Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Central City Brewing Grand Opening Media Preview

I was absolutely honored to be invited to Central City Brewing's Media Preview for their grand opening of their new state-of-the-art 65,000sq/ft facility.  This year also marks their 10th anniversary and what a way to celebrate by unveiling this gorgeous new brewery. 

Here's a little history about them from their press release and from what I've been able to gather:
 They first opened back in 2003 as being pretty much the only brewpub in the area and for all of Surrey for that matter.  The location that they were in (the original restaurant and brewery are still located on the original site) wasn't exactly the best area to be around, especially at night.  But the brewpub and liquor store, located next door, was so popular that people came out in droves, even from Vancouver to enjoy what they had to offer.  In 2005 the brewery launched a canning line which enabled them to sell their beer at their own liquor store.  That was a huge bonus to anyone that wanted to drink their award winning beer at home. 

Being so popular and getting big way too fast put them at a crossroads because back in 2009, they reached full capacity.  Always wanting to achieve more and to push the envelope, they leased a piece of land not far from their original site to accommodate the growing demand.  But it didn't stop there!  The one area that lacks
view of the distillery
attention and is dominated by the European market is distillery.  Their new 65,000 sq/ft facility also has distilling capabilities enabling them to add craft distilled gin, vodka, rye, and single malt whiskeys.  But you're going to have to wait for the whiskey and rye because as of right now, they're only making vodka and gin.  Their gin however, is flavored and their last batch included orange peel, lemon peel, coriander, chicory, juniper berries and cinnamon, giving their gin a nice licorice flavor.  
preview of their gin bottle

Just like their Red Racer brand of beer, their distillery is also going to have a brand called Seraph, meaning winged person not necessarily an angel.  Once you enter their store, you can see the huge statue of the Seraph. 

As soon as I walked in I was greeted right way by Yvonne.  She's the PR Rep for Central City.  She was very friendly and gave me the low down of what was in store for all of us that night.  She also directed me inside to their tasting room where they had an assortment of cheese, meat and bread products.  Very tasty.  So before I grabbed my first beer, I decided to walk around their store to have a look around.  Inside their store you'll find a wide variety of merchandise to buy from clothing and glassware all the way to a beer pong set.  There is also a nice Red Racer Motorcycle on display (don't sit on it).  Because it's a huge concrete building full of aluminum and metal, getting a cell signal is pretty much non existent inside depending on your cellphone provider so you're going to have to go out to the parking lot if you want to tweet, instagram etc.

Red Racer Motorcycle
When I was done walking around I went to their tasting room to enjoy their beer and great food that they had.  I was joined by my buddy Scott (local blogger and man about town) to chat with other bloggers and staff and to really enjoy our surroundings.  I was really fortunate to try their brand new Special 10th Anniversary Imperial Porter.  It's an in-house collaboration porter.  Each bottle is blended in batches from their original brewhouse and from their new brewery which is then barrel aged for a year.  It is very smooth, has a great smokey flavor from the roasted malts and has a light whiskey kick at the end.  Very enjoyable and a definite must try.  They are going to start selling it at their new brewery starting this Friday during their public open house. And remember, Growler fills start at just $11!!!

Finally the time came for us to go over and have a tour of their new state-of-the-art brewing facility.  We were met by Gary Lohin, Brewmaster and Partner, who gave us a first hand, detailed tour.  He went into great detail about the brewing process of their new distillery.  There was so much info for me to absorb that I recommend for you to go for a tour and see for yourself.  It is recommended that you call ahead to secure your spot.  For more information, go to their website www.centralcitybrewing.com  You can also follow them on Twitter



Just to give you more detail, here's the difference between the original brewery and their new brewery:
Notes of interest

Yvonne Chiang is a Freelance Publicist and PR Consultant who is also the PR Rep for Central City's new facility.
www.chiangpr.ca

Scott Graham is beer/food blogger that hosts many events around town to support local charities.
 www.wflbc.com
You can follow him on Twitter
He also the founder of South Fraser Beer Club
www.sfbeerclub.wordpress.com
You can also follow sfbc on twitter

Gary Lohin, Brewmaster, has over 20 years of brewing experience working at different breweries and of course, brewing for Central City.  In 2003, he became a partner and has personally overseen 2 major expansions in production capacity.  Under his leadership, Central City as become a leading Craft Brewer, recognized on the national and international stage with multiple awards.


