Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes— Mar 12–19  (35 beers)

I’ve skipped this weekly piece for the last couple of weeks, because it was so hard to keep track of all the beers I drank during Victoria Beer week. However, it’s back again!

Looks like I clocked 35 beers last week, between bottles at home, on draft at bars, and tasters. Where available, click the link to read a full review.


Bottles at home:

Str8 Flexin’ by Twin Sails Brewing

This first imperial stout from TS has big roasted malt flavours, with coffee, chocolate, liquorice, and fudge notes. It is full-bodied without being thick. I’m looking forward to aging a couple.

High Socks by Twin Sails Brewing

This Mosaic hop IPA had a nice herbal aroma with a touch of pine and citrus. Some people get onion from the Mosaic, but I only got it once I had it in my mind. Satisfying bitter finish.

No Fun Zone by Twin Sails Brewing

At first this one is rather sweet, but when once you get past that, you get an incredibly interesting combination of coffee, coconut, cocoa, and vanilla. You wouldn’t expect to get coffee flavour or such a stout-like mouthfeel from a blonde ale, so it messes with your head a bit!

Lush Crush by Twin Sails Brewing

For a 3.8% session pale ale, this is really hoppy! It has tons Citrus and pine hop character with a smooth mouthfeel from the oats. It is incredibly crushable!

Towers And Trains by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

The Burgamot flavour is definitely lighter than the Salt Spring Island Ales Earl Grey IPA, but that might actually be a good thing. The Earl Grey adds a gentle floral aroma and lingering bitter finish.

American Farmhouse IPA by Powell Brewery

Light, floral, and citrusy with some fruity ester notes of pear, apple, and banana. Smooth and easily drinkable.

The Suburbs by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

This First ever North American IPA from Dageraad and Steel & Oak has grapefruit and tangerine notes from the hops, with a backbone of bread and biscuit from the malt. Very solid!

City of the Dead by Modern Times Beer

This imperial stout is made with bourbon barrel-aged coffee beans! It has subtle bourbon and strong coffee notes with hints of bitter-sweet chocolate.

East of East Van by Steamworks Brewing Company

This is a really nice North American take of a Belgian-style saison. The black limes really enhance those fruity ester notes, while the the white pepper complements the clove-like spiciness. Full review.

Crazy Train IPA by Off The Rail Brewing

Pine, floral, grapefruit, and a touch of onions and turnip.

Double Secret Probation by Bomber Brewing

Rich and malty with notes of malted milk, caramel, leather, and floral and grassy hops. Warming with a silky mouthfeel.

White by Dageraad Brewing

Fruity, and lightly spicy witbier, with notes of citrus, banana, clove, coriander. Creamy mouthfeel.

No 82 Amaretto by Doan’s Craft Brewing Company

This altbier was made with No. 82 amaretto from Sons of Vancouver. It has notes of apricots, vanilla, and honey, caramel, and cookie dough. Just spectacular.

Son of the Morning 2017 by Driftwood Brewery

The world’s most evil beer is back! This wonderful Belgian-style golden ale has strong banana and pear-like ester notes, clove-like phenol notes, candi sugar, grainy malt, and some light floral and spicy hops.

Nectarous Dry-Hopped Sour (2016) by Four Winds Brewing

This refreshing dry-hopped sour has notes of papaya, mango, and guava. It is tart and has characteristic lactic acid sourness. One of the best dry-hopped sours out there.

The Last Strawberry (2016) by Fuggles & Warlock

This strawberry witbier is sweet, light, creamy, and smooth. It tastes like strawberry cheesecake. A full bottle is almost too much!

Casks at The Bent Mast

Gin & Lime Pilsner by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

The light pilsner base really allows the gin and lime notes to shine through. This doesn’t really taste like beer any more, but I love it!

Choqlette Porter With Jameson Soaked Oak Chips by Bomber Brewing

This special cask had notes of Irish whisky, oak, chocolate, toasted malt, and coffee. It was fabulous. Perhaps even better than the bourbon barrel-aged version of the Choqulette porter.

On Tap at The Drake

Allocation II IIPA (Hop Shots Part Deux) by Boneyard Beer Company / Barley Brown’s

Citrus hop aroma with a touch of tropical fruit and resin. Hint of toasty malt backbone. Moderate bitterness for an imperial.

Mosaic Single-Hop Pale Ale by Pfriem Family Brewers

Hoppy nose for a pale ale! Lots of tropical fruit notes, including grapefruit, pineapple, and mango.

Otra Vez by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

This was a tart and salty gose with a touch of lemon rind, pear, and grapefruit. Tingling and mouthwatering mouthfeel. Super refreshing.

Oud Bruin by Les Trois Mousquetaires

Deliciously tart and acetic with notes of dark chocolate, cherries, and malt vinegar. Like a mix of Reynard and Duchesse de Bourgogne.

Rye Lager by Pfriem Family Brewers

I’m not normally a fan of lagers, but this one has a nice dry and spicy quality from the rye to complement the malt notes.

Black House by Modern Times Beer

This oatmeal stout has a silky mouthfeel with dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and toffee.

We’s the Juice by Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

This is a great juicy East Coast IPA. It has low bitterness and tons of citrus and tropical fruit juiciness.

On Tap at The Stickey Wicket

Honkers Ale by Goose Island Beer Co.

Lots of caramel malt with earthy/grassy hops. More like a red ale than a bitter.

Goose IPA by Goose Island Beer Co.

I’m sure this beer used to be better. It has notes of pine, resin, onion, and turnip. Bitter, but in a bad way.

Odyssey Nitro Porter by Phillips Brewing Company

This is always good on nitro. Velvety mouthfeel, bready dark malt, coffee, and nuts. Solid stout.

At a Copper & Theory IPA Tasting

Crooked Moon Double IPA by Mikkeller

Strawberries, grapes, banana, melon, oh my! There’s clearly some wild yeast in here somewhere because there’s a touch of funk. So good!

2×4 DIPA by Melvin Brewing

Tons of floral and orange citrus hop notes with a touch of pine and dankness. Incredible balance between juiciness and bitterness.

Melvin IPA by Melvin Brewing

Nice floral aroma with some fruity flavour and a doughy malt backbone. Not overly bitter.

High Voltage Winter IPA by Gigantic Brewing Company

It might be listed as a winter IPA, but it’s really a hoppy red ale with tons of bready malt to enhance the hops. I like it a lot!

Ginormous by Gigantic Brewing Company

This imperial IPA is super juicy and citrusy with low perceived bitterness for something listed as 100+ IBU. This is mostly to do with the sweetness of the pale and caramel malt creating a nice balance.

Long Shadows IPA by Blindman Brewing

Nice East Coast IPA. Not a ton of haze, but lots of tropical fruit flavour and low perceived bitterness.

4 Hop IPA by Rogue Ales & Spirits

Lots of pine and floral notes, but also that odd soapy taste I’ve found in lots of ISAs.