Review: Fort Garry & 624 Bevco Clearwater Strong: The Hole

Last year Fort Garry Brewing teamed up with 624 Bevco out of The Pas, MB to create Clearwater Lager and a few months ago they teamed up to create Clearwater Strong.

From the label: "Inspired by the #JewelofCanada, Clearwater Lake, The Pas, Manitoba, Canada. Nestled in the Boreal Forest of central Canada, lies Lake Atikameg, popularly known as Clearwater Lake. Outdoors and fishing enthusiasts travel thousands of kilometres to visit this lake known for its world class trophy Lake Trout. Each year, the fish travel to the deepest part of the lake, The Hole. At a staggering 120 foot depth, and the coldest part of the lake. The Hole is the home of some of the world's most monstrous trout. Protected, loved and enjoyed by locals, our lake is like this beverage: cold, clean, strong, and enjoyed best with friends." 6.5% ABV

Appearance: Light golden straw body with a light cloudiness to it and a lot of carbonation in the body. The head is a light white head that diminishes pretty quickly to leave behind just a light amount of bubbles clinging to the edge.

Aroma: Quite sweet, reminds me of shortbread cookies for some reason. Sweet malt presence, hint of straw, light amount of sourness at the end (I'm thinking vinegar?)

Taste: This has a good amount of malt sweetness to it.. graininess but it tastes like when you put a beer in the freezer, accidentally forgot it for too long and it gets a weird taste from being frozen.. if you know what I'm talking about. Weirdly sour, a bit grainy and a hint of grassy hop presence. This reminds me a bit of FG's Stone Cold.. not in a good way. Aftertaste is a tad grainy and.. again, sour.

Overall Thoughts: I really don't think this is supposed to have a sourness to it, is it possible it could be an old batch? I won't be getting this one again but I'll likely try their other lager soon enough. I like sour beer but when this is supposed to be a strong lager.. I felt like this beer was going to be one of those post-fishing kind of beers but the sourness may be off-putting for a lot of people. 6.5% ABV

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