Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Nov 27–Dec 3 (36 Beers)

My girlfriend came back from a month-long trip to visit her family in El Salvador, so we had some drinking to catch up on. There were about another 30 beers sampled at the Christmas Craft Beer Show, but I didn’t take notes on those.

Bottles & Cans

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Palate Wrecker by Green Flash Brewing Company

Big notes of pine and citrus over a bready malt base. Lots of earthy bitterness that lingers.

Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel by Ravens Brewing Company

Definite notes of dark fruit and spices but only a touch of oak. It finished much too sweet.

Craft Made Pilsner by Phillips Brewing Company

Pretty standard North American pils. Slightly floral nose, touch of corn on the palate, and a crisp body.

Trainwreck (2017) by Phillips Brewing Company

Really good this year. Smooth and rich with notes of vanilla, currants, bourbon, and oak.

Trainwreck Barley Wine (2016) by Phillips Brewing Company

Aged one year. Not as much bourbon character as 2017. Glad they went back to barrels.

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Accusation Ale by Phillips Brewing Company

Nice example of the ESB style. Very malt-forward and light with a touch of bitterness in the finish.

Jitter Buzz by Central City Brewers + Distillers

Decent coffee stout with some roasty malt and espresso flavour. A little thin though.

Piñata Squamata by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Really nice notes of pineapple and coconut in this Piña colada milkshake IPA. The lactose got a little chunky after settling, but rolling the bottle helped.

Sumo In A Sidecar by Evil Twin Brewing

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This is a really weird idea for a beer—an apricot and umami IPA. The apricot came through but the umami made it taste a little off.

Levadura by Stillwater Artisanal

This was a really refreshing gose with notes of agave and lime plus a touch of salt.

Mexi-Gose by Odin Brewing Company

Another lightly tart Gose with notes of lime and sea salt.

Gose To Hollywood by To Øl

Really nice Gose with a touch of tropical fruit and salt. Refreshing and smooth.

G&T Gose by Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Really refreshing with notes of lemon, lime, juniper, and salt.

Pêche Mel Scaldis by Brasserie Dubuisson

Loads of fresh peach flavour with a touch of spice from the yeast. It also had hints of brandy.

Anxiety Ale (2017) by Phillips Brewing Company

Fruity esters and spicy phenols from the Belgian yeast complemented by a touch of sweetness and mild flavour from the added beetroots. I’m really glad they brought back the beets for this year’s version.

Gary’s Chocolate Orange by Central City Brewers + Distillers

Whistler Winter Dunkel this ain’t. Nothing on the nose, but hints of orange peel and bitter chocolate on the palate.

SeaQuench Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Really thirst-quenching with tons of lime, black pepper, and sea salt. Finished really dry. Mix of three different styles that comes off like a saison.

Mera Belga by Cadejo Brewing Company

My girlfriend brought me this back from El Salvador. Not a bad Belgian Wit. It had a nice wheaty body with a touch of honey, vanilla, and zesty citrus.

Prescription Porter by Barkerville Brewing Co.

A nice chocolate porter with a mild touch of chili heat. Not sure if the chaga mushrooms added much though and the body was a little thin.

Blackberry Wheat (Sour Series) by Townsite Brewing

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Really nice blackberry flavour over a grainy malt base. Just the right level of tartness and the wheat offsets the sweetness.

Space Armadillo by Twin Sails Brewing

This Sacc trois IPA was really juicy with notes of mango, pineapple, citrus and a touch of light funk. It finished nice and dry. I’ve missed this beer.

Woke Up Like This by Twin Sails Brewing

Big toasty and roasty notes of coffee, chocolate, and nuts, with a smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

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Pineapple, stone fruits, berries, lemon. This so amazingly juicy and smooth.

Juxtapose by Four Winds Brewing

Nice subtle funkiness to compliment the tropical fruit notes from the hops and the yeast esters.

