Hot Trub Time Machine Part 2 – Fuggles & Warlock Craft works (Richmond, BC, Canada)

TL:DR – “unbalanced harsh bitter hops, lacking citrus roundness”

Hot Trub Time Machine Part 2 – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks + Superflux Beer Company collaboration, 11% ABV – 61 IBUs, 650 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

on the front-left label:

“Hot Trub Time Machine IPA Part 2: A juicy, dank, pineapple explosino of tropical hops! Feature Denali & Vic Secret hops. Collaboration with Superflux Beer Company. 61 IBU”

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Initial juicy pineapple fruity malt but harsh sharp lingering bitter hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7.12 CAD – 650 ml., March 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: nope
  • What made an impression: very lengthy harsh bitter hops

Visual: Pours almost clear light golden orange with a half layer of small head, a large island with ringed retention, lots of loose clustered streams.

Nose: pineapple citrusy hopped oils, very bright (lvl-8)-pungency.

Attack: soft tingly crisp, incoming bitter hops, slight creamy

Mid-palate: aggressive bitter hops, (lvl-3-sweetness), pineapple, juicy barley malt

Finish: long lingering sharp bitter resiny hops

Summary: Big aggressive and mostly harsh bitter hops that doesn’t offer enough bold citrus to counterbalance it. After 1 glass, just average and becomes harder to finish. A disappointment since Superflux had a hand in this.

Reunion – A Beer for Hope 2011 – Shmaltz Brewing Co & Terrapin Beer Co Collaboration


Reunion Ale ’11 – A Beer for Hope 2011 – Shmaltz Brewing Company, 8% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)

“Dark imperial ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili pepper

on the front-left label:

Teaming up with Terrapin Beer Co. for the first time, Shmaltz Brewing joins the tribe as a production partner for Reunion ’11. We brew Reunion each year in memory of our dear friend and partner in this venture – Virginia MacLean. Virginia lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma in 2007. It was her wish that we continue to raise finds and awareness on behalf of The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (

This year’s beer is a dark, complex ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili peppers. It was inspired by a fantastic dessert that we used to share with Virginia at our favorite restaurant. This brown ale leads with a sweet and subtle spicy aroma. The flavor begins with complex malt overtones and quickly gives way to a chocolate and vanilla mix of satisfying bliss. Just when you thought it was over, the heat from the chilies sneaks in and coats your tongue with tantalizing heat.  Many thanks to all who have supported this project and have helped us honor Virginia’s memory.

Cheers – Pete & Alan


  • Style: (flavoured brown ale – cocoa nibs, vanilla, chili) Spiced Beer
  • Taste: Cocoa nib roasted sweet caramel barley malt vanilla mild chili heat dark chocolate
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $39 CAD (after 10% off) – 8 x 12 fl.oz. + glassware, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, but alas it’s too late

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours dark brown with a smallish lasting 2mm foamy head, clusters of fast activity.

Nose: cocoa nib, background barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: creamy-thick, smooth bite

Mid-palate: background light acidity, roasted cocoa nib nutty, (lvl-7-sweetness), caramel brown sugar barley malt, vanilla, licorice

Finish: subtle chili heat, bitter dark chocolate exhale, residual caramelized barley malt sweetness, subtle hops.

Summary: Lots of flavours going on working in unison for a delicious cause. Interesting taste profile thought just a tad sweet. Very nice.

Accelerated Transmission Wet Hop Pale Ale – Red Truck / Category 12 (BC, Canada)


Accelerated Transmission Wet Hop Pale Ale – Red Truck Beer / Category 12 Brewing Collaboration, 5% ABV, 650ml., (Vancouver & Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*, seasonal)

-I love collabs! You get the double the expertise and potentially double the flavour, hopefully.

printed on the front-left label:

“…A collaborative brew of Wet Hopped Pale Ale is all about quick execution. Freshly picked hops from the BC Hop Company are delivered from farm to brew in the same day, preserving the delicate citrus and floral characteristics of Humulus lupulus. Our ale showcases this with a freshly vibrant flavour that’s only available once a year….”


  • Style: (Wet hop) Pale Ale
  • Taste: Orange citrusy malty creamy soft bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.60 – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50, you’ll likely forget about it

Visual: Pours clear bright copper, dissipating head, murky lacing, several singular fast streams.

Nose: fruity orange-passionfruit malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: biting crispness-malty

Mid-palate: creamy CO2, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) orange, sweet barley malt

Finish: gentle mid-level bitter grassy hops, tangy barley malt borderline thin finish.

Summary: Very drinkable and decently balanced citrusy sweet malty brew. Notable characteristics in this one are its citrus and creamy mids.

I-5 Amarillo Ale – Central City Brewing & Elysian Brewing (Surrey, BC, Canada)


I-5 Amarillo Ale – Central City Brewing & Elysian Brewing Collaboration, 5.0% ABV, 35 IBU, 10 SRM, 650ml., (brewed in Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local craft beer*)

on the back label:

“This year’s much anticipated Collaboration between B.C.’s Central City Brweing Co. and Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Co. has produced this luscious Pale Ale with lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes in both flavour and aroma.”


