Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes: June 19–25

Another week, another 27 unique beers. I shall soon be the king of Untappd!

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Bottle & Cans

Smoked Hefeweizen by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Lightly smokey and wheaty, with banana notes from the yeast and a dry finish. I’d actually like a little more smoke, but I’m weird like that.

Royal City Ale by Steel & Oak Brewing Co. 

Fruity hops, grainy malt, spicy and easy drinking.

Shiny Things IPA by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Crisp Pilsner malt with piney hop biterness and aromas of honey dew, tangerine, strawberry, and lemon grass. The oats provided a smooth mouthfeel.

Dinosour Blackberry Sour Ale by Phillips Brewing Company

Decent kettle sour with lots of blackberry candy flavour. Not too sweet. Quite tart, but could do with a bit more complexity.

The Brown Note by Against the Grain Brewery

This was a really delicious brown ale with toasty malt notes of chocolate and caramel, but then there’s citrus and floral notes from the hops! Try not to look at the image on the can when you drink it!

Sour Series: 7800 Saison by Townsite Brewing

Mild citric acid tartness. Peppery from the yeast, slightly spicy from the hops, grainy, with a nice dry finish.

Juniper Lime Ale by Vancouver Island Brewing

Light and refreshing. The lime and juniper comes through really nicely. It’s quite a bit like a gimlet. Carbonation was on the lower side.

Numbskull El Dorado Edition by Lighthouse Brewing Company

The El Dorado hops bring aromas of pear, watermelon, and stone fruit. It finishes with a nice, satifying bitterness. I might like this more than the original!

Hiatus by Category 12 Brewing

This might be my perfect summer beer. The cucumber and lime combine so perfectly with the earthy, rustic character of the Norwegian yeast.

High Socks by Twin Sails Brewing

Batch #2. Even better than the first. The Mosaic hops bring tons of tropical fruit flavour and a touch of dankness.

Frooty Call by Twin Sails Brewing

Tons of natural raspberry flavour with bright hop notes and a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. One of the best milkshake IPAs I’ve ever had.

Pénombre by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

A wonderful black IPA with piney hops and roasty malt notes of chocolate and coffee.

Booming Rollers (2017) by Modern Times Beer

Nice tropical and citrus nose. Lighter bodied biscuit malt. Very crushable.

Kamen Knuddeln by Against the Grain Brewery

Tart cherries with dark malt notes of chocolate. They call it a Kentuky Common, but I don’t think those are supposed to be sour. Weird!

Garden of Eden by To Øl

Big hop notes of papaya, guava, and some berries with a little spice.

Arrowsmith Blonde Ale by Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Co.

An easygoing blonde with some floral hop aroma.

On Tap

Tempus Corvi 2017 by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Lemon, apple, tons of funk, oak, and a touch of spice. Very complex.

Azacca Hop Kettle Sour by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Mild citric acidity with hop notes of mango, papaya, orange, grapefruit, and pine.

Sang Du Merle (2016) by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Ripe blackberries, currants, cherries, balsamic, funk, red wine oak. Very complex.

Oud King Crow 2015 by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Tart cherries, plums, vinous red grapes. Balsamic acetic sourness. Touch of funk with lots of oak.

Dime Bag by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

I love this. You can really taste the sour keys, and they play so wonderfully with the fruit and funk from the Brett and the hops.

Kokako 2016 by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Gentle tartness and mild funk with pears, kiwi, and a touch of oak.

Saison Blanc by Dageraad Brewing

Wheaty, yeast, red apples, dry and refreshing.

Nebulousness by Brassneck Brewery

Fruity, juicy, and smooth, but missing the NE haze.

Hit the Deck New England IPA by Fernie Brewing Company

Citrusy and smooth, but not really an NE IPA. It can’t decide what it wants to be.

Farmhouse Honey Ale by Persephone Brewing Company

Nice honey sweetness with peppery yeast, earthy hops, and grainy. Off-dry finish.

Naughty Hildegard by Driftwood Brewery

I love it, but let’s be honest, it’s more like an IPA than a bitter.

Vienna Amber Lager by Hoyne Brewing

Earthy and spicy noble hops. Crisp and clean.

 

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