In the spring I had the opportunity to attend a cask conditioned ale event held at the Red House in downtown Kingston Ontario. The sold out event started at 2 pm on a Sunday. Several breweries, mostly micro up to Regional size, sent samples of their beers which had been finished in the cask.
There were 11 such casks. Tickets to the event cost $20 and included admission, a 5 oz sample glass, and tickets for 5 free samples. Additional tickets were available for purchase for a small price.
What follows are the ALES Club Thirsty Traveller’s sample notes.
Steam Whistle Pilsner ‘unfiltered‘
A cask served example of the Steam Whistle product.
Steam Whistle is increasingly popular in Canada and can readily be found in Regina. The cask served unfiltered version (only available for special events) was a hazy cloudy deeper gold version with a slightly yeasty character in the aroma. Frothy full-bodied mouthfeel, more so than the filtered version and slightly more bitter with a crisp finish. I liked it but I also wish they had given it the time in the cask at cold temperature to finish and drop clear.
Church Key Red Ale
Cloudy amber red.
Malty aroma with sweet malty taste with some yeast in taste. Sweet malty balance carries through to finish in after-taste.
After several tastings I came back to Red.
Flying Monkey Hibiscus Lager
Sweet start with a nicely balanced finish with Hibiscus evident.
Not totally clear; straw colour; good head retention.
Dispensed with a proper beer engine.
Mill St. Brewery Distillery Ale
6% abv. 32 IBUs.
Malt and hop character in aroma.
Amber with slight cloudiness; moderate head retention.
Some malt at start but finishes hoppy. Reasonably complex.
Mill St. Brewery Bedrock Brown Ale
5.5 % abv 25 IBUs
Amber red with slight brown red, against light brown against white background.
Excellent head retention
Roast in aroma
Understated hints of roast and dark malt in flavour. Nice balance towards malty but also balanced by a bit of roast.
KINGSTON AREA BREWERS OF BEER
Muskoka Twice as Mad Tom Double IPA
8.4% abv 72 IBUs
Unfiltered; done with Millennium, Chinook, Cascade and Aurora hops
Good head retention dark gold colour hazy
Hop aroma. Huge west coast hop flavour.
Great Lakes Brewery Johny Simcoe
Moderate head retention; pale gold slight haze
Moderate malt hop aroma
Nice malt/hop balance with a slightly hoppy finish
West coasty American hop beer
Nickel Brook Headstock India Pale Ale
Gold colour; slight haze; moderate head retention
Big hop aroma
Nice flavour but definitely balanced toward the hop and a hoppy finish.
Immodest Imperial IPA
9.5 % abv. Theoretical IBU 120
Moderate head retention; gold colour; hazy
Huge hop nose
Flavour: hops hops & hops and I like it.
Hogsback Brewing Company
Kilty Bastard Red ale 5.2% abv
Moderate Head retention; cloudy
Malty and (roast) character
Almost no hop character but with a nice malty balance
Moderate head retention cloudy gold colour
Nice hop/malt balance balanced slightly more to the hop and very drinkable