Tip Hop Spruce White IPA – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

Tip Hop Spruce White IPA – Dead Frog Brewery, 6.5% ABV, 650 ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

A juicy white IPA brewed with fresh picked spruce tips and Simcoe hops to provide a tropical pine aroma, followed by a crisp, golden malt profile.

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, spruce tips, (and wheat malt…?)

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  • Style: (flavoured – spruce tip) White IPA
  • Taste: Crisp off-dry short mango-orange malt disjointed spruce-pine bitter hop
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 CAD – 650 ml., August 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours virtually clear golden orange with a smallish dissipating head, ringed retention with a large island, lots of singular fast steady micro streams.

Nose: mango-orange laced with a bit of spruce, medium bright and clean. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, bitter undertones, orangey malt impression

Mid-palate: micro bubbles, orange, slight mango, (lvl-3-sweetness), spruce/pine greenness,

Finish: numbing soft bitter hops, residual grainy barley malt and disjointed hop oils

Summary: The entry is decent with its crispness and tropical fruity profile but I don’t really like the dull disjointed bitter hop finish. The greenness just lingers on for too long.

StarGazer Chamomile Wheat – Canuck Empire Brewing (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

StarGazer Chamomile Wheat – Canuck Empire Brewing (brewed at Deadfrog Brewery), 6.0% ABV, 650ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*)


printed on the front-right label:

“Chamomile Wheat is summer in a bottle. The beer pours a hazy golden straw colour. Aromas of wheat and chamomile intertwine with a touch of honey. Light wheat flavours blend with raspberry and chamomile on the palate to create a refreshing summer beer. Delicious.”

Ingredients: Water, Malts: (Wheat, 2-Row, Munich 30), Organic Dried Chamomile Floweres, Raspberry Blossom Honey
, Hops: (Saaz), Yeast

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  • Style: (flavoured – Chamomile) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: crisp slightly dry grainy barley malt soft tangy chamomile slight honey
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn, N. Bby
  • How much: $6.30 (after 10% off) – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours clear pale golden orange without much of a head, ringed retention with a large island, very clustered active streams.

Nose: big chamomile, slight liquid barley malt (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: dry crisp, grainy barley malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), grainy light toffee barley malt, soft prickly tangy sour

Finish: mild sweet wheat malt w/ palate roughness, dry chamomile exhale, honey, residual metallic barley malt

Summary: Surprisingly not a whole lot of wheat, I mostly get barley and chamomile. A decent drinkable brew but the chamomile is rather dull. Not bright nor quenching enough for wheat ale.

French Oaked Stiff Stout – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

Beermaster Series French Oaked Stiff Stout – Dead Frog Brewery, 6.5% ABV, 650 ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-right label:

French Oaked Stiff Stout – A full flavoured, smooth stout combining roasted barley and chocolate malts aged on toasted french oak to create a rich, textured beer with a finish so stiff you’ll never forget it!


  • Style: (French oak aged) Stout
  • Taste: Sweet roasted barley malt cocoa background oak
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $6 CAD (after 10% off) – 650 ml., March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a go

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Pours a very dark brown with no head, super thin ringed retention, micro bubbles surfacing here and there. Visually not much happening.

Nose: marshmallowy roasted thick barley malt. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: slight thick-light crisp, dense sweet barley malt impression

Mid-palate: oak undertones, (lvl-7-sweetness), molasses, roasted thick barley malt, cocoa-dry chocolate, slight sour boozy

Finish: wet young oak, residual clean sweet barley malt

Summary: It’s slightly too sweet and dull straight out of the fridge but the roasted barley cocoa vanilla flavours emerge as it warms.

Reina de Fuego – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

Reina de Fuego Mexican Chocolate Porter – Dead Frog Brewery, 6% ABV – 34 IBU, 650 ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-I appreciate that they list they specific hops and malts used in the brew.


on the front-left label:

All hail the queen of fire. A smooth and sweet, medium bodied porter featuring flavours of chocolate and toffee, with a light hint of spice and chili pepper heat on the finish

Hops: bravo, northern brewer

Malts: 2 row, cara munich III, chocolate, crystal dark, midnight wheat

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast, Mexican chocolate, chili powder


  • Style: (flavoured – Mexican chocolate, chili) Porter
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.10 CAD – 650 ml., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours jet black, slightly slick and thick, dissipating bubbles, singular fast micro streams here and there.

