Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 5 (Central City) – Red Racer Idiot Strings Cranberry Chili Session Ale with Orange Liqueur


TL:DR – “Interesting, it has the cranberry, chili heat, and orange liqueur flavours, but weak beer malt base. I liked it, though you’ll likely find it weird.”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 5 (Central City) – Red Racer Idiot Strings Cranberry Chili Session Ale with Orange Liqueur, 4.5% ABV, 355 ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the label:

“Made with one part nostalgia, one part creativity and one part secret family recipe, the idiot Strings is a holiday dinner inspired brew that goes best alongside classic family movies from the HI-8.”

Ingredients: Water, malted barley, cranberry juice, hops, orange liqueur, chili pepper, yeast.


  • Style: Spiced Ale (cranberry juice, orange liqueur, chili)
  • Taste: sour tart cranberry fruity light malt creeper heat fake orange exhale
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: if you like it weird
  • What made an impression: it’s got all the advertised flavours – it’s complex

Visual: Pours clear cranberry light brownish with a quickly dissipating small head, fine ringed retention, spread out micro streams.

Nose: faint musky cranberry juice, a bit of chili vegginess. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: incoming tart-sour

Mid-palate: slightly thin mouthfeel, light fizzy, tangy, (lvl-4-sweetness), light cranberry fruity

Finish: creeper heat, jalapeno greenness, thin barley malt sweet, tart finish, cheap orange liqueur exhale

Summary: Kind of a sour beer, a bit thin in terms of depth and body, but it does have complexity. Definitely anything but your typical beer, you may like this one if you are into strange brews like I am.

Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 6 – Naked Scotsman Scotch Ale


TL:DR – “a bit alcohol forward, biscuity brown sugar malt, a bit of tang. Forgettable.”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 6 (Parallel 49) – Naked Scotsman Scotch Ale, 7.5% ABV, 341 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“If you’ve ever wondered what’s under a scotsman’s kilt… keep looking! Here you’ll find this delicious scotch ale, brewed with munich, crystal and chocolate malts to give this wee heavy notes of chocolate and roast coffee. Like his salty cousin, this naked scotsman will take you on a tour of alba you won’t soon forget.”


  • Style: Scotch Ale
  • Taste: boozy biscuity light roast slight fruity tang
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: No
  • What made an impression: some brightness despite the heavy alcohol presence

Visual: Pours clear copper brown with large bits of sediment at the bottom of the glass, no head, a cluster of micro streams in the center.

Nose: caramel, biscuity malts. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: malty, heaviness

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, (lvl-7)-sweetness, sweet boozy biscuity malts, a bit of fizzy bright fruity tang

Finish: mild chocolate notes

Summary: A mix of light and mildly dark notes, this one is balance but doesn’t leave a lasting impression. Above average, but nothing special.

Ghost of the Bogs White Cranberry Wine – Fort Wine Co. (Fort Langley, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [D+]

TL:DR – “too much tart-sourness, weak cranberry. Not recommended.”


Ghost of the Bogs White Cranberry Wine 2007, 11.0% ABV, 750 ml., (Fort Langley, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)


on the back label:

“Our Estate Cranberry Farm produces some of the finest white cranberries in North America. From this harvest, our winery produces this remarkably crisp and refreshing cranberry wine. Bound to surprise, and even astonish. The Ghost of the Bogs label celebrates the colourful and creative artwork that adorned wooden fruit crates in the early 1900’s era.”


  • Style: (Cranberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: tart tangy sour dull cranberry watery finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $14 CAD – 750 ml., sometime in 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: nope
  • What made an impression: thin cranberry flavour

Visual: Pours dull mahogany with a bit of haze, a few bubbles along the perimeter.

Nose: fruity cranberry juice with tangy brightness. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: sour, medium tart

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), diluted cranberry, continued tart-tangy-sour

Finish: light cranberry exhale, wine acidity, thin flavour

Summary: Lots of tangy tart sourness in this, overpowering the thin and basic cranberry flavor found in the mids and finish. Drinkable, but not recommended. It becomes less palatable as the tartness compounds with each sip.

Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 4 – P49 Frosted Tips IPA


TL:DR – “bright citrus hop oils, decent body, not too bitter. Very drinkable = Good”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 4 – P49 Frosted Tips IPA, 6.4% ABV, 341 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“RRRRRRRRRAAAWWR! Coming at you like a lynx this winter IPA is the pick of the litter. Its unique combination of herbal, spicy and fruity hops is even better than catnip. You won’t get scratche by this fierce kitty… as long as you enjoy one right meow!”

