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.