Driving back from Toronto, today I thought that the 50 km's worth of relief from the 401 would be worth it if only there were some of that West Coast IPA. Well, not only was it there, it was on tap for the growler fill and John was around just before heading out for a 6 hour round trip delivering into the Big Smoke. We had a good old chat about things and I grabbed a couple of these for 15 bucks each including return on the growler.
The beer is a lovely glowing clear orange amber with a thin white rim. At only 5% it is sessionable if I trust the growler but also it has plenty of body and plenty of the hops worthy of the name. The hops are twig and pine - not unlike Buckley's Mixture now that I think of it - with a nice resin finish that goes on and on. Maybe a bit of gin/juniper thing, too. The malt does wonders enriching the hops with plenty of raisin, date and autumn apple. Very chewy. Say that like an old Scots lady and you will get some sense of it.