I found an IPA my friend and Craft Beer Diaries founder Danny Brown hasn’t tried yet (Editor’s note – err, sorry, Bill, I actually beat you to this when I visited the brewery! DB 🙂 ) from a small neighbourhood brewery up in Milton, Ontario.
Orange Snail Brewers is a craft brewer friends of mine have been talking about for ages, so at some point I had to stop by.
The core beers of note are the 16 Jasper IPA, the one we’re reviewing today, the Iron Pig Pale Ale, and the Irish Red, both upcoming reviews. Orange Snail also has a rotating cast of seasonal brews worth trying out.
The backbone of the 16 Jasper IPA is the Centennial, Cascade, and Comet hops, giving you a bitter citrus with a hint of pine taste. The IBU comes in around 70.
I haven’t had an IPA for a few months, as I’ve been on a porter, stout and dark ale kick. The 16 Jasper is a nice change of pace.
The 16 Jasper is big on flavour – right off the bat citrus and fruit notes hit your nostrils. Taste-wise, citrusy orange shows up along with mango and later pineapple, ending with a dry aftertaste.
There are no gimmicks with the 16 Jasper, it reminds me a lot of the Lady Friend IPA from The Elora Brewing Company. Perfect from May to October, I can’t wait for the weather to warm up to properly enjoy the 16 Jasper on a Summer’s evening on the patio with dinner.
For now, the only way this beer comes is in full-sized and mini growlers (howlers) at the brewery, I hope when Orange grows, the 16 Jasper IPA can be canned and listed in the LCBO system.
For now, you’ll have to either travel up Highway 25 or down the 401 to Milton to get the 16 Jasper IPA – I know I will.
While you are there, make sure you check out their other fine offerings including staples like the Rattle ‘n’ Nemo Red Ale and the gateway offering to the craft beer world, The Iron Pig Pale Ale.
- ABV: 6.3%
- IBU: 70
- Style: Indian Pale Ale
- Taste: Citrus, mango, pineapple, malts
- Rating: 4.5/5
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