Nose: dark sweet caramel barley malt mixed with some chocolate. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: light slick, soft dull CO2 crisp, sweet dark malt impression

Mid-palate: thicker oily viscosity, (lvl-5-sweetness), medium dark chocolate, thin-body dark caramel medium roast barley malt

Finish: cocoa, long lasting creeper chili throat heat

Summary: The flavours and textures are all over the place leaving a chaotic impression of net effect. Luckily, I’m a fan of weird beers but the compounding lingering heat isn’t balanced; Only weak Mexican chocolate (weak cinnamon as well) and thin-bodied barley malt are present. Slightly interesting, but not recommended.

Creekside Coffee Stout – Canuck Empire Brewing (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

Creekside Coffee Stout – Canuck Empire Brewing, 5.2% ABV, 650ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*)


printed on the front-right label:

“Creekside Coffee Stout is winter in a bottle. This beer is black as night with a thick head of light brown foam. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and a touch of smoke ignite your senses. Coffee and chocolate flavours mingle with the silky body and balanced hops to create a seriously drinkable beer. Delicious!”

Ingredients: Water, Malts: (2-Row, Chocolate, Debittered Black, Aromatic, and Flaked Barley), Brown Sugar, Coffee Beans, Lactose Sugar, Hops: (Magnum & Perle), Yeast

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  • Style: (flavoured – Coffee) Stout
  • Taste: Toffee malt ginger dry cinnamon/pumpkin spices half-bodied
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn, N. Bby
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50, better out there

Visual: Pours dark coffee brown without a significant head, very thin ringed retention with a couple of small islands, barely visible slow steady micro streams.

Nose: roasted coffee, roasted barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: light crisp, tingly-micro fizzy

Mid-palate: sweet roasted barley malt, (lvl-6-sweetness), background caramelized nutty coffee

Finish: lactose milkiness, lingering roasted barley malt, cacao

Summary: A good balance of sweet roast and bitter coffee that isn’t too overbearing. The lactose and brown sugar help round it out, but I find the entry-mid palate feeling thin in the mouth. Sippable but forgettable.

The Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

The Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire – Dead Frog Brewery, 6.5% ABV – 50 IBU, 650 ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-I appreciate that they list they specific hops used in the brew


on the front-left label:

Sparks fly when bold and beautiful tropical hops meet a brazen and daring roasted malt base. The hop flavours and aromas of a powerhouse IPA are balanced perfectly with the depth and intricacy of a complex dark ale in an unforgettable experience.

Hops: centennial, columbus, galaxy

Malts: pale ale, cara 60, biscuit, chocolate, carafa II, special B, roast barley

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  • Style: Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale
  • Taste: Grapefruit hopped bitter deep roast bitter sweet barley malt dark chocolate
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50 CAD – 650 ml., May 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: go get it

Visual: Pours obsidian black with a decent-sized 2cm lasting super foamy head, thick fine lacing, barely visible bubbles here and there.

Nose: a bit toasted malts (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: almost slick-crisp, immediate hop presence

Mid-palate: background bittersweet roast, micro-tingly, sharp grapefruit bitter, (lvl-4-sweentess)

Finish: peppery, hop oil citrusy tang, dark chocolate, lingering off-dry deep roast bitterly hopped

Summary: Lots going on here with citrus bitter hops, deep bittersweet roasted malts, creamy tingly smooth mouthfeel, and lots of length and good depth. Overall well constructed.

The Lost Pumpkin Patch Ale – Canuck Empire Brewing (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

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The Lost Pumpkin Patch – Canuck Empire Brewing, 6.0% ABV, 650ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*, seasonal)

printed on the front-right label:

“The Lost Pumpkin Patch Ale is autumn in a bottle. The beer looks like the leaves after they have changed colour. An aroma of cinnamon, ginger and all spice wafts in to the air and blends with pumpkin and maple syrup on your palate. Delicious.”

Ingredients: Water, Malts: (2-Row, Munich 30, Aromatic, Caramel 60, & Wheat), Pumpkin Puree, Maple Syrup, Hops: (Magnum & Perle), Spices: (Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, & All Spice), Yeast.

  • Style: (Pumpkin, spices) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Toffee malt ginger dry cinnamon/pumpkin spices half-bodied
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn, N. Bby
  • How much: $6.30 (after 10% off) – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50, better out there

Visual: Pours translucent orange brown with a smallish dissipating head, suspended micro sediment, thin hazy layer of retention, lots of steady tight streams.

