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!!