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  • My Rating: C+

Skaha Summer Ale – Cannery Brewing, 5% ABV, 20 IBU – 650ml, (Penticton, BC, Canada)

On the front left-side label:

“Skaha Lake is one of the freshwater lakes that surround Penticton in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. Time honoured summer traditions such as rock climbing and cliff diving have made the Skaha Bluffs famous.”

On the front right-side label:

“This blonde ale is a refreshing, thirst quenching beer that is perfect for a hot Okanagan day. Using different hops each year will give this ale a distinct flavor and unique aroma. The addition of white wheat malt and German ale yeast create a body that is soft and delicate with a crisp, dry finish.”

  • Style: Blonde Ale
  • Taste Profile: Crisp sweet hopped barley malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 – 650ml, July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nothing outstanding

Visual: Pours golden yellow with a smallish creamy head, sticky lacing, a thin layer of retention, several slow streams.

Nose: faint apple juice, hints of malts (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: crisp barley malts

Mid-palate: tingly-fizzy-crisp. (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) barley malt, red apple, grainy

Finish: very soft bitter hops, hopped bitter-sweet barley finish.

Summary: Drinks more like a crisp lager than a wheat ale. A very nice crisp mouthfeel perfect for hot summer days and nights. Recommended as a meal beer.

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  • My Rating: C+

Osprey Pear White IPA–  The Tin Whistle Brewing Co., 6.5% ABV – 650ml, (Penticton, BC, Canada)

On the front side label:

“This unfiltered White IPA combines the fruity, aromatic character of Belgian yeast with pear and apple forward hops and fresh pressed Okanagan pears to create a beer that soars to new heights.”

  • Style: (Pear) Flavoured White IPA
  • Taste Profile: Bright wheat malt pear bitter peel hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.75 – 650ml, July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours golden deep yellow with a smallish lasting creamy head, a bit of lacing, clusters of medium-speed activity.

Nose: fruity wheat malts, pear, Riesling wine. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp tingly, pear

Mid-palate: bitter hops, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) wheat malts, pear, hints of red apple

Finish: breadiness, bitter peel biting hoppiness, dry bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Good transition from pear fruity malts to bitter hops. Quite drinkable but not a whole lot of depth. The body fades at the finish. Decent.

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  • My Rating: C

Kelp Stout – Tofino Brewing, 6% ABV – 650ml, (Tofino, BC, Canada)

On the front side label:

“If there’s one sentiment that’s constantly repeated among craft beer drinkers it is, ‘This beer is good but it needs more seaweed!’ If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times. Well folks, message received. Tofino Brewing Company presents to you the Kelp Stout. A dark, rich, full-bodied ale brewed with locally harvested kelp, giving it a unique umami-type quality to this complex beer.”

  • Style: (Kelp) Flavoured Stout
  • Taste Profile: Salty roasted malt brown sugar coffee soy sauce
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $8 (after 5% off) – 650ml, March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: KELP! I need somebody… Pours super dark brown with a small quickly dissipating head, not much retention, lots and lots of fast activity.

Nose: sweet brown sugar malts, mild roasted coffee. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming med dark malts

Mid-palate: immediate seawater saltiness, tingly-fizzy, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar malts, light roast, cola, mild soy sauce

Finish: lingering salty, malty, soft bitter hops, malty sweet/salty finish.

Summary: It has the saltiness of the sea but not quite the seaweed or “vegginess” of kelp. Overall the stout is okay, a nice twist, but not that memorable.

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  • My Rating: C+

Blanc Evolution – Moa Brewing, 6.2% ABV – 375ml, (Marlborough, New Zealand)

On the front-side label:

“Moa Blanc Evolution is bottle fermented in the Belgian-style with a small amount of coriander added during its extended maturation time giving it a unique spiciness. Described as a rich, mouth-filling beer, it’s really a true wheat lover’s beer and a staple of the Moa Reserve range. ”

  • Style: Witbier
  • Taste: Tangy med-sour wheat malt pineapple/peach coriander dry
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 375ml., August 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Composite corked. Pours almost clear pale orange with virtually no head but lots of very hard to see steady streams.

