Spring Rye – Burnside Brewing Co. (Portland, OR, USA)

Spring Rye (Single hop rye ale with coriander) – Burnside Brewing Co., 5.5% ABV – 21 IBU, 22 oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)

on the front-left label:

“Burnside’s Spring Rye, our new seasonal, is brewed with 45% Roggenmalz (German Rye) and single hopped with Willamette Valley grown Ultra Hops. The Rye adds nutty and spicy notes in addition to an increased viscosity and mouth feel. A resurrected varietal as of the 2013 harvest, Ultra features notes of lemon and tropical fruits.


  • Style: (rye, flavoured with coriander) Specialty Grain
  • Taste: Full CO2 crisp tangy grainy barley-rye malt light spicy coriander soft bitter hop
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $9 CAD (after 7.5% off) – 22 oz., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: solid, but not memorable

Visual: Pours pale orange with a RIDICULOUSLY large 90% head/10% beer, thick foamy retention, a symphony of fast active streams. Wow.

Nose: sweet metallic liquid lager malt, hints of lemon. (lvl-5)-intensity

Attack: crisp, fizzy-creamy full CO2

Mid-palate: background tangy, (lvl-5-sweetness), lemony grainy barley malt

Finish: rye malt spicy, light coriander exhale, burpy, subtle bitter hops, some yeasty funk.

Summary: Amazing CO2 fullness, good solid malt body with rye, coriander and a citrus hopped nuances. Very drinkable.

Corsa Rose Gold Ale (GF) – Ground Breaker Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)


Corsa Rose Gold Ale (Gluten Free) – Ground Breaker Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 650 ml., (Portland, Oregon, USA)

on the front label:

“Fast. Fresh. Gluten-free Fuelled. Italian for race. Corsa is the perfect reward for après the track or the trail.

Rose Gold Ale, the first of its kind is an accomplished brew with a clean, crisp finish. Zero gluten and 500 hp of local ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.”


  • Style: (flavoured – blackberry, brown rice, oats) Specialty Grain (GF)
  • Taste: Off-balance blackberry thin-body astringent dry hopped bitter
  • Where I got it : Libations Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $9.60 CAD (after 5% off) – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to GF beer aficionados: no

Visual: Gusher, beware. Pours clear light fuscia with a very large lasting foamy head, thick sticky lacing, clusters of fast streams all over.

Nose: blackberry, damp metallic, perfumy. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp fizzy, incoming juicy berry-bitter

Mid-palate: candy plasticky, (lvl-5-sweetness), blackberry

Finish: blackberry exhale, sake-ricey dryness, astringent bitter hop finish.

Summary: Like an overly hopped bitter watery berry cider. Unfortunately the taste and off-balance bitter hops don’t really match the inviting fruity berry nose. Can’t say I particularly liked this one.

Against the Grain (Gluten-free) – Wold Top Brewery (UK)


Against the Grain (< 20ppm Gluten) – Wold Top Brewery, 4.5% ABV, 500ml, (Driffield, UK)

-My 2nd Wold Top beer, the 1st being their Marmalade Porter (B-) which I enjoyed.

on the front-right label:

“Naturally wheat free real ale. The Wold Top Brewery at our Mellor family farm is situated high on Yorkshire Wolds where gently sloping hills give way to the sea. High quality Real Ales are traditionally brewed using home and wold grown barley, and our own source of pure chalk filtered water to produce an award winning range of beers.

Ingredients: water, lager malt, maize, hops and yeast. Gluten content certified less at less than 20ppm”


  • Style: (lager malt, maize) Specialty Grain
  • Taste: Flat thin-body tangy sour sweet lager corny malt lingering bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 500ml, September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no even if you have celiac disease

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Pours clear apple juice yellow with a quickly dissipating small head, large bubbles clinging to the side of the glass, varied speed singular streams.

Nose: yeasty, sweet liquid lager malt (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: thicker viscosity

Mid-palate: citrusy tangy sourness, lacking CO2 mouthfeel, (lvl-6-sweetness), thin body-no depth, bitter hops, hints of corn, hints of puke

Finish: lingering bitter hops

Summary: This one loses carbonation fast and drinks quite thin compared to beers without a corn adjunct. At least the hops are there but nothing much else. Skip it.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #18 – Krypton Rye PA


Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #18

Krypton Rye PA – Phillips Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Better tasting than a speeding bullet. krypton will be hard not to drink in a single gulp. Spicy rye malt and big citrus hop flavours make krypton the perfect refreshment in your fortress of solitude. Hop, hop and away!”


  • Style: (Rye, IPA) Specialty Grain
  • Taste: Orange citrusy sweet barley malt mild white pepper bitter melon hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not bad, but forgettable

Visual: Pours translucent golden orange without much head, a thin spotty layer of retention, only a few singular very slow steady streams.

Nose: honey-toffee malt, orange citrus undertones. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thicker mouthfeel, incoming malty

Mid-palate: half-creamy, (MAIN) orange-citrusy hops, sweet barley malt-> (lvl-5)-sweetness

Finish: white peppery rye with bitter melon hopped bitterness dry finish.

Summary: Good interesting incorporation of rye into the IPA. An enjoyable brew of citrus, malt and bitter hops.