Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—June 12–18 (26 Beers)

Sorry I skipped a week. I wasn’t having the greatest time, also I went to Hopoxia, so there would be far too many beers to review!

The Red Racer Across the Nation Beers should really be in here, but most of them weren’t worth reviewing…

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Bottles, Cans, and Growlers

Frooty Call by Twin Sails Brewing

Tons of natural raspberry flavour with bright hop notes and a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. One of the best milkshake IPAs I’ve ever had.

Juicy Double by Foamers’ Folly

You wouldn’t think that strawberries would work in an IPA, but they really augmented the flavours of this big fruity hop bomb. The oats added a really nice element to the mouthfeel that made it almost like an North East IPA and the 9.1% ABV was concealed incredibly well. Full review.

 St-Ambroise Porter Baltique by Brasserie McAuslan (St-Ambroise)

Thick and heavy. Liquorice, molasses, chocolate, and a touch of coffee. A perfect summer beer. 😉

R&D Brett Saison by Category 12 Brewing

Complex fruity and spicy palate with a lovely dry finish. Plums, cherries, and pear. So good.

Tip Hop Spruce White IPA by Dead Frog Brewery

This was a decent white IPA. It was wheaty with subtle spruce flavour to compliment the piney and citrusy aroma from the Simco hops.

7800 Saison by Townsite Brewing

A classic Belgian-style saison. Pepper and a touch of fruit from the yeast, slightly spicy from the hops, grainy, with a nice dry finish.

St-Ambroise Abricot (Apricot Wheat Ale) by Brasserie McAuslan (St-Ambroise)

Nice apricot flavour. Tart and refreshing, but a little sweet. You’d think the wheat would offset the sweetness, but I guess not.

Takumi Saskatoon Berry Wheat Sour by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

I’ve never had a Saskatoonberry before, but if this is anything no go by, they are delicious. It had a nice subtle lactic tartness and was really juicy and refreshing.

187 On An Undercover Hop by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Wow! Hop booooooomb! Tropical fruits and caramel malt. The booze is slightly concealed and will fuck you up.

6IX by Phillips Brewing Company

A big ol’ NW hop bomb with tons of pine, resin, and a touch of citrus and fruit.

Happyness by Superflux Beer Company

East meets wets in this really nicely balanced IPA with tons of pine and citrus notes from the citra and mosiac hops. It’s not quite on a level with Colour & Shape, but it’s darn close!

Dark Ale by Fort Garry Brewing Company

I’m not usually a big fan of English milds, but the dark malt added a nice bit of nutiness.

Lemongrass Saison by Maui Brewing Company

Light, citrusy, and spicey from the Belgian yeast. Doesn’t have the vegetal quality of some lemongrass beers I’ve tried.

Loose Canoe by Kettle River Brewing

An easy drinking and well balanced golden IPA with tons of citrus and resinous hop aroma. This is the first Kettle River beer I’ve tried. I hope I can get my hands on some more!

Meneer de Uil – Bowmore BA by Het Uiltje

Smokey and peaty with chocolate, dark fruits and molasses. A little boozy, but in a good way.

Smoked Lager by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

I really liked this. The smoke ws subtle and not overpowering while the body was crisp and malty.

Surveyor IPA by Coast Mountain Brewing

This was a big west cost IPA. The hops were packed with aromas and flavours of pine and resin.

Pomo-PDX Brett IPA by Yellow Dog Brewing Co

The hops bring floral, citrus, and resinous aromas, while the brett brings berries and mild funk. The caramel malt balances it all out. The finish is bitter and satisfying.

On Draft

Sticker Fight by Boneyard Beer Company

I big NW DIPA. Great combo of tropical, citrus, and pine hops, with underlying caramel malt.

Kingdom by Four Winds Brewing

They call this an English-style IPA, but it was waaaaaaay better than an English IPA I’ve ever had. It wash erbal, oaky, and wonderfully bitter. You can definitely taste the 9%. I hope they bottle this!

Easy Tiger by Superflux Beer Company

I really don’t like ISAs, but this was juicy AF. Tropical and citrus hops, and so smoooooooth.

Nectarine Dream by Cascade Brewing Company (USA)

This was like a boozy and oaky tangerine. Possibly one of the best sours I’ve ever tasted. Their might have been a little salt in there from my tears.

Store St. IPA by Harbour Brewpubs Collective

Nice bit of mango flavour to complement the citrus and tropical fruit from the hops. Low bitterness and quite crushable.

Watermelon Kolsch by Canoe Brewpub

Subtle watermelon taste and slightly tart. A little astringent.

White IPA by Canoe Brewpub

Light and easy-going. Wheaty with mild yeast flavour and gentle hops.

