Van Dame White ISA – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

image

Van Dame White ISA – Granville Island Brewing, 4.5% ABV – 40 IBU, 650ml., (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) (*local craft beer*)

on the front-left label:

“Say hello to your new summer fling. She’s a west coast spin on a Belgian Witbier that’ll tease you with tartness and leave you wanting more.”

wpid-img_20151031_224534.jpg

  • Style: India Session Ale
  • Taste: Refreshing guava grapefruit barley malt mild-banana-wheat coriander
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.40 – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a whirl

Visual: Pours almost clear daisy petal yellow with a small dissipating bubbly head, a thin hazy layer with sticky lacing, suspended sediment, only a few bubbles.

Nose: lots of sweet guava and grapefruit citrus on the nose (as advertised). (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy-tingly, subdued bitter

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) barley malt, yellow grapefruit, coriander

Finish: light banana wheat malt, grapefruit peel bitter hops, lingering hoppy bitterness.

Summary: Very nice transitions from the bright fruity citrus up front to the malty sweet in the mids, and finally dry wheat and bitter hops at the finish, all without being heavy.

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout – McAuslan Brewing (Montreal, QC, Canada)

image

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout – McAuslan Brewing Inc., 5% ABV, 341ml., (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

(-chugging along, the 4th brew of 5 in the variety pack. The 5th and final one is a repeat Scotch Ale which I already reviewed but updated here [3.2/B-])

on the back label:

“St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout consistently beats out international stouts in blind tastings and competitions. This intensely black ale carries strong hints of espresso and chocolate. The oatmeal contributes body and ensures a long-lasting mocha-coloured head. If you like stout, you will love St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, roasted barley, toasted wheat, flaked oats, flaked corn, hops.

  • Style: (oatmeal) Stout
  • Taste: Balanced roasted malt coffee chocolate burnt bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 10x341ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pretty decent

Visual: Pours pitch black with a small head, ringed retention, a few micro bubbles here and there.

Nose: roasted coffee beans, barley malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-half slick-creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) full roasted malt -> light-med sour tangy bite

Finish: roasted coffee exhale, light burnt bitter, chocolate finish.

Summary: One of my favourite styles – a smooth and easy-drinking roasty malty coffee chocolate stout. A touch of sourness rounds it out, though I wished for a bit more creaminess and a layer of vanilla.

St-Ambroise Pale Ale – McAuslan Brewing (Montreal, QC, Canada)

image

St-Ambroise Pale Ale – McAuslan Brewing Inc., 5% ABV, 341ml., (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

(-drinking on, the 3rd brew of 5 in the variety pack)

on the back label:

“St. Ambroise Pale Ale was the first specialty beer to be bottled and sold in Quebec. This classic, full-bodied, cold-filtered pale ale takes its name from St. Ambroise Street in Montreal, which runs along the historic Lachine Canal where the brewery is located.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, toasted wheat, hops.

wpid-img_20151028_224544.jpgwpid-img_20151028_013310.jpg

  • Style: (American-style) Pale Ale
  • Taste: Straightforward sweet toasted malt clean soft bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 10x341ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: too plain

Visual: Pours clear salamander orange with a dissipating small head, a thin layer of micro retention, a mix of fast and slow loose streams.

Nose: bright fruity orange, raspberry jam, sweet malts (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-watery, fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: short duration, touch of sourness, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) toasted malt, bread-grainy

Finish: soft bitter hops, malty clean but short finish.

Summary: Easily drinkable but nothing much here. Very clean albeit basic malt profile with good texture. Lacks depth and character. Those nose was good, but the taste is just average.

St-Ambroise Double IPA – McAuslan Brewing (Montreal, QC, Canada)

image

St-Ambroise Double IPA – McAuslan Brewing Inc., 8% ABV, 341ml., (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

(-continuing on, the 2nd flavour of 5 in the variety pack)

on the back label:

“Our master brewer uses the word ‘intense’ to describe St. Ambroise Double India Pale Ale. If you like hops and you like malt, you will love the ctirus aromas and the full-bodied taste of this unfiltered St.Ambroise Double India Pale Ale.”

wpid-img_20151028_035622.jpgwpid-img_20151028_013310.jpg

  • Style: (Double) Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Creamy full toffee barley malt citrus grapefruit peel bitter heavy flat finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 10x341ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: unbalanced

Visual: Pours cloudy carrot orange with a smallish dissipating head, 1mm layer of retention, loose slow steady streams.

