I had given up hope on tracking down Twin Sails special releases in the South Okanagan, so imagine how thrilled I was when I discovered Lush Crush Pale Ale at my local CB&W, Riverside, while on a random beer run this week! I had no idea this was only 3.8% ABV until I grabbed the 2nd can. The aroma and flavour is full, bright and citrusy, courtesy of Citra and Apollo hops. Malted Oats contribute a smooth mouthfeel and cloudy appearance. A light beer doesn’t skimp on flavour or body is much appreciated by someone who is a fan of big, bold flavour but can’t handle more than a couple 7%ABV IPAs without becoming a total goon. Wish this one was a regular offering, I could see this being delightful for cooling off on hot afternoons!
This might be one of my top beers for 2016. Twin Sails originally opened in late 2015 with a focus on German beers but in the past several months what they have really stood out for their is their hoppy offerings. One of the first of this trend is Dat Juice, a Citra Pale Ale with lots of citrusy aroma – think grapefruit and sweet orange. Hazy but not too murky, it has a crisp finish without getting bogged down with sediment that some of these juicy styles can have. Taste is light and bright with just a hint of lingering bitterness. I know people hate this term, but crushable comes to mind with this beer.
Today’s Beer: well I wasn’t too satisfied with the last beer, so I had to dip back into my supply. The Naughty Neighbour American Style Pale Ale from Nickel Brook Brewery really tickled my fancy. Made with 5 malts and casacde, centennial and citra hops its got juicy grapefruit aroma and taste, but not as bitter on the finish as an IPA. Quite enjoyable plus love the label!