Dark Ale by Canoe Brewpub

Decent pub ale with a little toasty dark malt that gives hints of coffee and cacao.

 

Craft Beer Tasting Notes for the Week of May 29–Jun 4 (24 unique beers)

It’s baaaaack! I had to take a couple of weeks off, because I drank way more than I had time to review with pub crawls, special events, my birthday, and my epic Vancouver brewery crawl. This week was pretty reasonable, though, so enjoy!

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Disco Nap by Twin Sails Brewing at Frank White’s Dive Store

Hoppy tropical fruit notes of pineapple, papaya, and mango, with citrus notes of melon, orange peel, and lime, plus a touch of pine. Full review.

All the Right Moves by Twin Sails Brewing

Juicy as a mofor. Tropical fruit and citrus with biscuit malt. Smooth, creamy, and dangerously crushable.

Blueberry Yum Yum by Twin Sails Brewing

Lot of blueberry flavour. Juicy, with mild tartness. I found the finish a little sweet, though.

Raspberry Wheat Ale by Trading Post Brewing

I didn’t like this one at all. It was way too sweet and the raspberry tasted a little artificial.

Cumulus Lupulus by Powell Brewery

Light and mildly tart tart session ale with lots of citrus and tropical hop aroma and flavour. Super juicy!

 

Colour & Shape by Superflux Beer Company

Just perfection. So smooth and juicy with tons of tropical fruit hop aroma. Full review.

Lemongrass Saison by Maui Brewing Company

Light lemongrass flavour that doesn’t come across as vegetal, with a touch of citrus and grape from the hops.

Braveheart Nitro by Left Hand Brewing Company

Tons of caramel and bready malt. Smooth as hell with the nitro.

Pomo-PDX Brett IPA by Yellow Dog Brewing Co & Breakside Brewery

This was an amazing Brett IPA.  It was so fruity, funky, and bitter!

VCBW Hazy Pale (2017) by Yellow Dog Brewing Co / Twin Sails / Moody Ales / The Parkside Brewery

This was really juicy with tons of passionfruit and guava flavour. It was a lot like a mix between Dat Juice and a radler.

Subaquatic Domicile IPA by Hearthstone Brewery

I liked this, but I wasn’t too wild about the addition of pineapple juice. I feel like disco nap tasted like pineapple without the need to add juice. I guess I’m not a big radler fan.

Beach Radler by Strathcona Beer Company

This is actually the first radler I’ve ever really liked. It’s super juicy and the lemon and mandarin flavour comes through really nicely.

Treeline Lager by Coast Mountain Brewing

Clean, crisp. Pretty standard.

Jolly Hopper Imperial IPA by Spinnakers

Hoppy notes of pine, mango and grapefruit, with a strong malt background that offsets the bitterness nicely.

Weekend Plans by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Light and crushable with a smooth mouthfeel. The taste wasn’t all that memorable though.

The Bandit Kolsch by Bomber Brewing

Crisp and clean. Is that Canuck the East Van crow on the label?

Cool Hand Cuke by Hearthstone Brewery

This was really interesting—like a slightly tart and boozy cucumber water.

Bourbon Little Brother by The Commons Brewery

Tons of bourbon flavour, accompanied by notes of banana and clove from the Belgian yeast. Lots of alcohol warmth in the finish.

Year One Wild Saison by Field House Brewing Co.

This wild saison had a some nice Brett funk on the nose, with lemon and floral and spicy characteristics on the palate.

Agreste by Luppolo Brewing Company

A complex wild farmhouse ale with dark fruits and stone fruit on the nose, then citrus, pear, and subtle Brett funk on the palate. Bitter-sweet finish.

Tangerine Soul Style IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company

Huge tangerine nose, but the body was a bit soapy.

Kingdom by Four Winds Brewing

Herbal and floral like a British IPA but with nice oak notes. Moderate bitterness.

Ko Lanta by Dageraad Brewing

A smooth Belgian-style blonde with lots of lime, a touch of spice, and a nice yeast bite.

Night Watch Coffee Lager by Lighthouse Brewing Company

A nice clean and crisp lager with surprisingly strong coffee flavour.

 

 

Craft Beer Tasting Notes for the Week of May 8–14 (43 unique beers)

Look, I’m not an alcoholic! I swear, I just enjoy a good drink!

It was a big week with some incredibly special beers that I shared with some wonderful people.

Some of these notes are understandably brief… quantity over quality, I guess.

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Bois Sauvage by Townsite Brewing

Mild farmhouse funk and tart acidity. Cherry and other fruit on the palate. Super dry finish.

Barrel Aged Cassis Saison by Ravens Brewing Company

Mild tartness with tones of blackcurrant, a touch of merlot, and notes of dark fruit, oak, and tannin.

