Plum Fruit Wine 2009 – Rustic Roots Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

TL:DR – “Just an okay plum flavour, too sour-tart without backup depth”

Plum Fruit Wine 2009 – Rustic Roots Winery, 12.0% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)

Visual: (cellared for 9 years). Pours dark magenta with thick sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Nose: sour plum, hints of cherry (lvl-5)-pungency.

Attack: tart-dense fruity

Mid-palate: alcohol laced-sour tangy plum, cloying tart acidity, (lvl-3-sweetness)

Finish: residual tangy sour acidity

Summary: Okay plum flavour, but an overly aggressive sour-tangy-tart component accompanied by a readily detectable alcohol presence.

Centennial IPA – Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, MI, USA)

TL:DR – “Balanced (bitter hop : sweet malt : alcohol) ratios.”

Centennial IPA – Founders Brewing Company, 7.2% ABV – 65 IBUs, 12 fl.oz., (Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA)

on the back label:

“Get ready to bask in the glory of the frothy head’s floral bouquet, relish the citrus accents from the abundance of dry hopping. This one’s sweet, yet balanced, malty undertones shake hands with the hop character for a finish that never turns bitter”

Visual: Pours dirty medium copper orange with a small 1cm head with a 1mm fine frothy layer of retention with sticky lacing, very active tight clustered streams.

Nose: toffee bold barley malt, orange citrus hoppy undertones (lvl-5)-pungency.

Attack: thicker-creamy, soft bite

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness) mixed with light alcohol detection, soft citrus hop, sweet toasty toffee malt

Finish: residual malty, super subtle pine hopped bitter

Summary: The flavours won’t knock your socks off, rather, this one is more about he subtle nuances. Clean subtle bitter hops are balanced in zen-like unison with the malts, alcohol and texture. Smooth.

Pineapple Sculpin – Ballast Point Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

TL:DR – “Super smooth balanced tropical IPA, go get it.”

Pineapple Sculpin – Ballast Point Brewing Company, 7.0% ABV, 12 fl. oz., (San Diego, California, USA)

Visual: Pours translucent deep orange with a smallish 3mm head, a thin layer of fine retention, loose clusters of steady micro streams.

Nose: rich light green hoppy-honey barley malt, hints of pineapple. (lvl-7)-pungency.

Attack: creamy-silky-crisp

Mid-palate: fruity apricot, smooth (lvl-5)-sweetness barley malt, subtle dry grassy bitter hops

Finish: grainy barley malt, subtle pineapple exhale, hints of lemon.

Summary: super smooth, virtually zero alcohol detection, masterfully crafted.

Nitro Merlin Milk Stout – Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, CA, USA)

Rating : B-

Visual: Pours dark brown with a fine dissipating nitro 2mm head, no real activity.

Nose: sweet roasted barley, cocoa coffee

Attack: dull mild flat, light milky creamy

Mids: (lvl-5)-sweetness, nutty roasted coffee barley malt

Finish: cacao, soft burnt roasted bitter hop

Summary : I’m not a big fan of nitro textured beers but this one has a solid milk stout base.

Leo v. Ursus Wookus Imperial Black IPA – Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, CA, USA)

Rating: B+

Visual: Pours jet black-brown with a lasting 2mm creamy head, clusters upon clusters of tight activity.

Nose: green citrusy hops, very bright

Attack: slightly thicker, sharp crisp

Mids: clean grapefruit bitter hops, light roast solid barley malt base, (lvl-4)-sweetnesd

Finish: stealth alcohol hit, lengthy mellow grassy hoppy bitter.

Summary: Easy drinking, great balance and body.

Deceit Belgian-Style Golden Ale – Funkwerks Inc (Fort Collins, CO, USA)

TL:DR – “Mostly sweet alcoholic barley malt, finished 750ml solo but forgettable. Just okay.”

Deceit Belgian-Style Golden Ale – Funkwerks, Inc., 8.5% ABV, 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)

on the front-right label:

“This gold medal-winning beer is inspired by Belgian Tripels and Golden Strong ales. Deceit is a Belgian-Style Golden Ale that is deceptively palatable as the alcohol percentage is masked by complex characteristics introduced by our unique Belgian yeast strain. It pours with an alluring golden color and shimmering white head. Aromas of pineapple, pear, and citrus will give you and idea of the surge of flavors that await. Your first sip will introduce a slight spice that compliments the citrus notes carrying the beer to a dry and rewarding finish. Deceit is full of pleasant surprises that will leave you begging for more.”

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  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: coriander yeasty resiny compounding sweet grainy barley malt slight pineapple pear
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $15.50 CAD (after 20% off) – 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: nah
  • What made an impression: finishable solo

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Unfiltered. Pours translucent golden orange with a large dissipating bubbly head, very active soda-like fast streams, a thin layer of retention, large suspended bits of sediment.

Nose: yeasty grain barley malt, pineapple-pear overtones. (lvl-5)-pungency.

Attack: bubbly full-crisp

Mid-palate: yeasty-resiny, coriander, grainy-pineapple barley malt, slowly compounding (lvl-6)-sweetness, light tangy-zingy, alcohol detection

Finish: slight dry apple-pear exhale, residual barley maltish

Summary: An all-around balanced Belgian strong ale with enough body, mouthfeel, and nuanced complexity. I didn’t find any trait particularly noteworthy. Good, but not exceptional.

Forest Ginger Cider – Finnriver Cidery (Chimacum, WA, USA)

TL:DR – “well-integrated mild ginger-fir into the solid apple cider base, cloying after a glass”

Forest Ginger – Elijah K. Swan’s Infused Botanical Hard Cider – Finnriver Cidery, 6.5% ABV, 500 ml., (Chimacum, Washington, USA)

on the front-right label:

“Made from a blend of fermented Washington organic and heirloom apples, infused with fresh ginger and the green tips of local fir trees, and organic sugar.”

  • Style: (flavoured – ginger, fir tips) Apple Cider
  • Taste: fruity tangy tart apple light ginger subtle fir slight cloying tart sugars
  • Where I got it : Imperial Bottle Shop / Portland
  • How much: $9 USD – 12 fl.oz., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: cohesive apple-ginger-fir flavour

Visual: (cellared for 3.5 years). Pours almost clear light orange-yellow with no head, micro bubbles along the perimeter, a few micro bubbles surfacing here and there – not much.

Nose: ginger-fir-dense apple blend, very aromatic. (lvl-10)-pungency.

Attack: soft crisp, medium tart

Mid-palate: fir tips exhale, clean light ginger w/o heat, fruity tart red-green apple hybrid juicy, (lvl-3-sweetness), background tangy acidity

Finish: fruity apple juice exhale, mild residual cloying tartness

Summary: A big dense apple fruity profile with a cohesive addition of ginger and fir that help elevate the cider to the next level. The fruitiness and tartness become cloying after a glass but that is easily remedied by a few salty bites. Great with a meal.