Bandit Brewery opened a few weeks ago in Toronto's Dundas West neighbourhood. It's a place I've had my eye on since their raccoon mask signs first appeared a few months ago and I've been itching to try it. The Bitter Wife and I made the trek (actually a short streetcar ride from our place) on a gorgeous spring day.
The first beer I opted to try was called Bandit's APA, a 5.25%, 40 IBU American pale ale. I got myself a 16oz pour of the highly carbonated, almost clear, ruddy ale on tap. My glass showed up with a thin but unrelenting layer of off-white head. It had a mild but enticing nose with a fresh hops vibe. The flavour is floral, with dry bitterness leading the charge. Underneath, there was a slight grainy sweetness that really added a bit of value.