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TGIF – Going Downhill

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TGIF – Going Downhill

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 you try…

Downhill Pale Ale – Collingwood Brewery

A good session with a craft beer should be an experience in flavour, and an introduction to something new.

And this ale from Collingwood Brewery delivers on both counts.

The appearance presents a wispy haze of semi translucent amber, with a considerable sandy coloured head that lingers nicely.

The initial smell offers doughy and toffeey tones, with hints of grapefruit, citrus rind, and spicy herb.

The taste is an easy grainy flavor initially, backed up by bready traces. The strong balance of hops and malt is eveident throughout, and come to the forefront the longer you drink. A rather clean and subtle finish lasted to the end.

The body and mouthfeel lean to medium-light bodied, with sharp and crisp carbonation. The dry finish edges up against chalkiness, but in a pleasant way.

Overall, this is a beer of substance, that comes together nicely. At 5.4% ABV, you can stick with it for most of your sitting without too much of an impact.

If pairing food, be sure to get something snacky that won’t overpower the drink. Stick with white/light food, such as fish tacos or lemon chicken.

Find out more about Downhill Pale Ale on Collingwood Brewery’s website!

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