Blackberry Jam by Four Winds Brewing

The blackberries in this fruited IPA balanced really nicely against the lupulin. The lactose and vanilla added a touch of sweetness and it finished oh so smoothly.IMG_20171201_143040

Home Ec by Twin Sails Brewing

This Tirimisu stout had notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, cookies, and cream. It was sweet and decadent. Phenomenal!

2×4 DIPA by Melvin Brewing

Incredibly hop-forward with notes of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit over a light malt base. Lingering grassy bitterness.

Honorary non-Craft Mentnion

Pilsener of El Salvador by Industrias La Constancia

The national beer of El Salvador. Crisp body with a touch of corn. Not mind-blowing, but way better than Corona.

Green Flash Tap takeover at Smiths Pub

West Coast IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company

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Floral nose, with tropical fruit, citrus, and pine on the palate. Nice bitter finish.

Le Freak by Green Flash Brewing Company 

A nice hoppy triple with citrusy hops and spicy phenols.

Imperial IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company

Piney resin, a touch of tropical fruit and grapefruit, and a boatload of dankness.

Soul Style by Green Flash Brewing Company

A nicely balanced IPA with a tropical fruit nose accompanied by citrus notes and biscuit malt.

Tangerine Soul Style IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company

Really nicely expressed tangerine to complement the hops. Nice and juicy.

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Passion Fruit Kicker by Green Flash Brewing Company

Slight citric acidity with notes of passion fruit and a hint of tea with a rich mouthfeel and a dry finish.

Ideal Belgique by Green Flash Brewing Company

Beautiful roasty malt, with fruity esters, spicy phenols and hops, and brown sugar. Rich and decadent.

Divine Belgique by Green Flash Brewing Company

Fruity esters and spicy phenols complemented by zesty European hops over a rich pale malt base.

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BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of Dec 4–10

Dec 4: CAMRA Rare Beers for Christmas

Craft Corner Kitchen, Penticton, BC; 18:30–20:30

Join CAMRA South Okanagan and JAKs at Cherry Lane on Monday, December 4th for a special holiday party at Craft Corner Kitchen.

Chris and his team from JAKs at Cherry Lane will be providing a guided tasting of rare and high-end beers for our members. These beers will be paired with some lovely appetizers prepared by Chef Ian and his team at Craft Corner Kitchen.

As an added bonus, our own Jon Padgett will be doing a special tasting of two beers from Torchlight Brewing Co., a 2017 Gruit and a 2017 Kettle Sour.

This amazing event will be completely complimentary for CAMRA SO members and is limited only to CAMRA SO members. There is a limit of 30 spots. If you are not yet a member or you need to renew your membership, now is the time to do so. Complimentary tickets will be available on EventBrite shortly.

Additional beverages and food will be available for purchase throughout the night.

Please arrange for a designated driver or taxi so you can fully enjoy these rare beer tastings.

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Dec 5: VCBW2018 Ticket Launch Party

Ticket Rocket, Victoria, BC; 17:00–19:00

Join us to celebrate the launch of ticket sales for VBW2018 coming March 2-10, 2018. We will provide beer and snacks, and you’ll also get the chance to a pair of tickets to Lift Off on March 2 or to the HarbourCats opening weekend (courtesy Ticket Rocket).

VBW2018 tickets will be available for sale.
Early Pricing: $5 off most events until December 31, 2017.

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Dec 5: Krampusnacht: Photos with Krampus

Strange Fellows Brewing, Vancouver, BC; 18:00–20:00

December brings excitement for many children around the world as they eagerly await a visit from St. Nicholas. In some European alpine villages, this anticipation is tainted with fear, as there St. Nick is accompanied by the frightful Krampus. While St. Nick brings gifts for the nice children, Krampus – with his horns, cloven hooves and long devilish tongue – comes for the naughty. Instead of bringing treats, Krampus whips the naughty children with a switch, and takes the very bad away in his sack.

