Tasting Notes: Mad & Noisy India Pale Lager

So this afternoon I happened to be in the hinterlands of southern-Ontario visiting family,  and the rolling hills of Simcoe County are known primarily for two resources; christmas-trees(a little too early for that), and craft-beer. If you ever find yourself about the area of the tiny village of Creemore, you absolutely should stop in to the Creeemore Springs Brewery. The tour is quick and fun, and a beer-loving fella could get absolutely lost in their tap room. And there is no charge for the tour or a paddle of fine ales. This time around I opted for a flight of their Mad & Noisy craft line, I enjoyed their India Pale Lager so much that I just had to grab a case to take home…

So I figured since this beer is interesting enough I should give it the old tasting-notes treatment. Honestly I never even knew this style of beer was possible. It seems like a bit of a Frankenstein; half sweet and syrupy amber malt-lager, half bitter-hoppy IPA. In isolation I do enjoy both styles at times, but I had no idea how those profiles would work in tandem. It turns out that they work quite well…

The beer weighs in at 5.3%ABV with a 60 IBU on the bitterness scale. In keeping with the mash-up theme of the beer, the glass I chose is an interesting hybrid of an English nonic pint and a German Stange flute, however I don’t expect many would have that sort of specialty glassware in their cabinets. The beer is unfiltered but overall not as hazy as some, the colour is a rich amber(like real amber, not yellow), foam is bright-white and frothy, the thick veils of lace marks it as a brew of distinction. Unfortunately my nose isn’t functioning at peak efficiency due to a recent illness, so I can’t really comment much on the bouquet except to say that it smells nearly identical to the classic Creemore Springs Premium Lager.

It feels medium-heavy in the mouth, the front end is a subtle and bright citrus, tangerine perhaps, with a dash of papaya, the pine notes start to build in a way that you would expect in an I.P.A. but an amazing thing happens on the finish, the smooth almost cloyingly sweet malted barley cuts through and renders it a very drinkable beer. All the while the impression you are left with is a slightly toasty signature ‘Creemore’ taste. Copper vessels seem to matter quite a bit when it comes to brewing and distilling, each one develops its own unique character. I have seen the one at Creemore Springs and I find I have a liking for this particular character.

So there you have it, this beer will surprise you and take you on a journey through two vasty different styles all in one sip, it’s an eclectic choice for sure, but one that I would definitely recommend making…

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