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Posted in Ales, Flavoured Beers, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on November 23, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery, Tadcaster, England

  • 5.1%ABV
  • This beer is completely hand made at the All Saints brewery in Stamford, England,  using ancient, manually operated equipment.
  • Absolutely no head to speak of .
  • Bright orange clear liquid with very consistent bubbles.
  • Overwhelming strawberry aroma permeates from this beer, could smell it across the room still in bottle!  We likened it to Smuckers jam, or strawberry Lip Smackers.
  • The taste is quite strong as well, tasting more like a cooler than a beer.
  •  The constant bubbles gave it the feel as such, something of a dessert drink.
  • Can be picked up at most liquor stores with a decent beer selection, Samuel Smiths is quite popular.


Posted in Pilsner, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on November 15, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Huyghe Brewery, Melle, Belgium

  • 5% ABV
  • Gluten free, organic, fair trade beer. First fair trade beer in the world. Mongozo uses ingredients which have been purchased from farmers in developing countries at a fair price. This ensures that the farmers and their families are able to take control of their businesses and work towards a better future. That’s all good and all, but how does it taste?
  • Ingredients: water,malt, rice, yeast, hops.
  • Pours to a transparent, yellow urine/apple juice colour with a medium level of carbonation and a week skinny head.
  • It smells of dry, uncooked, dusty rice, with a slight tinny note.
  • The flavour is also powdery tasting, uncooked rice. It also has a powdery, dry mouthfeel.
  • It’s not terrible. Not something I would drink. But a reasonable substitute for people on a gluten-free diet.


Posted in Ales, Pale Ale, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on October 21, 2011 by calgarybeerdrinkers

Fish Brewing Company,  Olympia, Washington

  • 5.5%ABV
  • Wimpy head, almost non-existant.
  • Very wonderful gold colour, pleasant and appealing.
  • Aroma is hoppy, but not too overwhelming accented with diverse floral scents.  Prompted one of the tasters to quip “Giddy up, I’d Hop on that!”  Mind you, this one was tasted later in the night, after quite a few others.
  • As the scent suggested this brew isn’t especially bitter despite the style, actually it’s quite mellow and refreshing and very smooth, would make a wonderful warm afternoon beer.
  • Worth picking up again, looking forward to trying more brews for this Washington capital brewery.