Baroque Belgique by Green Flash Brewing Company

Foamy as hell. Brett funk on the nose, funky and moderately tart on the palate with lots of peppery spice, and bready malt.

Gulden Draak Brewmasters Edition by Brouwerij Van Steenberge

Smooth and delicious. Sweet malt that and Belgian yeast with notes of vanilla, banana, pear, clove, whisky, and oak.

Street Legal IPA by Twin Sails Brewing

Pine, citrus, and a touch of floral and tropical. Light biscuit malt. Well balanced and crushable. Not mind blowing, but a great standard IP

Rainbow Machine by Superflux Beer Company

Pineapple-forward tropical fruit notes, complement by citrus, pine, a touch of dank, and light biscuit malt. Wonderful NE DIPA.

Quaywi Sour by Bridge Brewing Company

Mild citric acidity with a light hint of kiwi. A bit one-dimensional.

Quayside by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Succulent guava and kiwi, with a touch of light funk and tartness from the Saccromyces Trois. So refreshing and crushable. Dry finish.

Zwarte Wheat by Townsite Brewing

A delicious dark wheat beer, with lots of sharp wheat notes and caramel malt.

Wild Dark Currant Sour // Coolship Collaboration Series 03/04 by Field House Brewing Co.

Rich dark fruit notes with tart acidity and moderate Brett funk.

A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company

This bottle was a little old, but it tasted super malty with dark fruit notes like a barley wine.

Apricotopus by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Citric acidity provides tartness throughout. The apricot tastes like sour patch kids. Mild saison spice. Not as good as I remember from previous years.

Hazy Daze North East IPA by Howe Sound Brewing

They got the juicy tropical fruit flavour right, but I don’t see much haze. It’d called Hazy Daze FFS.

Tide & Vine Oyster Stout by Silversmith Brewing Company

Strong oyster flavour complements a roasty malt body with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Un-smoked Porter by The Parkside Brewery

Toasty malt notes of chocolate, caramel, grain, bread, nuts, and toffee. No smoke!

Axes of Evil by Gigantic Brewing Company

Nicely hoppy pale with a citrus, floral, and tropical note. Biscuity malt.

VanderGhinste Oud Bruin by Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

Very gentle acetic sourness with notes of cherry, raspberry, and chocolate.

The Eldorado Single Hop IPA by Fernie Brewing Company

Apricot, peach/nectarine, lemon, and some vegetale qualities from the lemongrass. Light biscuit malt.

Park Life Passionfruit Ale by Bomber Brewing

Tart, but not sour. Well represented passionfruit flavour with hints of mango and papaya. Smooth and sweet.

On Tap

Fresh Squeezed IPA by Deschutes Brewery

Juicy as it gets. So much citrus, with a touch of tropical, pine, and floral aroma. Fresh to Death!

Stockholm Syndrome by Brassneck Brewery

Funky nose, tartness on the palate, tropical fruit, crackery malt, dry finish.

Milk Stout Nitro by Left Hand Brewing Company

Tons of delicious roast malt character, with coffee, chocolate, and nuts. Just a touch of hop bitterness. So smooth and creamy.

Elemental Series Dry Hopped Sour by Category 12 Brewing

Tangerine and honeydew melon on the nose from the hops, with mild tart lactic acidity. Light and refreshing.

Socially Distorted by Boombox Brewing Company

Floral and fruity nose with citrus and pine on the palate and an earthy bitterness. Smooth and easily drinkable. Delish!

Old Chub by Oskar Blues Brewery

Malt-rich with notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, and chocolate.

Gose by Powell Brewery

Mild citric acidity. Touch of salt. Light and easy drinking.

Otra Vez by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Tart and salty with a touch of lemon rind, pear, and grapefruit.

Backbone Stout by Boneyard Beer Company

Rich and creamy with with tons of chocolate and coffee/espresso flavour. Desert beer!

Fruitlands (Tropical) by Modern Times Beer

Light bodied and mildly tart with gentle tropical fruit flavour and saltiness.

Nectarous Dry-Hopped Sour by Four Winds Brewing

Papaya, mango, guava. Tarts and lactic sour. One of the best dry-hopped sours out there. I wish they’d do the P49 Nectarface collab again.

Juxtapose by Four Winds Brewing

Nice subtle funniness to compliment the hops. Not as aggressive as a pure Brett, but more complex.

Pomona by Four Winds Brewing

Batch #1 aged a few months. Strong notes of apricot and nectarine with a touch of funk and red wine.

Blóðberg by Four Winds Brewing

Very interesting. The sourness overpowers the Saison yeast, but the plums come though. I’d like to taste a non wild version.

Pilsner by Four Winds Brewing

Spicy noble hops and crackery malt. Well made for a pilsner, but what can you really say?

