Saturday, 28 May 2016
Insane Frown Posse
Insane Frown Posse is a collaboration between to great Toronto establishments--Great Lakes Brewery and Bar Hop. It's a brettanomyces pale ale brewed with strawberries and blackberries. A bit on the weak side at 4.3%, IFP arrived at my stretch of Bar Hop's bar with a quickly dissipating off-white head. The beer was a hazy, dull orange one. It had a really unique sent, walking a curious line between tart and sweet, all the while luxuriating under a tonne of berry notes.
Given the presence of brett, I expected this ale to have a serious amount of funk; however, it was only a little bit yeasty. Instead, tangy berry elements dominated the flavour.
This beer was a great compliment to a sunny Saturday afternoon. It was refreshing and quirky, without having a punishing alcohol content. I'd have liked the brett to come through a bit more forcefully, but the berries were incorporated quite nicely. Hops, too, could have been evidenced a bit more prominently.
Rating: 8.0 out of 10.
For those of you keeping score at home, today's post is my 900th!