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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #2

Red Racer Pilsner – Central City Brewing, 9.0% ABV – 341ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Red Racer Pilsner is brewed in the classic Bavarian tradition, using only the finest two-row barley, and hops from the Hallertau region of Germany. This light and golden Pilsner has a distinct hop aroma and flavour, with a dry, crisp finish.”

  • Style: Pilsener
  • Taste: Very crisp light barley malt bready grassy ninja hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no WOW factor

Visual: Pours frosty golden yellow-amber with a dissipating small head, a thin layer of micro retention, many slowish steady streams.

Nose: straw, grassy, yeast, very light malt. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: super crisp, incoming subdued hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness mixed with medium bitter hops, (MAIN) light barley malts, grainy bread, grassy-hay, yeast

Finish: ninja (under-the-radar) lingering soft hopped liquid malt finish.

Summary: Good, clean, simple flavours. I would enjoy this for its texture and simplicity, not for intense depth nor aroma.

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #2

Old Pappy’s Smooth Sailin’ Amber Lager – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Through rough waters and treacherous seas, Old Pappy finds the sliver of light in a darkened sky and laughs in the face of adversity. Raise a glass to blind faith and enough positive thought to float a boat in the storm of storms.”

  • Style: Amber Lager
  • Taste: Crisp numbing med-sweet malty bread lager
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours golden orange without much head, a thin half-layer of retention, lots of fast ‘n steady streams.

Nose: liquid malts, barley, bread/grain. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, tongue-numbing

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, fizzy-numbing, (MAIN) clean liquid malt, barley, bread, lager yeast

Finish: flat-bodied, super-soft hopped, malty finish.

Summary: Not a whole lot of complexity but has a good crisp bite to it. Just average.

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Filthy Dirty IPA – Parallel 49 Brewery, 7.2% ABV – 1L., 76 IBUs, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

the description on their website:

“A west coast IPA with a ton of hop flavour and aroma. Subtle sweet malt flavour backs up the huge amount of orange, grapefruit, pine and floral aromas this beer expels.”

on ratebeer:

“With Pale, Crystal and Carapils malts, and Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra and Ahtanum hops.”

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Bitter hopped big grapefruity pine malt
  • How much: $6 – 1L, bring your own bottle to fill
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not bad, though not mind-blown

Visual: (Growler fill). Pours clear pale copper brown with a smallish dissipating head, a very thin layer of micro retention, sticky lacing, many slow loose streams.

Nose: fruity grapefruit hops, very clean. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: smooth-creamy texture, incoming bitter hops,

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, BIG CITRUS, (MAIN): citrus peel, grapefruit, pine, medium malts,

Finish: long-lasting bitter hops on the tongue.

Summary: Bitter hops as bitter goes for IPAs but this one has quite a juicy-sweet grapefruity profile to back it up. Nice.

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Pineapple Paradise Pilsner (Seasonal experimental) – Storm Brewing, 5% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

It was my first time visiting this local brewery and I just found out that they do a weekly rotation of experimental “brainstorm” brews – right up my alley. My interest has been piqued. Just bring your 1L or growler for them to fill and off you go. Here’s what they had when I went:

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  • Style: (Pineapple) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Pineapple juice wheat malt
  • How much: $11 – 1L, bring your own bottle
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: it’s not particularly memorable

Visual: Pours bright cloudy golden yellow, barely any head (growler fill), lots of tiny slow steady streams.

Nose: clean authentic pineapple with a touch of vanilla, superb. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: tingly-fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN): pineapple juice, wheat malt, hints of vanilla, yeasty

Finish: residual light malt sweetness mixed with fruity pineapple.

Summary: Excellent nose, goes down okay but not a whole lot of complexity. It drinks like a Pineapple Stiegl Radler. It makes me feel bloated after sipping half a glass.

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #1

Tindved (Sea buckthorn Sour Wheat Ale) – Nøgne Ø (Nogne O), 7% ABV – 0.25L., (Grimstad, Norway)

on the front-right label:

“Tindved er et syrlig norsk øl brygget på norsk byggmalt og norsk hvete. Det er tilsatt saft fra pressede tindvedfrukter for å gi den gode friskheten. Dette er et ufiltrert og upasteurisert øl. Skjenk derfor forsiktig i glasset slik at sedimentene i bunnen flasken kan ligge uforstyrret.

Tindved is a sour Norwegian ale brewed with Norwegian malted barley and raw wheat. We added juice from pressed sea buckthorn to obtain the brash sourness. Nøgne Ø ales are unfiltered and unpasteurized so pour carefully if you want to leave the natural yeast in the bottom of the bottle.”

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  • Style: (sea buckthorn) Sour Fruit Ale/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Barnyard woody sour dry fruity apricot wheat malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only if you like sours, but not too exciting

Visual: Pours golden marmalade orange with a beautiful ultra-creamy lasting head, super sticky lacing, lots of tiny bubbled active streams.

Nose: huge barnyard fruity apricot sourness. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: creamy mouthfeel, immediate sourness

Mid-palate: (lvl-1)-sweetness, huge sourness-tangy, tart, (MAIN) wheat malt, apricot, barnyard, woody

Finish: more funk, very dry, soft-bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Intense barnyard with bold dry sourness and a fruity apricot-wheat malt profile. It’s a decent combo but not something that I particularly loved or found to be awesome. Still it’s a quality brew that I’m sure fans of sours would appreciate.

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #1

Schwarzwald Chocolate Cherry Ale – Central City Brewing & Parallel 49 Brewing Collaboration, 9.0% ABV – 341ml., (Surrey & Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the front-left label:

“The Black Forest region of Germany is known for its clocks, cakes and tales of Hansel and Gretel, giving a witch her just desserts. Here in East Van, Graham and Gary have teamed up to bring you this cake inspired brew filled with cocoa nibs and cherries. While you may not end up living happily ever after, it’s still a pretty sweet ending.”

Ingredients: pale, munich, crystal, caramunich, pale chocolate, chocolate and black malts, German magnum hops, cocoa nibs, dark sweet cherries, water & yeast.

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  • Style: (cocoa nibs, cherry) flavoured imperial stout
  • Taste: Sour chocolate malt light cherry alcoholic
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: it’s decent

Visual: Pours super dark brown with minimal dissipating head, very thin ringed retention, several very slow yet steady streams at the perimeter.

Nose: dark fruity roasted malt chocolate coffee, excellent. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thick-slick viscosity

Mid-palate: (MAIN) thick syrupy malts, sour cherries, chocolate -> (lvl-7)-thick sweetness

Finish: residual sour-tangy, hidden hops, bittersweet roasted malt finish.

Summary: Quite sour for an imperial stout, but with enough body and sweetness to back it up. The flavour of cherries and chocolate are muddled in the malts though, but it’s still decent. It doesn’t quite have that black forest taste, but rather a sour malt profile.

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #1

It’s their Electric Unicorn White IPA, which I had in August 2013. I gave it a C, but I think I can confidently upgrade it to a C+. Check out my full review here.

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