Nose: mild funk, maple, mixed pumpkin spices. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: slick-creamy, brown sugar

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) bursting toasted toffee malts, pumpkin body background, ginger dryness

Finish: cinnamon exhale, soft bitter hops mixed with malty sweetness.

Summary: The entry is a bit flat but the flavour and roundness picks up in the mids to finish. Decent enough though not that impressionable. Flavour is good but lacking in texture/mouthfeel and fullness.

Red Dragon Imperial Red Ale – Dead Frog Brewing (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

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Red Dragon Imperial Red Ale – Dead Frog Brewing, 8% ABV, 50 IBU, 650ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)

on the front-left & right label:

“Don’t be fooled by the inviting tropical citrus aroma… This is a monstrous dark red ale with massive helpings of hops and malts. A robust and rich malt base is perfectly balanced with tropical citrus flavour and aroma provided by hearty helpings of citra dry hopping. The way of the dragon is one of perfect balance between malt and hop. Hops: Citra Malts: Pale Ale, Cara Amber, Munich, Cara 20, Special B IBU: 50 Recommended Glass: Hollowed out skull of your enemies”

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  • Style: Imperial Red Ale
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.30 – 650ml., May 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure, worth a taste

Visual: Pours auburn with a small 3mm head, a thin layer of retention, bubbles and bubbles everywhere.

Nose: malts with bright tropical mango-pineapple-orange. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-slick, subdued hops, resin, biting

Mid-palate: cream-fizzy mouthfeel, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) toffee malts, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, light toasted

Finish: malt heaviness, 90° turn sharp bitter hoppy finish.

Summary: Good body and crisp flavours. Overall satisfaction is there but wishing for a bit more punch in the tropical flavours. Stealth ABV.

Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

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Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock – Dead Frog Brewery, 7% ABV, 650ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

on the front left-side label:

“A haunting golden lager with an inviting hint of blood orange. A warm golden lager with a splash of citrus and slight caress of fruity hop flavour and aroma. Premium European malts and hops result in a brew that’s light in colour but not in body with a perfectly balanced finish.”

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  • Style: (Blood Orange, Helles Bock) Flavoured Lager
  • Taste: hoppy bitter pith/peel weedy rough malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50 – 650ml., October 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: There’s the grim reaper on the label, setting the mood for October. Pours light whiskey brown without much head, a thin layer of micro CO2 retention, lots of clustered active streams.

Nose: faint orange oil, hints of malty sweetness. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: subdued incoming bitter hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) blood orange bitter pith from the peel, sweet + tangy malts, weedy/dandelion

Finish: sharp bitter peel hoppy bitterness, rough finish.

Summary: Something in the mids just doesn’t sit well on the palate. The bitterness is like overly steeped lemon/lime peel. The pith bitterness + hops = gag reflex. Do not like. Doesn’t go well with a meal.

Winter Beeracle – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B+

Winter Beeracle – Dead Frog Brewery, 7.5% ABV – 650ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

on the front side label:

“Our Winter Beeracle is a warm, deep mahogany ale with rich, complex malt flavours and a sweetness to compliment the season. The warmth of the beer is punctuated by deep malt flavours from chocolate malts, a hint of vanilla in the aroma and flavour, and a dry citrus finish. All the flavours come together to create a rich, delicious winter ale.

Ingredients: Water, malted barley, hops, yeast, vanilla extract, orange peel
Malts: 2 Row, Biscuit, Cara 60, Chocolate
Hops: Cascade, Perle”

  • Style: (spiced) Winter Ale
  • Taste: Vanilla malt sweet goodness
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 650ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: probably not
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Who here has tried licking a steel street post in the middle of winter? (Fyi don’t do it…) Pours beer bottle brown with barely any head, thin ringed retention, several slow streams, minor lacing.

Nose: lots of vanilla (extract) and sweet malts. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, vanilla malts

Mid-palate: fizzy-crisp, (lvl-7) malty sweetness, underlying citrus acidity, (MAIN) huge vanilla extract, caramel malts, minor citrus oils, sweet chocolate

Finish: lingering vanilla, malty bright sweet, subtle soft hopped finish

Summary: This is an unexpectedly delicious, brew. It is quite aggressive with the vanilla flavouring but works out well with the orange and sweet malts to balance it out. Recommended to try at least once.