Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Nov 20–26 (36 Beers)

Sorry for the brevity of this week’s notes. Normally I flesh them out a bit, but my girlfriend just got back from a month-long trip and you know, priorities…

Bottle & Cans

Snowball Saison by To Øl

This bottle was couple of years old, so the hops had fallen off a bit. It had horse blanket on the nose and funk and spices on the palate, with a really dry finish.

Elemental Series Wild Saison With Loganberries And Brettanomyces by Category 12 Brewing

I found this wild saison had only a hint of berry flavour, but it had a nice touch of spice and Brett funk. I might leave one to age a little longer.

Saazy Wit by Moody Ales

A respectable wit with Earthy and spicy hops over a dry wheaty body.

Boysen the Hood by Twin Sails Brewing

This was the best milkshake IPA I’ve ever had! The boysenberry really came through and the colour was insane. It was so smooth and deceptively boozy.

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.

Lune de Miel by Unibroue

This had hoppy and spicy nose with notes of honey, spice, and flowers on the palate.

Lavender Earl Grey by Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.

Big floral nose; floral and herbal on the palate with notes of lavender and bergamot dominating.

Home Ec by Twin Sails Brewing

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

Goodnight Sweet Prince by Twin Sails Brewing

One of the best coffee stouts I’ve had. Dark roast coffee flavour with just enough sweetness to offset the bitterness. Nice caffeine kick!

Sakura Gose by Burnside Brewing Co.

This gose had a really floral nose. It was tart on the tongue with hints of cherry blossom and a touch of salt.

Pumpkin Head by Fernie Brewing Company

Mild pumpkin spice and some roasty malt. A bit thin.

Ten FIDY by Oskar Blues Brewery

This big imperial stout had notes of roasty malt, chocolate, liquorice, raisins, coffee, and boooooze!

Winter Dunkel by Whistler Brewing Company

This is a Christmas favourite of mine. It’s basically Terry’s Chocolate Orange in a glass.

Elemental Series Raw Ale by Category 12 Brewing

This has aged a couple of months now. It had a little more funk, along with more of the beech, and mild sulphurous notes. I think the latter will even out with a little more aging.

Sky Mountain Sour by Buxton Brewery

A complex sour with apple, pear, and gooseberry. The sourness was moderate, with a touch of salt and a little hop bitterness on the finish.

Flammenbeer Smoked Ocoberfest by Swans Brewery

Just the right amount of smoke to complement the caramel malt without overpowering it. There’s also a touch of fruitiness to round it all out.

Blackmail Milk Stout by Strange Fellows Brewing

Creamy and roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate. Smooth and not too sweet.

Year In Review by Riot Brewing Co.

Really astringent with too much orange peel bitterness. Left an aftertaste like Lysol bathroom cleaner.

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale by Boulevard Brewing Co.

A little older, so the hops have dropped off. Notes of coriander, apricot, straw, and barnyard funk. Finished very dry.

Right Kind of Crazy (2017) by Powell Brewery

A big aggressive hop bomb with notes of pine and citrus. I used to enjoy these more, but honestly prefer hazy IPAs now. It’s a very good example of the style though.

Diablo Cookie by Superflux Beer Company

Amazing! Just like the cookie. Chocolate, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, cayenne, and a touch of salt. It’s warm, without being too spicy.

Winter Lager by Steamworks Brewing Company

Almost like an Oktoberfest, but with a bit more caramel malt. Not mucuh going on here.


Alex’s Scandinavian Saison by Driftwood Brewery

A nice light saison with fruity citrus notes and some mild spice.

Juicy IPA by Vancouver Island Brewing

This was not very juicy at all. It had lots of citrus and little tropical fruit. It was more malty than anything.

Fortunate Islands by Modern Times Beer at The Drake Eatery

Citrus and tropical hops over a slightly nutty wheaty body. Finished nice and dry.

Celebration Ale (2017) by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. at The Drake Eatery

This fresh hop ale was quite piney with a touch of citrus and grassiness. Little bit of sweetness from the malt to offset the bitterness of the hops

Abbey by New Belgium Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

This dubbel was rich and malty with notes of caramel, raisins, figs, hazelnuts, and a touch of spice.

Trippel by New Belgium Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

Dark fruits, banana, clove, coriander, sweet bready malt, and Earthy hops.

Tropic King by Funkwerks at The Drake Eatery

Passionfruit, mango, peach, pepper, and ginger. Slightly drying finish with some nice alcohol warmth.

Imperial Coconut Porter by Maui Brewing Company at The Drake Eatery

Rich notes of coconut, dark roasty dark malt, cacao nibs, and coffee. Silky mouthfeel with a warming finish.

Rodenbach Grand Cru by Brouwerij Rodenbach at The Drake Eatery

So good. Slightly tart with notes of cherries, red wine, balsamic vinegar, and oak. Sweet, but with a dry finish.

Double Bastard Ale (2015) by Arrogant Brewing at The Drake Eatery

Over two years old and the hops are but a a grassy memory. It’s super malty like a barley wine with plums, raisins, and cognac.

C12 3rd Anniversary

Gin Gone Wild by Category 12 Brewing

Holy moly. This really took on intense botanicals from the barrel. You can still taste citrus from the hops, but there tons of gin flavour.

Heriloom Rice Ale by Category 12 Brewing

Sake-like with notes of rice and Brett funk. Made me think of sticky rice witg red bean paste.

Red Alpha by Category 12 Brewing

Puckering citric acidity with notes of Loganberries on the palate

Honey Badger by Category 12 Brewing

Very malt forward with a floral nose and hints of buts on the palate.


Superflux Collaborates with Four Winds and Tacofino on Diablo Cookie Porter

Superflux Beer Company in Vancouver BC has announced the release of a special collaboration with Four Winds Brewing and Tacofino called Diablo Cookie.

Diablo Cookie is a porter inspired by Tacofino’s delicious spiced cookie of the same name, and was brewed with cayenne pepper, ginger, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon.

There will be a launch party for Diablo Cookie at Tacofino Gastown on Nov 21 from 4–7pm. Beer will be shipping to accounts next week, and on sale at Strathcona Beer Company from noon on the Nov 21 as well.


Photo courtesy of Superflux Beer Company


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


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


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.


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

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


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


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.


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.



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.



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


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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.