Nose: orange-tangerine hop oils, light malt background. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: creamy-fine CO2, incoming bitter hops

Mid-palate: fullness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) toffee barley malt, orange citrus, light-tangy, alcohol detection

Finish: soft compounding bitter grapefruit peel bitterhops, clean but flat finish.

Summary: Longer flavours and a more prevalent bitter hop profile than their regular IPA that I just tasted. The initial mouthfeel and body are good, but I feel the finish ends somewhat short.

St-Ambroise India Pale Ale – McAuslan Brewing (Montreal, QC, Canada)

image

St-Ambroise India Pale Ale – McAuslan Brewing Inc., 6.2% ABV, 341ml., (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

(-My last St-Ambroise tasting was nearly 3 years ago. My does time fly…)

on the back label:

“St. Ambroise India Pale Ale is dry-hopped using traditional methods and is brewed with a selection of pale and specialty malts for a balance malty character.”

wpid-img_20151028_012949.jpgwpid-img_20151028_013310.jpg

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Toasted barley malt soft lingering bitter hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 10x341ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not memorable

Visual: Pours translucent toffee brown without much head, a thin hazy layer of retention, sticky half-lacing, clusters of slow steady streams.

Nose: sweet toasted caramel malts with a hint of citrus. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming malty sweet

Mid-palate: creamy body, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel, toasted barley malt,
hint of citrus

Finish: soft subtle bitter hops, citrus overtones, clean lingering bitter hopped finish.

Summary: All-in-all very smooth and drinkable malty IPA. Not a whole lot of hop character but exceptionally drinkable.

Time Warp Wet-hopped Pale Ale – Townsite Brewing Inc. (Powell River, BC, Canada)

image

Time Warp Wet-hopped Pale Ale – Townsite Brewing Inc., 5.2% ABV (or 5.5%? both are listed on the front label) – 60 IBU, 650ml., (Powell River, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*)

-This is my first tasting of a Townsite brew, what better way to kick it off with a fresh seasonal. In case you’re wondering, Texada Island is a tiny island located northwest of Vancouver.

description from ratebeer.com:

“Let’s do the Time Warp – AGAIN!
time warp: noun: 1. what you step into when you step off the ferry on Texada Island; 2. a delicious wet-hopped pale ale.
We hand-picked 38 kilos of local hops and added them to the brew immediately to produce this delicious pale ale. It’s not an IPA, but it still packs a big hop punch so prepare for your nose hairs to curl up and let out a happy sigh.
Fresh-hopped beers are designed for immediate enjoyment so do not cellar this one! ”

  • Style: (wet hop) Pale Ale
  • Taste: Creamy toasted barley malt astringent bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $7.40 (after 5% off) – 650ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear pale copper brown with a small foamy head, thin murky layer of retention, half-sticky lacing, a few slow singular streams.

Nose: brown sugar, toasted barley malt, (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: slick-creamy, immediate medium bitterness

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, subdued mild sour, (MAIN) toasted barley malt, light grassy

Finish: hoppy astringent bitter finish.

Summary: Mainly a toasted barley malt profile but I’m not liking the astringency in the hops; it’s has a bitterness similar to burnt food.

Moon Dance Mango Wheat – Old Yale Brewing (Chilliwack, BC, Canada)

image

Moon Dance Mango Wheat – Old Yale Brewing, 5.0% ABV, 650ml., (Chilliwack, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*)

-Is this brew any different from their mango wheat Outta Wack that I reviewed back in 2014? Let’s see…

printed on the front-right label:

“Each batch of Moon Dance Mango Wheat is made with 900 fresh, ripe mangoes. And, the very smooth texture lets the mango flavour shine through. Try a Moon Dance with your favourite seafood dish.”

wpid-img_20151024_004147.jpg

  • Style: (mango) Flavoured Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Crisp sour rough wheat malt mild mango
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.40 – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours bright luminescent cloudy yellow with a very small dissipating head, ringed retention, clusters of slow streams.

Nose: sour funk, light fart, mango juice (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: tingly-crisp-biting, incoming fruity

Mid-palate: medium sour-tangy, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) wheat malt, light funk,
mango

Finish: lingering mild sour roughness, dry wheat malt, mild mango exhale, bready finish.

Summary: Mostly sour wheat malt from with just a flash of basic mango favour and it’s overtaken by more wheat malt. From what I remember their other mango wheat ale (likely discontinued) Outta Whack, made with mango puree, tasted better. Skip this.