  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Taste: light creamy toffee malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 – 650ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, pass

Visual: Pours clear copper orange with a large dissipating foamy head, clustered sticky lacing, a small layer of retention, all around lots of fast activity.

Nose: light metallic toffee malts. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy-creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) toffee malt, a touch of orange

Finish: burpy, malty-sweet, very light hopped finish.

Summary: Nothing outstanding or memorable about this one at all; just a pale brown ale. I don’t taste the advertised “citrus and tropical fruit notes”.

Spruce Tip Stout – Vancouver Breweries Collab Beer


  • My Rating: C+

Spruce Tip Stout – Collaboration of Main Street Brewing, 33 Acres Brewing, R&B Brewing (brewed here), Red Truck Beer, Brassneck tasting room, and Brewery Creek Liquor Store. , 3.9% ABV – 650ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the back label:


  • Style: (Spruce tip) Flavoured Stout
  • Taste: Sour raspberry spruce roasted burnt bitter malted coffee
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 650ml., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: This has a very unique cotton-thread badge-like label glued onto the bottle. Very cool. Also it’s a collab beer of several Vancouver breweries. Pours beer bottle dark brown with no head, a very thin ringed retention, and not that many very slow streams.

Nose: raspberry, deep roasted malts, coffee. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: tingly-fizzy, sour acidity

Mid-palate: medium-high sour, medium tart, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) spruce tip (of the needles), raspberry, malts, coffee

Finish: medium roast malts, burnt coffee bitter w/ lingering spruce finish.

Summary: An interesting flavour profile if like me, you’ve never had a spruce tip beer  before. A bit too sour from start to mids, and falling flat on flavour and body in the finish. Different, but not good enough to recommend.

India Saison – Nøgne Ø & Bridge Road Collaboration (Grimstad, Norway)


  • My Rating: A-

India Saison – Nøgne Ø & Bridge Road Collaboration (Nogne O), 7.5% ABV – 0.5L., (Grimstad, Norway)

on the front side label:

“India Saison is the hoppy, crisp and refreshing result of a north south collaboration. Classic Belgian malts and yeast, pungent Australian new hop varieties and clean Norwegian water. Served chilled and enjoy with cheeses and charcuterie. This product is bottle conditioned and has a slight sediment at the bottom of the bottle.”


  • Style: (India) Saison
  • Taste: Sweet malty bready ultra-creamy grapefruit hopped light sour fizzy
  • Where I got it : W.16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 0.5L., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: I just love collab beers, it means twice the amount of brains and love went into making it, am I right? Pours light cloudy apple juice golden yellow with a HUMUNGOUS lasting creamy head, a scandalous amount of CO2 activity, sticky lacing.

Nose: orange blossom, lemon citrus malts, quite fruity (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: ultra creamy-fizzy

Mid-palate: crisp (lvl-6) malty sweetness, (MAIN) yeast, malts, lemon, grapefruit peel, straw, bready

Finish: burpy-bloated, smooth ultra-soft grapefruit bitter hops, sour-bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Very drinkable, especially with a meal. I pretty much finished the whole bottle just trying to review it. Recommended, quite a trip.

Conflux Series No.1 – Deschutes & Hair of the Dog Collaboration (Bend, Oregon, USA)


  • My Rating: C

Conflux Series No.1 – Deschutes & Hair of the Dog Collaboration, 11.6% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Bend, Oregon, USA)

on the front-side label:

“Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog Brewing join forces to weave The Dissident and The Stoic and Fred and Adam into an artistic collage of cask-aging alchemy. Damn. Beer is fun!

Conflux No. 1 – Malt beverage aged in distilled spirit and wine oak barrels.

  • Style: (barrel-aged) American Strong Ale
  • Taste: Red wine sweet/acidic brown sugar malt beer
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $12 (after 10% off) – 12 fl.oz., December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not quite

Visual: Pours cloudy pale beer bottle brown with almost no head, thin ringed retention, several very slow streams.

Nose: Soy sauced malts with some fishiness. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: dense tangy-sour malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-dense sweetness, medium sour/tangy, (MAIN) sweet malts, brown sugar/candi sugar, mild soy sauce, red wine grapiness + acidity

Finish: oaked malts, soft bitter sweet malted hopped finish.

Summary: Hmm.. normally I love barrel-aged beers but I’m not quite sold on this one. The acidity/sourness doesn’t quite balance out nicely with the brown sugar malts. I must say the high ABV is well hidden though. Brewdog does a better job with their similar style Abstrakt AB:10 (A).

Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter – Deschutes/Great Lakes Collaboration (USA)


  • My Rating: B-

Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter – Deschutes/Great Lakes Brewing Collaboration (Brewed by Deschutes), 9.1% ABV, 1 pint 6 fl.oz., (Bend, Oregon)

on the front label:

“From the brewers of the celebrated BLACK BUTTE PORTER and EDMUND FITZGERALD PORTER comes this limited-run collaboration, brewed with ROASTED and SMOKED MALT for a rich chocolate aroma and subtle smoky flavor.”

on the front-side of the label:

“Class of ’88. A quarter century ago a passion for craft brewing ignited across the country. Today, the founding breweries of 1988 have united to commemorate that seminal year with a special selection of  beers. Every bottle is a portal to the renaissance of craft brewing. Each steeped in heritage and expert craftsmanship. Enjoy this tribute to the class of 88′.”

  • Style: (Smoked) Imperial Porter
  • Taste Profile: sweet malts -> thick caramel malts/chocolate/cola -> alcohol/sour coffee/smoked applewood malty finish
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off), September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, if you already like porters

Visual: I was impressed by Deschutes’ Black Butte last year so I when I saw this bottle I knew I had to try it. Also, it’s a collab so it should be twice as good, right? Pours ultra dark brown with almost no head, very thin micro CO2 retention, slow stead streams along the perimeter.

Nose: Thick and thicker malts mixed with hints of roasted applewood

Attack: sweet(8/10) malts, fizzy, incoming dense malts

Mid-palate: thick mouthfeel, (MAIN) caramel malts, chocolate, (HINTS) cola

Finish: mild alcohol detection, sour bittersweet coffee, smoked applewood malty finish.

Summary: Fully bodied, medium-thick, and bold flavours though somewhat heavy on the palate. It needs to go with something sweet or cheesy to clean your palate, otherwise it gets heavy by itself.

From East Van With Love – Parallel 49-Gigantic Collaboration (CAN/USA)


  • My Rating: B+

From East Van With Love – Parallel 49-Gigantic Collaboration, 11.5% ABV – 650ml, (Brewed in Vancouver, BC, Canada)

On the side label:

“From East Van With Love is a collaboration between Portland’s Gigantic Brewing & Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing Company. The result: a rich and dark Bourbon Aged Imperial Maple Stout, best enjoyed after foiling villains and henchmen. Best served after Jan 31st 2015. Ingredients: Black, Pale, Chocolate, Cara-Munich & Cara-Aroma Malts, Roasted Barley, Columbus & Fuggles hops, Canadian Maple Syrup, Yeast.”

  • Style: (barrel-aged flavoured) Imperial Stout
  • Taste Profile: bourbon alcoholic malts -> sweet caramel malts/cola/maple -> oaked coffee bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $12 (after 10% off), April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, maybe a bottle or two to store away
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Wax-sealed beer bottle, quite fancy for a very affordable beer. Also a bit more of a hassle to open and pour without getting crud in your glass but an added level of security if do you decide to stash a bottle away for later (who are you kidding of course it’ll be drunk by 2015). Pours jet black thicker viscosity with almost no head, micro-cream CO2, looking like a usual imperial stout.

Nose: light bourbon, maple-caramel malts, vanilla (8/10-strength aromatics)

Attack: incoming bourbon alcoholic thick malts, syrupy viscosity

Mid-palate: subdued alcohol, (MAIN) bright 7/10-sweet caramel malts, cola, maple, light-med sourness, prune/date (HINTS) vanilla, saltiness

Finish: oaked malty phlegm, light-med coffee bitter clean finish.

Summary: I certainly like label, wax-seal and attractive naming of the contents. Finely balanced and flavourful, but lacks the creamy texture and more complexity to make it legendary.

Red on Red Imperial Red Ale – Collaboration (Canada)


  • My Rating: B-

Red on Red Imperial Red Ale – Central City / Flying Monkeys Collaboration, 9.5% ABV – 650ml, (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the front side label:

“The Canadian flag – red in the east; red in the west. Double Red. A perfect style for the ‘East meets West’ collaboration born at the 2012 Session Toronto Craft Beer Festival between BC’s Central City Brewers & Distillers and Ontario’s Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery.

This Limited Edition Double Red Ale has been single-hopped using the first release of the  brand new ‘Mosaic’ hops bringing out floral notes of Papaya and Guava, creating a unique flavour and aroma when married with the Pale, Munich, and Three Crystal malts.”

  • Style: Imperial Red Ale
  • Taste Profile: sweet brown sugar -> papaya malts/caramel/brown sugar -> sour/tangy/grapefruity bitter hop/malty finish
  • Where I got it : W.16th
  • How much: $9 (after 10% off), June 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Cool label. Pours beer bottle reddish-brown with no head, very thin ringed retention, a bit of lacing, some steady streams.

Nose: Papaya and hints of guava

Attack: 8/10 quickly fading brown sugar sweetness,

Mid-palate: papaya fruity malts, caramel, brown sugar

Finish: medium sourness, tangy, lingering grapefruit sharp bitter hop/med-heavy malted finish

Summary: Medium to full-bodied, quite balanced but weighs on the palate because it doesn’t have any refreshing characteristics. The 9.5% abv is decently hidden.