Cracked Apple Cider with Tequila & Lime (UK)

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  • My Rating: [D+]

Cracked Apple Cider with Tequila & Lime, 5.5% ABV, 500ml, (Gloucester, UK)

printed on the front-left of the can:

“Cracked Apple is a cider with real character and barrels of personality. With our drinks, as in life, we like to keep things zingy and that’s exactly what we’ve done by adding a splash of smooth tequila and a squeeze of lime to our tangy apple cider. Enjoy super-chilled.

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Fermented Apple Juice, Sugar, Ethanol, Citric Acid, Flavours, Tequila, Lime Juice Concentrate, (Preservatives) Potassium Sorbate, Sulphur Dioxide.”

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  • Style: (tequila, lime flavoured) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Sour puckery lime red/green apple light tequila
  • Where I got it : ???
  • How much: $3 – 500ml., ???
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours light apple juice yellow a small fizzy quickly dissipating head, virtually no retention and only a few sporadic bubbles.

Nose: bright lime, green apple, background agave. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming sour sugars

Mid-palate: soda-like fizzy, HUGE sour-tangy, (lvl-8)-sweetness, tart (MAIN) tequila, lime, red & green apple -> cloying sugars

Finish: plasticky, puckery-sticky gums, palate roughness, candy-eqse fruity exhale.

Summary: Initial sips are decent, but it becomes too puckery too basic too fast. It might be okay with a meal but very aggressively sour and candy-like without any real boldness of flavour.

Spruce Tree Ale – Torino Brewing Co. (Tofino, BC, Canada)

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Spruce Tree Ale – Tofino Brewing Company, 6.5% ABV, 650ml, (Tofino, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

on the front-left label:

“This golden ale has been conditioned with fresh picked sitka spruce tips and piney, complimentary hops. To fully understand the true essence and inspiration of this beer, walk into the rainforest, quiet your mind, breath in deeply, and let your senses take you on a tour of the timeless and harmonious place that is our natural world – if you can ignore all the insects and deadly predators. And rain. So much rain.”

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  • Style: (Sitka spruce tips flavoured) IPA
  • Taste: Creamy smooth berry malt subtle spruce bitter hop background tangy
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / Burnaby
  • How much: $8 (after 7.5% off) – 650ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours translucent marmalade orange with a large long-lasting super creamy head, thick sticky lacing, legions upon legions of bubbly activity.

Nose: wet grassy berry malts. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: creamy smooth-short crisp

Mid-palate: background sour-tangy, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) grassy spruce, red berries, honey toffee barley malt

Finish: more tanginess, alcohol, lingering bitter resiny hops, subtle spruce tip exhale.

Summary: Excellent creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied, and a very good use the of spruce – not overpowering but still present.

Cass Fresh – Oriental Brewery (AB-InBev) (Seoul, Korea)

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Cass Fresh – Oriental Brewing (Anheuser-Busch InBev owned), 4.5% ABV, 640ml, (Seoul, Korea)


  • Style: Pale Lager
  • Taste: Crisp bite short length red apple light barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 640ml., December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, but a decent meal beer

Visual: Pours ultra clear golden yellow with a decent creamy dissipating head, a thin half layer of retention, a few clusters of steady streams.

Nose: filtered apple juice, bready-grainy sweet barley malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: very crisp bite, tingly entry

Mid-palate: sparkling-fizzy, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) red apple juice,  light liquid barley malt

Finish: burpy, off-dry light grainy barley malt, super subtle short-lived hops, some palate roughness as it warms.

Summary: Must drink extremely chilled. Initial sips are very refreshing but the enjoyability decreases exponentially as it warms and loses carbonation. Thin bodied and short length of flavour.

Kickstand Honey Kolsch – Fernie Brewing Co. (Fernie, BC, Canada)

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Kickstand Honey Kolsch – Fernie Brewing Co., 4.8% ABV, 650ml, (Fernie, BC, Canada)


  • Style: (honey) Kölsch
  • Taste: Berry thin sweet honey malt astringent acidity soft bitter hopped
  • 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: no

Visual: Pours pale orange with a very small head, a super thin hazy layer of retention, steady streams.

Nose: honey barley malts, hints of berries. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-micro fizzy, incoming berry maltiness

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-rounded sweetness, (MAIN) strawberry/raspberry, honey, sweet malt -> astringent tangy acidity

Finish: lingering sour-tangy, soft bitter hops, berry malt off-dry finish.

Summary: Drinks decently with an unexpected berry note to it. Not a whole lot of depth to it though and a bit thin in the mids and finish.