**Some of the information on this post was directly from their press release and fact sheet.


Monday, 11 November 2013

Sartori Harvest IPA..What's with the hype?

I have to admit that I didn't know anything about Driftwood Brewing's Sartori Harvest IPA until earlier this year.  I heard that it was "the" beer to get if I'm going to get any seasonal beer this year.  I was really intrigued because I didn't think that it got any better than their Fat Tug IPA, truly one of the top IPA's in BC.  I wanted to know what this beer was all about and why it was the most popular seasonal release of the year so I decided to poke around a bit.

Here's what I found out:
- It's released around every September
- It's "wet hopped" not just once but throughout the brewing process
- They use fresh Centennial Hops from the Sartori Cedar Ranch in Chilliwack, BC
- The hops are still dripping with oily goodness when the brewing process begins.
- It's really expensive. (depending which Beer Store you go to)

So, after finding all that out, I went to my local Cold Beer and Wine Store and put my name down on a list for when it came in.  That's right! A LIST!  When I left the store, I immediately told myself "This beer better be f@cking EPIC!  When it came in, I bought 3 at $9.50 a bottle plus tax

The Twitterverse was all abuzz about this beer.  People were tweeting their asses off about it.  There were a few that missed it and were asking everybody where they could get it.  People were tweeting about it for a few days after and I couldn't wait to try it.  You see, I bought them on Wednesday and I couldn't get to drink it till the Friday so I was salivating at the chance to try it. 

Finally the day was here.  It was Friday evening and I had a long day so as soon I had the chance, I opened one up and poured in a glass.  Holy crap the smell was amazing.  There was a sweetness in the aroma that made it different than the Fat Tug, Switchback, or any other IPAs out there.  But that's as far as it went for me.  I'm not going to describe the taste in detail because I'll be sounding like my past blog post about their Fat Tug.  The biggest and only difference I found was that the Sartori Harvest IPA had a really unique sweetness to the taste as well as the aroma.  Don't get me wrong, the taste was really, really good and I prefer this over a lot of other IPA's but I didn't think that this one was worth me putting my name on a list and spending over $9.50 plus tax each for 3 bottles.  Next year if I happen to walk into a Cold Beer and Wine Store and see the Sartori Harvest IPA sitting there, I'll for sure buy one.  But if there's a list for it, chances are that I'll just grab the Fat Tug and be on my merry way.  I'm sure you guys will disagree with me and tell me otherwise but this is just my opinion and I'm sticking with it. 

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Harvest Honey Pale Ale

BREWERY:
Tin Whistle Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Penticton, British Columbia

STYLE:
Seasonal Flavored Pale Ale

COLOR:
Light Copper

ALCOHOL:
5%



Useless trivia time... Did you know that Tin Whistle was the first Brewery to open up in the Okanagan?  Yup.  I've enjoyed a few beers that they've brewed.  Scorpion anyone?  This is one that is not too bad but it's nothing to yell about over a crowed beer festival.  What I really like about this beer is that it's hoppier (they use fresh Cascade Hops) than a regular pale and the addition of wild flower honey, makes this beer stand out.  The floral and citrus aroma is very present in this beer and you don't even need to close your eyes to smell it.  The very first taste, tastes like a regular pale ale.  Use that first taste as a pallet cleanser because after that, the flavor starts to come into play.  It has a unique citrus taste at first then blends into a honey smoothness.  This beer has a really smooth taste, crisp finish, and a slightly bitter aftertaste.  All in all, this beer is really well balanced and will not leave you begging for a glass of water. 