Mother’s Day Sour Keys Berliner Weiss by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Holy hell. This tasted just like sour keys. The sourness was subtle, but it was fruity AF. slightly dry finish. Heat pre bike ride beer!

All the Right Moves by Twin Sails Brewing

Juicy as a mother fucker. Tropical fruit and citrus with biscuit malt. Smooth, creamy, and dangerously crushable.

Pitch Black Chamomile Black Pilsner by Swans Brewery

Interesting. It’s pretty much a Schwarzbier with roasty notes of coffee and chocolate and a subtle floral quality from the chamomile.

Guilty Pleasure Raspberry Blonde Ale by Swans Brewery

Smooth and refreshing with strong raspberry flavour. Touch sweet.

Abbey Tripel- Batch #0004 by Swans Brewery

Not bad. Decent bit of figs, prunes, apricot, banana, and bubblegum.

IPA NE Style- Batch #0032 by Swans Brewery

Well, it was hazy, but it tasted like soap.

Les Quatre Surfeurs de L’Apocalypso by Le Trou du Diable

Now that’s a white IPA. Smooth and dry with resin, pear, and lychee on the nose.

Citrus Zest IPA by Pfriem Family Brewers

Citrusy and a tad tart with notes of melon and papaya

Saison Du Champignon by Gigantic Brewing Company

Saison yeast spice with oyster muchrooms. Like eating fried mushrooms.

Craft Beer Tasting Notes for the Week of May 1–7 (40 Unique Beer)

On man! This is the latest ever. Have you ever had one of those weeks where the universe just dunks your head in the mire, then pulls you up and you think that your salvation is at hand, but it’s just a ruse so that it can kick you in the head and then hold your head under with its boot?

No, just me? 😉

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Rainbow Machine by Superflux Beer Company

Pineapple-forward tropical fruit notes, complement by citrus, pine, a touch of dank, and light biscuit malt. Wonderful NE DIPA. Full review.

ERO by Burdock

Whoa! Barnyard funk on the nose. Raspberry, huckleberry, wood, and Brett fruityness on the palate. Acetic tartness with a dusty dry finish.

Quayside by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Succulent guava and kiwi, with a touch of light funk and tartness from the Saccromyces Trois. So refreshing and crushable. Dry finish.

Domesticated Sour Wild IPA by Yellow Dog Brewing Co

Super lemony with mild tartness and a touch of acetic acidity. Love the pun!

Tiny Little Tart Golden Sour by Hearthstone Brewery

Nice mild kettle sour with tingling lactic acidity and tons of tropical fruit and citrus notes from the hops.

The Last Mango by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

Mango with a touch of spice from the yeast. Smooth mouthfeel from the lactose and dry finish from the wheat.

Velocihoptor by Ninkasi Brewing Company

Floral and pine hop aroma with a touch of citrus. Caramel malt with relatively bitter finish. I feel like I don’t even sense bitter now.

Summer Ale by Steamworks Brewing Company

Light American wheat ale with lots of citrus from the orange and lemon and clove-like spiciness from the grains of paradise.

Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale by Kiuchi Brewery

That was interesting. The rice brings a sake-like quality. The hops bring a touch of citrus, pine, and spice. There’s strawberry too!

Hypernova Triple IPA by Ecliptic Brewing

Lots of pine and citrus balance by a strong malt profile. Incredibly crushable. It really didn’t feel like 12% ABV!

Sriracha Stout by Rogue Ales & Spirits

One-dimensional roasted malt profile, with a burning aftertaste. Interesting, but not something you’d want to drink on a regular basis.

Good Vibrations Classical Pilsner by Riot Brewing Co.

Clean and crisp with a floral hop nose, a touch of spice on the palate, and a dry finish.

Love Squirts by Alameda Brewing Co.

Roasty and chocolatey with a hint of raspberry and a smooth mouthfeel.

Street Legal IPA by Twin Sails Brewing

Nothing crazy, but a good standard IPA with pine, citrus, tropical, and a touch of floral. Balanced by light biscuit malt. Super crushable.

Twenty Pounder (2017) by Driftwood Brewery

Mango, passionfruit, guava, and pine on the nose with a big malty body to balance it all out. It’s like Fat Tug’s big boozy brother.

Marzen by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Light and subtly sweet with lots of doughy and crackery roasted malt.

Dark Helmüt by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

So malty and delicious. Notes of caramel, chocolate, and coffee, with some earthy hop notes. Little boozey, but in a good way.

On Tap

Blóðberg by Four Winds Brewing

The sourness overpowers the Saison yeast, but the plums come though nicely. The thyme provides a subtle herbal quality.

