Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Oct 9–15 (41 Uniques)

This was a big week, with two tap takeovers and a pub crawl for my girlfriend’s birthday, plus we drank quite a bit at home…

Bottle & Cans


Numbskull Ahtanum Edition by Lighthouse Brewing Company

Floral nose with hoppy notes of grapefruit and peaches on the palate over a complex malt base. Finishes with earthy and spicy bitterness.

Shinnicked Stout by Muskoka Brewery

Rich and warming with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, and dried fruit.

Long, Dark Voyage To Uranus by Sawdust City Brewing Co.

Thick and chewy with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, dark fruits, molasses, and booze!

Sea Run by Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Co.

A nicely rounded saison with pepper phenols and fruity esters from the yeast followed by a dry finish.

Blonde IPA by Dageraad Brewing

Floral and spicy nose with citrusy hops on the palate and peppery phenols from the yeast. Dry finish with spicy bitterness.

Fresh Hop Harvest IPA (2017) by Off The Rail BrewingIMG_20171013_014819

Hoppy notes of pine, citrus, and grassiness/earthiness. Quite bright with subdued bitterness.

Saftig Frucht by Doan’s Craft Brewing Company & Ravens Brewing

Quite salty with tropical fruit notes of guava, mango and passionfruit. Not at all what I was expecting!

Fresh Hopped Hazy Pale Ale by Bridge Brewing Company

Nice fresh hop grassy notes with some citrus. Not quite hoppy enough. Also, hazy might be overselling it a bit…

So Fresh, So Green,Green (2017) by R&B Brewing

Nice floral nose with citrus and fresh grass on the palate. The flaked oats gave it a smooth mouthfeel.

Two Straws – Vanilla by Twin Sails Brewing

This milkshake IPA was nice and juicy, but I found the vanilla notes to be a little too subtle.

Full Patch Pumpkin Ale by Longwood BreweryIMG_20171009_004829

Not as much Belgian character or dark malt as I remember from previous years. The pumpkin spice was much more dominant than the Belgian yeast.

Amalgamation by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Hoppy floral nose with a citrussy palate that was obscured too much by the sweetness of the caramel malt base.

Surrounded By Idiots by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

This bumbleberry sour was mildly tart with jammy berry flavours and a touch of oak. It felt like something was missing though.

Barrel Aged Hermannator by Vancouver Island Brewing

Oh yeah! This was really rich and decadent with plum pudding flavour accompanied by subtle vinous notes. I’d love to see a bourbon barrel-aged version!

Alpha Dog (Fresh Hop Pale Ale) (2017) by Yellow Dog Brewing Co

This was hoppier than most of this year’s fresh hop IPAs. Tropical fruit, citrus, and earthy dankness over a bready malt base. Rather fantastic!

Seeking Asylum by Yellow Dog Brewing Co20171013_230604

This Belgian DIPA had a nose of piney and dank hops, with doughy malt, spicy Belgian yest phenols, and a touch of fruity esters on the palate. It finished with spicy bitterness.

Like This by Strathcona Beer Company & Superflux Beer Company

This NE-style IPA had nice hoppy tropical fruit notes with hints of citrus. It had a light malt base with a crisp and refreshing body, but wasn’t as hazy or juicy as I was hoping for.


Old Boise Lager by Woodland Empire Ale Craft—at Smiths Pub

Light bodied and grainy with some grassy/floral hops.

Electric Warrior Oatmeal Stout by Woodland Empire Ale Craft—at Smiths Pub

Rich mouthfeel with light roasty notes of coffee, chocolate, and a touch of molasses.

City of Trees by Woodland Empire Ale Craft—at Smiths Pub20171015_193844

This was a bright and fruity IPA with notes of peach, melon, tropical fruit, and citrus.

Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free – Peach by Woodland Empire Ale Craft—at Smiths Pub

Quite tart with mild peach notes. It had a crisp, light body with a dry finish.

Pilsner by Woodland Empire Ale Craft—at Smiths Pub

A crisp and refreshing pilsner with a floral nose and mild spice on the palate. Light bodied and dry.

Trailbreaker Pale Ale by Backcountry Brewing—at Smiths Pub

Surprisingly hoppy for a pale ale, with bright notes of tropical fruit and citrus.

Stuck In the Mud by Sooke Oceanside Brewery—at Moon Under Water

The cold brew coffee in this porter gives it a strong coffee taste without overpowering the roasty malt base. It was rich and full-bodied with a dry finish.

Pumpkin Pearzen by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery—at Moon Under WaterIMG_20171016_104619

This had more pear than pumpkin, with a dry wheaty body and interesting mix spice from both the yeast and the pumpkin spice.

Gatorale by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery—at Moon Under Water

This was wheaty, dry, and slightly salty. Not a huge hop presence–though I got a hint of citrus and tropical.

A River Runs Through It: Hop Shake IPA by Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom—at The Drake Eatery

I thought this would be like a milkshake IPA. It was just a typical citrusy IPA.

Year 5 Anniversary Ale by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery—at Moon Under Water

Sharp wheatiness with notes of plum, figs, raisins, toffee, and caramel. Full bodied with a dry and boozy finish.

Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA (2017) by Phillips Brewing Company—at the Drake Eatery

This year’s batch was rather bland. There was a mild note of grassiness/leafiness with a touch of pine and citrus, but the hops are really muted and the malt base is very one-dimensional pale malt.

Woke Up Like This by Twin Sails Brewing—at Smiths PubIMG_20171016_104616

This imperial spelt porter had toasty and roasty notes of coffee and chocolate, with a smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

Citra SMASH by The Parkside Brewery—at Smiths Pub

Light and refreshing with notes of citrus, lychee, apricot and melon.

Galaxy SMaSH by The Parkside Brewery—at Smiths Pub

Juicy and smooth with notes of passionfruit and citrus.

Dad Jokes by Twin Sails Brewing—at Smiths Pub

A really juicy DIPa with notes of mango, pineapple and grapefruit over a moderately sweet caramel malt base.

Lusty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout by Moody Ales—at Smiths Pub

This is a straight-up dessert beer. It’s like a boozy chocolate oatmeal pudding. I love it!

Go Get It (Ginger Lime Gose) by Yellow Dog Brewing Co—at Smiths Pub

Tons of lime and just the right amount of ginger to give it a spicy kick. Very tingling on the tongue from the lactic acid.

BC Fresh Hopped Red Ale by Moody Ales—at Smiths PubIMG_20171013_014828

Notes of citrus, pine, and grassiness over a rich caramel malt base.

Fresh Hop Black IPA by Moody Ales—at Smiths Pub

Subtle notes of citrus, pine, grass, and dankness slightly obscured by the roasty dark malt flavours.

OiiiPA Aussie IPA by Fernie Brewing Company—at Garrick’s Head

This IPA features newer Australian hop varieties. It had light fruity and tropical hop notes, but was not nearly juicy enough.

Cyclope Lambda IPA by Brasserie Dunham—at Smiths Pub

Really fruity with notes of pineapple and mango, followed by a touch of resin. Moderate bitterness that lingers.

Fresh Hop Sour by Strathcona Beer Company—at Smiths Pub

This was nice, but I think the sourness overpowers the fresh hops, though there is a touch of citrus and grassiness lurking in the background.

Hopdevil Fresh Hop Pale Ale by Strange Fellows Brewing—at Smiths Pub

This had a fruity hop nose with some grassiness on the palate. It was bright and smooth with low bitterness.