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Off The Grid Red Lager

BREWERY:
Hoyne Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Victoria, British Columbia

STYLE;
Flavored Lager

COLOUR:
Copper

ALCOHOL:
5.3%



I'm a big fan of Hoyne Brewing.  They have unique flavors of beer.  Out of all the ones that I've had from this brewing company, I think this one comes in second. (tops is their Down Easy)  I absolutely love the picture on the bottle.  I can picture myself camping in the middle of nowhere, having a fire, and drinking this beer with a fine Cuban cigar. 
The aroma from this beer is subtle and not overpowering.  It's the hops that they use that makes this beer smell and taste great.  They use Tettnang Hops that's grown is Germany but it's also grown in some parts of the United States.  It's very smooth and crisp but not as crisp as a regular lager.  It has a fantastic malt taste and I can really taste a sweetness to it.  It's definitely not filling and it's definitely not a typical lager.  The finish is so smooth and clean and there's a slight tasty malty aftertaste.  This beer you absolutely have to try.  It's a great bridge between a lager and an ale. 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Outta Wack Mango Wheat Ale

BREWERY:
Old Yale Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Chilliwack, British Columbia

STYLE:
Flavoured Wheat Ale

COLOUR:
Cloudy Dark Yellow

ALCOHOL:
5%



I'm not a wheat (hefe, white, and so forth) beer drinker but I will dabble in the flavoured variety once in a while.  So having said that, I have to admit something... When I had this beer, I was sampling it with a few people.  After the first glass, I told them that I'd be back in a second, and went out to grab a couple more bottles.  Yup, this beer is that good.

Right away you can tell that the mango is the main focus (title does say mango right?) because you can smell it without even putting your nose right up to the glass.  Along with the mango there are tiny hints of other fruit but it's very minor.  This beer is very smooth and very refreshing and it does have a thickness (body) to it.  What can I say about the taste?? It's all about the mango because they use the pure nectar of said mango when brewing this beer.  The mango taste is rich and leaves you wanting more.  Very yummy and very refreshing!!  It has a slightly crisp finish and a very clean aftertaste.

This is a fantastic summer beer because of it's refreshing taste, and the use of a refreshing fruit.  The mango.  Even if you're like me and don't like wheat beer, you'll want to try this one.  You're welcome!!

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Driftwood Pale Ale

BREWERY:
Driftwood Brewery

LOCATION:
Victoria, British Columbia

STYLE:
Pale Ale

COLOR:
Light Copper

ALCOHOL:
5%




Driftwood Brewery crafts great quality beers.  One of the best beers I've ever had is their flagship beer called Fat Tug IPA.  If you haven't tried it, then you've been living under a rock. A close second to the Fat Tug is there Pale Ale simply called Driftwood Pale Ale. 

What threw me at first was the color.  Before I poured it, I just assumed that it was going to be a typical copper or dark copper color but it's not.  But when you get into this beer, who the heck cares about the color.  The smell has a great balance of hop and citrus aroma.  It has a light malt taste and more of a medium/heavy hop flavor.  It's clean, refreshing, and has a smooth finish.  The aftertaste is more on the heavier side but doesn't linger on the sides of your tongue.

One thing that I should tell you however, is that if you're not into IPA's then you should skip past this one.  Yes it's a Pale Ale and not an India Pale Ale but it's more hop forward than your average pale ale.  But!!!! before you freak out, this beer will give you a taste of what an IPA is all about and hopefully after trying this beer, you'll go and pick up it's bigger brother, the Fat Tug IPA. 

Back at it this weekend

I took a month off because it was warm, sunny and I was really lazy.  I'm back it this weekend with 2 new beer reviews so stay tuned my thirsty friends, stay tuned. 

Cheers!!

Friday, 5 July 2013

Cheakamus Chai-Maple Ale

BREWERY:
Whistler Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Whistler, British Columbia

STYLE:
Flavoured Ale

COLOUR:
Dark Copper

ALCOHOL:
5%




This is my second review of Whistler Brewing Company.  One thing that I recently found out and that I should tell you is that they brew and bottle all their beers in Kamloops, British Columbia.  However, they do brew small batches for tastings and Growler fills on site at their "Brewery" in Whistler.  To me, it doesn't bother me where they brew it.  But I thought that they use only pure Whistler glacier water in all their beers?  What ever the truth is, I'm just curious (and will find out soon) to know if a bottle of their Honey Lager, for example, tastes the same as it would in the Growler.  Probably not.  Don't read to much into this though, I do like the beers that they brew. 