Pomona by Four Winds Brewing

Strong notes of apricot and nectarine with a touch of funk and red wine.

Pale Ale by Four Winds Brewing

Mild floral and pine hop notes on the nose. Sweety crackery malt body.

Pilsner by Four Winds Brewing

Crisp and clean with a nice spicy noble and earthy hop presence.

Juxtapose by Four Winds Brewing

Nice subtle funkiness  from the Sacc trois to compliment the floral hops. Not as aggressive as a pure Brett, but the hops add a nice complexity.

Nectarous by Four Winds Brewing

Papaya, mango, guava. Tart on the tongue with lactic acidity. One of the best dry-hopped sours out there.

Raspberry Wheat by Phillips Brewing Company

Decent raspberry flavour with a smooth, crisp body and dry finish.

Orderville by Modern Times Beer

So fruity from the mosaic hops and dank and resinous from the Simcoe. Light crackery malt lets the hops pop!

Saison Vert by Upright Brewing Company

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

Gose by Les Trois Mousquetaires

Light-bodied, gently tart, and moderately salty with notes of lemon, lime, and spicy coriander.

Blood Simple by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Mild orange and chocolate notes with a touch of spice and dry wheat finish.

Plan B – Brett IPA by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Mild funk on the nose with much more Brett on the palate. Fruity cherry tast and tart with a dry finish.

Dry-Hopped Cider by Persephone Brewing Company

Nice and dry with a floral hop nose and tart apple tang on the palate.

Belgian Dark Ale by Persephone Brewing Company

Sweet and malty with lots of clove and coriander spice and a touch of banana.

Dry Stout by Persephone Brewing Company

Malty and smooth with notes of chocolate and a nice dry finish.

Wee Heavy by Persephone Brewing Company

Rich and malty with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses.

Black Lager by Persephone Brewing Company

Medium-to-full bodied. Roasty malt with hints of chocolate and coffee and a touch of graham cracker.

IPA by Persephone Brewing Company

Nice hop profile with citrus, grapefruit and mango. Light biscuit malt lets it shine through.

American Pale Ale With Citra Hops by Persephone Brewing Company

Mild citrus aroma. Touch of orange and lemon on the plate, but primarily malt-forward.

California Common by Persephone Brewing Company

I’m not a huge fan of the style, but this one has tons of citrus aroma and flavour, a smooth mouthfeel from the oats, and dry finish from the rye. An interesting twist!

Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA by Phillips Brewing Company

Not quite how I remember it. Mild floral and citrus hop nose with subtle Belgian yeast character.

Solaris by Phillips Brewing Company

Light American wheat ale with mild peach and green apple flavour. Dry finish.

Elemental Series Dry Hopped Sour by Category 12 Brewing

Tangerine and honeydew melon on the nose from the hops, with mild tart lactic acidity. Light and refreshing.

R&D Rye Small Ale by Category 12 Brewing 

Light and refreshing with mild Belgian yeast character and super dry finish from the rye. Nice light summer beer with lots flavour.

Craft Beer Tasting Notes for the Week of April 24–30 (26 unique beers)

This… this is really late. What can I say, sometimes life gets in the way. That and drinking. Mostly the drinking.

Enjoy!

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At home

Vapor Wave by Twin Sails Brewing

Pineapple and tropical fruit nose. Biscuit and crackery malt base. Mild tartness and drying saltiness. Extremely refreshing.

Juice Plus by Twin Sails Brewing

Batch #2. This delicious beer showcases those bright Citra orange peel and lemon rind aromas and flavours so well over a light biscuit malt base.

Street Legal IPA by Twin Sails Brewing

Nothing crazy, but a good standard IPA with pine, citrus, tropical, and a touch of floral. Balanced by light biscuit malt. Super crushable.

Karaoke Showdown by Yellow Dog Brewing Co

You get the rich toasty malt of a dopplebock and a touch of light caramel, with a big hit of American hops. Like Red double IPA.

Devil’s Dream IPA by Hoyne Brewing

Lots of bready and doughy caramel malt with pine and floral hop notes and a hint of undefinable citrus. More like an English IPA.

Chimay Bleue (Grande Réserve) by Bières de Chimay

God bless those Trappist monks. Rich notes of dates, raisins, cherry, caramel, toffee, apple, pear, clove, pepper. So much alcohol warmth.

Brewer’s Row Collaboration Peach Belgian by Moody Ales / Twin Sails / Yellow dog / Parkside

The peach really complements the fruity ester notes from the yeast and counterbalances the pepper and clove notes from the phenols.

Sour & Salt by Brekeriet Beer AB

Nice refreshing gose with light tartness and a touch of salt and coriander spice.

Anniversary India Red Ale by Tree Brewing Co.

One dimensional piney and grassy nose with generic caramel malt. By the numbers.

