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51. Ides of July 2020: Radicle Hopfenweisse

Hopfenweisse 6.6%

The radicle is the first part of a seedling to emerge from the seed. And so our Radicle Hopfenweisse brings together an emerging artist and an emerging brewer, collaborating in celebration of the 59th annual Toronto Outdoor Art Fair. Started in 1961 by Murray and Maravelle Koffler, the TOAF has helped launch numerous careers. Notable artists such as Ken Danby, David Blackwood, Joanne Tod, Jennifer Stead and Harlan House exhibited here during early stages of their careers and, last year, Steven Restagno did the same, winning the Best of Student award.

Says Steven: “This is a homage to the humble peeper, a loud but elusive tree frog that has become the soundtrack to my spring excursions. The biggest and bravest of the colony leaps to plant a kiss on the foliage of a lily nymph.“

We hope you’ll agree that this Radicle Hopfenweisse is a work of art in its own right, and we thank our own artist, Brian O’Donnell, for this thoughtful and tasty composition.

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Tasting Notes

  • OG: 15.0
  • IBU: 30
  • SRM: 7
  • Carbonation: 2.6 Volumes (Medium High)
  • Malts: 2-Row, Wheat Malt, Vienna
  • Hops: Sabro, Cashmere, Barbe Rouge
  • Yeast: Weizen I Ale
  • Appearance: Very hazy, pale, opaque, thin white head
  • Aroma: Banana and berry, clove and hop spice, vanilla, coconut and some tangerine, with a sweet malt undertone
  • Taste: Sweet malt, banana and berry, peppery hops, coconut, orange creamsicle
  • Mouthfeel: Full, creamy palate with spritzy carbonation cutting through the full mouthfeel
  • Overall impression: A very hoppy wheat beer that exhibits classic German weissbier notes through banana and clove aroma and flavour but with NEIPA levels of hops and mouthfeel.
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