Garrison Brewing Company Reviews




Oakes
3.1
Garrison Sugar Moon Maple Ale
Thanks, microakes! Has a bright amber colour, though not much head. Has a light maple nose, but on the palate it’s just a bit snappy, touch of maple, with a light crackery character. These are all fairly typical maple beer characteristics, but they are well-balanced and integrated with the base beer. Still sold not on maple beer conceptually though - those characteristics aren’t necessarily what I desire in a beer.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

UXO
3.5
Garrison Red Shirt Ale
Appearance: clear red-tinged amber with two fingers of fluffy beige head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: mild, citrus, caramel, floral, earth. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish. (3/5) I was more than halfway hoping I’d get to make a joke about this being spelled with one too many R’s, but it’s actually not bad. The hopping stops short of being aggressive but is certainly present, though more on the tongue than the nose. A bit more emphasis on dry hopping would push this into world-class territory pretty handily - which, for a Red, is no mean feat. (14/20) 7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

reebtogi
3.4
Garrison Red Shirt Ale
650ml bottle pours a deep amber colour with a finger and a half of light beige head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel with some citrus and earthy tones with some cereal grains. Taste is a citrus and earthy bitterness with a caramel malty sweetness. Slight grainy mouth feel. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this brew has substance and flavour, not a gimmicky brew. Recommended for trekkies who are also beer lovers.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

tristanlaugher
3.5
Garrison Infusion Confusion
Heavy Chamomile. It was a pretty good beer for what it was. Growler fill at Garrison.
Monday, April 10, 2017

cfrancis
4
Garrison Ol’ Fog Burner
This has been sitting for a while. 2010 Still great. Pours dirty brown cola with small carbonation in the pour but settles out. Aroma is sweet caramel and toffee with raisin and grapes. Taste is still a little alcohol burn but it is very smooth and blends well with the raisin, grape and a little fig. Caramel and toffee sweetness. Really nice beer.
Sunday, April 9, 2017

Brettsky06
3.6
Garrison Red Shirt Ale
Amber pour. Light caramel aromas. Taste is really good balance of malts and hops. Very enjoyable amber
Monday, April 3, 2017

plaugher
3.6
Garrison Test Batch Code Name Juicy
Bomber pour. Clear golden with hints of orange, lasting white head with lots of lacing. Fruity, tropical nose (mostly grapefruit, maybe a bit of orange peel), and grassy notes. Slightly sweet with a dry bitter finish. Booze well hidden. Quite tasty.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ljthiessen
3.3
Garrison Red Shirt Ale
Bottle. Clear reddish-brown pour with a thick, creamy light tan head. Aroma is malty caramel, a little earthy, subtle citrus, biscuit notes as it warms, slightly metallic. Taste is much the same, pretty flavourful for the style, malty but not too sweet, dry finish. Nothing crazy, but decent for the style.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

northropfrye
3.3
Garrison Red Shirt Ale
Labelled as Garrison Red Shirt. Dark red boy, off-white head, nice lacing. Sweet fruity malty aroma, tropical fruit hops. A touch of bubblegum. Taste is rich, on the sweet side, but definitely has a subtle dry (I wouldn’t say bitter), balance to it. As an APA it’s kind of odd. As a red ale, it’s better than average.
Friday, March 10, 2017

papat444
4.2
Garrison Imperial I.P.A.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, orange hued body that turns a deep brown as the rest of the bottle is poured. Murky and hazy as an unfiltered beer should be. Big 3 finger head sits atop. Smell: Citrus, pine and a healthy dose of hops that aren’t forceful but nice. A little sweetness in there also. Taste: A good hop bite though not as strong as it might have been. Ripe grapefruit with an earthen feel to it. A little mellow in taste with a certain spice-like feel in the finish. Though not as aggressive as it should be, i found the taste quite enjoyable regardless. Mouthfeel: A nice lasting bitterenss that is felt everywhere in the palate and lasts long after the sip. Good carbonation with a solid body. Good balance between astringency and smoothness.
Monday, February 20, 2017

Luvystypotables
3.4
Garrison Tall Ship Amber
Notes of caramel, floral hops and a light malt, pours a clear Amber color with a light white well laced head. Taste is sweet caramel, fruit and malt with a light hop and nut finish. A creamy medium body mouth feel.
Sunday, February 12, 2017

reebtogi
3.3
Garrison Wintervention Chocolate Imperial Stout
650ml bottle pours almost black in color with a finger of light beige head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate and light roasted grains with some hints of vanilla and alcohol. Taste is a chocolate malty sweetness with a light roasted grain bitterness with some vanilla and alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a little thin in the body and a little too sweet for a stout, otherwise a decent brew.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

UXO
3.4
Garrison Imperial Chocolate Stout
Appearance: clear brown with one fat finger of light beige head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Aroma: chocolate nibs, coffee, dark roasty malt, light nutty. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, off-dry moderate bitter and mildly warming finish. (3/5) Well, I’m not sure: is this the same recipe as their Wintervention? I don’t think it’s identical, but it sure seems similar. To be fair, this has been aged for two years, compared to the fairly newborn Wintervention I tried yesterday. Certainly, this has none of the wet dog aroma I got from the Wintervention, and the palate is just slightly fuller. That being said, it would benefit from a more robust body and finish. The ageing seems to have mellowed it out somewhat, if nothing else, presenting it in its best possible form. Which is good, but not great. I’ll keep my other one in the cellar for another couplethree years and see what happens. (14/20)
Thursday, February 9, 2017

