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TGIF: Cold Wind Blowing

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The first impression is a good one, conveyed by the inviting appearance...

TGIF: Cold Wind Blowing

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

Cold Wind Blows: Couchiching Brewing

The appearance pours a crisp amber brown, with sizeable fingers of creamy lace orbiting the glass.

That gives way to a pleasant first sniff – strong citrus hop aromas with slight perfume-like notes and little-to-no malt.

As you enjoy the taste, those citrus grapefruit hops dominate and linger throughout. Hops at the forefront with notes of over-ripened grapefruit and pine are also decteable. Followed by the dark fruits, an earthy yeast rounds out the brew.

The mouthfeel is best described as medium to full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Moreover, it finishes creamy with all elements lingering.

Overall – This is a flavourful, citrusy IPA that delivers on all fronts. The bitterness and sweetness balance well together in a smooth, and bold delivery. Well deserving of a session from those that haven’t sampled it yet.

Best paired with traditional pub fare favoring sharper, salty sides to balance the sweeter sections of the drink.

By the numbers:

  • ABV : 6.o
  • IBU (THEORETICAL) : 21
  • 36 SRM

Find out more about Cold Wind Blows on Couchiching’s website, and get it at the LCBO.

What did you think of TGIF: Cold Wind Blowing? Interested in becoming a guest beer reviewer? We want to hear from you!

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Stu Lynam

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