Luster – Trailway Brewing Co.

Pale Ale tropicale de style Ouest Américaine, 4%, de Fredericton. (NB Liquor)

Tropical Pale Ale West coast style, 4%, de Fredericton, NB.
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 4/5

Deep hazy and cloudy dark straw color with light activity. Slightly foamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of lemon, pineapples, soft grapefruits, wheat, sweet grains and floral hops. Slick and oily full body with crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, highly tropical, slightly dry and leafy. Dominant lemony feel, very fresh with zesty yeast, and lightly spiced. More like a session IPA than APA. Quite tender and filling. Well intensified, balanced, while very tasty. Overall very good quality craft.

La Vie De Château – Le Grimoire

Bière épicée du genre rousse avec gingembre et vanille, 7%, de Granby, QC.

Spicy ginger red ale, 7%, de Granby, QC.
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75 = 2.89/5

Clear brown color with few activity. Foamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with shy legs, but decent lacing. Flavors of ginger, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, soft dark grains and hops. Slick and oily medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, cereal and bready, thick candy like sugary feel, with a soft rum sensation. Easily enters the holidays category from dense festive spices, not much else of use. The freshness is alright, it’s quite accessible with minimal harshness left over, plus the alcohol is hidden with a nice warming quality. Although it lacks complexity and refinement. Gets a little weird. Overall below average quality craft.