PictureIs Great Lakes Brewery the king of the IPA? That seems to be the sentiment I keep hearing. If someone is compairing breweries here in Toronto it’s always mentioned that the best IPA’s come from the little brewery way the hell out in Etobicoke.

While I can’t confirm or deny that allegation (hell, taste is subjective as hell) I can certainly say the IPA’s I’ve had of theirs have been quite good. Karma Citra has become a beer I compare most IPA’s too.

Today I’m reviewing their new Thrust! an IPA. This beer is a seasonal that so far has already won gold at the Canadian Brewing Awards. To be honest we picked up this bottle mostly because of the awesome packaging.Picture (1)

I actually tried this beer a little bit earlier in the year at the Spring Session of the Festival of Beer. 

You can pick up Thrust! at most LCBO’s and it costs just $5.95. The beer comes in at 6.5% ABV.
Appearance: Unfiltered. Dark gold. Thick white head that stays.
Aroma: Hardcore pine. Grapefruit. Lychee. Peaches.
Taste: Very fruity. Tropical with lychee and peach at the front. Bitter grapefruit next. Shawna calls it a fruit salad.
Aftertaste: Light bitter hops.
Overall: A great strong IPA.

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