Then there's the Cheakamus Chai-Maple Ale.  The smell is just like a Chai Tea that you would order at your favourite coffee shop but with maple syrup.  I really like the smell.  You only need to taste it once to figure out that maple syrup is the key flavour in this beer.  There's also a subtle spice that you would get in a Chai tea.  I guarantee you that the first 5 sips of this beer will turn you off but after that it does grow on you.  The taste is also smooth and, depending on your taste, you can slightly (and I mean very slightly) taste a bit of smokeyness to it.  I'm assuming that the result of the taste of chai and maple mixed together on your tongue.  The finish of light bitterness and the aftertaste is more Chai Tea than of Maple Syrup.  This is going to sound strange but this beer would taste really good with a glazed doughnut. 

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

D.O. ALE

BREWERY:
Old Yale Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Chilliwack, British Columbia

STYLE:
Brown Ale

COLOUR:
Dark Copper

ALCOHOL:
5%




There's a story behind this beer.  But since the height of the Vancouver Band D.O.A was before my time, I'll just bypass that story if you don't mind.  Sorry you guys at Old Yale Brewing.  Out of all the local breweries around, there's always at least one beer that each of them brew that I don't like.  But so far every beer Old Yale has brewed has been very well crafted.  This one is among those.  Right of the hop (get it?) you can smell the dark chocolate (or light coffee flavour depending on how warm it is) with a slight caramel tone. 

Some people can smell and taste chocolate.  However, for me, it was more espresso.  And remember, every taste buds are different. 

It has a full body, rich taste with hints of that espresso flavour.  The taste is also very smooth and not too sharp, with a light smokey aftertaste.  The aftertaste is perfect and will really enhance your cigar experience.  There are people out there that don't like Brown Ales.  Those people really need to try this beer.  It is one that they will come back to over and over again.  Porter lovers? Try it.  It'll taste familiar.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Space Dust IPA

BREWERY:
Elysian Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Seattle, Washington

STYLE:
IPA

COLOUR:
Dark Golden

ALCOHOL:
7.2%




When I saw this beer I had to grab it.  I love the image on the bottle.  It might seem funny but the image of the Hop bud vomitting space dust looks like my brother.  And as an added bonus, I love IPA's as well so I figured this to be a win/win situation.  I was pretty surprised by this beer.  I'm not saying this beer was bad, I actually really liked it.  However, it wasn't what I was expecting, even from the colour.  I thought it would be a little darker than it was.  The smell was fantastic as it had a nice citrus aroma that smelled of subtle orange zest.  The taste was more on the mellow side which surprised me.  It didn't have that bite that I was expecting from a 7.2% IPA.  But the taste was smooth and hoppy but not as hoppy as other IPA's with the same 70 IBU's that I've had.  The finish is also smooth and the aftertaste is on the medium side.  Like I said, I liked this beer and I strongly recommend it to anyone who thinks that IPA's are too strong or tastes too bitter.  I would get this one again. 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

North Shore Pale Ale

BREWERY:
Bridge Brewing Company

LOCATION:
North Vancouver, British Columbia

STYLE:
Pale Ale

COLOUR:
Copper (slightly cloudy)

ALCOHOL:
5.5%




Bridge Brewing Company is a new nano brewery located on the North Shore of Vancouver.  Their location is small but they're big on taste (yeah that was lame).  Their North Shore Pale Ale is one like no other.  The smell is lightly sweet with slight tones of caramel.  It's very aromatic.  When pouring this beer, make to take your time or else it will really foam up on you.  It has a great malt taste and is not too thick.  It's very refreshing with light bitterness and has a slight kick.  It's more hoppy than a regular pale ale which is why it's unique.  The finish is really smooth with a light, but tasty, aftertaste.  For me, the 650mL bottle wasn't enough.  Next time I'm in the area, I'm filling up the growler. 

Friday, 31 May 2013

Humphrey Biere De Garde

BREWERY:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Vancouver, British Columbia

STYLE:
Strong Pale Ale

COLOUR:
Copper

Alcohol:
7%




Biere de Garde basically stands for "Beer for Keeping".  Usually this type of beer is brewed then stored for a certain amount to time then it is released.  Parallel 49's version of this style of beer is one that you absolutely cannot pass up.  The aroma is very, very light.  You can barely smell it.  If your nose is keen then you can detect the slightest smell of caramel and maybe a bit of rose.  But just because you can barely smell it doesn't mean that it's lacking in flavour.  The flavour of this beer will make you want to drink this beer over and over.  It has a great malt taste and you can definitely taste the caramel.  It's sweet but subtle enough where it won't satisfy your sweet tooth.  The taste has a thickness to it and it's also very smooth with no aftertaste.  The finish is of caramel and maybe a bit of honey?

