Sunday, 25 November 2012

Black Christmas C.D.A.

BREWERY:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Vancouver, British Columbia

STYLE:
Dark Ale

COLOR:
Dark Copper

ALCOHOL:
6.5%



Parallel 49 makes really good beer for the most part.  (Only one I don't like)  Another one that is definitely on my favorable list is their Black Christmas C.D.A.  This is a seasonal beer and it's too bad that I have to wait around for it.  Yes it's that good.  I love the aroma coming out of this this beer.  Right away you can tell that you're going to enjoy this one.  The taste is very well balanced and the hop is just perfect.  Great Malt flavor as well.  It's clean, crisp, and I'm really impressed with the finish.  The aftertaste has a hint of smokeyness to it and lingers just long enough for your next sip.  For a dark ale, it's very refreshing and very smooth.  Parallel 49 did a great job with this dark ale.  BTW....CDA = Christmas Dark Ale.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Persnickety Pale Ale

BREWERY:
2 Beers Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Seattle, Washington

STYLE:
Pale Ale

COLOR:
Light Copper

ALCOHOL:
5.7%



The general rule of thumb is that all ales should be poured in a glass to release the flavor.  And the glass should be such that the top should be double the width as the bottom.  This is a great rule and one that I follow religiously but sometimes you have to be careful when using this rule.   The Persnickety Pale Ale is one that you should be careful when pouring it out because having a narrow bottom makes this beer really foamy.  Even when you pour it slowly the head still rises.  The smell is mellow but has a zest to it.  When you sip it, again the foam explodes in your mouth (dirty jokes aside) and will leave you gassy.  Great malt flavor and the finish is smooth.  It's very refreshing leaving me to think that this beer is a really good summer beer.  Sorry people, I can't say much more about this beer because the foam to overpowering.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Powell IPA

BREWERY:
Coal Harbour Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Vancouver, British Columbia

STYLE:
India Pale Ale

COLOR:
Copper

ALCOHOL:
6.5%



Before I begin to say what I have to say about this beer, I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. 

Smelling this beer, I was intrigued.  It had a really flavorful hoppy, fruity aroma.  I was really exited to taste this beer.  When I tasted it, I wasn't disappointed but I wasn't all that overwhelmed by the flavor.  Based on the smell, when I took a sip, I expected the hop to stand out.  However, it didn't.  But don't be quick to judge, the hop was there but it was mild and left a slight bitter aftertaste.  Great malt flavor and I believe it masked the hoppyness to the level that made it mild and didn't give it the bite that I expected.  I did like the flavor of this beer and I will drink it again. 

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Pumpkin Head (Pumpkin Brown Ale)

BREWERY:
Fernie Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Fernie, British Columbia

STYLE:
Seasonal Brown Ale

COLOR:
Dark Brown

ALCOHOL:
5%



I am not a big fan of pumpkin.  In fact, I hate everything pumpkin.  I've tried a lot of pumpkin beer and they all taste...well....pumpkiny.  My wife came home with Fernie Brewing's Pumpkin Head Pumpkin brown ale so I figured, what the hell, DRINK UP!!  The smell of the pumpkin in this beer is not as pronounced as the spices.  To me that's a good thing.  Less pumpkiny the better.  ( I know pumkiny isn't a word so just humor me)  The taste of the pumpkin dissipates quickly (masked a little by the malt) then the cinnamon and nutmeg take over leaving a nice finish.  This beer is really smooth and I love the fact that the pumpkin blends really well with the spices.  Fernie Brewing Company did a really great job with this seasonal ale.