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.

Poterie – The Bruery (Placentia, CA, USA)

Poterie – The Bruery, 16.8% ABV – 1 pt 9.4 fl.oz., (Placentia, CA, USA)


info from ratebeer.com:

Poterie is French for “pottery”, the traditional eight-year anniversary gift. Our eighth anniversary ale, Poterie, follows in the footsteps of our anniversary releases before it, which are loosely based on an English-style old ale, fermented with our house yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. This means that a portion of each anniversary ale is saved in oak barrels and blended in with the next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character as the years go by. The result is layered in robust and complex flavors of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Poterie will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly.


  • Style: (solera method, bourbon barrel aged) Old Ale
  • Taste: Intense sippable vanilla butterscotch liquid barley oaked bourbon
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke / Edmonton
  • How much: $50.25 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: YES
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: YES

(from memory, drank on March 2, 2017)

Visual: Hefty bottle. Pours root beer brown with a smallish head, mild activity.

Nose: Intense chocolate, butterscotch-toffee, wickedly aromatic (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: slightly fizzy, thicker viscosity, rich intense impression

Mid-palate: butterscotch, (lvl-8-sweetness), vanilla, toffee, liquid barley malt, bourbon, root beer

Finish: licorice, chocolate, background woodiness, controlled alcoholic heat

Summary: Super body, balanced, sippable, and should be shared among friends and family. This drinks unlike any of the 1100 beers I’ve tried – a wrecking ball of intensity yet still balanced enough not to be harsh. I probably say this only once it a year but this is something I would like to try again.

Crispin Artisanal Reserve The Saint – Crispin Cider Co. (Colfax, CA, USA)

Crispin Artisanal Reserve The Saint – Crispin Cider Company, 6.9% ABV, 22 fl.oz., (Colfax, California, USA)


on the front-left:

“Naturally fermented with Belgian Trappist beer yeast using a premium blend of unpasteurized fresh-pressed apple juice, not from concentrate, with no added malt, spirit or grape alcohols.

Experience a sweetly floral to herbal aromatic bouquet and an elegant yeasty flavor with a sustained mouth-feel that develops a subtle spicy complexity.

The Saint’s Artisanal Reserve, Unfiltered Hard Cider uses racked apple-wine smoothed with pure organic maple syrup, a kiss of apple juice, with no added sugar, colorants, sorbate or benzoate preservatives. Best served cool in a tulip glass for bold, crisp refreshment. ”

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  • Style: (flavoured – maple syrup, Belgian yeast) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Fruity bright tangy light sour apple juicy yeasty hints of maple syrup
  • Where I got it : Uwajimaya / Seattle
  • How much: $7.11 USD = $9.18 CAD, October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: a good balance

Visual: Pours slightly hazy yellow with large bubbles clinging to the side of the glass, no head, the same bubbles sporadically surfacing.

Nose: tangy apple juice. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-dense juicy, slightly tart

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), sour-tangy acidity, bright apple juice, rounded body, yeasty mild palate rough, subtle non-descript spices

Finish: maple syrup undertones, apple juice exhale

Summary: An inviting big fruity apple flavour with a good amount of tangy-sour acidity and a hint of spice and maple syrup to round it out. Not exceptionally complex but enjoyable nonetheless. Solid.

Tangerine Soul Style IPA – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

Tangerine Soul Style IPA – Green Flash Brewing Company, 6.5% ABV – 75 IBU, 12 fl. oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

Enoy a SoCal summer year round with Tangerine Soul Style IPA. This delectable brew is a one-way ticket to taste bud paradise. Relax and take in the brilliant golden orange color and fresh aroma of effervescent tangerine and orange. Tangerine zest carries throughout, accented by bright, flowery tropical flavors and a sweet finish. Brewed with American caramel malts and a blend of Simcoe, Citra and Cascade hops, this is a beautiful brew to behold. ” Best by 04 NOV 16

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  • Style: (flavoured – tangerine zest) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Bright aromatic tangerine zest citrusy barley malt soft bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $2.50 (after 20% off) – 12 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: YES
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: awesome

Visual: Pours a deep tangerine orange with suspended sediment, a lasting super creamy 1mm head, half sticky lacing, lots of activity.

Nose:  faint citrus hops, tangerine juice. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, smooth entry

Mid-palate: fine CO2, (lvl-4-sweetness), bright tangerine zest, clean citrusy barley malt

Finish: tangerine peel oil exhale, soft bitter hops

Summary: Wow, such a balanced and fragrant IPA. The tangerine zest adds a very clean and flavourful boost to the existing citrus notes from the hops. A grade higher than the original Soul Style and something I would definitely drink again.

