I haven’t had any beer reviews up for a while because my poor phone was killed by an errant pint of beer, which I suppose that although untimely it was the best death it could have had. The bright side is my new phone takes AMAZING photos and in excels in low light too so expect the standards on my feed to go way up! 📸 👍. This particular beer, the Surveyor IPA from Coast Mountain Brewing has been waiting for its turn since I picked it up from Mike (of Mike’s Craft Beer) at the end of February. Gorgeous amber color with minimal head it is a malt-forward IPA that rings in at 7%. Hop aroma is citrusy with a hint of the tropics and a touch of resin – Coast Mountain lists it as containing Columbus, Chinook, Eukanot and Citra. Flavour is grainy with a moderately bitter finish.
Wore my Big Boy Pants tonight. Thanks to Mike’s Craft Beer for the trade! I love Twin Sails for their creative IPAs and this Double IPA holds its own against solid line up. Nice tropical tropical aroma with notes of pineapple and guava. Flavour follows suit, with a nice balance between the hops, malts and a hint of booze from the higher ABV. At 8.7% its a great way to kick off the weekend!
The Blackcurrant Copper Kettle Sour by Moon Under Water Brewery is quite fitting for Valentine’s Day with it’s beautiful ruby-red hue. Aroma is tart with a hint of juicy blackcurrant. Flavour is tart upfront, softening into wheat then tart again with blackcurrant prominent on the finish. Very delicate with subtle flavours that come out with each sip. I paired it with some peppered goat cheese from Salt Spring Island Cheese and it’s a match made in heaven! ❤🍻🐐❤
I get a little jealous of people living in Port Moody because of the crazy talent they have on Brewer’s Row. Yellow Dog Brewing has impressed me already with their hoppy offerings, but High Five Hazy IPA has blown me away. Part of the NE trend that’s taking over local IPAs, this beer is very aromatic with notes of citrus, and tropical fruit – think guava, papaya, passionfruit – with a little hit of dankness. A soft, almost creamy mouthfeel the malts provide an understaded background for juicy hop flavour that leads into lightly lingering bitterness. Definitely glad I picked up a 4-pack as this goes goes down very easy. I’d say this is a great bridge into the new style of IPA while retaining the bitter bite that hop heads love. High fives to High Five 🙌!
Just completed the final assignment for my English course and I needed something to celebrate! The Eastern IPA from @fieldhousebrewing was the perfect answer. Made with exotic Australian and New Zealand hops the aroma and taste are juicy and fruity with lots of tropical notes. A light body and moderate bitter finish give this NE IPA a bit of a edge, which I have noticed I’ve been missing in other versions of this style. Overall it is refreshing and flavourful without being cloying… The kind of beer I could absolutely drink several in a row of!
I am normally down for weird and creative beers but Twin Sails Hot Take has crossed a line with me. The premise is it’s super hoppy but has zero IBUs (this apparently is not quite accurate it does have some). Done by using late-addition hopping/dry hopping to impart the aroma and flavour but not the bitterness. It smells amazing; fresh, juicy, hints of tropical and a little bit dank. A sip reveals some bright fruity characteristics then… Nothing. It’s just gone. Maybe a teeny tiny little touch of hops on the finish but pretty miniscule at any rate. If anything, Twin Sails has proven what benefit bitterness gives to a beer. I’m finishing up with their Slam Dank just to get some taste back in my mouth!
Checking out the Sour IPA at @yellowdogbeer on my @brewersrow mini-crawl tonight. I get quite a bit of funk on the aroma with a twist of citrus/fruit. The flavour is not what I was expecting at all. The sour factor isn’t mouth-puckering (like many of this style are), it’s more of a deep and funky flavour, heavy on the juice and a mildly bitter finish. I like it, but it’s not a sour in the sense of what my palate is used to, overall the funk reminds me of yogurt rather than sour patch kids.
In between dinner #1 (Green Lettuce) and dinner #2 (Forage) we came to Brewers Row (in Port Moody) to get some beers. Currently enjoying a Slam Dank IPA at Twin Sails Brewing. Not only does the name make me giggle, but the aroma and flavour are delightful as well. Dank indeed with lots of bright, tropical aroma and a good balance of juicy to bitter in the flavour. Yum!
The best thing about staying in Delta is the close proximity to Four Winds Brewing. I’m having the Blódberg Nordic Saison, Scott is having the Triplicity Belgian Tripel. The Blódberg is a collab with Borg Brugghús from Iceland. Foedre Aged with Arctic Thyme and Plums. Not sure I’m getting much thyme off this but I can taste the plum, and it’s a nice mix of sweet and sour with complex favours that build as I get more into it. Another gold star to Four Winds!
Cannery Brewing’s Kindling Breakfast Stout sure packs a punch for a “morning” beer at 8%. Loaded with coffee from Red Beard Cafe, which was roasted slightly longer than usual specifically for this collaboration in order to play up the roasty toasty flavours of the malts. Creamy, dark and thick with bold up front coffee flavour followed by hints of dark chocolate and caramel. It feels pretty luxurious for a snowy New Years Morning!