Friday, 24 May 2013

Mellow Moon Pineapple Hefeweizen

BREWERY:
Tree Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Kelowna, British Columbia

STYLE:
Hefeweizen

COLOUR:
Deep Yellow (cloudy)

ALCOHOL:
5%




I've had Hefeweizens before.  A lot of them taste the same.  When a brewery actually adds flavor to it, it changes everything.  In my opinion, flavor adds to the refreshment of the hefe.  It gives it that extra kick to a bland style of beer.  Mellow Moon Pineapple Hefeweizen from Tree Brewing is the answer to that summer beer everyone is looking for.  Mind you, however, you can't drink this beer (and any other Hefe) too much without getting an upset stomach so drinking this beer casually is the way to go.  Relax, sit in the sun, and enjoy this beer. 

First of all the smell gives off more of a citrus aroma than pineapple and I do detect a slight bit of spice as well.  The taste is really refreshing and that's where you can taste the pineapple.  However it's not quite predominant as I thought but still great none the less.  The taste also has a bit of tartness witch adds a dryness to the taste.  The finish is smooth and slightly crispy with a fruity mellow aftertaste.  I would honestly recommend you trying this beer on a hot and sunny day.  You will thank me for it.  Cheers!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF)

BREWERY:
Lagunitas Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Petaluma, California

STYLE:
Brown Ale

COLOUR:
Dark Copper (Brown)

ALCOHOL:
7.85% (Damn that's precise)




Lagunitas Brewing Company brew the coolest beers.  I love the names that they have for all their beers.  This one in particular is rather long and, to me, makes no sense to the taste and style.  But I figure that's what they're going for.  Right away you can smell the hops.  It is, however, subtle and not in your face but it's there and has a hint of floral and spice to it.  It's very smooth and has a full bodied malt taste.  The bitterness is medium and the aftertaste lingers enough where you can feel it in your throat.  You can tell that they use roasted malts because it has an earthy tone to it with a hint ( and I mean HINT) of chocolate.  I really enjoyed this beer.  It's definitely not for everyone but for people who appreciate a well crafted, full bodied beer, this one is rather tasty.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Lost Lake Unfiltered IPA

BREWERY:
Whistler Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Whistler, British Columbia

STYLE:
IPA (India Pale Ale)

COLOR:
Copper

ALCOHOL:
6.8%




Just to go off topic for a second, I just want to say that Whistler is the most beautiful place on Earth.  To have brewery producing great quality beer in the most beautiful place on Earth is an added bonus.  This beer is what I like to call a "Hidden Assassin".  What do you do first when you have the glass in front of you?  You smell it of course.  But when you smell it, it's very sublte.  You can, however, smell the fruity aroma but you really have to dig deep to get it.  BUT, when you taste it, it's a whole new world.  The flavor takes over and you're loving it.  It has a great hop flavor with just enough bite where the aftertaste is bitter, but is kept to a medium level.  It has a really good full bodied malty taste to it that leaves you wanting more.  It's also a mellower IPA because it's naturally carbonated.  Some people might think that it's kind of flat, but to me, that's exactly how they wanted it to be.  And that's exactly what makes this beer smooth and unique.  And that's exactly why I like it so much.  I think that Whistler Brewing Company did a really good job on this IPA and is very comparable to the other local Northwest Style IPA's out there.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Molto Bella Espresso IPA

BREWERY:
Tree Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Kelowna, British Columbia

