I finally made my way to Little Beasts Brewing in Whitby, Ontario, after a great deal of hype and praise from friends and family in the area.
The exterior of the brewery is clean and modern, unlike many of my favourite breweries, occupying dingy industrial space. It is quite spacious inside, with ample seating and a wide selection of bottles in the fridge.
I was quite thrilled to find that the Raspberry edition of The Changeling was available. The Changeling ales are kettle sours that respectively incorporate different fruits in the fermentation process.
I am a fan of when breweries do different variations of the same base beer, allowing for contrast between the flavours.
This particular brew is how I love my sours. It is tart, bright, and crisp, with a strong raspberry backbone and subtle lemon undertone.
It is not surprising that the raspberry flavour comes through strong, considering that 100kg of the fruit were used in the re-fermentation process.
It pours a beautiful ruby red with only a limited about of head. The carbonation level is just enough to make the flavour pop.
The Changeling is lip-smacking, but not overly sweet. It is a very well-balanced ale, and I am incredibly impressed with how the flavour hits with the perfect amount of tang. Raspberry seems to compliment the sour style extremely well. This is no exception.
I look forward to trying the rest of the gorgeous looking bottles that I picked up from Little Beasts. In a short period of time, the brewery has clearly curated an excellent product that is very well branded. I will certainly be coming back for more.
- ABV: 5.5%
- IBU: N/A
- Style: Sour ale
- Taste: Tart, crisp, raspberry
- Rating: 4.75/5.0
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