Double Cyclope – Brasserie Dunham (Dunham, QC, Canada) 

Double Cyclope – Brasserie Dunham, 8.6% ABV – 341 ml., (Dunham, Quebec, Canada)


3x dry-hopped. Hops: citra, ekuanot, el dorado, mosaic, amarillo


  • Style: Double IPA / Imperial IPA
  • Taste: big bright orange citrus bitter resiny hop sweet toffee malt
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.90 CAD (after 20% off) – 341 ml., October 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: big bright orange citrus hops

Visual: Pours clear honey orange without much of a head, a hazy spotty micro layer with ring, lots of singular fast and slow steady streams.

Nose: bright tangerine-mandarin orange hop oils, hints of pomelo. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: thicker crisp, fruity citrus impression

Mid-palate: mild alcoholic heaviness, (lvl-4-sweetness), fruity tangerine toffee malt, metallic-resiny bitter

Finish: grapefruit-tangerine exhale, lingering soft bitter orange citrus hops

Summary: Big all around fruity orange citrus notes with soft bitter resiny hops and a solid malt backbone. Very sippable and went down with ease. Quite boozy by the last sip. Recommended.

Sticke Alt – Les Trois Mousquetaires (Brossard, QC, Canada) 

Série Signature Sticke Ale (Red Lager) – Les Trois Mousquetaires, 6% ABV, 750ml, (Brossard, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“Stronger, rarer and hoppier version of an Altbier typically found in Dusseldorf, Germany ”

Malts: pilsner, pale, cara 60/160

Hops: Magnum, Northern Brewer, Hallertau


  • Style: Altbier
  • Taste: Sweet crisp toffee biscuity toasted barley malt red fruity lengthy bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Burnaby
  • How much: $10 CAD (12.5% off) – 750 ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: Yes
  • What made an impression: seamless transitions, great balance

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Twisty steel top, corked. Pours translucent copper red (SRM=19), barely any head, a thin hazy layer of micro retention, lots of slow steady micro streams. Unfiltered.

Nose: strawberry, fruity malt (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: sharp crisp bite, sweet malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), biscuity caramel, strawberry, toffee barley malt, micro CO2 mouthfeel, smooth bitter hop transition

Finish: lingering bitter hops, toasted malt exhale

Summary: Extreme balance of pleasant sweet caramel malts and an underlying red fruitiness, accompanied by a prominent hop presence.

 

The Four Surfers of the Apocalypso – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

The Four Surfers f the Apocalypso (aka Apocalypso) – Le Trou du Diable, 6.5% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“Apocalypso is a veiled beer that perfectly combines the elegance of Belgian whites with the complex, hoppy character of American IPAs. Topped with a generous head, it features aromas of resin, candy, litchi, and pear. Its smooth palate is like a long lasting wave of piny bitterness just asking to be ridden.

Ingredients: water, malted wheat, malted barley, hops, yeast.

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  • Style: (wheat) White IPA
  • Taste: Litchi fruity grainy smooth balanced subtle lengthy bitter
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.70 (after 10% off) – 600ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). (Cellared for 2 years). Pours mildly hazy pale orange with lots of suspended sediment, a small 1cm slowly dissipating head, a thin layer of frothy retention, tight dense clusters of steady streams.

Nose: bright litchi, slight resiny wheat malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thicker-creamy crisp, bright grainy impression

Mid-palate: stealth soft bitter hops, (lvl-3-sweetness), grainy-prickly palate, litchi wheat malt, mild pear, bittersweet barley malt

Finish: lingering soft lengthy bitter hopped

Summary: Quite an interesting litchi-pear wheat malt IPA – Big engaging brightness mixed with a persistent yet nuanced hopped bitterness. My kind of an extremely drinkable IPA

La Divine Comédie Wit Pils du Purgatoire – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

La Divine Comédie Wit Pils du Purgatoire – Le Trou du Diable & Dieu du Ciel! collaboration, 5.4% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“Cette Wit-pis <nouveau mondes> est la seconde collaboration de la série Purgatoire entre les brasseries Le trou du diable et Dieu du Ciel! Il s’agit du’une bière voilée qui offre un nez malté aux accents de fruits de la passion et de mangues. La bouche offre une belle fraîcheur de blé suivi d’une finale exotique et mordante.”

(google translate):

This Wit-pis <new worlds> is the second collaboration of the series Purgatory between breweries Le trou du diable and Dieu du Ciel! It is a veiled beer that offers a malty nose with accents of passion fruit and mango. The mouth offers a nice freshness of wheat followed by an exotic and biting finale.

Ingredients: water, malted barley, rye malt, malted wheat, hops, yeast.