STYLE:
Flavoured IPA

COLOR:
Reddish Copper

ALCOHOL:
4.8%




This beer is no longer in production.  But I thought I'd give it a try anyway.  Tree Brewing Company brews really good quality IPA's.  In fact, they even have an IPA Mingler Pack.  I've never had an IPA like this one.  Smell it.  It smells just like an espresso drink.  And so it should, hence the name.  The taste is very unique.  It tastes just like your regular morning coffee with a shot of espresso.  The name does speak truth about this beer.  Where are the hops?  The reason why I ask is because there's no hop flavour in this beer what so ever.  I think the reason may lie in the heavy malt taste.  It does a fantastic job hiding the hop flavour.  It's a full bodied beer with a smooth finish.  The after taste is heavy on the bitterness side and has that roasted coffee taste that you'd get when drinking a Tall Pike from your local Starbucks.  In my personal opinion, Tree Brewing did a pretty good take on an alcoholic espresso drink.  No somebody pass me my breakfast sandwich!!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Indigo Dragon Double IPA

BREWERY:
Alley Kat Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Edmonton, Alberta

STYLE:
Double (imperial) IPA

COLOR:
Light Copper

ALCOHOL:
7.5%




I've never heard of this brewery before.  I don't think they sell it in the Greater Vancouver Area.  I got my hands on this one through a friend of mine who went to Edmonton and brought it back for me.  I'm so glad that she did because I believe that this is my first out of province (not country) review.

I love the smell of this beer.  It has a sharp citrus aroma that really gets you excited to taste it.  The body of it is cloudy like you would find in a Wheat beer.  In my opinion, the hop flavor was on the lighter side and so was the malt taste.  This beer has 70 IBU's but when you taste it, it tastes even more bitter and the aftertaste stays in your mouth for a long time.  It's a beer that makes you want to gargle with mouthwash after every taste.  However, the beer is clean and crisp.  It's a little high on the carbonation that's why it has that crispness to it.  With all that said, a really good Cuban Cigar will go well with this beer.  Sit back, sip and have a cigar. 

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Twenty Pounder double IPA

BREWERY:
Driftwood Brewery

LOCATION:
Victoria, British Columbia

STYLE:
Double IPA

COLOR:
Copper

ALCOHOL:
9%




This beer has been on my list for as long as I first heard about it.  I actually had this beer in my fridge for almost 2 weeks.  I have no idea why it took me this long to open it.  But, I have to tell you that it was well worth the wait.  This one is up there on my list of double, imperial, strong (whatever you want to call it) IPAs.  The smell doesn't pop out at you, but when you dive your nose into it, you can smell the gentle citrus aroma wafting about.  It has a really good malt taste and the body itself has a unique thickness to it.  I guess you can say that the the flavor creates a thickness that hits you like a cannonball fired from the cannon depicted on the bottle.  The finish is smooth with a slight crisp and the aftertaste it medium to heavy but it does dissipate rather quickly.  I think that Driftwood Brewery did an excellent job creating a double IPA that gives you that punch and great taste that is missing in a lot of double IPA's that I've had.  This is a definite must try. 

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Vow Of Silence

BREWERY:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Vancouver, British Columbia

STYLE:
Belgian Style Strong Ale

COLOR:
Dark Copper

ALCOHOL:
9.8%



Belgian Strong Ales aren't really my cup of tea.  But I will try them now and then.  Maybe why I don't normally try them is because they are STRONG!  Parallel 49 Brewing Company has their own version of this style of beer; It's called Vow Of Silence.  From the very top I noticed that this beer has a slight sweet caramel smell to it.  I don't know exactly what the smell is but one thing that I can tell you for sure is that it smells really good and you're going to like it.  It's full bodied and has a thickness to its consistency.  It has a really good malt taste to it which makes it a really smooth beer to drink.  The crisp factor is subtle but noticeable.  The finish is sharp almost like a Chimay but not totally in your face sharp (hope that makes sense).  The aftertaste is slightly malty but doesn't make you want to brush your teeth right after.  Enjoy this beer folks.  You may even want to marinade some thinly sliced lamb with this one. 

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Scorpion Double IPA

BREWERY:
The Tin Whistle Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Penticton, British Columbia

STYLE:
Double (strong) IPA

COLOR:
Copper

ALCOHOL:
8%



This is going to be a quick review.  AND... The review below is what I and only I think of it based on what I tasted.  This beer tastes like it can have a lot of different opinions ok? Ok.  Let's begin shall we?

