Draconic Transylvanian Pale Ale – Microbrasserie Kruhnen

Pale Ale Transylvanienne Double (IPA Rousse), 9%, de Blainville, nord de Montréal.

Double Transylvanian Pale Ale, 9%, from Blainville, north of Montréal.
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.25/5

Clear golden color with lots of activity. Gets cloudy as the yeast is poured. Thick creamy and frothy light beige 4+ finger explosive head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with average legs but good swirl reaction. Flavors of orange, lemon, toffee, wild yeast, clove, coriander, floral and herbal hops. Slick and smooth full body with sharp carbonation. Strong strength finish, dominantly spicy and less hoppy, some brett effect and light cheese while slightly minty. Similar to a Belgian IPA but with a more spicy and yeasty profile close to a Saison with Tripel intensity. As more yeast is poured I find the hops really kick in with a thick leafy tongue coat similar to tobacco, tea or even closer to hemp. Still remains fresh from the Belgian magic as the alcohol sensation is quite low. So I really like the complexity even though it’s a bold and robust brew. Very well balanced with lots of personality that could easily fit the beer’s name. Overall excellent quality craft.

Transylvanian Pale Ale – Microbrasserie Kruhnen

Pale Ale Transylvanienne (IPA Rousse), 7%, de Blainville, nord de Montréal.

Transylvanian Pale Ale, 7%, from Blainville, north of Montréal.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4 = 3.93/5

Clear, slightly veiled, dark amber color with tons of activity. Gets cloudy as more yeast is poured. Thick foamy and frothy, a bit creamy, beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with good legs and lacing. Flavors of roasted grains dominant barley, clove, pears, caramel, mint, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and herbal hops. Soft and smooth medium body with a light crisp. Strong strength finish, lightly earthy and quite leafy, thick lingering bready malts on the tongue. Lots of sugars with high bitterness. As more yeast is poured you get more fruit effect of estery orange peels and grapefruits, kinda Belgian? Still feels more like a cross English IPA and spicy red ale, some autumn drinking qualities and halloween themed. The freshness is alright but effectively robust so it lacks accessibility. Though the flavors are well balanced still making this an enjoyable brew. I dig the complexity and interpretation. Overall very good quality craft.

Ruby Tears – Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Une IPA rousse d’excellente qualitée, 6%, de Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique.

Red IPA, 6%, from Vancouver, British Columbia.
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25 = 4.27/5

Veiled ruby copper color with very faint activity. Creamy and slightly frothy dark beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of caramel, barley, lemon, light grapefruits, apples, nutmeg, ginger, dry floral and leafy hops. Slick and smooth medium body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, ends with sharp zesty yeast, lingering dry hops, with traditional red ale spices, and a butterscotch feel. It’s bready and biscuity. Nice maillard effect, a good swirl brings a fresh buttery soapy caramel scent. Kind of like a cross between a red ale and IPA. Very tasty and pleasant to drink, the freshness is good. Well intensified, a bit Irish dry in strength, still accessible. Overall excellent quality craft, nicely executed.