Tip Hop Spruce White IPA – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

Tip Hop Spruce White IPA – Dead Frog Brewery, 6.5% ABV, 650 ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

on the front-left label:

A juicy white IPA brewed with fresh picked spruce tips and Simcoe hops to provide a tropical pine aroma, followed by a crisp, golden malt profile.

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, spruce tips, (and wheat malt…?)


  • Style: (flavoured – spruce tip) White IPA
  • Taste: Crisp off-dry short mango-orange malt disjointed spruce-pine bitter hop
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 CAD – 650 ml., August 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours virtually clear golden orange with a smallish dissipating head, ringed retention with a large island, lots of singular fast steady micro streams.

Nose: mango-orange laced with a bit of spruce, medium bright and clean. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, bitter undertones, orangey malt impression

Mid-palate: micro bubbles, orange, slight mango, (lvl-3-sweetness), spruce/pine greenness,

Finish: numbing soft bitter hops, residual grainy barley malt and disjointed hop oils

Summary: The entry is decent with its crispness and tropical fruity profile but I don’t really like the dull disjointed bitter hop finish. The greenness just lingers on for too long.

Strawberry Wine – Rossignol Estate Winery (PEI, Canada)

  • My Rating: [B]

Strawberry Wine – Rossignol Estate Winery, 11% ABV – 750 ml.(Little Sands, Prince Edward Island, Canada)

description from the Rossignol website:

“Warm island summers provide bountiful crops from which we produce this fresh-flavoured strawberry wine. A trio of juicy sweet varieties create a perfect aperitif to serve with aged cheese.”

  • Style: (strawberry) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Tangy-zingy juicy fleshy bright strawberry alcoholic slight cloying
  • Where I got it : ordered from their website/phone
  • How much: $19 CAD (after S&H) – 750 ml., March 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: yes

Visual: Non-vintage, cellared for 4 years. Pours light cherry red, clear as water, micro bubbles settled at the bottom of the glass.

Nose: clean strawberry juicy syrup with a bit of tang. (lvl-7)-intensity

Attack: big red fruity impression

Mid-palate: tangy acidity, alcohol detection, juicy fleshy strawberry, slight candied (lvl-5-sweetness)

Finish: slight cloying, strawberry syrup exhale

Summary: Plenty of authentic strawberry body, good depth and body, very enjoyable except for a mild alcoholic intrusion creeping the mids until the finish. One of the more authentic flavoured fruit wines I’ve had to date.

Timbertrain Coffee Stout – Russell Brewing Co. (Surrey, BC, Canada)

Timbertrain Coffee Stout – Russell Brewing Company, 6.5% ABV – 50 IBUs, 650ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*, seasonal)

on the front-left label:

“Rusell presents our newest seasonal release; Timbertrain Coffee Stout. With a beautifully rich malt base and a healthy does of TimbertrainCoffeeRoasters.com cold pressed espresso our brewers have created a beer that is so much more than a breakfast drink.”


  • Style: (flavoured – coffee) Dry Stout
  • Taste: Woody nutty bitter roast dry coffee roast barley mild vanilla
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.70 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good, not great

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours deep coffee brown with a massive long lasting ultra foamy head, thick sticky lacing, a few visible micro bubbles surfacing.

Nose: sweet nutty woody roasted coffee, caramelized barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: dry crisp, bright coffee malt impression

Mid-palate: tingly-bubbly, (lvl-1-sweetness), mildy burnt, deep roast coffee, vanilla, slight sour acidic brightness, roasted barley malt

Finish: residual woody roast, subtle bitter hops, lingering roast malt

Summary: Plenty of coffee influence in here, a robust balanced dry body. I prefer a sweeter stout, but this is pleasantly solid nonetheless. Better at 20°C.

Adam’s Apple 2008 – Forbidden Fruit Winery (Cawston, BC, Canada)

Adam’s Apple Dry Apple Table Wine 2008 – Forbidden Fruit Winery, 11% ABV, 750 ml., (Cawston, BC, Canada) (*local BC fruit wine*)

on the back label:

“Our Adam’s Apple white table wine is lovingly crafted from the perfect blend of 6 different apple varieties all grown in the pristine Similkameen Valley.

With thousands of apple varieties believed to have grown in the original ‘Garden of Eden,’ the varietal blend in Adam’s Apple casts pure summer apple aromas with citrus and apple butter undertones. This crystal clear wine offers a palate of crisp clean citrus, a long finish of tangerine and pineapple, and will be enjoyed with veggie dishes, salads, salmon and shellfish and exotic cheeses.”


  • Style: (dry table wine – Apple) Fruit Wine
  • Taste: Gentle clean bright tangy red apple subdued acidic
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $17.90 CAD – 650 ml., sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to fruit wine aficionados: almost, but too gentle

Visual: (2008 vintage, cellared for 8.5 years). Cork intact & good condition. Pours crystal clear light yellow.

Nose: fruity apple juice with some extra minerality (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, bright fruity apple impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), tangy bright red apple juice, light apple wine alcoholic, firm acidity

Finish: residual tanginess, apple exhale

Summary: Super clean apple flavour up front with a lightly sweet and bright body. Not quite as sour or acidic as you might expect from an apple wine, this one is easy going and very sippable. Slightly thin at the finish.

Hopped Apricot – Salt Spring Wild Cider House (Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada)

Hopped Apricot – Salt Spring Wild Cider House, 6.8% ABV, 750 ml., (Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada) (*local BC cider*)

-The 2nd Salt Spring Wild bottled tasting, 1st being their Plum Cider [C].

on the front-left label and a pic of an Italian prune plum:

“We’ve blended cascade hops, apricots, and organic apples together to create an aromatic cider that challenges conceptions of what cider can be. Both cider lovers and beer lovers will find a perfect union in this flavourful hefeweizen-esque all season cider.”


  • Style: (flavoured – apricot, cascade hops) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Crisp tangy tart dry apple grapefruit hopped subtle apricot
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $16.15 CAD (after 10% off) – 750ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes

Visual: Bailer-top resealable cap. Pours clear apple juice yellow, no head, very slow and steady countable spread out micro streams.

Nose: muscat, filtered apple juice, slight perfumey apricot. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: firm crisp, bright fruity impression

Mid-palate: micro-tingly, (lvl-2-sweetness), background tangy-soft tart, dry apple juice, juicy grapefruit hopped exhale

Finish: lingering apricot, residual fruity dry apple

Summary: I really appreciate that you can ACTUALLY taste hops and apricots. Good integration and balance of flavours, very nice transitions. Solid stuff, and better than their plum cider.

Black Sam Licorice Stout – Lighthouse Brewing Co. (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Black Sam Licorice Stout – Lighthouse Brewing, 7.2% ABV, 650 ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)

on the front-right label:

“With an aroma of roasted malt and nighttime, this pitch black stout has flavours of rich maltiness, molasses sweetness, dark chocolate, and a delicate note of Licorice.”


  • Style: (flavoured – Licorice) Stout
  • Taste: Sweet molasses light roast barley malt mild coffee dark chocolate licorice
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N. Bby
  • How much: $8 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (cellared for 1.5 years). Pours coffee black with no head, almost no retention, scatter micro bubbles surfacing.

Nose: caramelized barley malt, cocoa, slight roast (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp, sweet dark barley malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), molasses, medium roasted barley, coffee,

Finish: dark chocolate, licorice, sweet roasted barley malt exhale

Summary: Overall clean and well-bodied. It lacks creaminess but makes for up for it with a crisp bite up front. Smooth transitions of flavours from start to finish.

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.


  • 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