Imperial Pils – Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma, CA, USA)

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Imperial Pils – Lagunitas Brewing Co., 8.6% ABV, 22 fl.oz., (Petaluma, California, USA)


printed on the front-right label:

When ya think about it, calling any PILS an IMPERIAL PILS is somewhat ironic. At the time of its creation in the dim recesses of post-stone-age / pre-X-box European citystates teh PILSENER style was indeed the IMPERIAL beer of its time, putting every other more colorful beer of its time to shame amidst a revolution of thermometer making. And without a doubt, its reign was long. No American-born ales have usurped all of the imperialness there is to usurp and for the PILS to rise again, like every aspiration-ridden social ladder-climbing creature on the planet it must further evolve … This is that! We ahve made our own not-so-ordinary PILS every week of every year since 1996 and we have come to respect its stature in our own brewery-word … but Darwin never sleeps. Evolution persists, the weak are meat and the strong will eat, and now this brew has happened … further, further, further.”

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  • Style: Imperial Pils
  • Taste: Cream-silky alcoholic sweet citrusy metallic barley malt lingering hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $8 – 22 fl.oz., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure do

Visual: Pours pale orange with lots of suspended sediment, a very small long-lasting 3mm micro creamy head, loose clusters of steady medium-sized bubble streams.

Nose: very faint hints of tangerine-kumquat hop oils, barley malt. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: cream-thicker-crisp

Mid-palate: zingy alcoholic heaviness, more thick creamy, (lvl-6-sweetness), metallic, tangy-light tangerine-kumquat citrusy hops, sweet barley malt

Finish: light tongue numbness, apple exhale, lingering grassy bitter hops.

Summary: Solid flavours, body and mouthfeel. Not much on the nose but otherwise very enjoyable.

Jacob’s Creek Moscato (Australia)

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  • My Rating: [C+]

Jacob’s Creek Moscato 2011 – Orlando Wines, 8.0% ABV, 750ml., (Rowland Flat, South Australia)


on the back label:

“Jacob’s Creek Moscato is a deliciously refreshing ‘frizzante’ style wine delicately spritzed with vibrant sherbet flavours balanced with a lively and soft fruit sweetness.”


  • Style: (Frizzante – Moscato) White wine
  • Taste: Bright dense sweet puckery sour muscat grape partially cloying
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$13 – 750ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: unbalanced

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Twist cap top. Pours barely fizzy with lots of small bubbles hugging the side of the glass, light sunshine yellow colour.

Nose: bright apple-lime acidity, stonefruit minerality. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: puckery acidic-tart

Mid-palate: dense (lvl-6-sweetness), continued med-aggressive sour, alcoholic tang, muscat grape, lime

Finish: tart acidity, thickened saliva, prickly-tangy tongue, sticky gums, apple-white grape exhale.

Summary: Lots of bright grapey-apple fruitiness characteristic of moscatos, although somewhat cloying and sticky in the finish. Drinks like an inexpensive and straightforward muscat wine for the masses.

Angry Boy Brown Ale – Baird Brewing (Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan)

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Angry Boy Brown Ale – Baird Brewing, 6% ABV, 360ml., (Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan)


printed on the front-right label:

“クールな戦士の顔の下に、激しさと決意と怒りの赤い炙が燃えている。それがこの予測できないブラウンエールの姿だ。つかの間のモルトの甘さとアルコールの熱さが、フレーバーの複雑さ、際立った苦味、そして僅かなアングリーなエッジを隠している。少しアングリーな気分の日にぴったりのビールだ。”

translation:

Beneath the cool facade of the warrior, a red-hot flame of intensity, determination and, yes, anger burns. So it is with this unpredictable Brown Ale: fleeting malty sweetness and warmth hide complexity, a barely controlled bitterness, and, naturally, a bit of an angry edge. It’s the perfect beer for a heated mood.”

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  • Style: Brown Ale
  • Taste: Smooth light tangy-sour toasted cola’d brown sugar barley malt subtle hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 360ml., March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours muddy nutty brown with smallish dissipating head, thin layer of micro retention mixed with some big bubbles, clustered steady effervescence.

Nose: brown sugar carameled barley malts. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thicker

Mid-palate: background soft tangy-sour, (lvl-5-sweetness), smooth crisp-cream-slick mouthfeel, rum & dry coke, brown sugar barley malt

Finish: woody toasted-burnt barley malt exhale, stealth subtle very soft lingering hopped bitter.

Summary: Oh so smooth and balanced brown ale with good complexity. Delicious.

the Hostler – The BX Press Inc. (Vernon, BC, Canada)

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BX Press the Hostler – The BX Press Inc., 7% ABV, 500ml, (Vernon, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft cider)


on the front-right label:

“Refreshing and authentic, this thirst-quenching cider is our salute to the Barnyard’s Express (BX) Hostlers. These agile old horsemen were charged with caring for the renowned company horses at each station along the Cariboo Road. Trained for staging alone, these spirited steeds required great skill to handle. Proud of their work, hostlers vied with one another to turn out their teams in the finest condition, and impress the stagecoach passengers.