In the spirit of St. Nick, we will reward the nice with a delicious seasonal beer, while the naughty will have to answer to Krampus. On Tuesday, December 5th, Krampus will visit Strange Fellows Brewing from 6-8pm. Instead of photos with Santa this year, come by with friends and family* for photos with Krampus, and perhaps a glass of beer brewed in honour of the beast himself.

Photos by donation to the Vancouver Food Bank (non-perishable food items or suggested donation $5).

*Children welcome with a parent or guardian

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Dec 6: Boombox Brewing Tap Takeover

12 Kings Pub, Vancouver, BC; 18:00–00:00

One night only – THE RETURN OF BOOMBOX WEDNESDAY

Our amazing friends at 12 Kings Pub are hosting a mini Boombox Tap Takeover!

For this special occasion we’ve collaborated on a delicious food pairings menu to go with each of our beers:

WIZARD MODE – paired with Potato Gems
JUICY AF – paired with Oven Crunchies
ARCADE GLOW – paired with Spud Puppies
RAD SEEKER – paired with Tots

So come down on December 6th starting at 6pm to @12kingspub. Hope to see you there!

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Dec 7: Canoe Beer Launch Party

Canoe Brewpub, Victoria, BC; 16:30–19:30

It’s the beginning of a new era. We’re extremely thrilled to announce the launch of our new beer and labels! Join us on Dec 7th and taste our new flagship line up.

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Live music featuring Quinn Bates and Kubla Kalm

Our Brewmaster, Daniel Murphy, set out a vision to push ourselves and broaden the scope of our beer offerings, embrace new techniques, and deliver beer of only the best flavour and quality.

We’re also unveiling our new labels, which were inspired by the geometric decoration of traditional canoe paddles. This references not only our brewpub’s namesake, but our local cultural ties to the cabin & camping lifestyle and adventure.

We can’t wait to share it with you.

The party continues with our regular live music program, featuring The Leg-Up Program (@ 9:30pm-late, no cover)

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Dec 9: Simple Things Pilsner Launch

Darby’s Gastown, Vancouver, BC; 19:00–22:00

Join us Saturday, December 9th at 7Pm for the Official Launch Party of Steel & Oak Brewing Co. Simple Things Pilsner at Darby’s Gastown.

Darby’s Gastown and Darby’s Pub & Liquor Store will have the honor of being the exclusive home to Simple Things on tap outside the brewery.

The crew from Steel & Oak will be in the Pub sampling you on some Simple Things Pilsner, handing out some of their amazing brewery gear and enjoying a few pints.

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Dec 9–10: Victory Barbers Straight Razor Stout

Victory Barber & Brand North, Duncan, BC; 12:00–27:00

Victory Barbers and Riot Brewing have teamed up to make a delicious new treat. Victory Barbers Straight Razor Stout. We will be serving Pints and Bottles in our Duncan location from 12-9 on the 9th and 12-5 on the 10th. A special cask with Espresso from Drumroasters will be tapped at 1pm! Book ahead for a cut or pop by anytime to sample our new drink!

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Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Nov 6–12 (35 Beers)

IMG_20171112_224705OK, I guess that was another big week. I went over to Vancouver on Sunday and hit up a few breweries.

Goodnight Sweet Prince by Twin Sails Brewing

This was one of the best coffee stouts I’ve ever had. It had dark roast coffee flavour with just enough sweetness to offset the bitterness. It also had a hell of a caffeine kick!

Sack Lunch by Twin Sails Brewing

This Sacc Trois pale ale had subtle hop fruitiness with notes of peach, papaya, accompanied by a touch of spice and funk-lite. It was crushable with a dry finish.

Double Infinity (Galaxy) by Superflux Beer Company

This is probably one of the worst beers that Superflux has made, but it’s still one of the best NE DIPAs I’ve tried. It was super smooth and delicious with notes of passionfruit and citrus over a rich malt base. My first can was a little green, but that seemed to have settled down after a couple of weeks.

