Craft Beer Tasting Notes for July 24–30 (47 Unique Beers)

This was a big week! I went to a Callister tap takeover at Smiths, a Boneyard tap takeover at The Drake, an Off the Rails tap take over at Moon Under Water, and the Drake’s Thirsty Chef third anniversary event.

Bottles & Cans

Long Time No See by To Øl20170728_013004

Oh wow! If this beer was truly a mistake, as the label states, then it’s the tastiest one ever made. Coffee, Molasses, liquorice, and a touch of chocolate. Boozy!

Beastly Biscuit by To Øl

Rich biscuit and caramel notes with a touch of plum pudding. A proper English-style barley wine, not the hoppy American kind.

Two Straws—Peach by Twin Sails Brewing

Sort of like peaches and cream with the added creaminess from the lactose. Very smooth and fruity. Twin Sails is still the king of the milkshake IPA.

Avec Les Bons Voeux (2015) by Brasserie Dupont

Aged two years. Halfway between a saison and a triple: lemony with hints of pepper, banana and clove. Just divine!

Bois Sauvage Assemblage #1 by Townsite Brewing

Nice blend of the Bois Sauvage barrel-aged wild ale and the 7800 sour. Tingling lactic sour mixed with wild barnyard funk. Similar to the Cantillon Gueze.

Paulaner Salvator by Paulaner Brauerei

Grainy malts with hints of raisin and other dark dried fruits. Nice and boozy.

Maple & Thistle Rye Ale 150 by Innis & Gunn

Getting lots of maple and oak. Not sure about the thistle. It provides a slightly floral quality.

Farmhouse Classic by Bellwoods Brewery20170729_011738

Holy shit! This is pure horse blanket. The Brett is verging on obnoxious, but just avoids that medicinal flavour. Well played!

Maiden the Shade (2017) by Ninkasi Brewing Company

Super light and citrusy with notes of orange and grapefruit over a biscuity malt body.

Lucinda by Doan’s Craft Brewing Company

Crisp and refreshing malt body with subtle blackcurrant notes and gentle tartness. Medium-sweet finish.

At the Thirsty Chef III

Hop Slice Summer Ale by Deschutes Brewery20170729_125401

Floral and lemony with a rich caramel malt body. Light and sessionable with low bitterness.

Bloom – Farmhouse Ale With Cherry Blossoms by Four Winds Brewing

Amazing floral aroma. The palate has Cherry, almonds, citrus, and a touch of Brett funk. This is rather wonderful.

Lemongrass Wit by Swans Brewery

Loads of fresh lemon flavour from the lemongrass Tea and Lemondrop hops. Biscuity malt.

GFB by Green Flash Brewing Company

Mellow blonde ale with hints of honey and orange peel.

Hoppy Birthday (2017) by Alpine Beer Company

Nose is floral, citrus, pine. Solid malt backbone. decent West coast ISA.

Citra-Weiss by Persephone Brewing Company

Lots of mango and citrus on the nose. The body is super wheaty and extremely cloudy. The hefe yeast provides a touch of spice.

Lavender Sour Gruit by Moody Ales20170729_130720

The lavender really comes through on this one. The sourness was tingling on the tongue, but there was little-to-no bitterness

Solid! by Gigantic Brewing Company

Kumquat and orange hop aroma and flavor. Wheaty body. Moderately dry and bitter finish.

Göse by pFriem Family Brewers

Lightly tart and slightly salty, with notes of citrus and bready malt.

Hopocalypse Meow cask W/ Simcoe & Citra by Phillips Brewing Company

Big west-coast IPA with big earthy, piney, citrus, and tropical notes. Bitter finish.

Passionfruit Sour Ale (2017) by Breakside Brewery

Lots of passionfruit flavour, with puckering tartness and a medium-sweet finish.

Pretty Much Yeah by Superflux Beer Company

Citrus and passionfruit from the hops with a really smooth mouthfeel from the oats and lactose.

Stay Gold by Powell Brewery

Aromas of tropical fruits, pear, watermelon, and stone fruit. Smooth and mouthfeel from the malted oats and barley.

Pacific Wonderland by Deschutes Brewery20170729_153437

Bright, crisp and refreshing lager with a malty body highlighted by citrusy hop notes.

Helles Lager by pFriem Family Brewers

Candy-like malt with notes of grapefruit and pine

Kellerweis (2017) by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Dry and wheaty with hints of clove and banana from the yeast.

Straight Up Lager by Powell Brewery

Light-bodied, with bready and grainy malt

Irish Red Ale- Batch #0029 by Swans Brewery

Mellow toasted malt body with light caramel notes. Nice dry finish.

Callister tap takeover at Smiths

Kül Daddy Kölsh by Callister Brewing Co.

Clean, crisp, and grainy. Refreshing with a dry finish.

Short N’ Stout by Callister Brewing Co.

Touch of liquorice and chocolate. Dry finish.

Zwirbelbart by Callister Brewing Co.

Sweet bready malts with a touch of isoamyl banana taste.

1 Hop Mind Ahtanum by Callister Brewing Co.

Earthy, citrusy, and floral on the nose. Bit of grapefruit and sweet malt on the palate.

What the Dinkel? by Lightheart Brewing

Decent American saison with mild coriander spiciness and pear-like fruitiness.

Summer Saison by Night Owl

Light and fruity saison with just a touch of coriander-like spice.

Principia by MorningStar Brewing

Nice white IPA with a wheaty body and an orange hop nose. Low bitterness on the finish.

Mic Drop by Boombox Brewing Company

Probably the nest NE-style IPA I’ve ever had. The fact that it’s a triple IPA at 10% ABV is a bonus!

Cash Money IPA by Real Cask Brewing

Very dank and earthy with an incredibly bitter finish.

Pop Top Grapefruit IPA by Callister Brewing Co.

Decent citrus aromas and bitter finish.


Boneyard tap take over at Smiths

Bohnee by Boneyard Beer CompanyIMG_20170728_234427

Another big west coast IPA with tons of pine and resin.

Notorious IPA³ by Boneyard Beer Company

An intense but well-balanced west coast IPA with pine and citrus on the nose and and a rich caramel malt body.

RPM IPA by Boneyard Beer Company

Pineapple and citrus over biscuity malt. Maybe a bit soapy.

Bone-A-Fide by Boneyard Beer Company

Good pale with a touch of orange rind from the hops and a biscuity malt body.

Camper Van Kolsch by Boneyard Beer Company

Light, crisp, refreshing, with a touch of floral noble hops.

The the Off the Rails Tap takeover at Smiths

Passionfruit Hefeweizen by Off The Rail Brewing

Subtle passionfruit aroma and flavour. Slightly tart, with a wheaty body and medium-sweet finish.

Czechmate Pilsner by Off The Rail Brewing

Light-bodied, crisp, and refreshing with earthy, floral, and spicy notes from the Saaz hops.

On tap

The Last Strawberry Guava by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

The guava work so nicely against the strawberry. The dry wheat base offsets the sweetness to a degree.

Atma by Engine House No. 9

Farmhouse ale with clove-like spice and light fruitiness with a touch of brett funk.







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