Detour Session IPA – Muskoka Brewery (Bracebridge, ON, Canada)

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Detour India Session Ale – Muskoka Brewery, 4.3% ABV, 473 ml., (Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada)


printed on the back of the can:

“A refreshingly adventurous for those who want to stray from the everyday. Dry-hop brewed as a sessionable IPA, it delivers a rewarding aroma and a taste less travelled. And in case you see a little haze and sediment, that’s a good thing, and totally natural-a result of our pure, unfiltered brewing process.”

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  • Style: India Session Ale
  • Taste: Crisp light drinkable apricot citrusy pine dry lagerish barley malt thin
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $3 CAD (after 7.5% off) – 473ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours clear golden orange with a smallish dissipating head, thin large island retention, just a few slow micro streams.

Nose: apricot tangerine citrusy. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-citrusy malty

Mid-palate: fizzy-almost creamy, (lvl-2-sweetness), apricot-grapefruity-piney

Finish: dry lager grainy barley malt, soft bitter hops, thinnish body.

Summary: Approachable malty citrusy flavour, but a tad thin – can’t expect too much for 4.3%er.

Citra Sunshine Slacker – Evil Twin Brewing & 7venth Sun Brewery Collaboration (Stratford, CT, USA)

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Citra Sunshine Slacker Session IPA – Evil Twin Brewing & 7venth Sun Brewery Collaboration, 4.5% ABV, 1 pint, (brewed by Evil Twin Brewing in Stratford, CT, USA)


printed on the side of the can:

Despite his bitterness, lack of power and insuperable aversion to any kind of extravagant labor – he kind of has a charming charisma, and perhaps he is even loveable. Somehow we find him unbelievable irresistible and stimulating because he is one of the few that masters the ability to effortlessly impress with his sharp intelligence and make it look so damn easy.

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  • Style: India Session Ale / Session IPA
  • Taste: Bright grapefruit green grassy hop oil apricot cream-fizzy soft acidic-tangy
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.90 CAD – 1 pint, February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours light pale straw yellow with a nice 1cm bubbly head, 1mm layer of retention, clusters of active streams.

Nose: fragrant apricot-peachy hops (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: cream-fizzy

Mid-palate: grapefruit flesh, bright green hop oils, apricot-peach, (lvl-3-sweetness), crisp bite, lemon

Finish: sour-tangy acidity mixed with soft bitter green grassy hops, soft barley malt backend

Summary: Absolutely delicious showcase of the hop oils – very lively, refreshing and bright, all backed up with a nice micro bubbly-fizzy mouthfeel. Every sip is a delight. This blows the only other ISA I’ve had out of the water, Central City’s Red Racer ISA [C+].

Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #2 – Red Racer ISA (re-tasting)

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #2

  • My Rating: [C+, upgraded from C],  I gave it a (2.9 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

India Session Ale – Central City Brewing, 4% ABV – 330ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

-re-tasting, I just had this one a week ago and didn’t expect to have it again so soon. That review is here.

  • Style: India Session Ale
  • Taste: Grapefruit tangerine thin bodied short flavour soft citrus bitter hopped
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only okay, not terribly complex

(November 2015 tasting): Visual: Pours clear pale light orange with a small head, mostly sticky lacing, very thin micro retention, lots of fast streams, suspended micro sediment. Nose: fruity clean grapefruit-mandarin orange-peach, background malt. (lvl-7)-pungency Attack: crisp-half creamy/tingly-very thin mouthfeel. Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) grapefruit, barley malt. Finish: flavour cuts short, soft hopped finish. Summary: Definitely not your full-bodied ale; crisp and drinkable, but not much length for the flavour.

[December 5, 2015 re-tasting]

Nose: perfume-like fruity tangerine citrus oils  (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: slick-crisp

Mid-palate: creamy mouthfeel, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) tangerine, sweet barley malt

Finish: malty, soft grapefruit bitter hopped finish.

Summary: I’m liking the citrus aromas this time around, but still not full-bodied enough to be called great.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #14 – Red Racer ISA

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #14

Red Racer India Session Ale (ISA) – Central City Brewing, 4% ABV – 341ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“A clean and crisp ale with good bitterness and malt balance, coupled with refreshing hop aromatics. This India-style Ale is big in flavour yet highly Sessionable.”

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  • Style: India Session Ale
  • Taste: Thin-bodied off-dry grapefruity/tangerine overtone barley malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pass

Visual: Pours clear pale light orange with a small head, mostly sticky lacing, very thin micro retention, lots of fast streams, suspended micro sediment.

Nose: fruity clean grapefruit-mandarin orange-peach, background malt. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp-half creamy/tingly-very thin mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) grapefruit, barley malt

Finish: flavour cuts short, soft hopped finish.

Summary: Definitely not your full-bodied ale; crisp and drinkable, but not much length for the flavour.

Razza Raspberry ISA – Bridge Brewing (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Razza Raspberry ISA – Bridge Brewing, 3.8% ABV – 35 IBUs, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*, seasonal)

printed on the front-right label:

“We’ve used 150lbs of locally sourced raspberries from the Fraser Valley to take our ISA to the next level for maximum summertime indulgence. Pouring slightly pink, with bright succulent raspberry aromatics. Look for soft tones of oranges, pink grapefruit and floral notes from the Centennial hops. Magnum adds a moderate bitterness to the finish.”

Ingredients: North Shore Water, Canadian Pale Malt, Caramel Vienna Malt, Munich Malt, Crystal 15 Malt, Honey Malt, Magnum Hops, Centennial Hops, Yeast.

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  • Style: (Raspberry) Flavoured ISA
  • Taste: Sharp hoppy bitter malt sour tangy mild raspberry exhale
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 650ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours cinnamon brown with a very small dissipating head, thin hazy retention, clusters of very fast streams.

Nose: fermented juicy sourness, caramel malts. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-dull, incoming dry malt bitterness

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, medium-high sour, (MAIN) brown sugar, barley malt -> med-high tangy

Finish: toasted malt exhale, grassy hop lingering bitter and lingering sour some funk.

Summary: Not fruity and yet not malty sweet, mainly dominated by bitterness and sour funk. Unbalanced and hardly sessionable, it drinks too rough.

Van Dame White ISA – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Van Dame White ISA – Granville Island Brewing, 4.5% ABV – 40 IBU, 650ml., (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) (*local craft beer*)

on the front-left label:

“Say hello to your new summer fling. She’s a west coast spin on a Belgian Witbier that’ll tease you with tartness and leave you wanting more.”

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  • Style: India Session Ale
  • Taste: Refreshing guava grapefruit barley malt mild-banana-wheat coriander
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.40 – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a whirl

Visual: Pours almost clear daisy petal yellow with a small dissipating bubbly head, a thin hazy layer with sticky lacing, suspended sediment, only a few bubbles.

Nose: lots of sweet guava and grapefruit citrus on the nose (as advertised). (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy-tingly, subdued bitter

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) barley malt, yellow grapefruit, coriander

Finish: light banana wheat malt, grapefruit peel bitter hops, lingering hoppy bitterness.

Summary: Very nice transitions from the bright fruity citrus up front to the malty sweet in the mids, and finally dry wheat and bitter hops at the finish, all without being heavy.