Wet-Hopped Blonde – Dageraad Brewing (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

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Wet-Hopped Blonde (seasonal) – Dageraad Brewing, 7.5% ABV, 650ml., (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) (*local craft beer*)

-This is the second beer I’m having that features locally grown hops from the Sartori family. The first I had in a Steamworks IPA, tasting of malt and orange-grapefruit.

on the front-left label:

“For this very special, once-a-year version of Dageraad Blonde, centennial hops grown by the Sartori family in Chilliwack were added to the brew kettle the same day they were plucked from the bine [sic]. The hops add a fresh, juicy taste of local terroir to this classic Belgian-style ale.”

Ingredients: Malted barley, wheat, sugar, spices, hops, yeast, water.

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My Notes:

  • Style: (wet-hopped) Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Micro fizzy astringent sour pukey muddled banana wheat malt ginger dry coriander bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7.70 – 650ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours mildly hazy light straw yellow with a large, very long-lasting super creamy head, thick sticky lacing, clusters upon clusters of very fast large CO2 streams. Visually beautiful.

Nose: sour funk acidity, pineapple wheat malt. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp-micro fizzy, incoming sour wheat malt

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) banana wheat malt, sour citrus, tangy barnyard funk

Finish: coriander dryness, ginger-like astringent bitterness, clove, sour tang pukey finish.

Summary: Flavours were muddled until it started to warm up. Not really liking the flavours and transitions in this one. Too astringent in pukey sourness, rough finish as well.

Cabernet Franc Icewine 2010 – Isabella Winery (Richmond, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: FAIL

Cabernet Franc Icewine 2010 – Isabella Winery, 9.6% ABV – 375ml, (Richmond, BC, Canada)

-having already tried their Pinot Noir, 3-in-1, Zweigelt, Merlot Pinot Noir icewines, I pretty much already knew this one is going to be a dud. It’s for educational purposes I say.

on the back label:

“The aroma of Cabernet Franc comes forth along with simmering red berry fruit. An initial burst of sweetness, then strawberry jam flavours. Pairs nicely with your favourite’s: Chocolate Cake, Crème Brule, or Apple Pie and a wedge of Sharp Cheddar Cheese.”

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  • Style: (Cabernet Franc) Icewine
  • Taste: Syrupy Ribena cassis sweet cloying
  • Where I got it : @Winery in Richmond
  • How much: $89 – 375ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: don’t bother

Visual: Cellared for 5 years, cork still intact. Pours orangish-maple, crystal clear.

Nose: tangy blackberry-cassis, mild alcohol detection (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thick-syrupy viscosity, incoming sugars

Mid-palate: dense (lvl-10)-sweetness, medium tangy, (MAIN) cassis, red table grape

Finish: Ribena-like concentrated syrupy sweetness, alcoholic bitter, alcoholic throat warmth, sugar rush, tangy finish.

Summary: Two words: Rip Off. Extremely overpriced for a garbage product. IMO this stuff is aimed at the unenlightened Chinese tourist looking for a pricey “Icewine” gift to bring home. If you want a decent red icewine try Volcanic Hill’s instead. The second glass in, reaction: “Why am I drinking this? It’s like drinking Ribena mixed with a teaspoon of Vodka – Incoming sugar headeache – too f*cking sweet.”

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #16 – Polaris Milk Stout

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #16

Polaris Milk Stout – Phillips Brewing, 5.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Your guiding light in udder darkness. This robust, sweet, velvety, roasted stout delivers a silky smooth mouthfeel and a coffee/cocoa flavour with a hint of milk chocolate. A perfect companion for contemplating life and staring into the heavens.”

  • Style: (flavoured; Milk) Stout
  • Taste: Thinnish light roast coffee chocolate malt bittersweet hints of milkiness
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: solid, but not noteworthy.

Visual: Pours deep dark brown with large bits of suspended sediment, no head, super thin ringed retention, no visible activity.

Nose: light roast, coffee, soy sauce. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, micro-fizzy

Mid-palate: thin viscosity, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) chocolate malt, caramel, light roast coffee -> micro-fizzy/tingly

Finish: background invasive sourness, cola malty bittersweet roasted exhale.

Summary: Straightforward drinkable sweet stout with hints of milkiness. It drinks a little watery and has some sourness near the finish which I didn’t particularly dig. Decent overall, but unremarkable.

Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #15 – Ugly Sweater Milk Stout

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #15

– I had this way, way back in April 2013; I wouldn’t mind giving this another go after I’ve complete the calendar. Here’s the 2013 review.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #15 – Elsinore (Lager)

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #15

Elsinore – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-Again, had this as part of the 2014 Snowcase Calendar, and I didn’t like it very much. It’s a lager, not my favourite style. The original review.

Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #14 – Red Racer Super Sonic IPA

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #14

Red Racer Super Sonic IPA – Central City Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 330ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the front-left label:

“Supersonic IPA gets its juice from a proprietary blend of hops. Spicy, citrus notes and an intense aroma defeat gravity itself. And while the hops used were grown on planet Earth, we think this beer is ‘out of this world’. Boom!”

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  • Style: IPA
  • Taste: Rounded grapefruity hop oil toasted toffee malt grapefruit-apricot
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours clear copper brown without any sizable head, very thin ringed retention, no activity.

Nose: toasted toffee/caramel malts, grapefruity hop oils. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, grapefruity hop oil coating

Mid-palate: micro-fizzy mouthfeel, (lvl-4)-sweetness mixed with sharp hoppy bitter, (MAIN) toasted toffee malts, pink grapefruit, apricot

Finish: stealth bitter hops, fruity exhale.

Summary: Quite delicious and balanced blend of toasted toffee malt and fruity yet bitter hops. Went down very easy.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #14 – Phillips Wit Beer

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #14

Phillips Wit Beer – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Orange peel & coriander infuse this refreshing wit beer. This label was designed by artist Chris Dobell whose talent has brought life to our brewery signage for years. It’s a beer that inspires art, that inspires the art of brewing beer.”

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  • Style: Witbier
  • Taste: Thicker alcoholic sweet caramel roasted barley malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: solid, but not noteworthy.

Visual: Pours translucent orange-yellow without much head, ringed retention, lots of steady streams, leftover sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Nose: orange oils, banana wheat malt, apricot, alcohol. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp-micro fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-2)-sweetness, (MAIN) orange peel, apricot, banana wheat malt

Finish: light pukey, light sour-zingy, coriander dryness, tangerine exhale, dry wheat malt palate-rough finish.

Summary: Decent fruity fizzy entry and mids, but I didn’t particularly enjoy the dry, rough finish.