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.

Arcade Glow by Boombox Brewing Company20171202_200117

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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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.

 

 

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.

 

Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Sept 18–24 ( 23 Uniques)

20170924_232114Well, it looks like I didn’t go out for beers once this week. I just drank lots of beer at home and shared a few with my wonderful girlfriend when she came over.

Old Embalmer (2012) by Widmer Brothers Brewing

I aged this barleywine for five years! It had had rich malty notes of caramel, toffee, raisins, and molasses. It was rather complex and brought to mind port and sherry. It fished with a little grassy hop bitterness.

Rad Seeker by Boombox Brewing Company

This NE-style IPA had big tropical fruit hop aromas and flavours of mango, guava, and papaya. It had a smooth and juicy body with low bitterness. Watch out Superflux, these guys are giving you a run for your money!

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Bloom by Four Winds Brewing

This farmhouse ale aged on cherry blossoms had an amazing floral aroma. The palate brought cherry, almonds, citrus, and a touch of Brett funk. It was mildly tart with a smooth and silky mouthfeel.

Kicking In Speakers by Twin Sails Brewing & Boombox 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.

Corvus by Ravens Brewing Company

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This lingonberry and lime gose had puckering tartness with notes of lingonberries and lime accompanied by a touch of saltiness. It was very refreshing and thirst-quenching.

Fresh-Hopped Saison (2017) by Category 12 Brewing

This was a nicely rounded saison with an extra kick of spice from the

Ultra hops and a touch of fresh floral aroma on the nose. Possibly my favourite fresh-hopped beer of the season.

Readymade : Vacuum by Stillwater Artisanal

This smoked black IPA had a very complex combo of roasted malt, dank and fruity hops, and moderate smokiness. This wass an intriguing beer with a lot going on

Stillwater Is Nothing Big Bunny Is Everything by Stillwater Artisanal & Arizona Wilderness

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This chocolate milk stout was rich and chocolatey with hints of coffee and nuts. The mouthfeel was smooth and silky and it finished sweet and boozy.

Nu-tropic by Stillwater Artisanal

This mango and passionfruit IPA was juicy and thirst-quenching with notes of mango, passionfruit, and guava. It had a smooth mouthfeel with low bitterness.

Insetto by Stillwater Artisanal

This dry-hopped sour with Italian plum had just the right level of tartness with pronounced plum notes, complemented by fruity hop notes and crackery malt. It was smooth and refreshing.

Hermannator (2017) by Vancouver Island Brewing

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This eisbock was a huge malt bomb with notes of Caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, raisins, molasses, liquorice, and bread. It started sweet, but finished dry and boozy.

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.

Burton Ale by Vancouver Island Brewing

Herbal and spicy hop notes with a hint of orange peel. Rich malt base with some mild roastiness. Full bodied with a lingering bitter finish.

Timewarp by Townsite Brewing

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This fresh-hopped pale ale had a floral and piney nose. The body was quite malty and chewy with very subtle fresh hop notes of pine, wood, and a touch of fruitiness.

Huge Citrus Pale Ale by Moody Ales

This hazy pale ale had strong notes of orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and stone fruits, with a touch of funk. It was juicy and light-bodied with subdued bitterness.

St-Feuillien Brune by Brasserie St-Feuillien

The dubble was rich with toasty malt notes of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and liquorice. It also had hints of fruity esters. It was full-bodied with some hoppy bitterness.

Gowden Locks Amber Ale by Twa Dogs Brewery

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This was a malty amber with notes of caramel, toffee, and a hint of coffee. It was moderately sweet.

Fuzzy Wuzzy Peach IPA by The Parkside Brewery

This was better in an older can than on draft. The peach was more pronounced and the “greenness” of the hops had dropped off a bit.

Colour & Shape by Superflux Beer Company

I’ve had a lot of cans of this. It’s so juicy and smooth, with notes of guava, papaya, and mango.  none of the other Superflux beers surpass this original.

Day Blink Simcoe Pale Ale by Twin Sails BrewingIMG_20170922_234319

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

#Blessed by Twin Sails Brewing

A gorgeous pale ale with hoppy notes of melon, mango, and orange peel over a light biscuity malt base.

That New Trapp by Hearthstone Brewery & Stillwater Artisinal

This hazy trappist ale had a big nose of tropical fruit, citrus, and berries with a touch of Brett funk and a big juicy and hazy body.

Pumpkin Ale by Swans Brewery

Really spicy with notes of nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cinnamon. Not a huge amount of pumpkin flavour, as it has a naturally mild taste.

 

Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Sept 11–17 (39 Uniques)

20170914_000514Sorry I skipped the previous week. The GCBF madness prohibited me from taking notes.

This was a pretty bit week, but several were shared with my girlfriend, so it’s not as bad as it looks.

Sorry, there’s a couple of pumpkin beers in here.

Assemblage Numéro 6 by Brasserie Dunham

Tart and fruity with rich notes of raspberry, cherry, and a touch of funk from the wild yeast. Effervescent and refreshing.

Nuclear Hop Assault by Mikkeller

Grassy and fruity nose with lemon rind and grapefruit peel on the palate over a rich caramel malt base. So fresh and delicious!

On Fleek by Stillwater Artisanal

Rich roasted malt notes with chocolate, toffee, vanilla, raisins, tobacco, and leather. Sweet, sticky, and boozy. This was fantastic for an imperial stout in a can. You’d think it was barrel-aged.

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Tamarindo Gose by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Fruity nose with a slightly sour, salty, and wheaty body. The tamarind brings notes of figs and prunes.