Nose: wheaty citrus malts, pineapple, peach. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp sweet malts

Mid-palate: tangy, medium sour, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (main) wheat malts, hints of pineapple, hints of peach

Finish: coriander dryness, dry fruity malt finsh.

Summary: Pretty straightforward with a good body and texture. It could be better visually.

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  • My Rating: A-

Invasion Farmhouse IPA – Mikkeller (Brewed & Bottle by Anchorage Brewing Co., Anchorage, Alaska, USA) – Batch #2 NOV/2012, 8.0% ABV, – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Copenhagen, Denmark)

What are Brettanomyces?

  • a wild strain of yeast that produces acetic acid if provided with lots of sugar
  • gives Saisons, Farmhouse Ales, Oud Bruins, Flander’s Red Ales, etc their characteristic “funk” flavours, = barnyard, horse poo, manure, but in a good way
  • under the right conditions in the hands of a brewmaster, they can create complex desirable flavours

Here is a great read about the effects of Bretts on beer:

What is 100% Brett Beer?

  • Style: (Farmhouse) IPA
  • Taste: Crisp fizzy grapefruit bitter hopped citrus dry oak
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $25 (after 5% off) – 1 pt 9.4 fl.oz., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes way

Visual: Composite corked. Pours light golden yellow with an enormous lasting foamy head, tons and tons of activity, a bit of lacing.

Nose: big oak, sweet white tea, kombucha, pear, traces of funky bretts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: super crisp fizzy

Mid-palate: light sour, (lvl-6)-sweetness, fizzy-tingly, almost salty, (MAIN) grassy, grapefruit, bitter peel

Finish: bitter grapefruit hops, fruity sourness, hoppy exhale, oaked highly dry finish.

Summary: This one is immediately approachable and hit me with a very balanced complexity. It has sourness, fizzy texture, oak, bitter hops, sweetness, fruitiness, and alcohol. Simply fabulous.

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  • My Rating: C+

Wildflower Saison – Four Winds Brewing, 6.5% ABV, 30 IBUs – 750ml., (Delta, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Our Saison has blossomed into something fresh. Reflecting the variety of wildflower, this specialty release infuses our Belgian farmhouse ale with chamomile and elderflower for a balanced bouquet of spice and bloom.”

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  • Style: Belgian Triple
  • Taste: Creamy/fizzy bitter grapefruit peel hopped honey lager barley malt 
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $11 (after 5% off) – 33cl., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, it’s not super special

Visual: A newish local brewery that I haven’t yet tried, should be good. Composite cork. Pours cloudy pale orange with a huge lasting bubbly foamy head, several slow streams.

Nose: faint citrus malts, chamomile, mild honey (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming honey malts

Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) malts, honey, light elderflower

Finish: palate roughness, medium bitter hops, residual chamomile, soured funk finish.

Summary: There’s too much chamomile and not enough elderflower. Some noticeable roughness near the finish. A decent brew when chilled, but has non-agreeable sourness as it warms.

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  • My Rating: B

Jambe-de-Bois Belgian Revolution Triple – Brasserie de la Senne, 8% ABV – 33cl., (Brussels, Belgium)

from ratebeer.com:

“Given as the most bitter tripel in Belgium, with 49 EBU. No Dutchmen were harmed in the making of this beer.”

  • Style: Belgian Triple
  • Taste: Creamy/fizzy bitter grapefruit peel hopped honey lager barley malt 
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 33cl., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Ultra cool label. Pours cloudy marmalade orange with a large long-lasting super foamy head, clustered sticky lacing, lots of activity, lots of sediment in the bottle.

Nose: sweet citrus/grainy barley malt, traces of puke (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: ultra crisp, creamy/sharp fizzy

Mid-palate: creamy mouthfeel, (lvl-7)-sweetness, medium tangy, (MAIN) honeyed malts, lager-like barley, tangerine, bittersweet grapefruit

Finish: persistent hopped bitterness, alcohol bitterness, barley malt finish.

Summary: Very appealing visually and super smooth texturally, hiding the ABV very well. Quite a bitter triple, as advertised.

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