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6 Best IPA Craft Beers Made in Toronto

From sweet-to-bitter-to-fruity-sour, there’s nothing quite like the taste journey Toronto craft brewers bring us on with their best India Pale Ales.

The Best IPAs in Toronto:

6. Daywalker by Rainhard (3.9% / 500ml bottle / $5.95)

daywalker session ipa by rainhardAs you enjoy the bitter and sweet lemon taste adventure, you probably won’t notice this beer is only 3.9%. This light beauty is crafted with a backbone right to its bitter finish.

5. Shapeshifter by Halo (6.5% / 500ml bottle / $6.50)

shapeshift best sour ipa halo breweryStarts with fruity blasts of sweet  and tart  before a bomb of hops. This sour IPA will baffle you in the best possible ways.

4. Boneshaker by Amsterdam (7.1% / 473ml can / $3.35)

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Familiar fruit aromas and wide spread availability make Boneskaker a reliable friend for when you want that awakening, hopped-up bitter finish.

3. Headstock by Nickel Brook (7% / 473ml can / $3.45)

headstock ipaVibrant hops with moderate bitterness make for a blissful journey that concludes with a stunningly creamy finish.

2. Octopus Wants to Fight by Great Lakes (6.2% / 473ml can / $3.25)

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Sweet upon first sip, this trickster sinks you into a sea of calm with its moderate bitterness.

1. Roman Candle by Bellwoods (6.8% / 500ml bottle / $6.50 )

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Your journey starts with a magical citrus pine aroma that soothes your senses into the smooth easy drinking adventure that is to come. Not as dry as many IPAs, this beer has won the hearts of Torontonians, and helped establish the stellar Bellwoods Brewery reputation that makes non-Torontonians jealous.

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Top 6 Toronto IPAs

From bitter-to-sour-to-sweet, there’s nothing quite like it.

The moment the first drop touches your tongue, to the last sip, the variety of hops takes your palate on a journey of tastes.

However, India Pale Ale (IPA) was not initially brewed for its taste.

Beer geek conversation starters 

  • In 19th century India, during British Colonialism, Queen Victoria was the “Empress of India” and thousands of British troops stationed in India found themselves wanting to celebrate their newly conquered territory with their favourite drink
  • Beer didn’t travel well by boat, beer that spent months at sea in scorching heat, tasted… just like beer that had spent months at sea in scorching heat
  • To preserve its freshness, beer destined for India was made highly hopped with stronger alcohol content

Today, Toronto craft brewers use that same process, so you can experience the full variety of tastes (and effect) in your India Pale Ale.

Our favourite Toronto IPAs:

6. Hopbot by Hop City (7.1% / 473ml can / $3.05)

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Made with 5 different West Coast hops, this brew has a tropical aroma, with a beautiful bitter grapefruit-like finish.

5. Octopus Wants to Fight by Great Lakes (6.2% / 473ml can / $3.25)

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This limited release brew tastes sweet upon first sip, and finishes with moderate bitterness. Lets hope it doesn’t stay limited.

4. Boneshaker by Amsterdam (7.1% / 473ml can / $3.10)

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Pleasant aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, and even honey make this  award winning brew an enticing option throughout Toronto. Its highlight is the awakening, hopped-up bitter finish.

3. #9 by Duggan’s (6.2% / 473ml can / $2.75)

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With an apricot-like flavour, this creamy brew has that addictive hopped-up bitter finish.

2. Witchshark by Bellwoods (9% / 500ml bottle / $6.50 )

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Don’t be put off by the alcohol content. With delightful citrus and floral aromas, this double IPA is intensely hoppy, with a hugely bitter finish. Available only at the Brewery (on tap or bottle shop).

1. Headstock by Nickel Brook (7% / 473ml can / $2.95)  

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This award winning IPA has a combination of apricot and citrus notes. It has a moderate bitterness to its taste, with a stunning creamy finish.

Which Toronto IPA is YOUR favourite? Use the hashtag #CraveIPA to let us know.

Find Tomorrow’s Beer Today

With an explosion of Toronto beers to choose from at bars and the LCBO, It’s hard to decide on the perfect brew.

Old Tomorrow is a new option that might be your answer.

Being in talks with his family for 10 years, Ian Macdonald launched the brand two years ago with his mom, Pat. Old Tomorrow features John A. Macdonald (Ian’s distant relative) on its label, and draws inspiration from our nation’s heritage, moments of greatness and the Canadian story.

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      Mom and Son: Owners of Old Tomorrow

 

Old Tomorrow has three offerings:

1. Monty’s Golden Ryed Ale (5.5% / 660ml bottle / $6.95)

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The result of a collaboration with Olympic gold medalist, skeleton racer Jon Montgomery. “I tweeted him about a beer with his name on it, and within 5 minutes he responded, ‘Absolutely, count me in‘”, says Ian.

The brew is influenced by Jon’s Manitoba home, and drinking rye whisky. Rye whisky is aged in oak, so it adds a sweet honey oak taste to the ale. The beer catapulted Old Tomorrow into Favourite Brewery status at Session Craft Beer Festival last summer.

2. Track 85 Lagered Ale (4.5% / 473ml can / $2.95)

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Their latest release commemorates the completion of the Trans Canada railroad in 1885. It is smooth and mellow, with hints of fruit and a clean crisp finish.

3. Original Canadian Pale Ale (4.9% / 473ml can / $2.95)

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Their signature brew is a pleasantly bitter, amber coloured ale with a creamy head.

Craving a taste? Find all three at select LCBOs or chat with Ian May 27th at CraveTO on Queen while sampling all three of his brews.