Archive for British Columbia

HOWE SOUND TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HOP IMPERIAL IPA

Posted in India Pale Ale, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on March 31, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Howe Sound Brewing Co.,  Squamish, British Columbia 

  • 8%ABV ,90 IBU
  • Pretty decent frothy head off the pour that sticks around for a while
  • Nice dark amber colour that’s slightly opaque.
  • Slightly unappetizing floral, potpourri aroma, almost unnatural or synthetic, but nothing too bad.
  •  Very creamy mouthfeel, coats the whole palate with an enjoyable sweetness that’s slightly bitter giving it an overall great balance.
  • The flavour of wonderfully ripe cherries also comes through.
  • Great outing from Howe Sound, pick it up most anywhere.

DOUBLE DRAGON IMPERIAL RED ALE

Posted in Ales, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on March 31, 2012 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Phillip’s Brewing Co. , Victoria, British Colombia

  • 8.2%ABV
  • Pours a good full head, light and frothy.
  • Brilliant ruby red colour highlights through out.
  • Smells similar to an IPA with a strong hop bitterness and sweetness without the typical citrus, pine and floral notes.
  • Very dry bitterness on the taste with the overall flavours a little flat. The only thing really coming through is a pine tree bitter note.
  • Not especially well balanced.
  • Perhaps this years batch was not as good as previous years, as I remember this as being a fantastic beer in the past.

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.

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.

OLD SARSAPARILLA ROOT BEER STYLE ALE

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

Phillips Brewing Co., Victoria, B.C.

  • 5% ABV
  • Contains: Licorice, wintergreen, anise seeds, spearmint, ginger, nutmeg, sarsaparilla
  • Thick, Bubbly, root beer like head…should have poured it into a frosty A&W mug!
  • Cloudy, muddy water, brown colour
  • Strong black licorice aroma, spicy note, and a cleansing mint smell.
  • Flavour is nothing like contemporary root beer, maybe more reminiscent of original recipes?
  • Tasted like watered down mouthwash with a hint of licorice. Doesn’t taste much like beer either, although it is refreshing.
  • I think this is an interesting idea for a beer, but in this case it’s a miss for Phillips.
  • This was a sessional offering from Phillips, so finding it may be next to impossible.