New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta by Rogue Ales & Spirits

Gimmicky name. It’s just a NA barleywine, which is really just a triple IPA. Grass, pine, citrus, and tropical with a doughy malt body.

#Blessed by Twin Sails Brewing

A gorgeous pale ale with hoppy notes of melon, mango, and orange peel over a light biscuity malt base.

That New Trapp by Hearthstone Brewery & Stillwater Artisinal

Big nose of tropical fruit, citrus, and berries with a touch of Brett funk. The body was juicy and hazy.

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ZRA 2 by Category 12 Brewing

Floral and spicy nose with notes of banana, orange, pear, clove, and coriander over a rich caramel malt base.

Commander Imperial Stout (2017) by Dead Frog Brewery

Aged several months. Notes of liquorice, vanilla, molasses, raisins, and oak. Whisky on the nose, but not body. Smooth and mellow.

Pumpkin Ale by Steamworks Brewing Company

Light pumpkin notes with subtle cinnamon and nutmeg over a bready malt base. Not as bland as some pumpkin ales.

Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale by Phillips Brewing Company

This used to be better. Not enough pumpkin cinnamon, nutmeg, or anything. Just bland and watery.

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Crookeder Tooth (2017) by Phillips Brewing Company

Very slightly better than “bland tooth.” It had hints of vanilla and oak, but no bourbon. If this saw a barrel, it was for a very short time

Kiwami Plum Sour by Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

Moderate tartness with a sweet body and very gentle plum notes. The plum was under-expressed.

Super Fearless Imperial IPA by Dead Frog Brewery

Hop-forward aromas of tropical fruits, grapefruit, and pine. The body was mostly caramel malt with a bit too much much grassy hop biterness.

Haters Gonna Hate by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Floral nose with a crisp crackery malt body with hints of tropical fruits and moderate spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Well hidden booze

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Orval by Brasserie d’Orval

An undefinable classic. Banana and clove from the primary fermentation. Funk from Brett secondary. Earthy hops from the dry hop. Super dry and a tad tart.

Cathedral Grove Common by White Sails Brewing

Lightly toasted malt notes with a touch of caramel and mild fruitiness. Dry and crisp finish.

Sunrise Gose by Coal Harbour Brewing Company

Mildly tart and slightly salty with a wheaty body and a refreshing dry finish.

Cry Me a River by Driftwood Brewery

Slightly tart, salty, wheaty, dry. Refreshing. Like the Gatorade of beer.

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Con Leche by Twin Sails Brewing

Rich and roasty malt notes of coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon. Smooth mouthfeel and sweet finish from the lactose.

Simple Things by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Crisp, clean, and refreshing with a floral nose. Notes of honey and biscuit on the palate, with spicy noble hop bitterness in the finish.

Trappist Tripel by Trading Post Brewing

Spicy pepper and clove notes, with a touch of fruity esters, followed by a strange herbal aftertaste. Rich and Sweet.
Charleston by Townsite Brewing

This bottle has aged over a year. It had lots of clove and pepper, but little fruitiness. The finish was rather bitter and lingered.

20170916_225351Cool Hand Cuke by Hearthstone Brewery

Interesting, like a slightly tart and boozy cucumber water. Not much more to say.

Longest Night by Yukon Brewing

Dark roasty malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. The hops were grassy and a little too bitter for the style.

Broadside IPA by Torchlight Brewing Company

I’m not sure if the bottle was old, but this was just bitter, earthy, piney, and grassy.

Saison by Funkwerks

Notes of orange, lemon, ginger, passion fruit, and pepper. Dry finish with lingering bitterness.

Kyritzer Mord Und Totschlag by Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle

Rich and roasty dark malts with coffee, cola, treacle, and caramel. Earthy and grassy hop bitterness.

20170908_220701Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XVIII Aged In Rye Whiskey by North Coast Brewing Company

Dark roasted malts with notes of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, spicy rye, coffee, and hints of oak. Rich and smooth with a drying finish.

BOB by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery at Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Rich notes of blood orange with puckering lactic acidity and a touch of Brett funk. Fruity but dry and refreshing.

Sprucey Fruit by Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery

Gentle pine notes with puckering lactic acid tartness.

Juice Bigalow by Parallel 49 Brewing Company—at Garrick’s Head Pub

Smooth and juicy. Decent first attempt at a NE style but it is too heavy on the grapefruit notes. It needs more tropical and gentle citrus.

Drop Art by Modern Times Beer—at Smiths PubIMG_20170916_220236

Mildly tart with mango, orange zest, and a touch of peppery spice.

Or Xata by The Bruery—at Smiths Pub

This tasted like apple pie! Notes of cinnamon and vanilla with a creamy and rich mouthfeel from the lactose.

Zwarte Wheat by Townsite Brewing—at Smiths Pub

Grainy and bready roasted pale malt with dusty wheat. Spicy yeast phenols. A touch of fruity esters. Grassy hop bitterness.

Smash With Guanabana by Andina Brewing Company—at Smiths Pub

The guanabana brings notes of banana, pineapple, and papaya that takes this Smash to another level. Also, it’s nice and hazy.

Tart Saison With Orange by Andina Brewing Company—at Smiths Pub20170910_225317

Mildly tart with subtle citrus notes and a touch of saison yeast spice.

Smash by Andina Brewing Company at Smiths Pub—at Smiths Pub

Decent tropical fruit and citrus hop character over a light crackery malt base.

Bambuco by Andina Brewing Company at Smiths Pub—at Smiths Pub

Nice and light, but I felt myself wanting more Belgian yeast spice and hop presence.