Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Brakeman's Session Ale

Born in the wilds of western Toronto at the Junction Craft Brewery, Brakeman's Session Ale contains a manageable 4.5% alcohol, but a flavour that punches well above that weight, as evidenced by the respectable 40 IBUs. According to the 473mL can, this beer is "bright, crisp and thirst quenching".

Brakeman's is a hazy reddish gold ale that pours with a nice layer of off-white foam. There are spicy hop aromatics along with a wee twist of citrus. As promised, I found the mouthfeel to be quite crisp, though maybe a touch thin. There's a respectable hop bill in the flavour, with a decent spicy bitterness holding down the fort. In truth, though, Ontario has had a rash of high hop/low alcohol session ales and American pale ales that I have found more intriguingly bitter.  Other than the hops, there is an earthy malt opening note.

Drinking this stuff after a dreadful softball defeat, refreshing was what I craved, and Brakeman's delivered. While the flavour wasn't entirely to my taste, this session ale made good on its commitment to provide a crisp, drinkable ale. It's not in the same league as Junction's mainstay, Conductor's Craft Ale, but it's none too shabby. Would I buy it again? You bet.

7.0 out of 10.


  1. This really shouldn't bug me this much...but it does. It's "Brakeman's" Session Ale. It's written on the can for Pete's sake!

  2. Duly noted. That one slipped by Stout Man quality control. I will make the necessary changes. Thanks for the heads up!