Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 9 (Central City) – Red Racer Summit Speakeasy Old Fashioned Extra Pale Ale


TL:DR – “Muddled non-cohesive cherry, malt and whisky flavours. Not great.”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 9 (Central City) – Red Racer Summit Speakeasy Old Fashioned Extra Pale Ale, 6.5% ABV, 355 ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the label:

“Olde tyme cocktail flavour inspiration infused in a classic pale ale. All you need to know is the password. Aged on orange peels and cherries with Lohin McKinnon Single Malt Whisky, the Summit Speakeasy has notes of whisky, oak, and citrus with the warmth needed after a day on the slopes.”

Ingredients: Water, malted barley, hops, orange peel, cherries, whisky, yeast.


  • Style: flavoured pale ale (orange peel, cherries, whisky)
  • Taste: tangy muddled fruity malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: nah
  • What made an impression: unique flavour

Visual: Pours copper orange-reddish with lots of large suspended sediment, clustered streams.

Nose: fruity sweet whisky notes, bright. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: light crisp dull, incoming malty

Mid-palate: tart, lvl-5-sweetness, tingly fruity malt, watery whisky notes

Finish: cherry, orange peel, bloated

Summary: Flavours are kind of there but very muddled and not cohesive.

Bad Panda Ginger Pale Ale – Northwest Brewing Co. (Pacific, Washington, USA)

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Bad Panda Ginger Pale Ale – Northwest Brewing Company, 5% ABV, 22 fl.oz., (Pacific, Washington, USA)

“Beer brewed with ginger, galangal and orange peel


on the front-left label:

“This lushly flavored pale ale is brewed with ginger, galangal and orange peel in addition to premium malts, Saaz hops, and our house ale yeast. The aromatic spices combine to create a perfect accompaniment to Asian Pacific cuisine. Close your eyes and let the captivating flavors transport you.”


  • Style: (flavoured – ginger, galangal, orange peel) Flavoured Pale Ale / Ginger Beer
  • Taste: Prominent ginger root peppery orange oil barley malt ginger heat
  • Where I got it : Uwajimaya / Seattle
  • How much: $5.50 USD ($7 CAD) – 22 fl.oz., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours copper orange with barley any head, thin ringed retention with small islands, small clusters of fast streams.

Nose: mostly ginger, toasted bread. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), orange oils, peppery, ginger root earthy, light toasted barley malts

Finish: off-dry background hops, soft ginger throat heat, barley malty exhale, a touch more orange oil.

Summary: It certainly delivers in the ginger-galangal spicy department, and the orange peel helps round it out. Overall it’s substantially better than the handful of other ginger brews I’ve tried in the past. Decent, but has thin, mildly rough finish.

Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #13 – Mr. Needles Fir Pale Ale

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #13

Mr. Needles Fir Pale Ale – Parallel 49 Brewing Co., 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the front-left label:

“One of the best parts of the holidays is heading out to pick the Christmas tree. We’ve saved you the trip and brought you this balanced pale ale brewed with real fir trees and lit up with resinous hop character. All of the enjoyment without getting sap on your hands.”

  • Style: (Fir) Flavoured Pale Ale
  • Taste: Sweet orange citrus malt BIG FIR lingering soft grapefruit bitter hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: interesting to try fir in beer

Visual: Pours clear reddish-brown with a small dissipating head, thin layer of retention, lots of mixed fast and slow steady streams.

Nose: sweet toffee malts, douglas fir, (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-creamy, micro tingly

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) bright orange citrus malt-light tang, toffee malt, douglas fir

Finish: more douglas fir oils, lingering grapefruit peel hops.

Summary: Big fir flavour as advertised. A very nice balance of malt, hops, and fir oils considering how strong fir flavour is.