Foraged Saison by Field House Brewing Co.

Floral and funky nose. Brett rapsberry and natural blackberry on the palate. Funky, but not sour. Intriguing.

Mystify by Boombox Brewing Company

Tart, lemony, and sweet, with a wee touch of funk and wood. Super crushable and delicious!

Hop Chowdah by Cannery Brewing

Nice light and fruit IPA with a tropical fruit nose. Not quite full NE. It wasn’t cloudy or smooth enough.

Brett Saison by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Touch of mild funk on the nose. Rich cherry and peach flavour with a bit of citrus, floral, and spiciness.

Colour & Shape by Superflux Beer Company

This was my last can of the last batch of small cans. The haze had dropped out, but it still had tons of Juicy papaya flavour. So refreshing! I can’t wait for the new batch!

On Tap

Incredible Pulp by Boneyard Beer Company

Juuuuuuuicy AF. The blood orange comes through so nicely.

Hare And The Dog by Main Street Brewing Company

Classic English-style bitter. Grassy hop notse with a rich malt forward body with an earthy bitter finish.

Le Merle by North Coast Brewing Company

Tropical fruit nose with hops and Belgian yeast on the palate, providing notes of peppercorn and apricot.

Sour Weisse by Four Winds Brewing

Tart light sour with mild citrus palate and dry wheat finish.

Salted Caramel Stout by Breakside Brewery

Smooth milk stout with caramel, chocolate, and mild salt on the palate.

Joe’s Banjo by Brassneck Brewery

Mild lactic acidity with pear, apple, peppercorn, and clove on the palate.

Psychosomatica by Brassneck Brewery

Tropical fruit, berries, melon, passion fruit. Mild bitterness. Delish.

Rocket Surgery by Brassneck Brewery

Sweet candy sugar, mild spiciness, gentle Brett funk. Well concealed alcohol.

Scarfface Cranberry Orange Wit by Phillips Brewing Company

Average. Mild cranberry and orange. Bit thin. Dry wheat finish.

Lions Summer Ale by Granville Island Brewing

Biscuity malt base with hints of citrus that wishes it was tropical. Tastes like cheap beer I would buy as a teen in the UK.

Fat Tug IPA by Driftwood Brewery

Hardly my first time drinking “the Tug.” Do you like hops, because this has HOPS!

Guinness Draught by Guinness

Malty, with some nuts and cocoa. Seemed way more thin than I remember from when I was young and dumb.

 

Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes— Apr 17–23 (34 Unique Beers)

Another big week (when isn’t it), with my usually bombers and cans at home, drinks at Hank’s and The Drake, and a house party, which left me a little worse for wear…

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Bottle and Cans:

The Last Aurochs by Driftwood Brewery

The heffe yeast brings unmistakable isoamyl acetate banana flavour and clove and pepper nose. Rich malt body with warming alcohol finish.

Bourbon Blood Orange by Bridge Brewing Company

The bourbon and blood orange flavours and aromas are represented really well. The finish was quite dry and offset the sweetness of the aforementioned.

Wild Dark Currant Sour // Coolship Collaboration Series 03/04 by Field House Brewing Co. and Steel & Oak

Rich dark fruit notes with tart acidity and moderate Brett funk.

Umeboshi Sour by Steamworks Brewing Company

Pretty mild sourness with light tart cherries and fruity white wine aroma from the hops. Felt like something was missing.

Karaoke Showdown by Yellow Dog Brewing and Steel & oak

You get the rich toasty malt of a Dopplebock and a touch of light caramel, with a big hit of American hops. Pretty much an imperial red IPA.

Brune by Dageraad Brewing

Rich dark fruit notes from the Mission figs and clove and pepper notes from the Belgian yeast. I love this beer. Full review.

Global Warmer by Sixpoint Brewery

Caramel malt with pine and citrus hop nose. Quite good, but these guys are overrated.

Talisman by Strange Fellows Brewing

A great sessionable pale from Strange Fellows. Light bodied with a mild tropical/citrus hop nose.

Hubert MPA by Melvin Brewing

Juuuuuuuicy and smooth. Citrus, tropical, pine, and floral. They say it’s sessionable at 6%. I guess that’s why I had a hangover.

Albert 3 by Le Trou du Diable

Citrusy hop notes with a touch of farmhouse funk. Belgian yeast fruit and spice on the palate. Dry. Over a year old, but still way too much carbonation.

Immoralité by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Bottled a year ago. Like licking dank water of a stalactite in a subterranean cave.

Blackthorn by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Grassy hop aroma. Dark malt flavours of plum, raisins, figs, and cheery. Alcohol warmth that starts in the gut and spreads through the chest.

