some noticeable alcohol heat. Ok.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

cards04
3.8
Garrison Winter Warmer
I thought this was a very well executed brew. Balanced and sweet..Just like a winter warmer should be. Roasted malts, grape juice, dark chocolate, espresso in the aromas and flavors. Delicious.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Brettsky06
3.8
Garrison Spruce Beer
Pours a reddish brown. Aromas of caramel and molasses. Taste is really bit on spruce. More caramel. Creamy mouthfeel. Great beer
Sunday, January 8, 2017

northropfrye
3.6
Garrison Winter Warmer
Dark reddish brown body, off-white head, some lacing. Sweet dried fruit, malts, grains, vanilla, cola aroma. Taste is rich holiday spice, belgian candy, dried fruit, grapes, with a dry roasty note/finish. Really quite nice.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Brettsky06
3.6
Garrison Winter Warmer
Pours a nice dark red. Aroma has nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste has some spice and dried plum. Boozy finish, very nice
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

ljthiessen
3.6
Garrison Winter Warmer
Bottle. Amber pour with a tan head. Aroma is caramel and spices, some cinnamon and gingerbread, some fruitcake notes, pretty nice. Taste is much the same, spices are balanced and mild compared to many winter warmers, makes this quite nice for the style.
Monday, January 2, 2017

kramer
3.6
Garrison Grand Baltic Porter
Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany brown body with a small fizzy light brown head. The nose is rich and malty with lots of caramel and licorice, a slight burnt note, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is much the same, but a little more boozy than the typical Baltic. Very smooth otherwise, and well lagered, nice chocolate and licorice finish. Full bodied and pretty clingy with a chest-warming finish. Pretty good stuff.
Saturday, December 24, 2016

JoeMcPhee
3.6
Garrison Hoppy Buoy American Style IPA
Amber pour with a thick white head. The nose is tropical and fruity with a nice bright citrus character. Has a bit of orange and pear with a nice light fruity finish. Assertive bitterness and a lovely fruity finish. Delicious.
Thursday, December 15, 2016

deyholla
3.5
Garrison Ass-Kicker IPA
On tap at Townhouse Brewery and Pub. Pours a clear gold with an amber hue and a white head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces. Aroma has lots of earthy citrus with a bit of grapefruit and a light grain backbone. Flavor has earthy citrus with a light grain backbone and a touch of resin.
Sunday, December 11, 2016

dfearnley
3.6
Garrison Winter Warmer
Bottle to tulip Consummation: Malt, rye, cloves, and mace. Adjunct: Lots of rye aromatics, with clove, bergamot, and nutmeg; dark amber with a thin, but creamy, nearly tan head
Friday, December 9, 2016

AleRider78
3.1
Garrison Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale
6pk from LCBO. Pours an average size foamy bubbly white head that dissipates to a thin coating. Has a yellowish appearance. Weak lacing. Aromas are grassy, a bit malty and some subtle wheat notes. Flavours are mostly the same as aromas with the malt and wheat notes a bit more pronounced. Some subtle sweet notes and some light crisp hop hints. Other than that, not much else. Average retention. Medium carbonation. Not bad.
Saturday, December 3, 2016

reebtogi
3.4
Garrison Winter Warmer
650ml bottle pours amber in color with a finger and a half of white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruits with some cinnamon and nutmeg and chocolate. Taste is a chocolate malty and fruity sweetness with a herbal bitterness and the spices. Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, a nicely balanced and tasty brew that suits the style well. Recommended.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

GregClow
2.9
Garrison Sugar Moon Maple Ale
Bottle from the back of my stash - unknown vintage, but several years old at least. Pours a clear dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma is dominated by maple candy with some backing caramel and dark sugar - sweet on sweet on sweet. Flavour follows the aroma pretty closely, with some evidence of oxidization, and a bit of woodiness. Way too sweet for my palate, and based on the earlier reviews, even a fresh bottle was likely the same.
Monday, November 28, 2016

Boutip
3.8
Garrison To Prussia With Love
Bottle: Poured a hazy deep dark copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention with some lacing. Aroma of barrel-aged notes with light vanilla and woody notes with some light dry caramelized malt. Taste is a nice mix between some vanilla and woody notes with some dry caramelized malt notes. Body si about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. The Baltic porter notes are dominant the BA ESB. The overall mix works better than I was expecting and the results is a nice nightcap style beer.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

TaktikMTL
3.7
Garrison Dirty Ol’ Town
Bouteille de 650 ml achetée chez ANBL (Tracadie, N-B) au coût de 5,90$. Arôme: Légère odeur de céréales grillées et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est brune-noirâtre. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées avec une pointe d’agrumes. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #7070)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

fonefan
3.8
Garrison Grand Baltic Porter Rum Barrel Aged

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ (Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF tasting 2015) by chriso - London ].

