In review: Imbibe’s craft beer

Located at 10 King St. N. in Kitchener, Imbibe is rapidly becoming the go-to spot for craft beers in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Their food is top notch, but it’s their specialization in craft beer that really makes it worth the visit.
They have a rotating beer menu that switches every day.
From dark stouts to the most refreshing of ales, Imbibe has the biggest variety of beers this area has to offer.
Here is a selection of what they had to offer:

Imbibe (Heather Davidson)

Photo by Heather Davidson

Broadhead’s Bush Monster (India Pale Ale, 6.2%)
Coming straight out of the Ottawa Valley is the Broadhead Brewing Company’s premium IPA.
The appropriately titled Bush Monster is wood amber in colour with a very thin off-white head.
You can definitely taste the light citrus hops and caramel malts. The aftertaste is a bit stern on the palate, but goes down smooth.
You may want to be careful with this one though because of its higher alcohol percentage. Even though it is fruity and fresh, it still packs a punch.

F&M Stone Hammer (Pilsner, 5%)
Next is a pilsner from our neighbors to the east.
Guelph’s F&M Brewery got it right with their Stone Hammer pilsner. This beer can easily be summed up in one word: refreshing.
With its clear golden colouring, crisp aroma and soft citrus finish, this beer is a necessity on the summer patio.
Flying Monkey’s Genius of Suburbia (Wheat Ale, 3.8%)
Barrie’s Flying Monkey Brewery has been known for its unorthodox yet satisfying craft beers, this one being no exception.
At 3.8% alcohol, this beer is the definition of easy drinking.
It has a smooth pour, a faint whiff of pale wheat malt and at some points seems almost too easy to drink. It also has very minimal carbonation.
It could very well pass as a drinking game beer but would probably be better enjoyed relaxing on a patio outside in the sun.

Muskoka Mad Tom (India Pale Ale, 6.4%)
Brewed in beautiful Bracebridge Ontario, the Muskoka Mad Tom tastes like a day at the cottage.
It pours surprisingly dark orange but with a nice white head that softens into a thin layer. It has a very strong hoppy aroma of both citrus and pine.
You can really taste the dry pine hops as it packs a bold aftertaste. But don’t let this discourage you as it does hit your lips at a very sweet and satisfying taste.

Block Three King Street (Saison, 4.6%)
Brewed in St. Jacob’s, Block Three’s flagship saison — a pale ale with a little more carbonation and a fruity bouquet — really hits the spot.
It is bright golden in colour with slight haziness. The head was overly frothy, but the floral hops aroma made up for it.
After a few solid sips of this beer you can start to taste the hint of banana; not something you’d typically taste in a beer of this nature.
This sweet fruity flavour was coupled with a slight bitterness, leaving it feeling very well balanced.

 

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