Monday, 28 November 2016

Disruption Black IPA

BREWERY:
Category 12 Brewing

LOCATION:
Victoria, British Columbia

STYLE:
Black India Pale Ale

COLOUR:
Deep Copper (almost black)

ALCOHOL:
6.7% @ 77 IBU's




I used to be more involved in the beer scene when I lived in the Lower Mainland.  Now that I live in West Kelowna, it's hard to find unique or one-off beers that the breweries in Vancouver and Victoria brew.  So I happened to walk into the BC Liquor store and found this little gem.

Category 12's Disruption Black IPA won gold in the category of Best American Black Ale at the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2015.  Because I'm a pretty big fan of Black IPA's, I had to give it a try.  And believe me I wasn't disappointed. 

This beer has a slightly sweet, slightly citrus aroma.  It's a little hard to detect but it's there.  The flavor of roasted malts give it a full body smokey taste that stays on your tongue and dictates the general flavor of this beer.  It has a medium to heavy bitterness and a lingering but decent aftertaste. 

Even though I like this beer, it and most black IPA's are an acquired taste.  So if you're new to this type of beer, my suggestion to you is that maybe share it with others to enjoy.  Having the whole bottle to yourself might be a little too much at first.  Lastly.... It goes so unbelievably well with steak!

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Bad Tattoo - Kind of a Big Dill IPA

BREWERY:
Bad Tattoo Brewing

LOCATION:
Pentiction, British Columbia

STYLE:
India Pale Ale (Seasonal)

COLOUR:
Copper

ALCOHOL:
7.72% @ 90 IBU's




So this is my first ever seasonal beer review.  The reason why I'm posting this beer is because I'm hoping that it will be a recurring seasonal.  It was first available starting the first week of September of this year and they think that it will last well into December.  After that, it's gone.  Depending on the in-brewery sale of this IPA, they may bring it back next year. 

It's an interesting drink because of the dill.  They use Sorachi Ace hops sourced from Washington that give it a unique bitterness that has a dill flavour to it.  The body of this IPA looks a little hazy reminding me of a Belgium IPA.  It has a light citrus aroma with just a hint of dill.  This beer is very smooth with a light dill taste.( I know I've used the word "dill" a lot) It has more of a deep grapefruit taste but that's just my opinion, other people's taste can vary as it did with my wife.  This IPA has a pretty heavy aftertaste that lingers well after you're ready for your second sip.  Don't get me wrong, it has a very flavorful aftertaste that begs for another sip.  I really like this beer and I know that you will too.  Let's make it a seasonal that they will brew every year and one day make it a regular brew. 

When you're in Penticton, don't just try the beer, you need to try their pizzas too.  After all, they call themselves a brewery and a Pizzeria.  They have the most epic pizza's that I've every had.  They have all different kinds.  Not only is their beer unique their pizzas are also not the norm.  Check out their website and look at the pizza options.  You will not be disappointed. 

Friday, 4 November 2016

BREWERY:
Red Collar Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Kamloops, British Columbia

STYLE:
India Pale Ale

COLOR:
Copper

ALCOHOL:
6.25% @ 78 IBU's




Hey I'm back.  It's been over 2 years and I'm happy to be back.  What a good way to restart my blog by reviewing a brewery that's not only local but in a city where the citizens love their Buds and Old Milwaukee. 

To tell you the truth I've never really heard much about this brewery.  I just knew that it existed.  When I walked into my local beer store, I saw it and figured I'd give it a try.  I honestly have to tell you that it was really worth picking up.  I'm a huge IPA fan and when breweries change it up, it is always worth it.  Red Collar's IPA is no exception.  But seriously, that's insane that they can mesure the aclohol content to the second decimal.  6.2 6.3 but 6.25? Wow, it's been a long time for me.

When I first poured it, I can right away see the slight cloudyness in the beer.  No real carbonation bubbling up to the top.  As soon as I saw it in my glass, I knew that this beer is not going to be your regular, in your face IPA.  This beer is very subtle at first but leaves a great taste at the end.  The taste of this IPA is smooth and has a slight thickness to it.  In my world, unfiltered means thickness.  It has a deep citrus aroma which, to me, smells like a grapefruit.  That aroma balances really well with the sublte sweet caramel flavour.  It has a medium finish and a medium to heavy aftertaste.  

Sorry I couldn't be more detailed but it's been over 2 years.  In my opinion, this IPA is definetly worth a try.  It's not for people that want to try an IPA for the first time.  It's an excellent beer if you want just a little bit of a different taste from your regular IPA's. 

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Persephone Brewing's American Pale Ale

BREWERY:
Persephone Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Gibsons, British Columbia

STYLE:
American Pale Ale

COLOR:
Light Copper

ALCOHOL:
5.5% @ 33 IBU's



Persephone (per-sef-any) Brewing Company is a new(er) brewery that's located in one of my favorite locations within a day trip from my house.  Gibsons, on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast should be very fortunate to have a brewery of this caliber located right in their own back yard.  Not only do they brew great quality beer, they use British Columbia produced grains and they even grow their own hops on their 11 acre property.  They've reduced their carbon footprint in a way that I'm sure that other new breweries will follow.

