Audrey Hopburn by Great Lakes Brewery, Ontario
The 52nd beer review on the 90 Beers of Autumn List
The Belgian IPA from yesterday was a Belgian take on the style, so it was highly influenced by Belgian yeast, spiciness and minimal hop impact.
This is a North American version of the style, so the hop influence is stronger.
The beer pours with a beautiful lacing head, slightly darker colour than expected. This gives you the impression that it may be heavy malts, but that is deceptive. The beer actually has a zesty, hoppy aroma so you know you’re in for a treat.
That zesty aroma is different than typically spicy Belgian brews, it’s more from the hops than the Belgian influence. The beer drinks hoppy at first, as your first impression is slightly resinous hops. That changes very fast though and turns into a spicy Belgian at the end.
It’s a nice transitioning beer, from hop forward to spicy finish. Nice and dry at the end. I preferred this to the Belgian IPA from yesterday. You could call this an IPA with a Belgian twist, where as yesterday’s beer was a Belgian ale with a hop twist.
This 90 Beers of Autumn series is a follow-up to the original 95 Beers of Summer series completed in 2011. It’s quite simple – drink 90 different beers, one for each day of the season. Autumn in Toronto, Canada begins at 4:22am on September 23rd, 2015 and ends at 11:48pm on December 21st, 2015. Since autumn in 2015 is five days shorter compared to summer in 2011, the challenge should be easier this time around. I will let you ponder why there is such a strange seasonal length disparity…