Like That by Strathcona Beer Company & Superflux Beer Company

This NE IPA was way better than the previous “Like That.” It was far more juicy and had far more tropical fruit flavour.

Genèse by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

This apricot triple was deceptively light! It was sweet but not overpowering, with notes of apricot, pear, and black pepper.

Cashmere Fresh-Hopped Tart S.M.A.S.H Milkshake IPA by Field House Brewing Co. & Doan’s & Boombox

This style-defying beer had a nice bit of citrus and tropical fruit with a touch of tartness, a smooth mouthfeel, and a slightly sweet finish. I feel like it would be better without the tartness. Not everything has to be sour Field House…

Depth Charge (2017) by Lighthouse Brewing Company

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This Belgian Quad was aged oak aged with cognac. It was full bodied but not heavy with notes of caramel, vanilla, nuts, dried fruit, spices, and oak.

Tuesday Can Conditioned by Burdock

This saison had notes of pineapple, straw, and clove. It was really effervescent from being can-conditioned. I didn’t drink it on a Tuesday though…

Blackberry Jam by Four Winds Brewing

The blackberries in this fruited IPA balanced really nicely against the lupulin. The lactose and vanilla added a touch of sweetness and it finished oh so smoothly.

Oscar by Dageraad Brewing

This Belgian-style pale ale had a spicy and fruity nose. The palate brought spicy phenols and fruity esters notes of pear and clove with a hints of pine and resin from the hops.

Louise by Dageraad Brewing

This Belgian-style blond had subtle notes of grapefruit and tropical fruits, which complemented the fruity yeast esters and balanced the clove-like spicy phenols.

Wet-Hopped Blonde (2017) by Dageraad Brewing

This is one of my favourtie annual fresh hops. You’d think the freshness would fall off during bottle conditioning, but they still lend and nice herbal and resinous quality to this spicy and fruit blonde.

Bah Humbug by Wychwood Brewery

This was a a decent brown ale with some fruity undertones and very light spice. Even drunk at cellar temp the flavours still didn’t come through enough.

Rizzla Rice Lager by Hearthstone Brewery

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This was quite interesting. It wasn’t quite as grainy as a regular lager, but just as crisp and refreshing.

Fugli by Oskar Blues Brewery

This fruited IPA had mild notes of tangerine and Blueberries with some earthy undertones. It was nice, but I was hoping for more prominent fruit.

Into the Black Oatmeal Stout by Off The Rail Brewing

Light and smooth with mild roasty notes of coffee and chocolate. However, I found it was a little over-carbonated and thin-bodied.

10th Anniversary Sour Raspberry Nut Brown Ale by Dead Frog Brewery

This beer was a little weird. I like the fact that they tried something different, but it didn’t really work. It was far too bitter and the raspberry tastes medicinal.

Dave Bomb 2.0 by Red Collar Brewing Co.

This was first legitimately good beer I’ve had from Red Collar. The roastiness of the coffee worked well with the fruity esters from the yeast and offset the sweetness really well.

Draught

La Morsure by Le Trou du Diable—at The Drake Eatery

This IPA had tropical fruits, caramel, and pine on the nose. The palate

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had fruity and resinous hops, balanced by a sweet malt base. It finished with decent bitterness.

Dulcis Succubus – Brassin Spécial by Le Trou du Diable—at The Drake Eatery

This sour was tart and funky with notes of peach, apricot, vanilla, honey, oak, and horse blanket. RIP LTdD.

Too Much Monkey Buisness by Monkey Paw Brewing Company—at The Drake Eatery

This brown ale was rich and roasty with notes of chocolate and coffee, followed by a smooth and satisfying finish.

Seizoen by Logsdon Farmhouse Ales—at The Drake Eatery

This saison was fruity and spicy with notes of pear, lemon, coriander, and straw. It was very effervescent and refreshing.

