Friday, 26 October 2012

Red Ryder Ale

BREWERY:
Tenaya Creek Brewery

LOCATION:
Las Vegas, Nevada

STYLE:
Rye Beer

COLOR:
Dark Reddish Copper (is that even a color?)

ALCOHOL:
6.2% - 6.7% (depends on who you talk to)



This beer is very unique.  I can't decide whether to drink it or soak my chicken wings in it.  But I drank it.  The smell hard to detect but it's there.  In fact, it actually has a light citrus aroma, which is very nice to smell coming from this really dark beer.  And now for the taste... well, it's not for everybody.  But it is for me.  The taste starts out smokey, then turns into a smooth caramel flavor.  The taste, however, doesn't last long because it turns into one of those lingering smokey, bitter aftertaste that some people like but most do not.  I, for one, do like the finish.  That's all I really have to say about this beer.  Sorry I couldn't say much more.

Oh, by the way, I LOVE the label.  The left foot is really pointy.   

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Phillips Longboat Chocolate Porter

BREWERY;
Phillips Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Victoria, British Columbia

STYLE:
Porter

COLOR:
Dark

ALCOHOL:
5.2%



Phillips Brewing Company has a beer that's one of my favorites.  But it's not the Porter.  But don't get me wrong, the porter is a beer that I actually enjoyed.  I absolutely love the dark chocolate smell to it.  It's a great fall beer.  The crispness is right on par to what a porter should be.  It has a very clean chocolatey finish with only a hint of lingering aftertaste.  (with this beer it's hard to describe the finish and aftertaste in to separate entities)  It's almost a typical flavored porter but it has a unique flavor that sets it apart from all the other Porters.  This beer is a definite must try and I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.  An overall great Porter.  

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Steamworks Pilsner

BREWERY:
Steamworks Brewing Co.

LOCATION:
Vancouver, British Columbia

STYLE:
Pilsner

Color:
Dark Yellow

ALCOHOL:
5%



When I think about Pilsner, it always reminds me about the beer my dad used to drink.  You know which one... The green can with the old school car, the train, plane, teepee, and sometimes, the yellow rabbits.  I've never been into Pilsners but for some reason I've decided to give Steamworks Pilsner a try.  When I poured it in the glass and smelled it, it had a slight skunky smell to it.  But don't let the smell mean that the beer was off.  It probably wasn't (remember, I'm not a big fan of pilsners). The taste does have a crispness to it and the flavor did dance around the sides of my tongue in a good way.  The hop was slight and the finish wasn't too overpowering.  But the aftertaste had a slight bitterness to it.  To me, this is a beer that I can only have once.  If you're a fan of Pilsner, give it a try but I'm sure that there are way better Pils out there that are better than this.  Sorry Steamworks but to me it's a swing and a miss 

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Fat Tug IPA

BREWERY:
Driftwood Brewery

LOCATION:
Victoria, British Columbia

STYLE:
India Pale Ale

COLOR:
Medium Copper (depending on lighting)

ALCOHOL:
7%



A lot of people I know have had this beer and recommended it to me.  It's been on my list for a long time now.  Well folks, I finally had the pleasure of trying it out.  At first the smell wasn't quite there.  It was very weak.  I soon realized that I poured it a little too full in the glass causing the smell to dissipate quickly.  After a few sips (3 as matter of fact) I was able to smell the fruity goodness of this beer.  The taste is VERY hoppy.  You really have to like IPA's to appreciate this beer.  It has a slight crispness to it and the finish does not linger. The finish lets you know that you've had a well crafted IPA.  The bitterness is kept to a minimum.  I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone who likes Pale Ales and wants to graduate to IPA's.  This IPA is more of a Masters Degree of IPAs.  Great beer all around, from the first smell, right down to the finish. 

Friday, 12 October 2012

Pin-up Porter

BREWERY:
Southern Oregon Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Medford Oregon

STYLE:
Porter

COLOR:
Dark (not stout dark)

ALCOHOL:
5.5%



This brewery is new to me.  Mainly because we don't get it in Canada. (or maybe we do but I haven't seen it yet) It's ok, I live 2 seconds from the border so if I'm really jonesing for this beer, I can just go across, get gas, cheese, milk, and this beer. 

Well, it's fall and it's also just about Porter season so hey, why not review a Porter.  Opening up this beer you can smell the hint of chocolate and coffee.  It's a really good mix.  The coffee is more predominate in the taste.  If you don't like smokiness in a beer, then this beer is not for you.  It's not overly smokey but just enough to deter the weak or the newbies.  To me it was a really good blend.  The beer itself is very smooth (like you would find in a typical porter) and has a slight crispness to it.  The finish is clean, and very enjoyable.  This Porter is not for everyone but it will be enjoyed by most.