Elderflower Ale – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


Elderflower Ale – Storm Brewing, 5% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

-Another brainstorm. I’m a big fan of elderflower anything; I think what got me hooked was St. Germain Elderflower liqueur. Ever since I had it mixed with sparkling wine I became hooked.

  • Style: (elderflower) Flavoured Ale
  • Taste: Med-sour tangy dried elderflower woody malt
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (March, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not mindblowing

Visual: (growler fill) Pours light copper brown with a small dissipating head, a thin layer of micro retention, some lacing, lots of slow steady streams.

Nose: dried elderflower buds, brown sugar malts. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, fizzy-bite

Mid-palate: light sour, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) dry citrusy, woody malt, elderflower -> medium tangy

Finish: dried elderflowers, woody malt exhale, gentle-soft lingering bitter hops, finishes dry.

Summary: It doesn’t really have the freshness of picked elderflowers, but still there is definitely a flower component that works well with the malt character of their base Scottish Ale. Crisp, floral and above all, very drinkable.