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Tis the season.

This is our attempt at being topical. Since we started doing this, we never paid much attention to seasonals, but I thought this was a great opportunity to start. After a discussion regarding Schalfly’s Pumpkin Ale on twitter last week, I realized I needed to try it again. So this created an easy idea for a new review, pumpkin ales. Although I kind of had to convince Bob on this round.

Bob: One way for a good review to happen is to have very low expectations, which was how I embarked on this tasting session featuring pumpkin ales. Being pretty much a fan of Reinheitsgebot, the original German beer purity law, or, more properly, its modern 1993 version that permits wheat in addition to barley, I’m not a big fan of beer flavoring other than malted grain, hops and yeast.

Several outstanding chefs have pointed out that pumpkin in and of itself is pretty tasteless, so what we are usually tasting in pumpkin dishes is the spices the chef chose to enhance it. This was certainly the case for the ales we tasted. My overall impression is that the spices don’t do much to improve the beer, and often mask its own flavor to an objectionable extent.


Pale Ales

We went down to the fridge to pick out a few beers after our trip to the Japanese Festival and the Greek Festival…yeah we had a bit of a day and we figured ending it with beer was the only way to end it.

So, you may have noticed that we started with two beers, then three, then moved to four, and now this time we’re dealing with five different beers. Yeah…that’s a lot of beers. I guess what I’m saying is that the number of beers that we’ll be doing each time isn’t static, but fluid.

There were just a lot of beers down there that have been building up as blogging beers. So, we picked out a nice selection of Pale Ales. From local, to the North, and to the West Coast, we chose some very interesting beers.

Bob: Today we are drinking five Pale Ales made in the USA, ranging from very early efforts in the craft beer movement to some newer examples. Let’s get to it!


The considered.

Well, with looking at beers that we’ve purchased and seen and wanted…we ended up with a whole ton India Pale Ales again, but more than that, we ended up with doubles, triples, extras, etc. So, in this installment, that I’m generously calling Double IPAs, we’re going to have one Extra IPA, one Triple IPA, and two Double IPAs…so if you average it out…that’s four double IPAs. My apologies to the person who said to me how nice it was that we don’t do too many IPAs. Bob and I both love IPAs, and the fridge is full of them. So we’ve got to move a few out…we’ll get back to another kind of beer next time. I promise.

This time out we’ve got one Schlafly, one Founders, one ODell, and one from a new to us brewer, Green Flash. We decided to take them in order of lightest to heaviest…there’s a pretty big gap between the highest and the lowest.

Bob: Overall this was a very high quality tasting session, perhaps our finest thus far. All of these brews were flavor bombs that I can’t imagine anyone being wishy-washy about.


Our Belgian friends.

Once again it’s time to take a look at a few more beers, but before we get to this one, let’s back up a bit. Bob has been telling me all about Duvel beers for, well the entire time I’ve known him, but until last year, the term ale has turned me off of it and I didn’t want to try it considering the cost involved in a four pack of Duvel Golden Ale. Well, Father’s day was this year, and a pack of Duvel may have made it’s way into Bob’s hands from the wife and myself…so now, if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have to feel guilty! Score.

We did blonde ales. These are a light variation on pale ale, often made with pilsner malt.Some beer writers regard blonde and golden ales as distinct styles, while others do not. Duvel is the archetypal Belgian blonde ale, and one of the most popular bottled beers in the country as well as being well-known internationally. (source)



Once again it’s time to check out a few new beers. We decided to give a try to a few pilsners again. While we were out to eat last week, we had a chance to try Sam Adams Noble Pils, and then we figured that was a good of a reason as any to try another round of the lager subset.

As is the way I love to do it…we’re trying a known beer, a not as well known beer, and a very obscure beer. So we’re trying Schafly Pilsner, Crown Valley Old School Pilsener, Bakalar 1454, and a special bonus of Sam Adams Noble Pils seasonal.

We all know what a pilsner is, so we’ll just get right into it on these. Next round will be a new class of beers, because we realized that we’ve done a few kinds beer more than once already and we’ve got plenty more varieties to at least get their first go.


Our bactch of Ales.

Here we go again another day and another trio of beers to compare. This round is something very near and dear to me: Scotch Style Ales, as I’m of noble Scottish descent.

Over the last year, brown English Ales have become among my favorite style of beer, and I may even enjoy the Scottish Ales that much more. Bob adds, “I had not tasted any scotch ales before, so many of my advisers recommended that I start with one of the best, Belhaven. Found two others for comparison on this go-around, although additional ones are sure to follow.”

Scotch Ale is the name given to a strong pale ale believed to have originated in Edinburgh in the 18th century.[17] Beers using the designation Scotch Ale are popular in the USA where most examples are brewed locally.  (source)


Taken at a jewelry store in London, ON.

I’ve been someone who’s admired our friends in the Great White North for many a year. It started when I didn’t know that I was watching Canadian Television on Nickelodeon…Fifteen, You Can’t Do That On Television, Degrassi Junior High, SCTV, Kids In The Hall…then I got older and became a serious hockey fan, and that just made it worse.

I’ve been a hockey fan for years and years. For awhile, I used to buy the NHL Center Ice package on Dish Network. Then I’d watch every Canadian broadcast I could find. In doing this, I saw about a thousand commercials for places like Boston Pizza, Pizza Pizza, and Tim Hortons. So for years I’ve had these images swimming in my head…Poutine…Tim Hortons…and I’d never had them…then having Canadian clients talk about them…it just made me want them even more than I already did…well I was up in and about Ontario this past winter…