Soul Style IPA – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)

Soul Style IPA – Green Flash Brewing Company, 6.5% ABV – 75 IBU, 12 fl. oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

Our brewers rip-creating huge and complex double and triple IPAs at the pinnacle of craft beer enlightenment. Soul Style IPA is their effortless and pure manifestation of the single IPA. Simcoe, Citra and Cascade hops are layered, allowing bright tropical waves of flavorful citrus and floral notes to break gently on the palate. Get stoked on a laid back single and ride the wave to soothe your soul.” Best by 23 APR 16

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Even balanced sweet malt/citrus hop/light grassy oil medium sharp bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $3.50 (after 12.5% off) – 12 fl.oz., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not in my top 5

Visual: Pours clear light copper orange with a medium lasting head, 1mm retention, lots of singular steady micro streams.

Nose: tangerine-mild peach hop oils, background malts.(lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, smooth fine CO2, immediate soft bitter

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), sweet barley malt, bright tangerine citrus hops

Finish: resiny-grassy, medium sharp long lingering bitter grapefruit hopped finish.

Summary: (mine had Best by 23 APR 16). A good even balance of malt and hops while showcasing a decent amount of tangerine brightness from the hops. The length and depth of the citrus aren’t particularly noteworthy however.

2015 Celebration Fresh Hop IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, CA, USA)

2015 Celebration Fresh Hop IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. , 6.8% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Chico, CA, USA)


on the bottle neck:

“A special ale for the holidays, Celebration IPA features the first hops of the growing season. This pioneering ale is full of complex flavors and aromas from the generous taste of whole-cone American hops.”

on the back label:

“We first brewed Celebration IPA in the winter of 1981. Each year, we use only the first fresh hops of the growing season to create this complex and robust ale. Layered pine and citrus hop aromas balance delicately against the rich, malt sweetness to shape this bold wintertime classic.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Sweet toasty biscuity barley malt light tangy pine dandelion medium bitter hops
  • Where I got it: Bottle Jockey / N. Bby
  • How much: $3.50 (after 12.5% off) – 12 fl.oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not really

Visual: Pours dark copper brown with a small dissipating head, ringed retention with almost a full layer, singular tight steady streams.

Nose: faint generic light citrus hop oils, faint barley malt. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, tingly-micro-fizzy

Mid-palate: toasted biscuity barley malt (lvl–sweetness), tangy-almost lemony citrus, medium bitterness

Finish: pine, dandelion, lingering bitter hops on the tongue.

Summary: Is this really a fresh hop IPA? I don’t get any green in the hops at all; The barley malt body is quite big and almost too aggressive without letting any fresh hop shine through. Overall it’s above average, but unstructured and incoherent at points. (10/31/16 Note: mine had a packaged date of 10/19/15 so that’s undoubtedly why I didn’t get fresh hop oils in it.)

Passion Fruit Kicker – Green Flash Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA, USA)


Passion Fruit Kicker – Green Flash Brewing Company, 5.5% ABV – 5 IBU, 12 fl. oz., (San Diego, California, USA)


on the front-right label:

We’ve kicked it up a notch by adding a tropical twist to this refreshing ale. Get amped on Passion Fruit Kicker—a jaw-dropping, mouth-watering, smooth brew with sweet, tart, fruity flavor. We layer passion fruit tea and passion fruit juice with wheat malt and 2-row malted barley to bring you this exhilarating crowd pleaser. Your palate will do a 360 for more of this luscious wheat ale.

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  • Style: (flavoured – passion fruit tea, passion fruit juice) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Juicy fruity passion fruit pineapple soft tart-tangy subtle tea minor palate roughness
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $2.70 (after 20% off) – 12 fl.oz., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a go

Visual: Pours translucent yellow straw orange without much of a head, thin ringed retention

Nose: soft sour-tangy, very light fruity funk, real passionfruit juice(lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: medium-tart, soft crisp bite

Mid-palate: juicy passion fruit, (lvl-3-sweetness), pineapple, wheat malt, passion fruit seeds

Finish: subtle dried tea notes, wheat malt palate roughness, soft lingering sour-tangy

Summary: Very juicy and bright fruity, and very little if any funk/pukiness that you would expect from the passion fruit additions – well done. Mostly clean except for a bit of manageable palate roughness at the finish.