Their American Pale is not your average pale ale.  In my opinion, it's more of a hop forward pale ale.  The citrus aroma bursts out like a slap in the face.  Right away the hoppyness hits you but it's not heavy at all.  The bite is perfectly laid out like a well planned taste bud attack.  It has a medium malt flavour that is smooth and and easy flowing.  The finish also very smooth with a light - medium aftertaste.

People often bypass Pale Ales because they all taste the same and there's never any variety.  Do NOT bypass this one because I know that you'll love it and change your opinion about Pale Ales.  Persephone Brewing Company hit it out of the ball park on this one.  Now, my only thought is... when can I get a chance to visit their brewery.  Hopefully soon.    

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Central City's New Red Racer Copper Ale

BREWERY:
Central City Brewing

LOCATION:
Surrey, British Columbia

STYLE:
Amber Ale

COLOR:
Copper (obviously)

ALCOHOL:
5% @ 23 IBU



Ok Ladies and Gentlemen, I have some major news from Central City Brewing.  The first news is major and the second news...meh, not so much.  So lets get started on the major news shall we?

Central City has introduced a new beer to their Red Racer Brand.  It's called their  Copper Ale.  It's a great looking can but to me it looks way too complicated.  But the flavor of this beer is anything but complicated. It has a really good caramel aroma that you can smell right away.  No need to dig deep on this one.  It's a light tasting beer that is very smooth and easy tasting.  It's full bodied with a really pronounced caramel malt taste. The finish is very clean with little aftertaste.

Central City is know for their beer.  The majority of the beer that they brew are hoppy.  (IPA, ESB Etc..) Their Copper Ale is a nice break from the norm.  This beer is very easy to drink and it will definitely please the masses.  The Copper Ale is a far cry from their other Red Racer brand beers.  This beer would be a perfect summer beer and, since it's sold in cans, it would make the ultimate camping beer.

Ok so here's the second news coming out of Central City Brewing.  I'm sure that you're all aware of Central City's Red Racer ESB right?  Well, they've rebranded their ESB and now it's called Red Racer India Style Red Ale.  Why you ask? Here's the answer.. Just like the Copper Ale, they want to make it sound more appetizing to the general public.  To me that's understandable because in Surrey, BC, the masses like their Canadian, Bud and all that shit.  People need to embrace Central City and the beer that they brew because they'll realize that Craft Beer is taking over and Breweries like Central City, have way better alternatives to the B|ig Brand Breweries.

The next time you walk in to your local Liquor Store, you'll soon realize that both cans look almost exactly the same.  So be careful when choosing either the Copper Ale or the India Style Red Ale (formally know and their ESB). I hope that they'll redesign at least one of them so that the can does not look alike and does not look so frickin' busy.









Thursday, 29 May 2014

Burnside India Pale Ale

BREWERY:
Burnside Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Portland, Oregon

STYLE:
India Pale Ale (IPA)

COLOR:
Foggy Light Copper (unfiltered)

ALCOHOL:
6.6% @ 84 IBUs



It's been awhile since I talked about an American Craft Beer.  So I figured why not talk about one that's brewed from the mecca of craft beer, Portland Oregon.  Just in case you're wondering, all of Burnside Brewing's beers are unfiltered.  This leaves a beer foggy but full of flavor.  This one in particular is flavorful from the start right to the end.

You don't have to dig deep to get the citrus aroma.  Smells like a freshly cut grapefruit.  I would love to make the aroma of this beer to an air freshener, that's how good it is.  It has a great malt taste that is smooth and refreshing, especially for an IPA.  It has 6 different varieties of hops making it a beer with a medium bite and heavy aftertaste.  The finish is smooth leaving you wanting more.

This is a great IPA and one that you should not miss.  It's full bodied but it won't leave you full in the stomach.  Give it a try and I'm sure that you'll go back for more.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Coast Trail Pale Ale

BREWERY:
Canuck Empire Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Aldergrove, British Columbia

STYLE:
Pale Ale

COLOR:
Copper

ALCOHOL:
5.5%



I do have to say that I've never heard of this brewery.  Are they going to compete with Dead Frog Brewery? It must be really new considering they only have one beer out right now.  However, their planned lineup of brews is making me very exited because if their Pale Ale is any foreshadowing, then this brewery is going to make a name for itself pretty quick.

But before I get to that, here is what's up and coming from this brewery:
*Backcountry IPA - Arriving this spring. (65 IBUs btw)
*Stargazer Chamomile Wheat - Summer of this year
*Pumpkin Patch Ale - Arriving this fall

The aroma is not subtle at all, in fact, you don't even have to dig deep to get the citrus smell. When I smelled it, I knew that this was going to be a nice Pale Ale.  The taste is almost like your typical Pale Ale except that this full body Pale Ale has a slight sweetness to it.  It has a really good bite which is also really refreshing. The finish is very smooth and the aftertaste is just above the medium mark.  One thing that I do know about this brewery is that the brewmaster, Brandon Wiggins, is a long time Homebrewer.  I think with this introduction to his brewing knowledge, I cannot wait to try his other brews.  Great job guys, I look forward to visiting your brewery very soon.