- My Rating: [C+], I gave it a (3.1 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
TL:DR – “plain sweet barley malt with a bit of honey spruce. Not terribly exciting.”
Evergreen Ale (ale with spruce tips) – Phillips Brewing Company, 5.5% ABV, 650 ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)
on the front-right label:
“This beer is rooted in Vancouver Island tradition-literally. Just like the first beers brewed in BC by Captain Cook back in 1778, local hand-picked spruce tips give this coniferous ale a crisp pine flavour!”
- Style: (spruce tips) Herb Ale
- Taste: sweet grainy barley malt subtle spruce honey
- Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W. Vancouver
- How much: $5 CAD (after 10% off) – 650 ml., August 2012
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
- Recommended: no
- What made an impression: clean and drinkable
Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Pours cloudy copper orange with a small dissipating 1mm head, a thin layer of retention, suspended bits of sediment, just a few bubbles here and there – not much.
Nose: honey-toffee malt, green sprucey overtones – very inviting. (lvl-7)-pungency
Attack: soft crisp, airy-green, spruce bitter undertones
Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), bready sweet barley malt, honey, more subtle spruce, subtle tart
Finish: off-dry grainy malt, candy toffee exhale.
Summary: Too bad it doesn’t taste as inviting as it smells. Mostly sweet malt with a bit of spruce nuance, it drinks rather straightforward and basic. A bit above average, but not something I’d keep on my hard drive.