Dead Elephant, Iron Spike, & Hoptoberfest

dead elephantEvery once in awhile you come across a beer that tells a great story. When Dead Elephant IPA by Railway City Brewing Co. came on tap at Lock 17 I was instantly intrigued. Railway City decided to pay tribute to Jumbo the elephant who was tragically killed in a railroad accident in St. Thomas in the 1800’s by naming their IPA, Dead Elephant.

Not knowing much about the beer or the brewery who made it I did a bit of research. Railway City Brewing Co. is located in St. Thomas, Ontario and have 5 year round products as well as some seasonals. Each beer is all natural, locally brewed in small batches, and uses only the finest ingredients with no artificial adjuncts or preservatives. I first fell in love with their product Dead Elephant and was then very fortunate to have a tasting with some of their other great products.

Dead Elephant IPA – A full bodied golden pale ale that sure has a kick. Aromas of grapefruit and mild malt. On the palate the a fruity taste (mangos & apricots) and finishes with slight grassy notes. This beer is definitely delivers a high level of hop, and for all of you hop heads out there like me wiblondell truly enjoy the bitter sweetness of this beer. I found the beer best paired with a gourmet burger.

Iron Spike Blonde Ale – Pours an antique gold colour, and produces a nice white foam. Aromas of Spices and honey, the smell of this beer lingers and entices the drinker. On the palate the taste of pear followed by a minor copperhop. Finishes with a crisp lemon taste. I found the beer best paired with thai food or fajitas.

Iron Spike Copper Ale – Pours a rusty copper colour. Aromas of caramels and malt. On the palate the taste of
butterscotch followed with vanilla and spices. Finishes with a mild hoppy after taste. I found the beer best paired with strip loin steak.

hoptoberfestHoptoberfest – I really enjoyed this beer in the fall, and was very fortunate to be able to get a bottle of this delicious autumn pint. “This beer was brewed using local hops and fresh local Macintosh apples from the Rokeby Orchards just north of Aylmer.” Pours a hazy gold with minimal head. Aromas of fruit and a light hop. On the palate the crisp taste of apples a long with a toasty caramel malt. Finishes dry. I found best paired with a spinach salad with apple cider vinaigrette.


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