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54. Ides of October 2020: The Ghost of Queen’s Park

White IPA 6%

Not all of the moaning and groaning over at the Queen’s Park Ontario Legislative Building is from people trying to get their paperwork rubber-stamped by bureaucrats. No, there are actual ghosts haunting these hallowed halls as well. For this Ides, we were inspired by the story of The White Lady, a ghost who’s said to have been haunting the building since it first opened in 1893.

The original building on the site was an asylum for clinically insane women and, when it was demolished, the same limestone that once lined cells of ‘lunatics’ was incorporated into the basement walls of Queen’s Park.

The White Lady is said to be a young lady who was abandoned in the asylum by her husband. Now she wanders the halls sorrowfully, long hair and white gown flowing, in the hopes of finding the man who condemned her.

We hope that The White Lady finds solace in this scarily drinkable white IPA – with its large amount of American hop character enhancing  the traditional citrus and floral notes – and that, should we ever find ourselves walking the haunted halls of parliament, she’ll spare us a fright.

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Tasting Notes

  • OG: 14.0
  • IBU: 50
  • SRM: 8
  • Carbonation: 2.6 Volumes (Medium High)
  • Malts: 2 Row, Torrified Wheat, Pilsner, Acidulated
  • Hops: Amarillo, Galaxy, Saphir
  • Other: Lime Peel, Orange Peel, Coriander
  • Yeast: Fruity Witbier Ale
  • Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow, thick white head
  • Aroma: Grapefruit, tangerine, floral, crackers, pepper, bubblegum, earthy
  • Taste: Lime, grapefruit, and tangerine lead into floral and spicy notes with light bready notes supporting. Medium bitterness dries out the finish, leaving pithy citrus and floral notes lingering on the palate.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry, bitter finish
  • Overall impression: A strong Witbier with a large amount of American hop character enhancing the traditional citrus and floral notes. Scary drinkable.
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