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Tricycle Grapefruit Radler – Parallel 49 Brewery, 3.5% ABV – 355ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the back of the can:

“The European drink of champions. Tart grapefruit juice and a crisp lager combine for a thirst-quenching summer hybrid – it’s like rocket fuel for leisure time.

Ingredients: pilsner and munich malts, vanguard hops, yeast, grapefruit juice from concentrate, citric acid, sodium benzoate.”

  • Style: Fruit Beer/Radler
  • Taste: Plain grapefruit juice lingering peel bitterness
  • How much: $12 – 6x355ml,
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Aluminum can. Pours cloudy juice-like luminescent pinkish-peach, very fast dissipating small head, zero retention, a couple of small bubbles surfacing.

Nose: grapefruit juice, faint lager malts. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: juice consistency, incoming juice + sour

Mid-palate: very sour, medium tart, (MAIN) pink grapefruit juice, malt

Finish: soft bitter peel, grapefruit acidic harshness, grapefruit juice finish.

Summary: Very low carbonation, grapefruit dominates, barley takes a back seat. Since the juice was from concentrate, there’s not much complexity in the juice either. Too simple.

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #9

Hoparazzi West Coast Lager – Parallel 49 Brewing, 6.0% ABV – 341ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the front-left label:

“Don’t mind the flashes. This unique pale lager with big hoparoma and citrus kick tends to attract a lot of attention.”

  • Style: West Coast Lager / Strong Pale Lager
  • Taste: Crisp sweet barley malt soft grapefruit bitter hopped light floral
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours golden deep orange with a long-lasting decent-sized very foamy head, very sticky thick lacing, several slow streams.

Nose: clean and direct orange-grapefruit citrus hopped malts. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming soft bitter hops

Mid-palate: fizzy-tingly, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) liquid barley malt, bread-toffee, light chamomile

Finish: light burpy, soft grapefruit bitter hops, long lingering bitter finish.

Summary: You got the liquid sweetness of a lager balanced very nicely with the bitterness of an IPA; Not harshly hopped, just enough to create a harmonious sippable balance.

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #9

Hop Circle IPA – Phillips Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

more info about this beer can be found on their Snowcase website:

on the front-right label:

“With a hop flavour that is out of this world, hop circle IPA will probe your tastebuds and abduct your sense. The gravitational pull of this IPA will have you searching the galaxy for another close encounter of the thirst kind. Resistance is futile.”

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  • Style: IPA
  • Taste: Biting bitter piney hops caramel malt dry
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not really

Visual: Pours golden amber with suspended sediment, a small dissipating head, several small bubble steady streams.

Nose: faint pine hopped malts, clean green (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: immediate bitter hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, fizzy-crisp bite, (MAIN) piney hops, caramel malts, grassy, bitter peel

Finish: very DRY, biting hopped bitterness.

Summary: A very biting bitter hopped IPA with all pine and zero citrus. Not really my type of IPA, too sharp.

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #8

Weltenburger Kloster Anno 1050 – Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg, 5.5% ABV – 330ml., (Kelheim, Germany)

from their website:

“The classic Märzen beer of the world´s oldest Abbey Brewery.

Cultivated, elegant, golden yellow, excellently brewed on the basis of sophisticated, traditional recipes, a full-bodied balance of fine hops and energizing bitter-sweetness.”

  • Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
  • Taste: Crisp barley malt bready meal beer
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not explosive but solid

Visual: Pours clear golden yellow with a smallish head, a thin layer of ultra-micro retention, lots of fast loose-knit streams.

Nose: lagered barley malt, some grass (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, barley malt,

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) bready, barley grainy malt, light lemon citrus

Finish: cuts dry, super subtle almost no hopped bitterness, burpy, barley malt finish.

Summary: A very easy-going and easy-drinking low bitter all malt lager; it certainly goes well with a hot meal.

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #8

Red Racer Pale Ale – Central City Brewing, 5% ABV – 341ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Handcrafted using Maris Otter barley from England and hops from Washington’s Yakima Valley. This big, bold pale ale has a citrus aroma and a full malt body, giving it a distinctive character designed to inspire the beer connoisseur in all of us.”

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  • Style: (American-style) Pale Ale
  • Taste: Creamy sour yellow grapefruit caramel malt bitter peel hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear copper orange with a decent small creamy head, a small layer of retention, only a few streams, several loose and one tight-fast, sticky lacing.

Nose: grapefruit tangerine hops (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming hopped bitterness, orange oil

Mid-palate: tart, (lvl-3)-sweetness, fizzy-creamy mouthfeel, (MAIN) yellow grapefruit, toffee malts, bitter peel hops

Finish: light sour, grapefruit peel bitter hops, fruity citrus malt.

Summary: Bitter peel hops throughout, not a whole lot of carry or length.

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #8

Dr. Funk Dunkel (Bavarian Dark Lager) – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

more info about this beer can be found on their Snowcase website:

on the front-right label:

“Hustling his way through the mean streets of beertown, Doctor Funk, the grand uncle of dunkel, can smooth out any situation all by his sassy-as-molasses bad self. Let the good doctor prescribe a heavy dose of malts with this dark lager that’s good for what ails ya. Damn right.”

  • Style: Dunkel
  • Taste: Malt light cola molasses
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours dark brown with a small disappearing head, a thin fine layer of retention, scattered loose fast streams.

Nose: thick caramel malts, light roast, brown sugar, molasses (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp

Mid-palate: fizzy, (lvl-5)-sweetness (MAIN) cola, caramel malts, molasses

Finish: burpy, airy, malty finish.

Summary: Decent, drinkable medium-bodied brew. Not much depth or “big” flavour. As with this style, low hop profile.

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #7

Anzus IPA – Croucher Brewing Company, 7% ABV – 330ml., (Beechworth, Australia)

on the front-left label:

“In April 1952, Australia, New Zealand and The United States formed the ANZUS alliance as the Cold War threatened our combined shores. In the 1980’s New Zealand rocked the boat with our stance on nuclear warships and was unceremoniously dumped from the alliance. While a Nuclear Free ANZUS alliance didn’t work, the Nuclear Free ANZUS IPA sure does with its heady blend of aroma hops from Australia, New Zealand and the USA. After a glass of this it won’t be Uranium they’ll be smelling on your breath.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Taste: Peach apricot pine bitter light salty hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only if you like IPAs

Visual: Pours clear golden amber with a small dissipating head, a thin layer of very micro retention, spread out large CO2 slow steady streams.

Nose: aromatic tangerine-apricot-peach hops, almost perfume-like. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: resin, pine

Mid-palate: fizzy-tingly, (lvl-2)-sweetness, (MAIN) grassy, apricot, more pine, caramel malts

Finish: burpy, soft-bitter + salty hopped finish.

Summary: Orchard fruit and pine with a SALTY bitter hopped finish; quite interesting to say the least. With so many IPAs out there, this one isn’t to my taste.

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