Saturday, 25 August 2012

Switchback IPA

BREWERY:
Lighthouse Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Victoria, British Columbia

STYLE:
IPA

COLOR:
Copper

Alcohol:
6.5%



Lighthouse Brewing Company has to be one of my favorites breweries.  Bonus that it's a local brewery (by local I mean it's from BC)  Their beers have a unique style.  Although they have the normal styles, the taste of their beers are different and sets them apart from the other Craft Breweries.  They should consider calling there style of ales "Westcoast Style Ales". 

Take for example their Switchback IPA.  To me this beer is spot on.  This is what an IPA should taste like. I've had IPA's from 5.5% all the way to 8.5% and let me tell you that being at 6.5%, this beer is right on par to what an IPA should be.  As soon as you crack it open, the flavorful aroma hits you right away.  The smell gets better and more aromatic when you pour it in a glass.  It's perfectly hoppy (medium - heavy) and the taste is very clean and crisp.  The aftertaste is great and lasts long enough where you can actually enjoy this beer from the start right down to the finish.  If you like cigars but don't like scotch, this beer is a great substitute.  By the way... for an IPA this beer has great head retention.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Summer Honey Hefe

BREWERY:
Hoyne Brewing Co.

LOCATION:
Victoria, British Columbia

STYLE;
Hefeweizen

COLOR:
Cloudy Golden

ALCOHOL:
5.1%



Hoyne Brewing Company is new to the craft beer scene but is making a name for itself with the quality of beer they produce.  Their Summer Honey Hefe is one of them.  The aroma this beer produces is pretty typical of a Hefeweizen but the taste is unique.  The honey makes this beer more refreshing and smoother than the other Hefe's out there.  It's crispier and the honey really stands out in the finish.  On the bottle, it is noted that the cloudyness of the beer is high.  However, when I poured it in the glass, it was cloudy but not as much as most of the Hefe's I've had.  For me, I would have rated it right in the middle of the scale.  This is great summer beer and goes great with a turkey sandwich. 

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Sergeant's IPA

BREWERY:
Old Yale Brewing Co.

LOCATION:
Chilliwack, British Columbia

STYLE:
IPA

COLOR:
Copper

ALCOHOL:
5.5%



What do you want first? The good news or the bad news?

Good News? Ok here goes. (actually the good news is the beer itself so don't worry)

When you open this beer, pour it in a glass first before you smell it.  Don't smell it from the bottle directly or else you won't get the full aroma.  I like the smell, it's mild and is typical of an IPA.  The taste of this beer is really good ice cold.  The hop is mild and has a really good, better than average aftertaste.  This is the most refreshing IPA that I've had so far and that leads me to a thought......  A summer IPA??  Being a 5.5% I really think this can work.  

Ok, the bad news. (it's not that bad people, it's just my opinion)

When I walked in to the local beer and wine store, I knew exactly what I was getting and got it.  There are a lot of people out there that are new to this whole "Craft Beer" thing.  These are the people that finally put down there Molson and Buds and decided to have an actual beer.  So when they walk in to their local cold beer and wine store, what do they look for?..... Answer?..... THE LABEL!!!!   I've seen people in there skimming through all the craft beer and picking up the most colorful, well designed bottle.  It's attractive to them.  Sorry guys but, in my opinion, you need to change your labels.  It's kind of boring and easy to miss. 

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Twilight Summer Ale (Seasonal)

BREWERY:
Deschutes Brewery

LOCATION:
Bend, Oregon

STYLE:
Golden Ale

COLOR:
Dark Golden

ALCOHOL:
5%



It's a hot summer day, you're sitting in your backyard patio with a few friends, BBQ blazing behind you, and you have a beer in your hand.  What beer naturally comes to mind?  A lager? A wheat beer?  What about an Ale?  No?  Deschutes Twilight Summer ale aims to change your mind on what you think a summer beer is.  The smell is so fresh and aromatic that it can actually put you in a relaxed state.  This beer has good balance fruitiness and is refreshingly good when you sip it but, being an ale, the slight hop gives it a slight aftertaste (which in this case is not a bad thing at all).  The taste really gives this beer the "summer" quality people are looking for.  I don't want to tell you what summer beer to drink but you need to give this beer a try.  You may actually change your whole outlook and think Ale.