Five AM Red Ale – Brewdog (Ellon, Scotland)

Five AM Red Ale (aka 5 A.M. Saint) – Brewdog, 5% ABV, 330ml., (Ellon, Scotland)


description from ratebeer.com:

“5am Saint is The Holy Grail of red ales. We live in a world of disposable deities. Someone, somehow has managed to press that big, flashing moronic override button and we’re hard wired straight into the pockets of false idols trying to make a quick buck. Sadly, for a lot of people the same mentality applies to beer. But who’s to know what’s worth worshiping when monolithic advertising budgets have you sucked down the rabbit hole in the blink of an eye? At BrewDog we are on a mission to open as many people’s eyes as possible. Cast away any aspersions and let the crook of BrewDog be your guide in a whirlwind of conformity and mediocrity. Once this ruby liquid forms a foamy halo around your glass, you’ll never want to look back. Malts: Maris Otter, Caramalt, Munich Malt, Crystal and Dark Crystal Malts Hops:Cascade, Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Ahtanum, Centennial Twist: Loads of late hops and bucket-loads of dry hops


  • Style: Amber Ale
  • Taste: Toasty brown sugar barley malt berry/red grape subtle hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.25 CAD (after 5% off) – 330ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good, but not memorable

Visual: Pours opaque reddish brown without much of a head, thin ringed retention with a hazy island, clusters of steady streams.

Nose: brown sugar, date, sweet toasted barley malt. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, half-flat CO2

Mid-palate: background stealth grassiness, (lvl-4-sweetness), red berries/red grape, brown sugar toasted barley malt

Finish: residual barley malt sweetness, subtle bitterness

Summary: This has a dull, medium deepness which I find isn’t too impressive compared to their other fab brews. Good drinkability and flavour, but not quite rounded and bold enough to be great.

He’Brew Genesis Ale – Shmaltz Brewing Co. (NY, USA)

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Genesis Ale – Shmaltz Brewing Company (Brewed at Olde Saratoga Brewing), 6% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)


from ratebeer.com:

“Contract brewed for Shmaltz Brewing Company. Our First Creation

Crisp, smooth and perfectly balanced between a west coast style pale and amber ale, with a supple malt sweetness and a pronounced hop flourish.

Malts: 2-row, Caramel 40L, Dark Crystal, Munich, Wheat
Hops: Warrior, Northern Brewer, Willamette”


  • Style: Amber Ale
  • Taste: Sweet toasted barley malty sour-tangy astringent finish
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $39 CAD (after 10% off) – 8 x 12 fl.oz. + glassware, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: solid, but won’t crave it

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours clear brown with no significant head, thin hazy ringed retention, some bubbles here and there, minor lacing.

Nose: sweet nutty caramel malts (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thicker mouthfeel

Mid-palate: tingly CO2, toasted barley malts, bready-biscuity (lvl-5-sweetness)

Finish: background gentle bitter hops, mild sour-tangy astringency.

Summary: A good thick mouthfeel akin to their other beers, but this one having some astringency in the background and emerging in the finish. A bit above average.

3 Monts Grande Réserve – Brasserie de St. Sylvestre (France)

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Monts Grande Réserve – Brasserie de St. Sylvestre, 10% ABV, 750ml, (St. Sylvestre-Cappel, France )


  • Style: (strong) Amber Ale
  • Taste: Alcoholic brown sugar cinnamon toffee sweet barley malt
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek (Main St.)
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off) – 750ml., January 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Hefty bottle, corked and plastic sealed. Pours dull copper brown with a small dissipating creamy head, half sticky lacing, a few clusters of steady micro streams.

Nose: light alcoholic, liquid toffee sweet barley malts. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming alcoholic malts

Mid-palate:  background alcohol, sustained micro-fizzy & creamy CO2, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar, cinnamon, toffee barley malt, zingy alcohol

Finish: woody barley, alcohol numbness, residual malty finish.

Summary: Good rounded bubbly CO2 texture to help carry the sweet and alcoholic body to the finish. It could use a bit more complexity.

The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Day #15 – Karoo Red (S. Africa)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #15

Karoo Red – Porcupine Quill Brewing Co., 5.5% ABV – 330ml., (South Africa)

  • Style: Amber Ale
  • Taste: Tangy light roast dark fruit barley malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados:

Visual: Pours jatoba reddish-brown with minimal dissipating head, micro ringed retention, lots of varied speed streams.

Nose: sweet heavy malted barley, fig/date. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-watery thin

Mid-palate: fizzy-micro tingyly, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) light roasted tangy barley malt, almost woody, chestnut -> sourness

Finish: burpy, lingering malty sweet, subtle bitter hopped finish.

Summary: A drinkable brew of mainly tangy sweet barley malt with some dark fruit. I found the entry watery and the sourness threw me off a bit. Just average.

Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #10 – Red Racer Copper Ale (skipped)

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #10

Copper Ale – Central City Brewing, 5% ABV – 330ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

-another skipper, and thank goodness because I didn’t really like this one last time I had it in November 2015. Check it out here.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #15 – Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #15

Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale – Parallel 49 Brewing, 6.0% ABV – 341ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

  • Style: Amber Ale
  • Taste: Boozy sweet caramel malt mild stonefruit resiny hopped bitter
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: don’t bother

Visual: Pours reddish brown, 1cm dissipating micro head, micro layer of retention, steady scattered singular streams, lots of suspended sediment.

Nose: sweet caramel malts, hints of apricot. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-half creamy, incoming sweet malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) alcoholic caramel malts, brown/cane sugar, hints of apricot

Finish: dry, resiny hopped, lingering toffee malt, residual sweetness.

Summary: Goes from too sweet to hopped bitter, not particularly digging the transitions. Also, seems unjustifiably heavy for just a 6%’er.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #12 – Copper Ale

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #11

Copper Ale (can) – Central City Brewing, 5% ABV – 500ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

Why did I wait half a year to resume the 2014 Christmas beer calendars??? Long story short, the day #12 beers went missing and I had to seek out and replace them. Let’s finish up 2014 and blast on ahead to 2015!”

printed on the can:

“A light bodied, easy drinking ale with a pleasantly dry finish. Toasted Munich malt gives this beer both it’s colour and malty flavour that is balanced with subtle hop aromatics.”

  • Style: Amber Ale
  • Taste: boring basic sweet liquid barley malt no body
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: don’t bother

Visual: Pours copper brown (no surprise) with barley any head, very thin hazy retention, several singular fast streams.

Nose: sweet toasted caramel malt, liquid barley. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-flat-malty, thin body and taste

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) grainy barley malt, caramel, honey

Finish: off-dry malty short finish.

Summary: Basic malty flavour, nothing exciting but drinkable. Waste of time for me.