Aftermath Pale Ale – Black Market Brewing Co. (Temecula, CA, USA)

Aftermath Pale Ale – Black Market Brewing Company, 5.8% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Temecula, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

We created ‘Aftermath’ as an extremely drinkable Pale Ale that wasn’t just a reproduction of everyone else’s Pale Ale. Our unique blend of multiple hop varieties adds HUGE hop aroma and flavor, with none of the overwhelming bitterness of an IPA

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  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Taste: Smooth balanced bitter hop-metallic barley malt
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $9.10 CAD (after 20% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not memorable

Visual: Pours clear dark mahogany brown without a significant head, ringed retention with a large island, very steady micro streams

Nose: fragrant 50/50 citrus hops-sweet barley malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, soft-creamy, bitter hopped malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), citrusy stealth sharp bitter hops, metallic barley malt,

Finish: dry grass hoppy bitter

Summary: A very smooth sippable brew of sharp bitter hops that linger until the finish that is accompanied by a healthy dose of barley malt forming a robust body of drinkable pleasure. Can’t say I’ll remember this, but it was a good go.

Pale Ale – Four Winds Brewing Co. (Delta, BC, Canada)

Pale Ale – Four Winds Brewing Co., 5.2% ABV – 38 IBU, 330 ml, (Delta, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the back label:

“Our American-style pale ale is a tribute to the origins of craft-brewed beer. A dynamic duo of Cascade and Centennial hops combine for a refreshingly bitter ale, varied with the subtle maltiness that gives way to a clean, brisk finish.”

Ingredients: Pale, munich, caramel pilsen and crystal malt. Chinook, cascade and centennial hops.

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  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Taste: Smooth crisp peach-citrus metallic dry grainy toffee barley malt
  • Where I got it : traded with my brother
  • How much: $priceless – 330 ml., sometime in 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: just okay

Visual: Pours clear copper brown with a smallish 1cm head, a spotty 1mm layer of retention, clusters of very active streams, sticky lacing.

Nose: toffee malt with light citrus hops (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: soft smooth & crisp

Mid-palate: peach-citrus hop oils, (lvl-3-sweetness), dry metallic, grainy toffee barley malt

Finish: lengthy hopped soft dry bitterness

Summary: Pretty decent, good a good balance of hop and barley grain profile. A tad too metallic for my tastes and the hops are on the dull side.

Men’s Room Original Red – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA)

Men’s Room Original Red – Elysian Brewing (AB-InBev), 5.6% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Seattle, Washington, USA)


on the front-right label:

“Brewed for The Mens Room radio show on 99.9 KISW The Rock of Seattle, Mens Room Red is amber in color with a light hop aroma and toasty finish.”

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  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Crisp resiny hopped bitter metallic toasted barley malt
  • Where I got it : Traded with my brother
  • How much: priceless, sometime in 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: Pours clear brown-amber without much of a head, a thin layer of retention, clusters of steady streams.

Nose: sweet light toasted barley malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: quenching crisp bite

Mid-palate: immediate resiny bitter hops, smooth tingly CO2, (lvl-3-sweetness), bittersweet metallic toasted barley malt

Finish: hints of grassiness, residual grainy dry malt

Summary: Rather simple, short length and quenching mouthfeel – not terribly interesting. A bit above average but not worth seeking out.

 

30th Street Pale Ale – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

30th Street Pale Ale (APA) – Green Flash Brewing Company, 6.0% ABV – 45 IBU, 12 oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

“IPA on any other street

A hop-forward and locally inspired brew, this Pale Ale pays homage to San Diego’s craft beer corridor-30th Street. Uniquely floral and fruity notes from El Dorado, Cascade and Warrior hops mingle with a hint of crystal malt, to build the flavors presented in our legendary American Pale Ale. Well-bittered and dry hopped this longitme neighborhood favorite is bold enough to suit the discerning palates of hop heads in the land of sunshine and IPA.”

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  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Very bright clean tangerine-generic floral hop toasted barley malt dry resin-grassy hopped bitter
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $3.60 (after 12.5% off) – 12 oz., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes!

Visual: Pours barely translucent orange with a smallish head, a superfine layer of micro retention, suspended sediment, clustered steady streams alongside tight singulars.