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  • Style: (wheat malt, rye malt) Pilsener
  • Taste: Biting bitter hopped slight tropical fruity rye-wheat-barley malt lingering dry hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.70 (after 10% off) – 600ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). (Cellared for 2 years). Pours cloudy orange-yellow with a smallish dissipating 1cm head, thin ringed retention with a spotty island, sporadic singular streams.

Nose: peachy wheat malt, hints of banana (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, dry hoppy fruity malt impression

Mid-palate: biting bitter hops, (lvl-2-sweetness), peach-mango notes, fruity barley-wheat malt blend

Finish: prickly rye malt, lingering prominent dry hopped bitterness

Summary: Overall quite quenching straight out of the bottle, but the hopped bitterness becomes a bit harsh as it warms. All around good quality texture, flavour, and composition.

The Fuzz Milkshake IPA – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

The Fuzz Milkshake IPA – Bridge Brewing, 6.0% ABV, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


printed on the front-right label:

This milkshake IPA is bursting with tropical and peach flavours along with hints of vanilla. The lactose and oats add a touch of sweetness along with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Pouring a hazy pale yellow, this juicy IPA is unfiltered and contains no clarifying agents.

Ingredients: North shore water, pale malt, wheat malt, flaked oats, caramel Vienna malt, acidulated malt, lactose, magnum hops, citra hops, amarillo hops, peach juice, London ale III yeast.

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  • Style: (flavoured – lactose, peach juice, oats) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Creamy light milky sour tangy sweet toffee barley malt bitter grapefruit hop light peach
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.30 CAD – 650ml., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good if you like variety

Visual: Pours almost clear copper orange with a small 2mm lasting foamy head, tight clusters of fine active micro CO2.

Nose: citrusy hopped malt, Calpis and peach, hint of vanilla (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: creamy-thicker mouthfeel, bright citrusy hop impression

Mid-palate: slight milkiness, toffee barley malt, dominant biting bitter hoppiness, (lvl-6)-sweetness, peach tangy-mild sourness

Finish: grapefruity sharp lingering bitter hops, peach-orange exhale,

Summary: The flavour and texture is certainly there as advertised, with the oats and lactose creating an interesting combo that I’ve never had in an IPA before. The creaminess plays well with the peach and citrus hops, but I find the sweetness of the malts to be somewhat overbearing. Interesting about 2/3rds through, too heavy after that.

Disco Soleil – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel (St-Jerome, QC, Canada)

Disco Soleil (India Pale Ale brewed with Kumquats) – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel, 6.5% ABV, 330 ml., (St-Jerome, Quebec, Canada)


Ingredients: water, malted barley, wheat, kumquats, hops, yeast


  • Style: (flavoured – kumquat) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Smooth sweet citrusy kumquat low toffee barley malt short body resiny bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $3.50 (after 12.5% off) – 330ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep, an IPA with delicious twist

Visual: Pours cloudy marmalade orange with a smallish head, a thin layer of retention, scattered small clusters of micro streams, suspended micro sediment.

Nose: slight orange citrus, sweet malted barley, soapy edge. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, smooth creamy CO2

Mid-palate: sustained bright kumquat citrusy, background soft tangy, (lvl-5-sweetness), sweet toffee barley malt

Finish: hints of banana wheat malt, dry resiny hopped bitter

Summary: The kumquat brings a nice sustained citrus element that is apparent from the mids to the finish. Overall delicious but I wished for more length and depth in the mids – it could use a meatier malt base. Overall well constructed and another quality DDC brew.

Dry Hopped Sour Saison – Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

Dry Hopped Brewers Reserve Series Sour Saison (French Oak BA) – Spinnakers Brewpub, 5.6% ABV – 35 IBU, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


on the front-right label:

A dry saison fermented with a French yeast strain, aged for 9 months in French Oak barrels and then dry hopped with Topaz hops. Tart, funky, and fruity, this sour ale has characteristics of citrus, passionfruit, pineapple, with added complexity from it’s [sic] maturation in oak.


  • Style: (barrel aged – French Oak) Sour Saison
  • Taste: Sour pukey barnyard grapefruit subtle bitter dry grainy oaked barley
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12.90 CAD – 650ml., August 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: didn’t love it

Visual: Pours cloudy pale peachy orange with a very small dissipating head, ringed retention with a big island, a few fast bubbles here and there.

Nose: peach, pineapple, sour acidic funk. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: big sour pukey, incoming fruity

Mid-palate: tart crisp bite, bitter pink grapefruit, sour pukey barnyard, (lvl-3-sweetness)

Finish: passionfruit exhale, lingering tartness, very subtle hopped bitterness, dry woody oak, grainy barley malt

Summary: Of the 7 Spinnaker brews I’ve had to date so far, this is one with the most depth and complexity. I find this one a bit too sour and pukey but at least citrus and passionfruit flavours are on point.