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.


Dageraad Releases Wet Hopped Blonde 2017

Dageraad Brewing in Vancouver BC has releases the 2017 version of their seasonal Wet-Hopped Blonde.

For this very special, once-a-year version of Dageraad Blonde, Centennial hops grown by the Sartori family in Chilliwack were added to the brew kettle the same day they were plucked from the vine. The hops add a fresh, juicy taste of local terroir to this classic Belgian-style ale.

Wet-Hopped Blonde is available now at the Dageraad tasting room and will be shipping to select private liquor stores this week and next.

7.5% ABV


Dageraad Releases Entropy No. 4: Gin Barrel-Aged Spiced Saison

Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby BC has announced the release of the fourth in their Entropy series of barrel-aged beers.

Entropy Series No. 4 is a gin barrel-aged spiced saison that was created by taking their Lake City Farmhouse ale and aging it in a recently-emptied gin barrel from Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers.

Lake City Farmhouse is brewed with small amounts of rosemary and sage, among other spices, and they say that it blended beautifully with the botanicals used in Deep Cove’s gin—the mix of flavours is said to be so harmonious that it’s difficult to tell where the beer ends and the gin begins.

Entropy Series No. 4 will go on sale at noon on Wednesday, October 4. Bottles will cost $12 each, with a limit two per customer (only 19 cases available)

They don’t expect this beer to develop substantially in the bottle, so it’s best to consume this beer relatively fresh.


Parallel 49 Releases Amalgamation: a 9 Brewery Fresh-Hop Collaboration

Parallel 49 Brewing in Vancouver BC has announced the release of a special collaboration beer with Boombox, Dageraad, Four Winds, Powell Brewery, Doan’s, Bomber, Hearthstone, and Parkside.

Called Amalgamation, this fresh-hopped double IPA was brewed with 300 lb of fresh Amarillo hops from the Yakima Valley.

Amalgamation is available in 4-packs of tall calls today at the P49 Beer Store and will be hitting the shelves of BC private retailers next week!

ABV: 8% | IBU: 40
Malt: Pale, maris otter and oat malts, flaked wheat
Hops: Amarillo


Dageraad Releases Louise and Oscar

Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby BC has announced the release of two special beers to mark the first birthday of their head brewer’s twin children: Louise and Oscar.

Louise is a zesty little Belgian-style blonde ale. Grounded on dependable old German Pilsner malt, Louise’s character is lifted and brightened by Belgian yeast, citrusy American hops, and deft spicing.

Alcohol per volume: 6.5%
Volume: 650mL bottle, 29.3L keg
Ingredients: Malted barley, wheat, sugar, spices, hops, yeast, water


Oscar is a precocious little Belgian-style pale ale. With a solid foundation of old-world malt, Oscar’s aroma is animated by an unusual strain of Belgian yeast and the distinctly piney, resiny character of new-world hops.

Alcohol per volume: 5.0%
Volume: 650mL bottle, 29.3L keg
Ingredients: Malted barley, oats, wheat, hops, yeast, water


Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Aug 14–20 (27 Unique Beers)

With no beer festivals or brewery crawls, were back down to a slightly more reasonable 27 unique beers this week… well, reasonable for me at least

Don’t judge me!

Bottle and cansIMG_20170817_235824

Rosé de Gambrinus (2016) by Brasserie Cantillon

This was a young sample of the 2016 batch and was ripe with fresh and fruity notes of raspberry and touch of mild funk. The mouthfeel was tingling and effervescent with puckering acidity.

Pretty Much Yeah by Superflux Beer Company

A hazy NE IPA with citrus and passionfruit from the hops with a really smooth mouthfeel from the oats and lactose. I kinda of wish Superflux would branch out a bit, but at the same time, they are so damn good at what they do!

Melodie Raspberry Kölsch by Twa Dogs Brewery

This Kölsch was crisp, refreshing, and fruity. The raspberry was well represented, but I found it a little too sweet.

Market Saturation IPA by Coal Harbour Brewing Company20170816_205701

This was one of the best Coal Harbour beers I’ve had. They nailed the NE style. It was cloudy and smooth with tangerine, pineapple, and melon.

Juicy Double #2 by Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.

The mango in this double IPA really complemented the citrusy hop notes perfectly and it doesn’t finish too sweet. However, I slightly preferred the Strawberry version.

Lake City Farmhouse Ale by Dageraad Brewing

This farmhouse ale opened with a beautiful herbal, floral, and grassy aroma, followed by a spicy and herbal palate. It was medium bodied and very effervescent with a dry finish.

IMG_20170820_223323Rhythm Section by Dageraad Brewing & Upright Brewing

This collaboration was a very spicy saison with black pepper, coriander, and a touch of lime. It was floral on the nose with a dry and slightly funky finish.