Nose: citrusy floral hops, malty backbone. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: creamy-fine entry, very crisp bite

Mid-palate: more fluffy creaminess, very bright tangerine-metallic hop oils, (lvl-3-sweetness), toffee toasty barley malt

Finish: LONG length dry soft bitter resiny hops, dry grassy finish.

Summary: Supremely clean hop oils and an amazing creaminess to go along with it. A bright showcase of the hops – thumbs up for the consistent quality of Green Flash brews.

Single Hop Series – Jarrylo- Ninkasi Brewing Co. (Eugene, OR, USA)

Single Hop Series – Jarrylo – Ninkasi Brewing Company, 5.3% ABV – 38 IBU– 22 fl.oz., (Eugene, Oregon, USA)


from ratebeer.com:

Developed in Yakima Valley, Washington by Roy Farms Jarrylo, also known as experimental hop ADHA881, is a dual-purpose hop used for aroma and flavor. Pronounced Yar-i-lo, this hop is named after the Russian God of fertility. Paired with a crisp Pilsner malt base, this single hop beer highlights the pear, orange, spicy and, fruity notes of the hop.

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  • Style: (single hop – Jarrylo) American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Tangy orange pear apple clean pils barley malt subtle bitter hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 CAD ($20 for 4-pack) – 22 fl.oz., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: try a Jarrylo

Visual: Part of a 4-pack, mixed bombers. Pours clear golden orange/yellow with a very large ultra foamy head, thick sticky lacing, singular steady streams.

Nose: grainy resiny clean malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: light slick/thicker viscosity, smooth-crisp entry

Mid-palate: tangy orange, pear-apple, (lvl-5-sweetness), clean pils malt, a touch of mulling spices

Finish: soft subtle bitter grassy hopped

Summary: Flavours are as advertised, quite interesting and pleasant

Tankhouse Ale – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Tankhouse Ale – Mill St. Brewery, 5.2% ABV, 341ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)

-Mill St. Seasonal Sampler 6-pack recap:

-Apparently Mill Street Brewery was bought out by Anheuser-Busch InBev back in late 2015. Perhaps that’s why their beers taste kind of “watered down”. In any case, I’m glad I rated these beers before I acquired this fact.


on the back of the bottle:

“Mill Street Tankhouse Ale is a deliciously complex and spicy ale. We use a staggering amount of hops and five different malts to produce a rich, fiery pale ale, copper-red in colour, and truly satisfying in flavour.”

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  • Style: APA / American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Toasted toffee malt thin body dry grassy hop prickly vanilla hints
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $15 CAD (after 10% off) – 6 x 355ml-ish, September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: please father no

Visual: (seasonal sampler 6-pack). Pours reddish brown with no significant head, super thin hazy retention, singular micro streams all over.

Nose: brown sugar booze-laced toffee malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thin entry

Mid-palate: toasted malt backbone, (lvl-4-sweetness), half-creamy, dry grassy hops, tongue prickly

Finish: hints of vanilla, thin body residual barley malt finish.

Summary: Decent drinkability with okay complexity of malt, hops, and a touch of spice. It’s a bit thin in mouthfeel though.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #8 – Short Wave West Coast Pale Ale

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #8

Short Wave West Coast Pale Ale – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Scan through the static and discover the Short Wave. This wireless beer transmitter pours a beautiful sunset orange colour with a pillow white head. A medium, malt-forward body is electrified with bright citrus hops until sweetness and bitter are dialed to balance. Finishing refreshingly dry, enjoy this frequency frequently.”

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  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Creamy smooth lemon-orange citrusy malt soft balanced hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not bad, not spectacular

Visual: Pours clear amber orange with a decent foamy head, very sticky lacing, good layer of retention, lots of bubbles here and there.

Nose: orange citrus hop oils, toffee malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-smooth micro fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, sustained creaminess, (MAIN) orange, lemon, sweet malt

Finish: soft subtle mildly piney bitter hops mixed with citrus malty sweetness.

Summary: A very nice medium-bodied, almost-full feeling APA. Body kind of fades near the finish. Tasty citrus and balance, length of flavour is less than the Red Racer NW Pale Ale I had yesterday [B+].