Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Aug 14–20 (27 Unique Beers)

With no beer festivals or brewery crawls, were back down to a slightly more reasonable 27 unique beers this week… well, reasonable for me at least

Don’t judge me!

Bottle and cansIMG_20170817_235824

Rosé de Gambrinus (2016) by Brasserie Cantillon

This was a young sample of the 2016 batch and was ripe with fresh and fruity notes of raspberry and touch of mild funk. The mouthfeel was tingling and effervescent with puckering acidity.

Pretty Much Yeah by Superflux Beer Company

A hazy NE IPA with citrus and passionfruit from the hops with a really smooth mouthfeel from the oats and lactose. I kinda of wish Superflux would branch out a bit, but at the same time, they are so damn good at what they do!

Melodie Raspberry Kölsch by Twa Dogs Brewery

This Kölsch was crisp, refreshing, and fruity. The raspberry was well represented, but I found it a little too sweet.

Market Saturation IPA by Coal Harbour Brewing Company20170816_205701

This was one of the best Coal Harbour beers I’ve had. They nailed the NE style. It was cloudy and smooth with tangerine, pineapple, and melon.

Juicy Double #2 by Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.

The mango in this double IPA really complemented the citrusy hop notes perfectly and it doesn’t finish too sweet. However, I slightly preferred the Strawberry version.

Lake City Farmhouse Ale by Dageraad Brewing

This farmhouse ale opened with a beautiful herbal, floral, and grassy aroma, followed by a spicy and herbal palate. It was medium bodied and very effervescent with a dry finish.

IMG_20170820_223323Rhythm Section by Dageraad Brewing & Upright Brewing

This collaboration was a very spicy saison with black pepper, coriander, and a touch of lime. It was floral on the nose with a dry and slightly funky finish.

Solid! by Gigantic Brewing Company

This dry-hopped American wheat ale had nice tropical hoppy aromas of kumquat and orange with a grainy and wheaty body. It finished moderately dry with a touch of bitterness.

Side Cut by Bridge Brewing Company

On of BC’s first NE IPAs, this one was smooth and cloudy with hoppy notes of peach, tangerine,tropical fruits.

Stay Gold by Powell BreweryIMG_20170818_223909

This oat pale ale had aromas of tropical fruits, pear, watermelon, and stone fruit. It was medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel from the malted oats and barley.

Olde Winston Smoked Porter by Off The Rail Brewing

This one was very over-carbonated for the style, in fact the bottle blew and spewed foam all over the kitchen counter. It was full-bodied with moderate smoked salmon flavour that overpowered the richness of the malts a little.

White Rabbit Lemon Raz Radler by Russell Brewing Company

The lemon and raspberry flavours in this radler were well-balanced, but it was a little too sweet for me.

Blazing World by Modern Times BeerIMG_20170817_224007

This red ale had hoppy aromas of grape and gooseberry over a light bready malt backbone. It was really dank and highly aromatic.

Woodland Sour Saison by Coal Harbour Brewing Company

This saison was moderately sour with complex notes of orange peel, coriander, and peppercorn. It was medium-bodied with a nice dry finish.

20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale by Stone Brewing

I aged this once hoppy Belgian strong for two years. The hops notes had fallen off leaving behind bitterness that accentuated the pepper and clove note. It was sort of like a spicy barley wine

20170819_002849Teppistenbier by White Pony Microbrewery

This rich Belgian quad had a complex grainy body with notes of chocolate, toffee, figs, dates, almonds, and plums. It was full-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry and boozy finish.

Long Root Ale by Hopworks Urban Brewery

This was a decent pale ale with a touch of peppery spice. It wasn’t exactly mind blowing, but I appreciate the fact that the grain was organic and sustainable.

Hopocalypse Meow by Phillips Brewing Company


This 14th anniversary beer was a a big old hop bomb. I got tropical fruit, melon, and resin. Not getting the esters due to the strong hops. It was like Amnesiac’s long-lost brother.

Old Stumpy Pine IPA by Fernie Brewing Company

For a beer calling itself a pine IPA, I was actually hoping for more pine. Sure the hops bring notes of pine, but it would be nice if they added spruce tips or something.

On tap

Spruce Tip by Steel & Oak Brewing—at Smiths Pub

Wow! This was like licking a Christmas tree! The spruce tips were really well represented and complemented by the fruity and vinous Nelson Sauvin hops.

Sapperton Anniversary Beer (2017) by Steel & Oak Brewing—at Smiths Pub

This was really nice for a lager. It was moderately tart with notes of peach, apricot and plum. Light-bodied and super refreshing.

Jasmine IPA by Steamworks Brewing Company—at Smiths PubIMG_20170815_232009

The jasmine mainly comes through on the nose. The body was more spicy than anything and it finished quite bitter.

Antwerpen by Dageraad Brewing—at Smiths Pub

This was a fantastic triple with a nose of Earthy and herbal noble hops and floral alcohol. The body was spicy and fruity with a touch of pepper, coriander,  banana, and pear. The finish was warming and dry.

Tropical Tart Ale by Steamworks Brewing Company—at Smiths Pub

This was a moderately tart kettle sour with notes of passion fruit and pomegranate.

Fuzzy Wuzzy Peach IPA by The Parkside Brewery—at Smiths Pub20170820_175714

Not as much peach as one would expect, but on the plus side, it was not sickly sweet. Lots of grassy/piney hops, which was an odd choice.

Coastal Wit- Batch #0044 by Swans Brewery—at The Drake Eatery

Wonderful spiciness from the the grains of paradise and the coriander, counterpointed by a touch of sweetness from the orange peel.

Chocolate Hazelnut Porter by Heretic Brewing Company—at The Drake Eatery

A rich and creamy porter with notes of chocolate, hazelnut, coffee, and caramel. Quite sweet, but not cloying.



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