The smell of this beer has a really defined citrus aroma.  The smell is intriguing.  The citrus aroma is inviting.  The taste is also very unique and surprising.  You'd expect it to have a serious hop flavor because it's a double IPA, but it all comes down to the malt taste.  It has a real deep malt taste.  So much that it masks the hop aroma.  But that's not necessarily a bad thing.  I'll admit that this beer is not well balanced but I do like the taste.  It has a medium finish (medium bitterness) and the aftertaste does linger longer than I would like but it's not a bad beer overall.  If you like beer that is more malty than anything else, try this one. 

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Tranquility IPA

BREWERY:
Moon Under Water Brewery

LOCATION:
Victoria, British Columbia

STYLE:
IPA (India Pale Ale)

COLOR:
Light Copper

ALCOHOL:
6.5% on the bottle, 5.2% on their website (which one??)
To me it's seems more towards 5.2%


I've never heard of this brewery/pub.  Am I out of the loop?  I don't think so.  Once again folks my selection for this week's beer proves a point.  That point?... Labeling.  I went into the liquor so my buddy can grab something and as I was walking by, this label caught my eye.  So I picked up the bottle and realized that I've never heard of it.  So what do I do?  Snatched it up of course and now it's on my blog. 

I love the smell of this beer because it's inviting and not overpowering.  Just has a really good citrus aroma.  Just smelling it, you know that this beer is going to be a good one.  The taste, to me, is fantastic.  It has a medium hop flavor combined with a light malt taste making this beer really well balanced.  It's really smooth, crispy and has a slight bitterness to the aftertaste.  I can drink this beer all day because it's oddly refreshing.  Who would think of it being that way?  It has 70 IBU's (not killer or in your face and not weak like Keith's IPA) and is dry hopped..... and refreshing. 

Oh by the way.....Keith's IPA isn't really an IPA.  They're faking it.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Hoptimus Prime Double IPA

BREWERY:
Ruckus Brewing Company

LOCATION:
New York, New York

STYLE:
Strong IPA

COLOR:
Light Copper

ALCOHOL:
9%



Right off the bat I want to say that I really enjoyed this beer.  The thing that I like most about it was that it tasted better and better the more you drank it.  Smelling this beer you notice that it has a really good citrus- hoppy aroma.  The flavour is something that is very unique.  It is so damn tasty!  It has a really good hop flavour, and equally impressive malt taste.  The hops are really well balanced with the malts in this one.  For a beer that is dry hopped, the bitterness is kept to a minimum but the finish does have that malty lingering aftertaste but not enough to keep me away from this one.  This beer is one that will definitely be in my fridge in the VERY near future.   

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Paddles Up Pale Ale

BREWERY:
The Cannery Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Penticton, British Columbia

STYLE:
Pale Ale

COLOR:
Light Copper

ALCOHOL:
5%



The bottle says "Small Brewery BIG FLAVOUR!" This beer truly stands up to that motto.  The smell is very light but you can, however, make out the citrus aroma.  When you taste it, you best be sitting down because the flavour hits you like a locomotive.  It literally takes over your senses and all you can think about is how good this beer tastes.  It's lightly hopped (not really noticeable at all) leaving this beer really refreshing.  It has a great malt flavour that tastes more on the sweet side.  Do I taste honey in the beer?  I think so!!  This beer is crisp and the finish is smooth and clean.  It leaves no residue on the back of your tongue.  This is a beer that one that you'd crave on a hot summer day.  Unlike a typical Pale Ale, it's a definite thirst quencher. (Just like the bottle says)

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Hop Ride IPA

BREWERY:
Tenaya Creek Brewery

LOCATION:
Las Vegas, Nevada

STYLE:
IPA (India Pale Ale)

COLOR:
Light Copper

ALCOHOL:
7.2%



Do not be afraid to try this beer because it's 7.2% ABV.  You can actually drink this IPA in the 650mL bottle, all by yourself.  To tell you the truth I didn't know the alcohol content until after I had it.  Then I was shocked to see that it's 7.2% ABV because I loved the flavor and it was very smooth. It's has medium hop smell with a hint of citrus.  Very inviting to say the least.  It's full bodied but won't leave you bloated.  It has a great hop taste, smooth malt flavor, and the finish is bitter at first but dissipates quite quickly leaving a fairly smooth aftertaste.  A definite must try for people that love IPA's that are really smooth and well balanced.