Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Aug 28–Sept 3 (30 Uniques)

Here’s last week’s notes! They’re a little brief this week as I’ve been busy with GCBF stuff. I might have to skip next week because I’m about to drink a large amount of beers!

Bottles & Cans

20170828_223540Le Quench Du Soif by Brasserie Dunham & Twin Sails Brewing

A rich and complex wild IPA with pineapple, papaya, guava, orange peel, grapefruit rind. Moderate tartness with heady barnyard funk.

Con Leche by Twin Sails Brewing

Big aromas and flavours of coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of vanilla and a cinnamon. Smooth mouthfeel and sweet finish from the lactose.

#Blessed by Twin Sails Brewing

A gorgeous pale ale with hoppy notes of melon, mango, and orange peel over a light biscuity malt base.

Raised By Wolves (2017) by Driftwood Brewery20170902_221344

Slightly tart with notes of melon, berries, orange peel, lime, papaya, pine, and fresh peppers. I wish they made this year round!

Buenos Dias by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

A refreshing summery ale with notes of lime and orange, a touch of salt, and hints of coriander. Finishes clean and dry.

Full Time I.P.A. by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Aromas of tropical fruit, orange peel, and pine resin with a bready malt base. Well balanced with lingeing fruit notes and bitterness.

Dangerously Close To Stupid by To Øl

Best triple IPA I’ve ever had. Rich caramel malt body with aromas of floral and citrus from the Centennial and Citra. Dangerously crushable.

Lug Tread Lagered Ale by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Bready and grainy with light floral notes and a hint of fruit. Light-bodied and crisp with some lingering grassy bitterness.

Clayburn Smoked Scotch Ale by Ravens Brewing Company20170905_000856

Malty-rich body with notes of caramel and toffee and overtones of smoke. Smooth and decadent.

One In the Chamber by Phillips Brewing Company & Doan’s Craft Brewing

Notes of pineapple, citrus, pine, and spice over a light two-row malt base. Moderate bitterness.

Hop Shop Imperial IPA by Red Arrow Brewing Company

Big hoppy notes of guava, citrus peel, pine, and spice. Lingering bitter finish.

Whole in the Head by Gigantic Brewing Company

A big West Coast hop bomb with notes of orange peel, grapefruit rind, and pine over a caramel malt base. Lingering grassy bitterness.

Survival Stout by Hopworks Urban BreweryIMG_20170830_232910

A hardy stout with bold coffee aroma and flavour over a rich dark malt base that adds notes of chocolate and molasses.

Noir de Dottignies by Brouwerij De Ranke

Rich dark malt notes of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and dark fruits, complemented by spicy pepper and coriander notes from the yeast.

Impeachment by Red Collar Brewing Co.

Wheaty, but neither tart, nor particularly peachy. Had the aroma of cheap beers I drank as a teen.

Longest Night by Yukon Brewing

Dark roasty malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. The hops were grassy and a little too bitter for the style.

On Tap

20170828_201906Ice Tea Pale Ale by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

The bergamot from the Earl Grey adds an interesting earthy and herbal quality, which is subdued by the fruitiness of the lemon.

Guite Plum Lager by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

Light biscuity malt body with some subtle stone fruit notes from the plums.

Framboise by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

Big raspberry flavor with some vinous notes and a touch of oak. Light puckering tartness.

2017 Ortega Blonde by Spinnakers Gastro BrewpubIMG_20170903_205615

Very light citrus and white wine grape notes over a grainy pilsner malt base.

Cabernet IPA by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses

An interesting mix of vinous red wine, vanilla, oak, Brett funk, and a touch of citrus from the hops. Can’t really call it an IPA any more, but it is delicious.

Concord Grape Kettle Sour by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery—at Smiths Pub

Decent kettle sour with puckering lactic acidity and lots of grape juice on the palate. Medium-sweet finish.

Ginger Perry by Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse—at Smiths Pub

Tons of sharp ginger notes, but it was way too sweet for my tastes.

Dry Hopped Passionfruit Sour by Persephone Brewing Company—at Smiths Pub

A moderately puckering kettle sour with tingling lactic acidity, subtle passion fruit flavour, and aromas of tropical fruit from the hops.

IMG_20170903_205843O Trabalho by Stillwater Artisanal—at Smiths Pub

Palate of dark cherries, a touch of coco powder, and light spice. Moderately tart with some Brett funk in the finish.

Kili Wit by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales—at Smiths Pub

A mildly tart fruity and spicy wheat beer with notes of orange, pepper, coriander, and some hoppy citrus. Silky mouthfeel from the oats.

Zwarte Wheat by Townsite Brewing—at Smiths Pub

Grainy and bready roasted pale malt with dusty wheat. Spicy yeast phenols. A touch of fruity esters. Grassy hop bitterness.

Crystal Weiss by Doan’s Craft Brewing Company—at The Drake Eatery

Clean and soft on the palate, with much more subtle banana and phenol notes than a standard hefe. Refreshing and light

Windows Up by Alpine Beer Company—at The Drake Eatery

Not as dank as advertised. Notes of citrus, tropical fruits, pine, and grass. Bready malt body.

Rowing Needles by Modern Times Beer—at The Drake Eatery

Bright and fruity notes of blackberries and rasperries. Mildly tart with a dry wheaty body.

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