Superflux Releases Double Infinity DIPA

Superflux Beer Company in Vancouver BC has released their first ever double IPA!

Called Double Infinity, this 8% ABV North East-style double IPA was double dry-hopped exclusively with Galaxy to create a big, juicy haze bomb with notes of passionfruit and citrus.

Double Infinity is available in cans at the Strathcona Beer tasting room while supplies last and will be heading to stores this week.

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Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Sept 25–Oct 1

This was a pretty big week. I received a a beer mail with lots of IPAs in it that were getting a little older than I generally like, so I had to work my way through them quickly. It’s a hard life.

Bottles & Cans

20170927_225735Sartori Harvest (2017) by Driftwood Brewery

This much-sought-after fresh-hopped IPA had a floral nose with fresh, piney, woody, and a slightly grassy fresh hop notes over a crackery malt base.

Fresh Hop IPA by Powell Brewery

Grassy, piney, and citrusy fresh hops with a touch of tartness and funk. One of this year’s best fresh-hopped beers.

Singularity (2017) by Driftwood Brewery

I aged this imperial stout for several months. The heat has mellowed a little with aging. Roasty malts dominated the palate, with notes of coffee, toffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. This is aging well!

Wake Up Dead (2016) by Left Hand Brewing Company20170929_002516

I aged this imperial stout for one year. Roasty malts dominated the palate with notes of raisins, black licorice, coffee and dark chocolate. Mild touch of earthy, herbal hops.

Cash Only by Twin Sails Brewing

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

Bachelor Pad by Twin Sails Brewing

Hop-forward aromas of pineapple, mango, orange peel, and a touch of dank. Hazy with a very smooth mouthfeel.

IMG_20170925_223410Shower Thoughts by Twin Sails Brewing

Tons of blackberry flavour, but it was only very mildly tart from the acidulated malts. Doesn’t finish as sweet as some fruit beers

Back To Basics by Twin Sails Brewing

Basically an IPL, this was crisp and dry with a bright, citrussy hop bite. One of the best lagers I’ve ever had!

Str8 Flexin’ by Twin Sails Brewing

I aged this imperial stout for 6 months. Not as hot and smoother. Roasted malt, with coffee, chocolate, liquorice, and fudge notes. Full bodied and balanced.

Seeking Asylum by Yellow Dog Brewing Co & Alesmith Brewing

This Belgian IPA has piney and dank hops, doughy malt, spicy Belgian yest phenols, and a touch of fruity esters, Great balance of styles. Spicy bitter finish.

360 Grodziskie by Riot Brewing Co.IMG_20170925_210924

Very mildly smokiness with a touch of oak and a very wheaty body. Dry and a easy drinking for a smoked beer.

Spiced Apple Ale by Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

This was a nice alternative to pumpkin ales. It was like a mulled cider without the sweetness. The palate had a touch of cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg.

Fuzz by Structures Brewing

A juicy and hazy NE-style IPA with hoppy notes of mango, orange, and pineapple. There’s rye in there, which makes it dry and a little spicy.

Yummy Bits by Wander Brewing

A NE-style DIPA with fresh peach flavour and notes of citrus and tropical fruit from the Citra hops. Smooth and juicy AF!

40km Island Session Ale by Longwood Brewery20171001_195702

I appreciate the idea behind this one, but I really didn’t get a lot of fresh hop aroma or flavour. It was a little underwhelming.

Pear Milkshake IPA by Bridge Brewing Company

When I think milkshake, I don’t tend to think pear. This definitely had pear flavour and a some spice, but it was crystal clear with clumps of lactose floaties.

Satsuma by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

This dry-hopped lager was crisp, dry and refreshing. Lots of grainy malt with a touch of tangerine and satsuma-like citrus notes.

Good Juju by Left Hand Brewing Company

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Very light ginger spice and aroma over a light biscuity malt base. Good, but they really need to turn the ginger up a notch.

Con Leche by Twin Sails Brewing

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

Juicy Double #2 by Foamers’ Folly Brewing

The mango really complements the citrusy hop notes perfectly and it doesn’t finish too sweet. I slightly prefered the Strawberry version.

Rainbow Machine by Foamers’ Folly Brewing

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

20170929_233700Wildfire IPA by Cannery Brewing

A really nicely balanced black IPA with roasty malt notes of chocolate and coffee complemented by citrussy and piney hops notes.

Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock by Dead Frog Brewery

Biscuity and caramel malt with a touch of blood orange and hoppy fruitiness. Crisp and dry finish.

On Tap

Peated Belgian by Driftwood Brewery at The Drake Eatery

Just the right amount of peaty smoke, accompanied by a touch of caramel, spicy yest phenols, and rich dark fruits

Lunch Break by Breakside BreweryIMG_20170929_214605

A decent session ale with lots of orange and grapefruit citrus hops notes and a touch of resin.

Wild Tacoma Black Currant Table Sour by Engine House No. 9

Puckeringly tart with tons of black currant flavour. Finished medium-sweet.

Hedge Witch by Modern Times Beer

A super-juicy and hazy NE-style DIPA bursting with citrus, stone fruit, and tropical fruit aromas and flavours. Amazing!

Black House w/ Toasted Coconut & Cocoa Nibs by Modern Times Beer

The toasted coconut and coffee nibs complement the coffee notes of the original beautifully and the flavours are really well balanced.

Vanilla Oatis by Ninkasi Brewing Company20170929_230111

A nice balance of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt with a silky mouthfeel from the oats.

Short Wave by Phillips Brewing Company

Like a slightly hoppier version of Blue Buck. It’s not awful, but there are definitely more note-worthy pale ales out there.

Scarfface Cranberry Orange Wit by Phillips Brewing Company

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

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.

 

Strathcona Collaborates with Superflux on Like This

Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver BC has collaborated with their resident gypsy brewer, Superflux Beer Company, on two IPAs: Like This and Like That.

The first collaboration, Like This, is an IPA brewed with American ale yeast, Pilsner malt, and raw wheat malt. It was hopped with Simcoe, Mosaic, and Citra. It is described as being bright, clean, dry, piney, dank, tropical, and resinous.

4-packs of tall cans are available now at the Strathcona tasting room and will be shipping to select retail partners next week.

Details on Like That should be announced next week.

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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!

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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

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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.

 

Superflux Collaborates with Gigantic on Pretty Much Yeah

Superflux Brewing Company in Vancouver BC has announced the release of a new IPA called Pretty Much Yeah.

Pretty Much Yeah is a collaboration with Gigantic Brewing of Portland Oregon and is a cloudy East Coast IPA loaded with Galaxy hops, with a touch of lactose added for a smoother mouthfeel. They describe it as being softer than a pile of kittens.

It was released at Strathcona Beer Company on Saturday and begins shipping out to stores this week.

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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.