Sunday, 9 March 2014

Solitaire

BREWERY:
Surlie Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Abbotsford, British Columbia

STYLE:
Porter (smells and tastes like one)

COLOR:
Dark Copper

ALCOHOL:
6.5%



First off, before I begin taking about this beer, I just want to welcome Abbotsford, to the British Columbia Craft Beer Revolution.  Surlie Brewing is the newest brewery to open up around these parts.  So new that even their website is under construction.  But, if they wanted to make an entrance, they did a really good job with their first bottle beer, Solitaire.  The caramel aroma really stands out when you pour it in the glass.  The smell has a really good combination of sweet and savory.  The body of the beer is really smooth (porter quality) with a slight smokey flavor.  The smoothness also carries on to the finish with only a slight bitterness.  The aftertaste lingers but it's really enjoyable.  I think that this beer is a really good introduction to Surlie Brewing and I'm really looking forward to what else they have in their arsenal.  Great job guys!

Monday, 3 March 2014

Kettle Valley Amber Ale

BREWERY:
The Tin Whistle Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Penticton, British Columbia

STYLE:
Amber Ale

COLOR:
Reddish/Copper

ALCOHOL:
5%



I've had a few beers from The Tin Whistle Brewing Company so I expected great things from this beer.  I've had a lot of amber ales so I expected this one to compete.  However, it's a good beer but it's not as good as the other Amber Ales that I've had.  First off, the aroma is hard to find.  You really have to dig deep to get the subtle sweet smell.  It has a pretty good caramel malt flavor but it's not as deep as they say it is.  It's crisp and it's clean at the beginning but it has a bitterness that I didn't expect from an Amber Ale.  The taste is smooth but the aftertaste lingers for quite some time.  Too long for my taste.  I'll tell you one thing, this Amber Ale is one that you can bypass.  But, if you like ESBs and want to try one that is different and sweeter than the rest, then this beer is right for you.