 


  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: orange citrus hop oil light toffee barley malt subtle bitter hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: bright citrus hop oils, bitterness not harsh

Visual: Pours cloudy pale orange without a head, a spotty half layer with a ring, several slow steady spread out micro streams.

Nose: orange citrus, tangerine (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, tingly

Mid-palate: tangy bright orange citrus, (lvl-4-sweetness), slight bittersweet toffee barley malt

Finish: subtle soft bitter hops, mild resiny hops, a touch of prickly spice

Summary: Plenty of drinkability and sippability in this IPA. The orange citrus keeps you in after the initial crisp bite, leaving behind a satisfying barley malt bittersweetness accented at the end by subtle not-too-bitter hops. Good stuff.

Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 2 – P49 Pils (Dryhopped Pilsner)

  • My Rating: [C+]

TL:DR – “subtle bitter easy drinking pils. Grainy, lightly sweet, but a bit metallic. Meal beer.”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 2 – P49 Pils (Dryhopped Pilsner), 5.0% ABV, 341 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“A beer worthy of defending the realm over! We’ve taken our pilsner to new heights by dry hopping it to bring out even more spicy and herbal noble hop aromas. Grab your squire and trusty steed to protect this fine brew from any who would seek to deny you from enjoying it.”


  • Style: Pilsner
  • Taste: soft grainy straw malt light sweet subtle hop bitter metallic
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: not really
  • What made an impression: balanced easy drinking

Visual: Cool art, smooth sticker label. Pours mildly hazy light golden orange with minimal head, a thin layer of micro retention, some lacing, lots of active singular micro bubble streams.

Nose: bright tangerine citrusy sweet malt, slight farty (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, soft creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), grainy-hay/straw malt

Finish: bright citrusy hop-slightly green, subtle bitter, slight metallic grain

Summary: A balanced and easy-drinking malty-light citrus-subtle bitter hopped pils. A good meal beer, decent as a sipper but light-medium depth = refreshing but doesn’t satisfy a curious palate.

Raspberry Wheat – Phillips Brewing Co. (Victoria, BC, Canada)


TL:DR – “basic lightly raspberry flavoured boring wheat ale. Palate is rough after drinking.”


Raspberry Wheat – Phillips Brewing Company, 5.0% ABV, 650 ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-right label:

“A crisp, dry and refreshing summer beer. Brewed with BC raspberries for a full nose and crisp finish, this beer pairs well with sunglasses and patios.”


  • Style: (raspberry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: light raspberry light body wheat ale palate rough
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$6 CAD – 650 ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: no
  • What made an impression: palate roughness at the end

Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Pours blush red with a dissipating 1cm head, fine ringed retention with an island, raspberry sediment, slow and steady micro streams.

Nose: clean fruity raspberry juice, inviting. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp

Mid-palate: thin mouthfeel, off-dry, (lvl-2-sweetness), fruity raspberry jam

Finish: dry wheat malt, raspberry exhale, mild artificial sweetener-like roughness

Summary: A very basic and straightforward lightly flavoured raspberry wheat ale, not much body or depth to speak of. It’s just an easy-drinking brew, barely above average, hardly recommendable nor memorable. The best aspect is the nose.

Darksnout Bacon Oatmeal Stout – R&B Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


TL:DR – “unexpected but controlled sour-tangy, good balanced compexity. Lots of smoke.”


Darksnout Bacon Oatmeal Stout – R&B Brewing Company, 5.4% ABV, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-right label:

“A delicious full bodied Oatmeal Stout with bacon. The use of smoked malt and house cured bacon from our friends at Cure gives this unusual beer a smoky, tangy edge.”


  • Style: (flavoured – bacon, bourbon barrel aged) Smoked Oatmeal Stout
  • Taste: hickory smoked sour dark fruit malt light bourbon
  • Where I got it : Firefly / Vancouver
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 650 ml., July 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: not really
  • What made an impression: tangy-sour, but controlled

Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Pours dark cola brown, soda-like dissipating fizzy top, small bubbles hugging the glass, very active soda-like streams. Looks like a I just poured myself a Coke.

Nose: hickory caramel malt, slight bourbon edge (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: prominent sourness, light-crisp, dull CO2

Mid-palate: persistent but controlled tangy-sourness, big smokiness, hint of savoury, mild tart, (lvl-4-sweetness), dark fruit malt

Finish: mild bourbon exhale, residual light smokiness

Summary: Somewhat of an acquired taste at first, the complexity and drinkability makes this rather interesting. It leans a bit too much on the sour side and falls a bit flat in the mouthfeel department. Decent, went down easy.