Solid! by Gigantic Brewing Company

This dry-hopped American wheat ale had nice tropical hoppy aromas of kumquat and orange with a grainy and wheaty body. It finished moderately dry with a touch of bitterness.

Side Cut by Bridge Brewing Company

On of BC’s first NE IPAs, this one was smooth and cloudy with hoppy notes of peach, tangerine,tropical fruits.

Stay Gold by Powell BreweryIMG_20170818_223909

This oat pale ale had aromas of tropical fruits, pear, watermelon, and stone fruit. It was medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel from the malted oats and barley.

Olde Winston Smoked Porter by Off The Rail Brewing

This one was very over-carbonated for the style, in fact the bottle blew and spewed foam all over the kitchen counter. It was full-bodied with moderate smoked salmon flavour that overpowered the richness of the malts a little.

White Rabbit Lemon Raz Radler by Russell Brewing Company

The lemon and raspberry flavours in this radler were well-balanced, but it was a little too sweet for me.

Blazing World by Modern Times BeerIMG_20170817_224007

This red ale had hoppy aromas of grape and gooseberry over a light bready malt backbone. It was really dank and highly aromatic.

Woodland Sour Saison by Coal Harbour Brewing Company

This saison was moderately sour with complex notes of orange peel, coriander, and peppercorn. It was medium-bodied with a nice dry finish.

20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale by Stone Brewing

I aged this once hoppy Belgian strong for two years. The hops notes had fallen off leaving behind bitterness that accentuated the pepper and clove note. It was sort of like a spicy barley wine

20170819_002849Teppistenbier by White Pony Microbrewery

This rich Belgian quad had a complex grainy body with notes of chocolate, toffee, figs, dates, almonds, and plums. It was full-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry and boozy finish.

Long Root Ale by Hopworks Urban Brewery

This was a decent pale ale with a touch of peppery spice. It wasn’t exactly mind blowing, but I appreciate the fact that the grain was organic and sustainable.

Hopocalypse Meow by Phillips Brewing Company


This 14th anniversary beer was a a big old hop bomb. I got tropical fruit, melon, and resin. Not getting the esters due to the strong hops. It was like Amnesiac’s long-lost brother.

Old Stumpy Pine IPA by Fernie Brewing Company

For a beer calling itself a pine IPA, I was actually hoping for more pine. Sure the hops bring notes of pine, but it would be nice if they added spruce tips or something.

On tap

Spruce Tip by Steel & Oak Brewing—at Smiths Pub

Wow! This was like licking a Christmas tree! The spruce tips were really well represented and complemented by the fruity and vinous Nelson Sauvin hops.

Sapperton Anniversary Beer (2017) by Steel & Oak Brewing—at Smiths Pub

This was really nice for a lager. It was moderately tart with notes of peach, apricot and plum. Light-bodied and super refreshing.

Jasmine IPA by Steamworks Brewing Company—at Smiths PubIMG_20170815_232009

The jasmine mainly comes through on the nose. The body was more spicy than anything and it finished quite bitter.

Antwerpen by Dageraad Brewing—at Smiths Pub

This was a fantastic triple with a nose of Earthy and herbal noble hops and floral alcohol. The body was spicy and fruity with a touch of pepper, coriander,  banana, and pear. The finish was warming and dry.

Tropical Tart Ale by Steamworks Brewing Company—at Smiths Pub

This was a moderately tart kettle sour with notes of passion fruit and pomegranate.

Fuzzy Wuzzy Peach IPA by The Parkside Brewery—at Smiths Pub20170820_175714

Not as much peach as one would expect, but on the plus side, it was not sickly sweet. Lots of grassy/piney hops, which was an odd choice.

Coastal Wit- Batch #0044 by Swans Brewery—at The Drake Eatery

Wonderful spiciness from the the grains of paradise and the coriander, counterpointed by a touch of sweetness from the orange peel.

Chocolate Hazelnut Porter by Heretic Brewing Company—at The Drake Eatery

A rich and creamy porter with notes of chocolate, hazelnut, coffee, and caramel. Quite sweet, but not cloying.


Dageraad Releases Blonde IPA 2017

Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby BC has announced the releases of a fresh batch of their seasonal Blonde IPA.

Blonde IPA is fermented with Belgian yeast and hopped with a blend of Hallertau Tradition from Germany and Amarillo from the US. Large amounts of both hops were used in the kettle and again during dry-hopping.

The aroma of the beer is a complex mixture of fruity yeast esters, spicy, herbal German hops and piney, citrusy American hops. Bitterness is firm enough to deliver a crisp finish, but is fairly mild compared to most IPAs.

Blonde IPA is bottle-conditioned for natural carbonation, and an extra layer of complexity.

Blonde IPA will be available at the Dageraad tasting room on Tuesday August 22n and will begin to be distributed to stores and restaurants the following day.

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