Craft Beer Tasting Notes, Bonus Double Edition! (92 Beers)

I was so busy last week that I didn’t have time to put my notes up, so here’s a double dose! This features Oregon Day at The Drake, the P49 Blue Brother tap takeover at Smiths, a bottle share, a pub crawl, and just general boozing.

There’a heck of a lot, so these are pretty brief.

Bottle & Cans

 

Fou’ Foune (2016) by Brasserie Cantillon

Beautifully balanced tartness and funk with fresh apricot flavour and something floral. Complex and wonderful.

Dragon’s Milk Reserve: Mocha Mint (2017) by New Holland Brewing Company

Bourbon and mint nose. Chocolate chip ice cream, vanilla, and oak on the palate. Quite wonderful.

Dragon’s Milk by New Holland Brewing Company

Boozy bourbon nose. Roast may palate with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, liquorice, vanilla, and oak.

Kriek 100% Lambic Bio (2017) by Brasserie Cantillon

Wonderful fresh cherry flavour. Young sample so the fruit takes dominance over the lambic character. Still tart with a touch of funk.

Kriek 100% Lambic Bio (2016) by Brasserie Cantillon

One year really helped to subdue the tartness and let the cherries shine through. Nice bit of funk developing.

Rosé de Gambrinus (2017) by Brasserie Cantillon

Young sample with fresh and fruity notes of raspberry. Puckering acidity and a touch of mild funk.

SLOambic by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Tart and funky with rich jammy berry notes, a touch of spice, and a dry oaky finish.

Feral Vinifera by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Tart and vinous with notes of grape, pineapple, mango, guava, lemon, and oak. Quite a bit of minerality with some tannin in the finish.

Map of the Sun (2017) by The Rare Barrel

Tart and funky with notes of peaches, nectarines, apricot, and oak.

Austerity by Casa Agria Specialty Ales

Tart and acetic with notes of peaches, other stone fruits, saison yeast spice, and oak.

Power Wagon Wheat Wine by Big Sky Brewing Company

Young coconut and cereal on the nose. Bready malt, mango, lemon, honey, and pine on the palate. Boozy AF.

Melange A Trois by Strange Fellows Brewing

Slightly sour with malt-forward notes of chocolate and caramel with a Brett funk punch. Very complex.

Biere De Garde by Niagara Oast House Brewers

Delicious notes of caramel, cherries, dates, figs, doughy bread, and brown sugar.

Creamsicle by Decadent Ales

Insanely sweet. Notes of orange zest, tropical fruit, and vanilla. Just like a creamsicle.

Amigos by Alvarado Street Brewery

Hazy and juicy. Lots of tropical fruit, citrus, and a bit of stone fruit. Slightly sweet with a smooth finish.

Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewing Co.

Perfect brunch beer. Tons of dark roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The oats offset the bitterness for a smooth finish.

Orange Slices by Twin Sails Brewing

Oh wow, they really nailed this recipe. This is the big brother of Dat Juice and Juice Plus and it’s tastier than both of them. So juicy!

Norwegian Sun Oat IPA by Powell Brewery

More misty than hazy. Notes of mango, pineapple, stonefruits, citrus, resin, and grainy malt. Nice dry finish.

Phantom Bride IPA by Belching Beaver Brewery

Notes of mango, passionfruit, peach, grapefruit, pine, and sweet pale malts. Finishes with a nice bitterness. Really good for a beer named after a band.

Grisette by Camba Bavaria

Citrus on the nose with notes of banana, mild spice, and bready malt on the palate. Finishes dry.

Export Ale by Shipyard Brewing Company

Sweet malt with a touch of earthy hops. Like any other American blonde. Pretty unremarkable.

Super G Ginseng Cream Ale by Longwood Brewery

Creamy with mild notes of ginger and ginseng. A little herbal and a little spicy. Quite well balanced.

Whiskey & Oak Imperial Coffee Brown by Field House Brewing Co.

Huh! That was definitely a brown ale. Super malt with mild chocolate and coffee notes. Didn’t taste much whiskey or oak though.