Sri Lanka (2017) by Dageraad Brewing

Belgian yeast fruity and spicy notes with tart citrus notes from the tamarind. The kithul jaggery adds a nice rich sweetness to the finish.

Oude Geuze (Vieille) by Brouwerij Oud Beersel

Two years old. Funky nose. Tart palate with strong citrus notes and a touch of oak and leather. Very dry finish.

Super 8-Bit IPA (2017) by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

Tons of tropical fruit notes, with citrus, stone fruits, berries, and a touch of pine. Juicy and delicious.

150 Heritage Ale by Lighthouse Brewing Company

Rich malty flavour. The sweetness of the maple was balanced by the dryness of the rye, while the smoke gave it a woody/peaty quality. Full review.

Jerkface 9000 by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Gentle floral, citrus, and tropical nose. Dry finish from the wheat. Super crushable summer beer.

Transmutation Belgian Specialty Ale by Category 12 Brewing

I love this hop-forward tripel. The hops are balanced by the sweetness of the candy sugar and counterpoint the Belgian yeast profile nicely.

I, The Mountain & The Leprechaun Flute by Sawdust City Brewing Co.

Big malty body meets pine and berry hop notes. Really well balanced and super tasty.

Juice Plus by Twin Sails Brewing

Batch #2. Even juicier than batch #1. This showcases those bright Citra orange peel and lemon rind aromas and flavours so well.

Draft

Red Chair NWPA by Deschutes Brewery

Nice hop presence with notes of citrus, floral, and pine. Biscuity malt base. Well balanced and easy drinking. Nitro made it smoooooooth.

Axes of Evil by Gigantic Brewing Company

Hoppy pale with a citrus, floral, and tropical note. Biscuity malt. Strange mash-up of an English and NW pale.

Brewer’s Crack by Boneyard Beer Company

Confusing. It was very hoppy for a strong ale. Rich malty body with citrus adn pine hop notes and bitter finish. Basically a DIPA.

Fresh Squeezed IPA by Deschutes Brewery

Juicy as it gets. So much citrus, with a touch of tropical, pine, and floral aroma. Fresh to Death!

Fruitlands (Blood Orange) by Modern Times Beer

Tart citrus acidity with juicy blood orange flavour and a wee touch of funk.

Kölsch by Steamworks Brewing Company

Clean, crisp, and refreshing. Haven’t had it in years and it’s seriously improved.

Hop Hash by Powell Brewery

Can’t get enough of this. It’s like sticking your head in a bag of hops.

Czarcasm by Strange Fellows Brewing

Light bodied, but incredibly flavourful. Tropical fruit and citrus hops with light crackery malt. Juicy and refreshing.

Wandering Camel by Barkerville Brewing Co.

Rich caramel malt base. Floral hops with grapefruit rind and orange peel.

Back Hand of God Stout by Crannóg Ales

Rich dark malt flavour with coffee and chocolate notes and a smooth, dry finish.

Dark Matter by Hoyne Brewing

A Victoria favourite. A nice schwarzbier with mild cocoa and nut flavour.

Chocolate Raspberry by Big Rock Brewery

I couldn’t tell if it was raspberries or Raspberry ketone. That’s not good.

Race Rocks by Lighthouse Brewing Company

Pretty sure this used to be a lighter beer… dark malt flavours of biscuit, chocolate, and caramel. Touch thin.

Killer Bee Dark Honey Ale by Tin Whistle Brewing Company

Honey sweetness and caramel notes dominate and obliterate the subtle dark malt flavours. Could do with more balance.

Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes— Apr 10–16 (28 beers)

Another week, another 26 unique beers. I blame the Drake, really. Every time I go in, they know exactly what I want and it’a impossible for me to leave without doing a couple of flights! 😀

Enjoy this week’s tasting notes!

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Bottles & Cans

Dry-Hopped Hazy Sour Double IPA by Field House Brewing Co.

The name on this one is a bit of a gimmick. It is really just a strong dry-hopped sour. It was deliciously juicy, though, with nice tartness and a touch of funk. Basically a boozy Nectarous. See my full review.

Shiori Peach Sour by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

The peach and lactose made this taste like peaches and cream, it has puckering tartness, with no lingering acidity, due to the lactose. See my full review.

Kool Koala by Twin Sails Brewing

Thick tropical fruit nose, with pineapple, watermelon, grapefruit, and candy on the palate. Sweet caramel malt base. Dangerously crushable!

Karaoke Showdown by Yellow Dog Brewing and Steel & oak

You get the rich toasty malt of a Dopplebock and a touch of light caramel, with a big hit of American hops. Pretty much an imperial red IPA.

The Code East Coast IPA by Bomber Brewing

Nice and hazy with tons of tropical fruit aroma and flavour. Biscuity malt and a smooth body. Bomber got the East Coast formula right!