Dedicated to our orchard and passionate about our cider. ‘The Hostler’ takes us a full year to craft. Starting as delicate blossoms which slowly transform into sugar-rich fruit, each batch is carefully hand-picked, pressed, and matured. It is not until the next season’s buds are opening that our apples are re-introduced to the world as crisp, sparkling cider.

Whatever the season, share in the fruits of our labour today, and enjoy a bottle of hardworking Hostler spirit.”

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  • Style: (Organic) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Clean off-dry balanced med-soft acidic tang red apple
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.70 CAD (after 10% off) – 500ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: not too special

Visual: Pours crystal clear straw yellow, no head, fast, medium-sized bubble streams.

Nose: watery apple juice, a touch of apple wine. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: dry, apple fruity-crisp

Mid-palate: clean tangy acidic backbone, hints of lime/minerality, apple cider vinegar, soft dissipating sour, red apple, (lvl-2-sweetness)

Finish: medium tart, red apple juice exhale, sticky

Summary: It being on the dry side, you get to appreciate the subtle nuances of the acidity along with the bright clean apple flavour. All around clean.

Elderflower Kettle Sour – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Elderflower Kettle Sour – Bridge Brewing, 4.9% ABV – 18 IBUs, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew)


printed on the front-right label:

“…Tart and refreshing, this beer was inspired by the Brewmaster’s Mother with fresh aromas of a spring garden. Elderflowers give a gentle floral brightness to this crisp kettle-soured ale. Lightly hopped with Galaxy and Centennial hops to provide a background of nectarine and citrus.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – Elderflower) Sour Ale
  • Taste: Mostly controlled big sour dry elderflower grapefruit flesh tangy toasty barley malt
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.95 (after 10% off) – 650ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours translucent brown amber with a small dissipating 2mm head, thin layer of micro retention, clusters of fast active tiny streams.

Nose: tangy elderflower, toasty toffee barley malt, alcohol (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: acidic sour-tart

Mid-palate: continued rounded fleshy grapefruit sour, tangy-puckery-tart, elderflower, (lvl-4-sweetness), background barley malt

Finish: toasty, nectarine exhale, lingering hop gentle bitter, grainy barley malt.

Summary: Big yet mostly controlled sourness with a dehydrated elderflower taste. Decent complexity but nothing that makes it epic.

Cluster Single-Hop IPA – Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River, OR, USA)

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Cluster Single-Hop IPA – Double Mountain Brewery, 7.3% ABV – 85 BU, 1 pint 0.9 fl.oz., (Hood River, Oregon, USA)


on the front-left label:

“Clusters were the dominant hop variety in the U.S. for a few centuries. They lend this fine beer their unique aromas, full of citrus fruit and herbal goodness.”


  • Style: (Single hop – Cluster) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Cascading micro CO2 pineapple-peach med-sharp bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $6.40 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 1 pt. 0.9 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent, but nah.

Visual: Pours translucent muddy amber with a tiny dissipating head, thin half island retention, partial lacing, mixed tight and loose singular streams.

Nose: pineapple, fishy-grassy hops. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp-almost creamy

Mid-palate: fine micro CO2, pineapple-peach dry bitter hops, (lvl-3-sweetness), fleshy apple, citrusy-tangy barley malt

Finish: lingering medium-sharp hoppy bitter finish.

Summary: A solid, quality texture with smooth transitions and an agreeable flavours. Not overly bitter, it maintains a very nice balance of citrus-sweet malt-bitter hops-crisp creamy mouthfeel.

Luminescent Chocolate Coconut Porter – Deep Cove Brewers (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Luminescent Chocolate Coconut Porter – Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers, 5.8% ABV – 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


on the front-left side label:

“The bio-luminescent jellyfish of Deep Cove are well known for unexpectedly lighting up the dark waters with a phosphorescent glow. This porter has the power to do the same for beer drinkers who are looking for a flash of the unexpected that won’t soon be forgotten.

Tasting notes: warming and sweet, toasted coconut, rich chocolate, light roast malt, deep mahogany colour.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – coconut, cocoa nibs) Porter
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.30 – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: definitely drinkable

Visual: Pours jet black-brown without much head, thing ringed micro retention, spread out singular steady micro streams along the perimeter.

Nose: rich malted barley, light burnt toasted. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, background licorice numbing, half slick-thicker

Mid-palate: light tingly, chocolate, (lvl-5-sweetness), background light sour, roasted barley malt

Finish: cola, brown sugar-coconut, cocoa nib nutty exhale, roast coffee exhale, lingering roasty chocolate

Summary: Surprisingly complex with distinct layered flavours and smooth transitions. It could be slightly less sharp and creamier, but definitely one of better porters I’ve had in a long while.