Soothsayer Milkshake IPA by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Quite sweet and the orange taste wasn’t quite right. I’ve had better milkshake IPAs, but I’ve also had a lot worse.

Scottish Oat Stout by Belhaven Brewery

Roasty notes of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, dried fruits, and grainy malt. Smooth mouthfeel with a balanced finish.

Mixed Greens IPA by Doan’s Craft Brewing Company

Quite crisp with muddled hop notes of citrus, tropical fruit, berries, stonefruit, and pine. A little too malty and unfocused.

Hazey’s Comet IPA by Puyallup River Brewing Company

Slightly hazy with notes of citrus, tropical fruit, stone fruit, and a touch of earthy bitterness in the finish.

Pilsner by Twin Sails Brewing

Bought mostly to add the can to my collection, but this is a damn solid Pilsner. Crisp, floral, and slightly spicy. I likes!

Cheap Perfume by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Super dank nose. Notes of grapefruit, papaya, passionfruit, lime, tangerine, and resin. Juicy and smooth.

Andromeda Galaxy IPA by Ravens Brewing Company

A nice east west blend with a juicy mouthfeel and moderate bitterness. Hoppy notes of citrus and tropical fruits.

Chimay Red (Première) by Bières de Chimay

A classic. Floral nose with notes of dark fruit, caramel, bread, and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

Dog Mountain Rum Barrel by Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers

A nice medium-bodied export stout with hints of molasses and caramel from the rum to complement the malt chocolate and coffee notes

Random Thoughts by Twin Sails Brewing

Nice jammy notes of blackberries and sour cherries, with a slight vinous quality and a bit of barnyard funk and a touch of tannin.

Early Bird by Coronado Brewing Company

Nice mild coffee taste with moderate bitterness offset by the lactose sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel.

Comet Launcher by Off The Rail Brewing

Hoppy notes of grapefruit, pine, citrus, and a touch of tropical fruit. Eathy bitterness in the finish.

Galaxior by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Hoppy notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and pine. Lots of earthy bitterness in the finish.

Tiger Shark Citra Pale Ale by Phillips Brewing Company

Not bad, but about three years behind on trends. Smooth with tropical notes of passionfruit and mango.

Meadowlark Saison by Cannery Brewing

Earthy and herbal nose. Notes of light fruity and spice from the yeast along with toasted cereal. Interesting and creamy mouthfeel. Dry

Biru Sencha by Mollusk Brewing

That sure is a larger. The rice made it crisp and the wheat made it dry, but the green tea was way too subtle.

Wildflower Saison by Four Winds Brewing

This saison smelled like walking through a meadow in spring. The palate had floral notes of elderflower, chamomile, banana, and clove.

Frances Farmer by Aslan Brewing Company

Nice and dry with notes of orange, banana, clove, grainy malt, and a faint hint of funk.

Craft Beer Is Dead by Superflux Beer Company

Hoppy notes of citrus, resin, and light earthy bitterness over caramel malt. Not quite a classic West Coast IPA, but pretty close to it.

Pablo Esco Gnar by Superflux Beer Company

This hazy NE-style IPA had beautiful juicy notes of tropical fruit and citrus over a light biscuit malt base. The lactose made it a touch sweet, but not overly so. The mouthfeel was incredibly smooth.

Life In the Clouds by Collective Arts Brewing

This NE-style IPA had juicy notes of orange, pineapple, melon, passionfruit, and grapefruit over a light crackery malt base. It was so smooth and delicious

Ransack the Universe by Collective Arts Brewing

This IPA had hoppy notes of mango, papaya, pineapple, orange, and grapefruit over a light biscuity malt base. It was fruity with enough of a bite in the finish to stop it being straight juice.

Chimay White by Bières de Chimay

Notes of citrus, white wine grapes, raisins, clove, doughy malt, and perfumey alcohol. One of the best tripels in the world.

Alien Klaw by Naparbier

Citrus and pine from the hops, with banana and clove from the Belgian yeast. A touch of earthy bitterness in the finish.