Galaxy White IPA – Anchorage Brewing Co. (Anchorage, AK, USA)

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Galaxy White IPA – Anchorage Brewing Company, 7% ABV, 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., (Anchorage, Alaska, USA)

printed on the front-right of the bottle:

“Ale brewed with Galaxy hops, coriander, kumquats, and peppercorns. Fermented and aged in French oak foudres with a wit yeast. Dry hopped with Galaxy hops. Bottle conditioned with brettanomyces and wine yeast. Drink fresh or age to bring out the funk.”

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printed on the back of the bottle:

“…One of the new trails being blazed on the frontier of beer is the style known as White India Pale Ales. Galaxy White IPA represents a significant new landmark on that trail. with its use of fresh kumquats, Indian coriander, and black peppercorns, Galaxy pays homage to the early explorers, who sailed unknown seas in search of rare spices and exotic fruits. Captain Cook travelled from Australia to Alaska, and so have the Galaxy hops used to create this adventurous brew.

Just as a true explorer never stands still, the presence of brettanomyces guarantees that Galaxy White IPA will keep evolving in the bottle for years to come…”

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  • Style: (french oak barrel aged, kumquat, coriander) White IPA
  • Taste: Refreshing kumquat citrusy mild funk coriander dry wheat malt light oak
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / Burnaby
  • How much: $16 CAD (after 7.5% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes definitely

Visual: Twisty wire cap and composite cork. Pours light straw yellow with huge slowly dissipating creamy bubbly head, torrents of fast activity, small bits of sediment.

Nose: kumquat banana wheat malt, traces of funk, quite bright. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-bubbly wholeness,

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, sharp sour-tangy acidity, (MAIN) background funk, juicy kumquat citrus, banana wheat malt -> dry hoppy bitter

Finish: light oak, coriander, dry wheat, lingering bitter hops, kumquat exhale, background peppercorn spice, burpy.

Summary: Very refreshing with a boatload of flavours to discover all the while backed up by a very bubbly mouthfeel. Although only medium-bodied, it delivers in smooth transitions and enticing complexity.

Hommelbier Nieuwe Oogst Fresh Harvest 2014 – Brouwerij Van Eecke

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Apricot Ale 2014 Project – “Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Apricots” – Browerij Van Eecke, 7.5% ABV, 75cl., (Poperinge-Watou, Belgium)

printed on the back of the bottle:

“1624 Watou, Flanders fields, even before Belgium was born, we already brewed in our traditional family brewery. 1981 hommelbier became the ambassador of the Poperinge Hops (which is called hommel in our local dialect). 2014 The heat in June and heavy rain in August, have marked this exceptional ale with unique malt and aromatic hop taste.”


  • Style: (fresh hopped) Belgian Ale
  • Taste: Cream-fizzy grassy lemon sweet barley soft bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $12.85 CAD (after 10% off) – 75cl., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes definitely

Visual: Hefty bottle, twisty wire cap and composite cork. Limited edition 2014. Pours golden yellow with  a large lasting super creamy head, 2cm retention, a ton-load of densely clustered fast activity. Impeccable.

Nose: elderflower, honey lemon citrus malt, very clean. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-micro bubbly-fizzy, subdued hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, tangy (MAIN) grassy fresh hops, lemon, sweet barley malt

Finish: burpy, soft bitter hops, grassy hop cone exhale.

Summary: Drinks incredibly smooth and creamy bubbly textured with enough body to make it interesting. A very nice meal beer, though you get somewhat bloated if you keep sipping. Great balance and liveliness inside the bottle.

Apricot Ale 2014, Oak aged – Cascade Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)

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Apricot Ale 2014 Project – “Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Apricots” – Cascade Brewing, 7.6% ABV, 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)

on the front-left label:

“This NW style sour ale is a blend of Blond ales that were aged in oak barrels with apricots for up to 15 months.”


  • Style: (apricot, oak barrel aged) Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Over-the-top sour tart acidic vinegar apricot apple juice pukey woody oak
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $38.70 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: you have to like sours

Visual: Hefty bottle, twisty wire cap and composite cork. Bottle-conditioned. Pours clear amber with a smallish head, a thin layer of retention, clusters of steady micro streams.

Nose: fruity peach-apricot mixed with puke. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: immediate heavy tartness, intense puckery sour, fizzy

Mid-palate: continuous acidic sour, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) fruit vinegar, apricot, apple juice, pukey, woody oak

Finish: tart, candy tangy, residual sour fruity finish.

Summary: (Ouch, price tag hurts the wallet.) Fair warning, this sour is sour and it means it. Goes down better with salty food, and caution to those who have a stomach sensitive to acidic food. Very taxing on the palate and a slow sipper. It has decent flavours and body but the sourness is just too over-the-top for me.