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TGIF: Fireworks and Karate

TGIF: Fireworks and Karate
The first impression is a good one, conveyed by the inviting appearance...

TGIF: Fireworks and Karate

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…

Fireworks And Karate: Flying Monkeys

The first pour is a hazy pale golden colour, sporting one finger of frothy, soapy white head that collapses gradually. That gives way to a creamy collar and bubbly cap, and a slight lace.

The nose detects initial stone fruit, lemons and wheaty grains, with subtler hints of lime zest and agave also permeating. The mixture of odors lean toward a sour IPA.

The first taste brings up bready pale malts and agave syrup sweetness/spiciness at the forefront, with orange and lime following. It finishes with a distinct blend of lemon, grapefruit pith, red berries, coconut and tequila/agave flavour. That gives way to a somewhat nutmeg spice sensation, finishing with a salty/sweet aftertaste.

Finally, expect a light-medium in body, with moderate carbonation and a tongue-coating mouthfeel that reinforces the overall taste.

By the numbers:

ABV 4.5% alc./vol. | 20 IBUs
Malts: 2-Row Pale Malt, Wheat Malt
Hops: African Queen, Southern Passion 
Dry-Hopping: Cashmere, Sabro, Amarillo
Special Additions: Lime Juice, Orange Juice Concentrate, Agave Syrup, Kosher Salt

Find out more about Karate and Fireworks on Flying Monkey’s website, and get it at the LCBO.

What did you think of TGIF: Fireworks and Karate? Interested in becoming a guest beer reviewer? We want to hear from you!

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Stu Lynam

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