Godspeed Brewery Ochame Green Tea IPA
- Rated 4 stars
- Reviewed by: Crystal Luxmore
- Published on: May 10, 2018
- Last modified: May 10, 2018
When head brewer Luc Bim Lafontaine left Dieu du Ciel! he negotiated to take a few of his beloved beer names with him. Ochame (roughly translating to mischievousness) was one of them. And now, at his new Toronto brewpub, his retooled recipe is a fan favourite. The subtle nose has layers of herbs — sage, mint and green tea leaves. On the tongue, it’s a wash of biscuit and wildflower honey with a medium herbal bitterness hitting mid-palate and building to the finish. The aftertaste is where you really notice the green tea, which Lafontaine harvests himself annually from his “adopted” tea plantation in Japan. Despite its 6.9% ABV, this refreshing brew drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA. It’s different from any IPA you’ve ever had and it’s a refreshing and innovative counterpoint to the hop bombs pouring out of breweries right now.