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Express India Session Ale by Railway City Brewing Co.

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Today, I'm going to start a mini focus on Railway City Brewing Co right here in my hometown of St Thomas, Ontario. I have picked up a three of their brews and I'll dedicate the next three posts to this brewery.


I have in my greedy little hands something I'm unfamiliar with: Express India Session Lager. I don't know what that is, but I'm game, Railway City. I'll mention this beer won silver at the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2017, so it must be pretty good, right?


It's a light beer as far as alc/vol is concerned at 4.8%, but it's darker in colour that any lager I've tried thus far. It has a citrus hop smell, light carbonation, and it's making me thirsty.


Let's get to it.


Now just what the hell is that about? How strange. It starts off like a lager, moves nicely into an IPA middle stanza, then vanishes with almost no aftertaste at all. I've never had anything like this before.


It's really good for all its oddity. I like the easy drinkability of it, I like the way the IPA flavours are secondary, but very recognizable. I find some IPAs are pretty hard to imagine pouring more than one down your neck, but this is so much more lager than IPA, it could easily put a guy in lot of hilarious stories.


I like stories.


This beer fits in any situation, as far as I can tell. Not parent/teacher nights or church services, but almost anywhere else. Cold days, warm days, bbq-ing or ice fishing, Express fits the bill. I'm pleasantly surprised by this one, especially with my initial trepidation, and I might even consider one of these for parent/teacher night...


My rating: 8/10. This is a wild ride right off the bat, but it's a good wild.


By now, most of you know my wife is my second and not a fan of beer, especially IPAs. That won't be a problem tonight because she's gone to bed early and is not second sipping for me tonight.


I'll make up a rating though.


My wife's (not real) rating: 150/10. Wow, that 's generous!


There you have it, friends. Express India Session Lager by Railway City Brewing Co in St Thomas, Ontario is an easy drinking if mildly confusing beer that I recommend if you like beer. You can order Express and more at railwaycitybrewing.com Stay tuned for the next two reviews of Railway City Brewing Co beers on this blog.

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