I finally got back on the fresh hop train. I took a break from chasing these down over the past few years as it had seemed like the “new” pumpkin beer – everyone has got one but they aren’t always very good. Got a tip from a hops-loving friend that Yellow Dog’s Alpha Dog Pale Ale was the top fresh hop beer. I don’t have anything to compare it with (I’ve been too busy drinking stouts) but I can definitely agree that it’s super tasty. Nice light body, malts have a presence and the aroma and flavour are very pronounced. Citrus, grass and tropical fruit notes are in the nose; the flavour moves from slightly sweet to slightly bitter, is very fruity and has a fresh, juicy element that you just can’t get from dry hopping. Maybe this is sold out where you are, but Penticton still has a few packs in the fridge at Jaks by Cherry Lane Mall!
This collab from Brasserie Dunham and Twin Sails is gorgeous! Le Quench Du Soif is crisp and light for 7% ABV with a fruity and funky flavour. There is a lot going on with this beer, but it maintains a balance making it highly drinkable. Extra points for super cool label art!
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!
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!