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.