Hop Pun IPA – Half Pints Brewing


From Winnipeg Manitoba’s Half Pints Brewing Company comes their seasonal “Hop Pun IPA”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, grain, pine and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, stone fruit, sugary, grain, resin and lots of hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 35.  I don’t know how they pack the bitterness into this beer with only 35 IBU but its tasty and I would recommend picking up a 4 pack if they sell it in your area.

Commercial Description:  O.K., let’s hop right to it. Much like pet grooming businesses and rec sports teams, it seems the name of an IPA is more hopten than not, a clever play on words. With our new IPA, Hop Pun, we decided to forego this hopportunity for a chuckle and focus on cramming this deliciously hopulent brew with an hopbundance of new world hops from Australia and New Zealand. The result is a punchy beer with a hopstraveganza of tropical fruit esters and a lipsmackingly resinous finish. As your  resident hoptometrist, we urge you to get your perscription filled for glasses of Hop Pun. HOP YOU ENJOY!

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The Witty Belgian – Torque Brewing


From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “The Witty Belgian”.  The Belgian Wit pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, wheat, yeast, spices and a hint of banana.  The flavour is of banana, citrus, wheat, yeast and some spices.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.7%.  While this wheat beer is tasty it is also confused.  A Belgian Wit should not have banana flavour while a Hefeweizen would.

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Red Line Red IPA – Torque Brewing


From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Red Line Red IPA”.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel fruity mild roast and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, toasted malts, citrus, grapefruit, pine, some resin and  bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  Torque Brewing in Winnipeg has started out pretty strong so far and this beer is just anouther example of this.

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Diesel Fitter Stout – Torque Brewing


From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Diesel Fitter Stout”.  The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee, smoke and a hint of caramel and sweetness.  The flavour is of caramel, burnt coffee, roasted malts, bitterness and earth with little to no sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65.  It is always great to see a new brewery open up with a strong beer!  I look forward to trying more of their beers soon.

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Old Red Barn 2016 – Half Pints Brewing


From Winnipeg Manitoba’s Half Pints Brewing Company comes their seasonal “Old Red Barn” 2016 Vintage a sour red ale.  This beer was aged for two years in stainless and barrels.  The beer pours a reddish brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of cherry, sour funk, oak, vanilla and some sweetness.  The flavour is of cherry, oak, big acetic notes (quite sour), vanilla, sugar, red wine and a hint of vinegar.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.4% with an IBU of 23.  Having tried the original around three years ago I can say that they made a beer this beer to the same great standard.  I wish they would release this far more often.

Commercial Description:  The Old Red Barn is our first foray into the wild world of sour beers.  This special ale is fermented with a mixed yeast culture that takes almost two years to produce all the complex flavours that you’re about to enjoy.  Fermented in stainless then barrel aged for two summers, the beer reminds one of the sweet rewards of patience with cherry pie, vanilla, and almond aromas.  the flavour is bracingly tart with a background of oaky vanilla and a low hops bitterness to accentuate the bready malts.  Try it at 10C in a large Bordeaux glass, with a creamy, warm Swiss Raclette or buttered scones with sour cherry preserves.

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