Chocolate Sombrero by Clown Shoes

Lots of rich chocolate malt with hints of chilli, cinnamon, and vanilla. Probably the best Mexican hot chocolate stout I’ve tried.

Pauwel Kwak by Brouwerij Bosteels

Notes of banana, mango, pineapple, liquorice, coriander, and earthy hops. A bit of an odd beer, but I like it.

Broken Resolution by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

This tastes a lot like Cherry Cola. Caramel, cherry, and too much carbonation. Not awful, but not remarkable.

Mental Floss by Beere Brewing Company

Hazy and juicy with notes of dank resin, citrus, tropical fruit, and biscuity malt. Smooth AF.

Altaretto by Doan’s Craft Brewing Company

Medium-bodied with fruity notes of apricot, orange, coriander, honey, caramel, toasted malt, and a touch of oak.

Aussie IPA (Collaboration IPA Series) by Field House Brewing Co.

Pretty nice and juicy. The vegemite thing put me off, but it had big notes of grapefruit, guava, papaya, grapefruit, and white wine grapes.

Draught

 

Ode To Citra by Powell Brewery at The Drake Eatery

This went down so nice after all the dark beers I drank at The Drake. Lovely notes of papaya and mango. Smooth and delicious.

Manhattan NW by Cascade Brewing Company (USA) at The Drake Eatery

Bourbon, sour cherries, apricot, almonds, and oak. Amazingly like the cocktail. Delicious!

Figaro (2015) by Cascade Brewing Company (USA) at The Drake Eatery

Notes of figs, white wine grapes, lemon peel, funk, and oak. Tart and sour with a sweet finish. Not quite as good as the 2013.

Sang Rouge by Cascade Brewing Company (USA) at The Drake Eatery

Lactic tartness. Notes of cherry, raspberry, red wine grape, plums, oak, and a touch of tannin.

Apricot Sky by Alesong Brewing & Blending at The Drake Eatery

Hmmm, this was weird. It had mild notes of apricot overpowered by buttery popcorn and wood. I got a lot of diacetyl.

Abrikoos by pFriem Family Brewers at The Drake Eatery

Super tart, acetic, and tannic. Mild notes of apricot and straw-like malt. Quite unbalanced.

Too Much Coffee Man by Gigantic Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

Notes of cocoa, dates, raisins, brown sugar, candi sugar, and light coffee. Not a huge Belgian yeast presence.

Terroir : Pinot Gris by Alesong Brewing & Blending at The Drake Eatery

Fruity and vinous with notes of white grape, pear, honey, orange, lemon, and a touch of oak.

Saison Vert by Upright Brewing Company

Tart lime with spicy saison yeast, earthy bitterness, a touch of walnut, and a super dry finish.

Saison Masekela by Upright Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

Super complex blend. Saison yeast character, Brett funk, white wine, vermouth, and lots of oak.

MASSIVE! (Bourbon Barrel Aged) (2017) by Gigantic Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

So much bourbon on the nose. Caramel, toffee, molasses, plums, dried fruit, vanilla, and oak. Port-like and decadent.

Ground Control by Ninkasi Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

Big bourbon nose. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, buts, raisins, vanilla, and oak. Lovely!

West Coast Belgian by Sooke Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

Orange, lemon peel, stone fruit, clove. Perhaps a touch of detergent?

Most Most Premium Russian Imperial Stout (2017) by Gigantic Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

Bourbon on the nose. Chocolate, cherries, raisins, vanilla, oak. Deceptily light! I loves!

Pathfinder Limited Edition Aged In Gin Barrels by Breakside Brewery at The Drake Eatery

Super floral nose. Notes of juniper and citrus on the palate. Like a malty G&T.

Juicy IPA by pFriem Family Brewers at The Drake Eatery

Smells a bit like stagnant water. Citrus, tropical, and grape on the palate with a touch of soap.

Wanderlust IPA by Breakside Brewery at The Drake Eatery

Thought I’d checked this in before. Hoppy notes of grapefruit, citrus rind, and pine. Moderately bitter finish.