UXO
3.3
Garrison Wintervention Chocolate Imperial Stout
Appearance: near opaque black with brown highlights at the margins, medium dense light beige head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: chocolate nibs, coffee, dark roasty malt, light nutty, hint of wet dog. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly slick body dropping off to watery, moderate carbonation, off-dry moderate bitter and mildly warming finish. (3/5) “It’s 20º below, dark at 4 o’clock & the holidays are over… Time for a Wintervention!” Indeed. I honestly don’t know how many more Canadian winters I can stand, but double digit ABVs might hold the key to increasing that number. Marginally. Except, funny thing, even though the ABV for this is well integrated and manifests only as a mild warming, the body is surprisingly thin. Given the somewhat enthusiastic flavours and alcohol load on this one, I’d expect (and prefer) a thicker body, but this almost feels like a (fairly anemic) porter. Warming doesn’t really improve this, either - as I noted above, there’s actually a hint of wet dog that actually starts to come to the fore, once you let this sit for a bit, so I find myself in the fairly unique position of recommending you don’t drink this Imperial Stout too warm. I’m actually surprised this isn’t better than their Martello Stout, but given this is nearly double the price per millilitre, I’d say drink two Martellos instead. On the up side, it’s not too sweet, so there’s that. (13/20)
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Luvystypotables
3
Garrison Martello Stout
A smoked malt aroma with a hint of caramel and coffee. Pours a dark black color with a tan foamy head that dissipates quickly to a lasting thin head. Taste is smoked malt and licorice feel is thin and the finish a watery smoked malt.
Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bierdimpfe
3.1
Garrison Klingon Warnog Roggen
Hazy copper brownish color with dense activity. Creamy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of butter, caramel, liquorice, dark malts, burnt sugar, banana yeast, ginger, nutmeg, herbal spices. Sugary bread feel with red ale spices and sharp yeast. Oily full body with prickly and soft crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, lingering smoky rye malts with butterscotch and gingerbread feel, and thick banana residues. The flavors are decent but numb and are quickly overwhelmed by the finish, while not excessive and well balanced, still feels faint and slightly watery, thus making it a bit dull and lacking freshness by also being too heavy on the tongue. Although the finish is very rich and of high quality. I’ve always though the Klingons drank stuff harder than this. With some tweaking this cloud be a very good product. Overall good quality craft.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

bulldogops
2.5
Garrison Raspberry Wheat
Rating #2368 - 2016.03.09 - Bottle from Mix6 @beerblast. Pours a deep pinkish with a bubbly white head. Aroma is strong raspberry jam. Taste is light bubbly lager and more jam. Finish is tart, but not unpleasant. Fruit dominates the palate a touch too much for my taste. Not my jam.
Friday, January 27, 2017

bulldogops
3.3
Garrison Nut Brown Ale
Rating #2367 - 2016.03.09 - Bottle from mix6 @beerblast. Dark brown pour with a weak bubbly tan foam that disappears quickly. Aroma is strong roasty coffee, cocoa, hint of nutty sweetness. Taste is hint of nutty sweetness, dominant roasty (coffee earth), light bitterness. Good.
Friday, January 27, 2017

bulldogops
2.8
Garrison Irish Red Ale
Rating #2366 - 2016.03.09 - Bottle from mix 6 at @beerblast. Clear, dark amber pour with a decent tan head, good retention. Aroma is roast malts, almonds. Taste is more malt, nutty, and a hint of toffee. Creamy mouthfeel, with a hoppy note in a smoothish finish
Friday, January 27, 2017

bulldogops
2.8
Garrison Martello Stout
Rating #2361 - 2016.03.02 - Bottle from @beerblast. Dark, dark brownish copper poor with a weak tan foam that bubbles away super quickly. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, and caramel. Taste is roast malts, with a hint of caramel sweetness. Carbonated mouthfeel for a stout, but finish is dry, quite bitter,
Saturday, January 21, 2017

bulldogops
3.4
Garrison India Pale Ale
Rating #2360 - 2016.03.02 - Bottle from @beerblast. Clear amber pour with a tan white foam. Aroma is mild citrus (grapefruit) with a spicy note in the generous hop overtones. Taste is thoroughly dry, decent bitterness, with a lingering citrusy sweetness and a faint hint of malt.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

bulldogops
2.8
Garrison Tall Ship Amber
Rating #2345 2016.02.21 - Bottle - Clear, copper ale, nice, moderate white foam. Nose is light floral, lots of caramel malt character, fairly sweet, . Lots of toffee, toasted grain, light citrus on the palate, decent bitterness - lots of earthy hop notes in the finish. OK
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Brettsky06
3.6
Garrison Imperial I.P.A.
Pours a light orange color. Floral and citrus aromas. Taste is bold sweet citrus. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Strong finish. Very nice.
Friday, January 20, 2017

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]
8-3-8-4-15

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