Barrel Aged Peach Saison by Ravens Brewing Company

Tons of peach aroma and flavour, which gives way to chardonnay, then oak and tannin. Rich and complex.

Black Lager by Silversmith Brewing Company

This was a really tasty black lager with tons of rich nutty and roasty malt goodness. It was incredibly smooth, crisp, clean, and dry.

À Tout Le Monde by Unibroue

Celebrity beer tie-ins tend to be a bit crap, but this Megadeth beer was a damn fine saison! It was really dry with notes of banana, pear, clove, and pepper—the classic Dupont yeast character.

Trappist Tripel by Trading Post Brewing

This was a decent tripel with clove, pepper, and banana notes, along with the sweetness of candy sugar. However it had an odd herbal aftertaste.

Super SMaSH Brewers by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks & Doan’s

This special collaboration brew had big aromas of pine, floral, and citrus on the nose. However, the palate was quite mild with gentle hop notes and a light biscuit malt backbone.

Collaboration Graff by Ravens Brewing Company

Part beer, part cider, but nothing at all like a snakebite. It had notes of pine, citrus, apple, and pear on the nose. However, the palate didn’t follow through. It tastes more like a lager with a hint of apple.

Smoke & Mirrors Imperial Smoked Ale by Coal Harbour Brewing Company

This big dark smoke monster had notes of smoked beechwood, peat, back bacon. Heartburn in a glass, but in a good way!

Orval by Brasserie d’Orval

This is an undefinable classic. It has banana and clove notes from the primary Belgian yeast fermentation, with funk from the Brett secondary, and Earthy hops from the dry hopping. It was super dry and a tad tart.

Lemon Gin Saison by Bridge Brewing Company

This one wasn’t actually infused with gin, but was brewed with gin botanicals and lemon. It had a floral aroma of juniper with strong notes of lemon, pepper, and coriander to complement the yeast esters and phenols.

Scythe Matters by Phillips Brewing Company

This had a classic Hefezeizen profile of banana, bubble gum, and clove. Considering the ABV, it had great balance and well hidden alcohol with a nice dry finish.

Summer Haze Honey Hefe by Hoyne Brewing

Rich and smooth. Honey dominates with a touch of spice from the yeast. Off dry from the combo of the sweet honey and dry wheat.

On Tap

Street Legal IPA by Twin Sails Brewing

This first year-round IPA from Twin Sails had pine, citrus, and a touch of floral and tropical fruit on the nose. The palate had the same hop notes with a light biscuit malt base.  It was well balanced and very crushable. Not mind-blowing like some of their big experimental IPAs, but a great standard IPA.

Tart Wild Ale W/ Plum by Luppolo Brewing Company

This one tasted of plum and stone fruits with citric acidity and a touch of funk.

Saison by Luppolo Brewing Company

This was a solid saison with the standard clove, banana, pear, and apple notes.

Maraca – Passion Fruit Black IPA by Andina Brewing Company

Pine, floral, and passion fruit on the nose. The palate was like licking the flesh off passion fruit seeds, with a touch of chocolate.

La Mellifera by Le Trou du Diable

Oh wow. The honey. The spicy and fruity saison yeast. The tart sourness. These guys can do no wrong.

Smash Apa by Off The Rail Brewing

Gentle citrus on the nose. Mild bitterness and light crackery malt. A little unremarkable.

Porter Baltique by Les Trois Mousquetaires

The kind of beer where the nose is as enjoyable as the sip. Liquorice, molasses, brown sugar, cocoa, raisins, figs. So rich and heavenly.

Believer by Ninkasi Brewing Company

Earthy and floral nose with caramel, toffee, and dark fruit on the palate. Alcohol warmth and lingering bitterness.

Seizoen Bretta by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

Dirty garbage can aroma from the Brett. Sour peach and green apple on the palate with some clove and pepper. Super dry and arid finish.

3FBY by Boneyard Beer Company

Intense grapefruit and pine from the hops with a doughy malt base. Far more bitter than you expect for 50 IBUs, but in a good way.

Beer Camp Golden IPA (2017) by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Tons of citrus from the hops, crackery pale malt, with a dry finish from the wheat.

Brewer’s Row Collaboration Peach Belgian by Moody Ales

The peach really complements the fruity ester notes from the yeast and counterbalances the pepper and clove notes

Ekuanot by Category 12 Brewing

This single hop pale ale had tropical fruit and pine on the nose, with herbal and resinous notes on the palate. It had a nice bitter finish with an almost woody aftertaste.

Bit of a cheat…

Birds And the Bees by Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

Honey, apple, and lemon. 9.9%. These guys make mind-blowing cider.