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.