A few days ago I got an email from Beau’s telling us about their new Summer Mix Pack. Usually these kind of announcements don’t excite me too much, every brewery of a certain size releases them but something stood out to me: the Full Time IPA. It’s a brand new beer from them and it’s a take on the classic west coast IPA.

While some may say the west coast IPA is overdone, I do still enjoy them in these hot summer months. I was excited at the chance to try it so I emailed them and shortly after a bottle showed up at my front door. (If you haven’t picked up on it, I’m saying the bottle was received as a review bottle FOC.)

A west coast IPA can be distinguished by it’s hazy unfiltered look and hop forward profile. What is in that profile is up to the individual brewer. I personally prefer it to be more on the tropical side (go citra!).

A good back bone is essential but if they go too overboard with malt it may dip into the east coast IPA category.

This beer sits at 6.7% ABV and is available at the LCBO in the Beau’s Summer Mix Pack which comes to $21.95.

Appearance: Unfiltered, classic west coast IPA look, white head that fades quickly.
Aroma: Tropical fruits like banana, tangerine and mango.
Taste: Less fruity, more pine like. Soft mouth feel. Light pizza dough back bone.
Aftertaste: Short with tangerine and a bit of pepper.
Overall: An interesting combo of smell and taste. Would pair with chicken and fish.

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com