Dawn of the Red by Ninkasi Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

Lots of caramel malt with floral hops and a touch of mint.

Scotch Barrel Aged Imperial Brown by pFriem Family Brewers at The Drake Eatery

Mild scotch on the nose. Notes of toffee, chocolate, toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla on the palate. Sweet and boozy.

Kentucky Kilt by Alesong Brewing & Blending at The Drake Eatery

Oh my lord! Bourbon on the nose. Notes of caramel, raisins, toffee, vanilla, oak on the palate. Boozy and dry finish.

Kids These Haze by Breakside Brewery at The Drake Eatery

Slight haze. Juicy notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and peach over a biscuity malt base.

ESB by Breakside Brewery at The Drake Eatery

Closer to a American pale than an ESB. Not enough caramel malt character. Light hints of citrus and pine with a touch of earthy bitterness.

Rye Curious? by Breakside Brewery at The Drake Eatery

Light caramel malt notes with a touch of apple, orange, and rye spice. Dry finish.

Willy Buckets by Breakside Brewery at The Drake Eatery

Light, crisp, and clean. Notes of spicy noble hops, caramel malt, and grassy bitterness in the finish.

River Pig Lager by Breakside Brewery at The Drake Eatery

Light, crisp, clean, and dry. Pretty toasty. Decent for a lager.

Wentworth By the Sea by Breakside Brewery at The Drake Eatery

Floral nose. Light bodied and clean with a touch of orange over a toasty malt base.

Brews Brothers Vol. 4 – She Blinded Me With Science by Parallel 49 Brewing Company at Smiths Pub

Super floral on both the nose and palate. Palate also brought notes of toasted and roasted malt highlighted by bittersweet chocolate.

Brews Brothers Vol. 4 – Need You Tonight by Parallel 49 Brewing Company at Smiths Pub

Nice rich notes of coffee, chocolate, cherries, and woody bitterness. Perhaps a touch thin.

Brews Brothers Vol. 4 – Spin Me Right Round by Parallel 49 Brewing Company at Smiths Pub

Crisp and clean with hoppy notes of grapefruit, tropical fruit, berries, and pine.

Brews Brothers Vol. 4 – Mad World by Parallel 49 Brewing Company at Smiths Pub

Sort of east meets west with a floral nose and notes of stonefruits and lemon on the palate. Nice lingering bitter finish.

Brews Brothers Vol. 4 – Born Under Punches by Parallel 49 Brewing Company at Smiths Pub

Super light for a barley wine. The flavour profile is all stonefruit and toffee. Completely off style but rather nice!

Play Wave by Crux Fermentation Project at Smiths Pub

Juicy and smooth with notes of mango, papaya, tangerine, lime, and a touch of resin.

Berzerker IPA by Odin Brewing Company at Garrick’s Head Pub

Nice notes of citrus, stone fruit, and pine with a nice amount of earthy bitterness in the finish.

Brews Brothers Vol. 4 – One Way Or Another by Parallel 49 Brewing Company at Garrick’s Head Pub

A decent kettle sour with mild notes of pear.

Ping Pong Wizard by Brasserie Dunham at The Drake Eatery

Light and dry. Floral hops on the nose. Slighty tart. White wine grape, fruity esters and spicy phenols with grainy malt on the palate.

Pathways Saison by Upright Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

Floral and spicy nose. The palate had notes of apricot, lemon, white wine, pepper, Brett funk, and oak. It finished nice and dry.

Dirty Passport by Upright Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

Crisp and sweet with notes of earthy smoke, caramel, dried fruits, and a touch of diacetyl.

Extra Pale Ale by pFriem Family Brewers at The Drake Eatery

Hoppy notes of melon, strawberry, gooseberry, and pine over a caramel malt base. Pretty much an IPA.

Raspberry Pineapple hefe by Moody Ales at The Drake Eatery

Notes of raspberry, pineapple, and banana. Not bad, but I prefer the standard one. The raspberry overpowered the other flavours a bit.