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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Arcade Glow by Boombox Brewing Company
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.
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
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.
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.