Remember the Petoskey New England Style IPA I reviewed earlier this summer? I think I have found its Canadian equivalent, the Greenwood IPA brewed here at Toronto’s Left Field Brewery.

New England style IPAs are all the rage this past summer, and I think that’ll continue to be the case as time goes on.

Unlike the West Coast IPA style like Muskoka Brewing’s Mad Tom, which clocks in around 75-80 IBU, New England style IPAs are more around 50-60 IBU.

Left Field has a deft touch when it comes to brewing IPAs – they know how to hit home runs (milking the baseball metaphor for all its worth, as the brewery owners are big baseball fans).

Pouring the Greenwood you are met with juicy citrus and a tropical fruit scent. A pale, very hazy gold body with a white head follows, and you know your taste buds are in for a treat.

The taste backbone of this beer comes from Citra, Centennial, Simcoe, and Summer hops, all giving you the peach, orange, and pineapple taste notes.

The scary thing about the Greenwood, and its Double Vermont style  IPA stablemate The Laser Show, is they can be too easy drinking. I’ll be taking a look at the Laser Show in an upcoming review.

Pepperoni pizzas and spicy Italian sausage go great with the Greenwood. In fact, this would be a pairing made in heaven.  

What Left Field excels in is the execution in hitting steady home run after home run (again milking the baseball metaphors). The Greenwood has to be the smoothest New England IPA I’m aware of in Toronto, and has my vote for MVP.

The Greenwood IPA is available in 355 ml cans, on tap at the brewery (well worth a visit), at select LCBO locations, and on tap at better bars and restaurants in Toronto.


  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • ABV: 6.3%
  • IBU: 65
  • Style: New England style IPA.
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