[ As Garrison Grand Baltic Porter Rum Barrel Aged ].
[ Bottle #225 ]. Clear dark red brown color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, bread, caramel, dark malt, rum - alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, dark malt, chocolate, rum. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20150808]
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Ferris
3.5
Garrison Ol’ Fog Burner
Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Sweet caramel and some oxidization. Clearish Amber with an off white head. Nice sweet caramel malts and long finish with some nice cherry notes. Very English style.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

UXO
3.5
Garrison / Beaus Sweet Rye’d
Appearance: clear pale to medium amber with one finger of creamy ivory head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: spicy rye, caramel malt, grass, floral, earth. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light spice. (7/10) Medium slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, off-dry bitter and mildly spicy finish. (3/5) A solid offering from a collaboration between two competent brewers. As usual, I quite enjoy the presence of a bold and spicy rye, and I wouldn’t call it overwhelming here. I’m just a little puzzled by the characterization of this as a “Wheat Ale” when there’s so very little wheat character. A minor quibble, perhaps, but I like the label to reflect what’s in the bottle. Pedantry aside, I can definitely recommend this as worth trying, particularly if you enjoy Rye IPA’s. (14/20)
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

MissAnthropic
3.2
Garrison Klingon Warnog Roggen
Nose is like bbq sauce and light caramel. Thin vaguely oily palate with light brown sugar and a medium finish. Not great but not bad either.
Monday, October 31, 2016

BlackHaddock
3.5
Garrison Imperial I.P.A.
Bomber between four at the 25th Oct 2016 Shrewsbury Beer Share. One of a box Mat and I traded with Duffman. Cheers mate. Poured a misty amber, small off-white topping. Aroma was caramel first and foremost before the piney hops kicked in. The taste was also semi-sweet caramel with plenty of piney hops on top. My thoughts ran to marmalade at one point, so there must be some fruitiness in there somewhere too. I liked it.
Friday, October 28, 2016

tristanlaugher
3.4
Garrison Double Jack Imperial Pumpkin
Cloudy Brown, tan head, nicely spiced. lacing, a bit boozy. Bottle from the brewery.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

minutemat
3.2
Garrison Imperial I.P.A.
Bomber @ monthly tasting, Chez Sophie, Oct 16. From trade with Duffman. Many thanks! Pours a deep amber, small off-white head. Aroma is prominent caramel, pine and sweet malts. Taste continues with a big caramel malt presence and vibrant resinous hops. Not my preferred style of DIPA, a bit too malt-laden, but I can appreciate this.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Brettsky06
3.4
Garrison / Beaus Sweet Rye’d
Pours a copper colour. Sweet malty aromas. Taste is as advertised with a sweet start and a bitter finish. Very enjoyable
Saturday, October 22, 2016

northropfrye
3.3
Garrison / Beaus Sweet Rye’d
Amber body, lasting pillowy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, dried fruit. Taste is initially sweet and fruity, with a dry slightly hoppy finish. Not bad.
Friday, October 21, 2016

UXO
3
Garrison Double Jack Imperial Pumpkin
Appearance: clear medium amber with one finger of creamy ivory head, good retention and patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: pumpkin, spices, sweet malt, boozy fruitcake. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter, mild spice. (6/10) Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, sweet and mildly spicy finish. (3/5) I know I sometimes get a bit harsh with Garrison - but to be fair, they usually deserve it. (To my mind, at their worst they can come across as a slightly less objectionable version of Alexander Keith’s.) So, when I say this isn’t terrible, I don’t mean to damn them with faint praise - the fact that I’m not slamming them (and hard, about a pumpkin beer, of all things) means just that: it’s not terrible, and I’m slightly… well, maybe not “surprised” by that, but at the very least “glad that my innate cynicism didn’t win out this time”. It smells like a not-entirely-fake pumpkin pie crossed with a boozy fruitcake (and I have boozy fruitcakes marinating in my cellar right now, so I know that of which I speak), and tastes much the same, complete with a not-insignificant alcoholic kick. So… win-win? (Or at the very least, not a loss.) (12/20)
Friday, October 21, 2016

RobertDale
3.2
Garrison Irish Red Ale
On tap at the brewery. Comes reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and fruit. Taste is similar. Good for the style.
Monday, October 17, 2016

RobertDale
3.4
Garrison Nut Brown Ale
On tap at the brewery. Comes a clear reddish brown with an average beige head. Aroma of malt and fruit. Taste is malt, fruit, nuts, and a touch of chocolate. Pretty good.
Monday, October 17, 2016

RobertDale
3
Garrison Raspberry Wheat
On tap at the brewery. Comes a clear pale gold with a small white head. Aroma of raspberries. Taste is raspberries and wheat. Decent.
Monday, October 17, 2016

RobertDale
3.2
Garrison Hoppy Buoy American Style IPA
On tap at the brewery. Comes a mostly clear, pale gold with a decent white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Taste is grapefruit, tropical, pine, and malt. Pretty good.
Monday, October 17, 2016