Boxwood Wit-IPA by Four Winds Brewing—at The Drake Eatery

This Belgian white IPA had notes of orange and coriander playing with the citrusy and floral hops. It also had a light touch of acidity and funk from the mixed culture.

Chasing Freshies (2017) by Deschutes Brewery—at The Drake Eatery

This was an incredibly interesting fresh hopped IPA. The experimental hops brought notes of peach, berries, citrus, mint, and tropical fruit. Every sip was a little different.

Oatmeal Pale Ale by Monkey Paw Brewing Company—at The Drake Eatery

The oats gave this pale ale an interesting grainy yet quite creamy mouthfeel. It finished quite smoothly.

Lekkers by Dageraad Brewing—at Dageraad Brewing

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This spiced dark ale was rich and malty with hints of chocolate, orange rind, cherry, and spices.

Spicy Nuggs by Bomber Brewing—at Bomber Brewing

This spiced rye porter had light chilli heat over a dark rye malt base, providing notes of chocolate, nuts, and spice, followed by a dry finish. This was served on nitro, so so it was super smooth.

Right Kind of Crazy (2017) by Powell Brewery—at Powell Street Craft Brewery

This imperial IPA is a classic West Coast hop bomb with notes of citrus, melon, and pine. It finish with satisfying bitterness.

Lazy D’Haze IPA by Powell Brewery—at Powell Street Craft Brewery

This NE IPA had notes of tropical fruit, grapefruit, melon, berries, bready pale malt. Low perceived bitterness.

Staycation by Powell Brewery—at Powell Street Craft Brewery

this dry-hopped blonde was light and sessionable with bready/biscuity malt and hints of citrus on the palate and a floral nose.

Sweater Weather by Powell Brewery—at Powell Street Craft Brewery

This baltic porter was characterized by rich roasty dark malt with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and dried fruits. It had some nice alcohol warmth in the finish.

“Cleopatra” Shiso Pale Ale by Night Owl Brewing—at Callister Brewing Co.

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This pale all had mild herbal and grassy notes from the Shiso, with hints of spearmint, basil, and anise.

Blue Whale Candy by Real Cask Brewing—at Callister Brewing Co.

This one was rather interesting. It was basically a British golden ale with sweet notes of gummy candies.

Strong SMASH by Real Cask Brewing—at Callister Brewing Co.

This SMaSH had a touch of lemon and sweet bready malt that hid the alcohol content quite well.

Cascadia Dry Ginger Saison by MorningStar Brewing—at Callister Brewing Co.

This saison was dry and spicy with notes of ginger and clove. It was a bit like the saison version of ginger ale.

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.

 

 

Boombox Releases Rad Seeker Vol.2

Boombox Brewing in Vancouver BC is set to release a second batch of Rad Seeker.

Rad Seeker is a hazy IPA that is double dry hopped with the raddest hops that Boombox could find to create an incredibly crushable tropical juice bomb.

This is really the fourth time they have brewed Rad Seeker, but the second time it has been packaged.

Cans will be available at Dogwood Brewing at noon on October 22 with a limit of three 4-packs per person.

7% ABV

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Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Oct 2–8

What a week. We’re in full harvest mode right now, with tons of fresh hop and pumpkin beers in the mix!

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Surround by Stillwater Artisanal

This imperial wheat stout had the aroma of cognac. The palate brought caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, smoke, and oak. It was full-bodied and chewy with a very dry finish.

Ryujin by Lighthouse Brewing Company

The plum comes through surprisingly well in this tripel and complements the citrusy esters and peppery phenols from the yeast. It had a slightly drying finish, which offset the sweetness of the fruit.

Chrono Wet Hop IPA (2017) by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

This fresh-hoped IPA had notes of pine, grass, earth, and dankness, with a touch of citrus. It was very fresh and didn’t finish bitter.

Alpha Dog (Fresh Hop Pale Ale) (2017) by Yellow Dog Brewing CoIMG_20171007_202330

This fresh hop pale ale was hoppier than most of this year’s fresh hop IPAs. It had notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and earthy dankness over a bready malt base. It was rather fantastic!

