Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Oct 30–Nov 5 (39 beers)

I think these are all from last week. Some might be from before Portland. I don’t know. It’s a blur! Sorry they’re a bit brief, but that’s a lot of beers!

Stone Enjoy By 10.31.17 IPA by Stone Brewing

Drunk before the expiry, this IPA was fresh and delicious with notes of citrus, tropical fruit, pine, and dank.

What Rough Beast by Breakside Brewery

Hazy and juicy with notes of citrus and tropical fruit over a biscuity malt base. Smooth and crushable.

Flat Earth Theory by Urban Family Brewing

Sour and funky with notes of berries, oak, and a slight vinous quality.

Fear of Ghosts by Stillwater Artisanal

Moderately tart, with mild spice, dry wheatiness, and the faintest hint of smoke.

Fresh Hop Wild Ale by Four Winds Brewing

Herbal nose with notes of melon and lime on the palate. Slightly tart. I was hoping for more hop presence.

Imperial Stout by Lagunitas Brewing Company

Rich roasty flavours with a touch of smoke. Notes or coffee and chocolate with a sweet finish.

Victory at Sea by Ballast Point Brewing Company

Strong coffee nose with the roasty notes balanced by sweetness from the vanilla.

Barrelholder Belgian Golden Strong (2017) by Category 12 Brewing

Caramel, vanilla, clove, and oak. Nice alcohol warmth, but the sweetness is a little much. Hopefully it ages well.

Gose by Reuben’s Brews

Lightly tart with notes of lemon, lime, and coriander. Slightly salty and very refreshing.

Cellar Door by Stillwater Artisanal

Herbal and grassy nose with a dry wheaty body accompanied by herbal and tangerine notes, followed by spicy, and earthy bitterness.

Green Zebra by Founders Brewing Co.

A nice and refreshing Gose with subtle hints of watermelon and sea salt.

Zombie Hopocalypse by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

Herbal nose with light grapefruit and vegetal flavours over a grainy malt base.

Even More Coco Jesus by Evil Twin Brewing

Roasty malt flavours of dark chcoffee and coffee, complemented by sweet coconut and maple syrup. Well balanced and smooth.

New England IPA by Epic Brewing Co. (Utah, Colorado)

Hazy and smooth with juicy citrus notes. I felt like it could do with a bit more tropical fruit though.

Breaking Bud by Knee Deep Brewing Company

Aromas and of tropical fruit and marijuana. Smooth mouthfeel with a crisp body and light bitterness.

The Cloud by Stillwater Artisanal

Notes of tropical fruits, citrus, and grass. Slightly hazy with a smooth mouthfeel and light bitterness in the finish.

Stone Mocha IPA by Stone Brewing

A great mashup of styles with a hoppy nose and notes of coffee and chocolate on the palate.

Ice by Modern Times Beer

Really crisp and a little spicy. A very refreshing summer beer Shame it didn’t hit Canada till fall.

Wizard Mode by Boombox Brewing Company

Juicy tropical fruit and citrus notes with a smooth mouthfeel and low bitterness. Delicious.

Rad Seeker by Boombox Brewing Company

Tropical hop aromas and flavours of mango, guava, and papaya. Smooth and juicy body with low bitterness. Amazing NE IPA!

¡Viva La Beaver! by Belching Beaver Brewery

Full-bodied and decadent with rich notes of peanut butter and milk chocolate. Just the right level of sweetness with a smooth mouthfeel.

Cashmere Fresh Hopped Farmhouse Ale by Main Street Brewing Company

Slightly tart and spicey with hints of peach, melon, and coconut.

Barrel-Aged Brett Saison by Gladstone Brewing Company

Amazing beer, but shouldn’t have had it alongside Four Winds’ Operis. Subtle brett notes, tartness, and fruitiness.

Operis – Brett Saison by Four Winds Brewing

2017 batch that was sold half price in the tasting room due to high protein levels. Lot of sediment, but it still tasted amazing!

Fresh Hop Sartori Sour IPA (2017) by Field House Brewing Co.

Tart and puckering, but there’s little to no fresh hop character.

Double Infinity (Galaxy) by Superflux Beer Company

Good god! One of the best DIPAs I’ve ever had. Notes of passionfruit and citrus over a rich malt base. Smooth and delicious!

Fortunello by Four Winds Brewing

This was really interesting. Both herbaceous and citrusy. I also got a little mint and lavender on the nose.

Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) by Founders Brewing Co.

Boozy AF. Rich notes of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon.

Houblon Chouffe by Brasserie d’Achouffe

A fantastic Belgian IPA. The fruitiness of the hops really complemented the esters and phenols from the Belgian yeast.

Stone Xocoveza by Stone Brewing

Rich and delicious with notes of coffee, chocolate, chilli, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Beltane 2017 by Propolis Brewing

Slightly tart and funky. Very floral and herbaceous with a hint of horse blanket on the nose.

Limb From Limb Rye PA by Driftwood Brewery

Very fruity, with lots of melon flavour. Hints of clove and spice, but missing that rye dryness. Finishes rather sweet.

Googly Eyes by Wander Brewing

Hazy, juicy, and smooth with tons of tropical fruit and citrus hop notes.

Mosaic Black IPA by Mikkeller

Sadly, I think this can was old, because it was grassy AF.

Shploing!! by Omnipollo

A smores IPA. You definitely get the crackers and vanilla, but the mashmellow is too subtle and shouldn’t it have chocolate?

Salted Black Porter by Field House Brewing Co.

Rich and smooth. Like drinking a liquid salted caramel.

Blackmail Milk Stout by Strange Fellows Brewing

Creamy and roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate. Smooth and not too sweet.

Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin by New Belgium Brewing Company

Probably one of the better pumpkin beers I’ve had this year. Lots of pumpkin flavour and tons of spice.

Surrounded By Idiots by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Mildly tart with jammy berry flavours and a touch of oak. Something is missing though.

 

 

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