RobertDale
2.8
Garrison Tall Ship Amber
On tap at the brewery. Comes a clear golden orange with a decent off-white head. Aroma and taste of malt, grain, fruit, and grass. Pretty good.
Sunday, October 16, 2016

decaturstevo
3.4
Garrison Hammer Schlagen
Deep amber pour with creamy white head. A light ashy aroma with some roasty and caramel malt. Flavor is sweet caramel malt with some perfumy hops. Medium body with good carbonation and light bitter finish.
Sunday, October 16, 2016

decaturstevo
3.2
Garrison Tall Ship Amber
Gold pour with white head and lace. Aroma is light malt and floral hops. Flavor is light sweet malt with floral hops. Medium body with smooth carbonation. nothing special but ok
Sunday, October 16, 2016

decaturstevo
4
Garrison Imperial I.P.A.
Gold pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma is bready and resiny hops. Flavor is bready, sweet malt and resiny hops. No abv warmth. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a solid resiny bitter finish. best beer on this stop
Sunday, October 16, 2016

decaturstevo
3.6
Garrison Nut Brown Ale
Mahogany pour with creamy off white head. Aroma is nutty, chocolate and floral. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, nutty with a touch of chocolate. Medium bodied with good carbonation. solid brown ale
Sunday, October 16, 2016

decaturstevo
3.4
Garrison Pucker Up
Lightly hazed orange pour. Aroma is floral notes and lgiht malt. Flavor is sweet malt floral tones. A flat wheat flavor and dry finish. Medium body with good carbonation and some bitter. ok by me
Sunday, October 16, 2016

decaturstevo
3.4
Garrison Raspberry Wheat
Gold pour with white head and lace. Aroma is as advertised raspberries and wheat. Flavor is berries and flat wheat. Medium body with ok carbonation. light and refreshing
Sunday, October 16, 2016

decaturstevo
3.2
Garrison Seaport Blonde
Pale yellow pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma is light floral hops and wheat. Flavor is light malt and floral hops. Light bodied with good carbonation. not one of my favorites
Sunday, October 16, 2016

decaturstevo
3.4
Garrison Irish Red Ale
Deep amber pour with creamy white head. Aroma is caramel and peaty. Flavor is sweet caramel with resiny hops. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation
Sunday, October 16, 2016

decaturstevo
3.8
Garrison Hoppy Buoy American Style IPA
Copper pour with creamy white head. Aroma is citrus hops and bready malt. Flavor is sweet malt with resiny hops. Medium bodied and smooth with a good bitter finish. nice beer
Sunday, October 16, 2016

DomD
3.3
Garrison Ass-Kicker IPA
Bottle into glass. Has a bit of a caramel aroma. Pours a cloudy amber. Medium bitter taste. Malty.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

malrubius
2.6
Garrison Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale
Bottle from Meditrina. Brewed under license at Schmaltz. Golden with slight haze ring and lace. Slightly vegetal aroma with toffee and honey and grass. Sweet apricot honey peach with very mild spicy floral fairly dry finish. Medium light body with low carb. A profound celebration of mediocrity.
Friday, October 14, 2016

kevd193213
3.9
Garrison Imperial I.P.A.
Bomber. Opaque golder copper pour with a medium off white frothy head. Aroma of earthy hops and faint caramel. Medium body with a big malt backbone that has a snappy finish.
Sunday, October 9, 2016

DomD
3.7
Garrison Rye & Ginger IPA
Bottle into glass. Typical citrus aroma you would find in an IPA with a hint of ginger. Pours a clear amber with off white head. Taste is medium bitter. Medium bodied with a ginger aftertaste. A nice take on IPA.
Friday, October 7, 2016

RobBestwick
2.9
Garrison Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale
341ml bottle. Light fruity aroma. Pours cloudy orange in colour with no head. Flavours are sweet orange with a touch of honey. Medium body. Mildly bitter finish.
Thursday, October 6, 2016

deyholla
3
Garrison Raspberry Wheat
Sampled from the tap at the brewery. Pours a clear light yellow gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a sweet raspberry note with a lot of earthy wheat supporting. Flavor has a combination of earthy wheat and sweet raspberry.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

deyholla
3.3
Garrison Pucker Up
Sampled from the tap at the brewery. Pours a near clear amber orange with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has sweet raspberry with a growing tartness and a wheat backbone. Flavor is similar with sweet and tart raspberry with yogurt and wheat supporting.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

deyholla
3.4
Garrison Nut Brown Ale
Sampled from the tap at the brewery. Pours a clear brown with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of dark grain and bread with light roast and nuttiness supporting. Flavor has bread and nuttiness throughout with a light roast supporting.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

deyholla
3.2
Garrison Imperial I.P.A.
Sampled from the tap at the brewery. Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a combination of onion and citrus with a sweet grain backbone. Flavor has sweet grains, sweet citrus and a touch of resin with a hint of onion underlying.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

berkshirejohn
3.1
Garrison Hoppy Buoy American Style IPA
On tap at the Cambridge Suites, Halifax NS. A slightly hazy amber pour with a tight white head; some piney hops on the aroma; and a bitter grapefruit taste. Refreshing.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016