Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—March 20–26

It’s that time of the week when I reflect on the many beers I drank in the previous week, copy and paste my untappd entries, and tweak them a little bit.

Looks like I clocked 39 beers last week, between bottles at home, on draft at bars, and tastings. The only ones I didn’t include were from a blind IPA tasting I went to where all of the glasses tasted of chlorine…


Bottles at home

Beer Geek Breakfast by Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

Best breakfast ever! Coffee, nuts, and dark roasted malt. Super smooth mouthfeel from the oats. No wonder this has a rating of 100 on Beer Advocate.

Kokoro Pear Sour by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

This pear sour was tart with notes of pear and green apple. It was light with gentle acidity.

Brews Brothers Blazing Arrow by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Grapefruit, orange peel, assorted tropical fruits, pine. It’s not bad, but doesn’t really do anything new.

Brews Brothers Baby Got Back by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Lots of isoamyl acetate banana and bubblegum aroma, but the hops are barely detectable.

Sorry We Took So Long Saison by Riot Brewing Co.

Light, fruity, and spicy. The phenol and ester balance is typical of Dupont yeast. I could drink this all day.

Lavender Saison -Mount Pleasant Series by R&B Brewing Co.

The lavender gives it strong floral notes that make it almost like a gruit. The saison yeast takes a backseat, but the clove comes through.

Haunted Stars by Modern Times Beer

This imperial rye porter had tons of coffee and chocolate notes with an undertone of rye spiciness and a dry finish.

The Last Strawberry Wit by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

This strawberry wit was sweet, light, creamy, and smooth. It tasted just like strawberry cheesecake. May not be to everyone’s taste.

American Farmhouse IPA by Powell Street Craft Brewery at Serious Coffee

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

No Fun Zone by Twin Sails Brewing at Serious Coffee

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!

Fade To Black, Vol. 1 by Left Hand Brewing Company

Smooth, warming, and delicious. Notes of roast malt, coffee, liquorice, molasses, and cardamom.

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.

Triceratops Tripel from Beau’s

Due to the heather and lavender this was a lot more herbal and floral than a standard tripel, with an earthy spiciness to complement clove-like spice from the yeast phenols.

On Tap at Smiths

Tone Def by Twin Sails Brewing

This beer tastes like drinking a freshly-squeezed glass of orange juice. Even the mouthfeel felt a little thinker than a normal IPA, but maybe that was just my imagination. This beer hides it’s 8% ABV dangerously well and you would have no idea it was 60 IBU if it wasn’t written right on the can—I would have perceived the bitterness to be around 20 maybe! Full Review.

Warp 8.5 by Torchlight Brewing Company

This imperial cascadian dark had a great balance between the toasted malt notes and the citrus and passion fruit from the Galaxy hops.

Sidecar Orange Pale Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 

Nice citrus aroma with orange peel on the palate. Just the right amount of bitterness.

Melcocha Andean Mild Ale by Andina Brewing Company

Light and malty with an interesting sweetness from the unrefined sugar.

On Tap at The Guild

Smoked Porter by Persephone Brewing Company

This beer had tons of beechwood aroma and flavour, bringing to mind smoked salmon. Definitely a sipper.

Pekko Pale Ale by Persephone Brewing Company

This Pekko single-hop pale ale had a floral nose with a touch of citrus and mint.

Belma Pale Ale by Persephone Brewing Company

This Belma single-hop pale ale had notes of grapefruit, tropical fruit, strawberry, and melon.

Idaho #6 Pale Ale by Persephone Brewing Company

This Idaho single-hop pal ale started a little soapy, but then some fruit and dankness comes though.

On Tap at Irish Times

Robert Service 1904 Scottish Stone Fired Ale by Phillips Brewing Company

Sweet with lots of caramel malt, caramelized sugar, and a dry finish. Pretty light for a Scotch ale.

Coronado Tap Takeover at Smiths

Imperial Blue Bridge Coffee Stout by Coronado Brewing Company

Decent little imperial with lots of coffee and hints of chocolate and nuts. Touch boozy.

Orange Avenue Wit by Coronado Brewing Company

Decent light wit, but the orange flavour was very subdued.

Idiot IPA by Coronado Brewing Company

Tropical fruit on the nose with some resin and dankness on the palate. Background of sweet biscuit malt offsets the bitterness.

Guava Islander IPA by Coronado Brewing Company

Guava and tropical fruit on the nose, but a touch of soap on the palate.

Fogbound Brown by Coronado Brewing Company

This one was all about the malt, with notes of caramel, chocolate, and nuts.

Mermaid’s Red by Coronado Brewing Company

This red ale a floral hop nose, with bready and doughy malt and earthy hops on the palette.

Seacoast Pilsner by Coronado Brewing Company

A light, crisp, and refreshing pilsner, with a floral hop nose and slightly fruity flavour..

For Days Session IPA by Coronado Brewing Company

This was a decent little session IPA with a piney and floral nose with a touch of citrus on the pallete.

On tap at Moon Under Water

Barrel Aged Old Ale Wee Woody With Brett Clausen by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

This was a very complex beer with strong wood flavour, notes of plum, figs, raisins, and Brett funk. It was kind of like licking a barrel.

Creepy Uncle Dunkel by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Tons of toasted dark malt with notes of chocolate, nuts, and a touch of bread.

Raven Cream Ale by R&B Brewing Co.

Creamy and smooth with unexpected notes of nut and chocolate.

This Is Hefeweizen by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Lots of banana, bubble gum, and clove. Perhaps a little unbalanced, but still one of the best local heffes.

At the beer & cheese tasting at Cascadian Uptown

Boris by Strange Fellows Brewing

This is one of my favourite Russian imperial stouts. It has tons of dark toasted malt, coffee, and chocolate character accompanied by soft bourbon and oak notes. It’s not as boozy as some bourbon barrel aged RISs, so it incredibly drinkable.

Reynard by Strange Fellows Brewing

Ian Hill’s signature sour, this oud bruin was aged in French oak for a year and has complex notes of cherry, vanilla, oak, and a mild balsamic vinegar character that reminds me of Duchesse de Bourgogne.

Blonde by Dageraad Brewing

This Belgian style blonde has a complex mix of fruity and spicy Belgian yeast character, with grassy noble hops, nutty Pilsner malt, sweet caramelized sugar, and warming alcohol.

Off The Grid by Hoyne Brewing

This Vienna lager was really smooth with tons of bready and biscuity pale malt character and a touch of caramel and earthy hops.

Eastern Promises Czech Pilsner by Russell Brewing Company

Crisp and clean with floral and herbal aromas from the Saaz hops.