Archive for February, 2012

BIRD OF PREY FLANDERS RED ALE

Posted in Ales, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on February 22, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Driftwood Brewery, Victoria, British Columbia

  • 7.5% ABV
  • Unfiltered sour ale, aged in French and American oak wine barrels
  • Bright orange-red coloured, cloudy and unfiltered with very little head
  • Has a sweet and sour smell, similar to green apples
  • Sour, lambic-like flavour. Grapefruit and sour raspberry notes
  • Very refreshing summertime beer.
  • Lots of effervescent bubbles in the mouth.
  • No finish on the palate…would be a good palate cleanser between courses of food.
  • Driftwood Brewery is a small capacity operation out of Victoria, and therefore is only available on Vancouver Island and in the metro Vancouver area.

WILD ROSE BELGIAN STYLE DUBBEL

Posted in Ales, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on February 22, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Wild Rose Brewery, Calgary, Alberta

  • 7.3%ABV
  • No head to speak of, only light film around edge.
  • Dark copper-orange colour to light brown and fairly opaque and lots of sediment.
  • Strong yeasty aroma, that is sweet and with lots of banana notes.
  • Has the typical flavour of Belgian style ales we’ve come to expect, yeasty with sweet banana and maltiness that balances the alcoholic level well
  •  Nothing to really set it apart from other beers in this category.
  • Overall a good beer from Wild Rose that stays true to the spirit of Belgium, pick it up anywhere Wild Rose is sold, for a limited time.

BLACKSMITH INDIA BLACK ALE

Posted in Ales, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on February 22, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Village Brewery,  Calgary, Alberta

  • 5.4%ABV
  • Pours a thick head but doesn’t hold up for long, deep ruby red almost black colour is very pleasing.
  • Sweet malty aroma dominates but with a subtle lightly roasted cereal notes to balance.
  • Very refreshing beer and pleasantly sweet without being to overpowering in any way,
  •  The roasted oats comes through only a little leaving the beer feeling slightly one noted.
  • A pretty good offering from Calgary’s newest brewery.
  •  Comes in 1.89L growlers making it perfect for parties and get togethers.  Pick it up from the brewery.

BELIKIN BEER

Posted in Lager, Reviews with tags , , , , on February 1, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Belize Brewing Co., Ladyville, Belize

  • 4.8% ABV
  • Light head, disapates quickly after pour
  • Pale yellow colour, like apple juice….generic beer.
  • Translucent and bubbley
  • Has a slight vanilla aroma
  • Flavour is bland, metalic, corn.
  • Belize’s version of every counries corn piss light lager.
  • Very cool bottle!
  • Only available in Belize. Thank god this beer is not exported. Probably tastes really good on the beach in Belize!

FAT TUG IPA

Posted in India Pale Ale, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Driftwood Brewing Co., Victoria, B.C.

  • 7% ABV, 80 IBU’s
  • Not much head, just a slight gathering of foam around the rim forming to take a glance at this golden coloured hop nectar.
  • The aroma is big time west coast IPA…If a pine tree could grow apples and oranges.
  • There is also a slight caramel and elderflower aroma happening.
  • Very pleasant bitterness, with notes of citrus, pine sap, and a slight soap flavour.
  • This beer gives me the warm fuzzies, it’s so good.
  • This IPA is well decorated with awards from Canada, and the USA, for a good reason, Its amazing.
  • Driftwood is a small brewery on Vancouver Island, it doesn’t have the means of producing more than is enough to service the Island and the Vancouver area. Great for them to keep it local, too bad for the rest of us. If you’re in the Vancouver or Victoria area, pick one up, pick a dozen up, its well worth it.

 

DIRTY SQUIRREL HAZELNUT BROWN

Posted in Ales, Flavoured Beers, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Phillips Brewing Co., Victoria, B.C.

  • 5.2% ABV
  • Brewed with real hazelnuts and hazelnut flavour.
  • Floating islands of foam
  • Dark mahogany, not quite black coloured
  • Chared, burnt aroma
  • Flavours are of sweet chocolate and bitter coffee, with a strong hazelnut flavour.
  • Crisp and smooth, light mouthfeel, not overly bitter. Good Balance.
  • A burnt flavour lingers on the tongue.
  • Available at Zyn and Willow Park

WHAT THE HUCK! HUCKLEBERRY WHEAT ALE

Posted in Reviews, Wheat Beers with tags , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Fernie Brewing Co., Fernie, B.C.

  • 5% ABV
  • Wimpy head, that disperses quickly.
  • Cloudy unfiltered wheat beer, orange colour with a slight purple ting.
  • Wet wood aroma, with a very subtle berry note.
  • Yeasty, banana flavours, not much berry. Slightly metallic.
  • Sweet smooth finish, perhaps attributed to the addition of berries.
  • Available at Co-op Liquor Stores.