Juicy AF by Boombox Brewing Company at Smiths Pub

The name is not false advertising! This NE IPA is like a juicy tropical fruit explosion in your mouth.

Beach Week by Twin Sails Brewing

Smooth NE IPA with juicy tropical fruit notes of pineapple, mango, along with pear, stonefruits, and watermelon.

Mocha Porter by Persephone Brewing Company

Rich and roasty with big notes of coffee and hints of dark chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel with a bitter-sweet finish.

Parting Kiss Bourbon Barrel Ale by Twa Dogs Brewery20171007_224009

I found this barrel-aged amber ale to be very sweet and sickly with thin notes of vanilla and caramel. There was little bourbon or oak quality.

Thaddeus by Townsite Brewing

This oud brune was mildly tart with a touch of funk and notes of dark cherries and a balsamic.

GroundSwell by Lighthouse Brewing Company

This fresh-hopped lager had a malty body with spicy hop bitterness and citrus and grapefruit notes. It was light-bodied with a crisp finish.

Smoked Imperial Pumpkin Ale (2017) by Howe Sound Brewing

This was really rich, smokey, and spicy, with more subdued pumpkin notes than the regular pumpkineater. I think this might be my favourite pumpkin beer so far this year.

Volcano King by Twin Sails Brewing20171005_221851

This NE IPA is getting a little old, but still had tons of pineapple and coconut flavour—just like a piña colada. So smooth and the alcohol is hidden well.

Day Blink Simcoe Pale Ale by Twin Sails Brewing

This pale ale had notes of tropical fruit and stone fruits with a touch of resin. It was hazy, juicy, and smooth.

Fresh Hop Wild IPA by Powell Brewery

This fresh-hopped wild IPA was grassy, piney, and citrusy with a touch of tartness and funk.

Drouthy Neibor IPA by Twa Dogs Brewery

This was a pretty standard West Coast IPA with hoppy notes of citrus, tropical fruits, stone fruits, and pine over a biscuity malt profile. It is pretty dry with low bitterness. Decent, but a bit boring.

Cash Only by Twin Sails Brewing20171006_221917

This double IPA was juicy, hazy, and smooth with notes of orange peel, melon, and pine. It hides its 10.3% well!

Kicking In Speakers by Twin Sails Brewing

This NE-style DIPA had notes of pineapple, mango, papaya, and nectarine. It was smooth with a juicy, with a creamy mouthfeel and low perceived bitterness. The hops have faded and gone a bit grassy at this point, but this is still an amazing IPA!

Like This by Strathcona Beer Company & Superflux Beer Company

This was a nicely balance east-meets-west IPA with hoppy tropical fruit notes and hints of citrus. It had a crisp and smooth body but no haze. Pretty good blend of the styles of both breweries.

Voodoo Ranger IPA by New Belgium Brewing Company20171006_193116

Well balanced IPA with tropical fruit and citrus hop notes over a caramel malt base. This bottle was a little old, but still tasted fresh.

Lost Souls by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Probably one of my favourite pumpkin beers. The pumpkin is subtle, but the spices really complement the roasty malt and chocolate notes.

Salty Scot by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Tons of caramel and toffee flavour, but not enough salt this year, which made it come off a little sweet.

On tap

379 Wet N Wild Smash by Faculty Brewing—at Smiths Pub20171009_014045

Light grassy, piney, and citrus hop notes with a touch of acidity and funk.

Fresh Coast Farmhouse Ale by Luppolo Brewing Company—at Smiths Pub

Floral and citrusy nose with a spicy and citrusy body. The fresh hops add a touch of earthiness to the mix.

No 11 Sea To Sky Series Belgian Ipa by Howe Sound Brewing—at Smiths Pub

Spicy with notes of pineapple, guava and lemon. Juicy body with low bitterness.