Mocha Porter – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada) 

Mocha Porter – Granville Island Brewing, 6.0% ABV – 25 IBU, 650ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

on the front-right label:

“JJ Bean coffee meets rich cocoa nibs in our tasty Mocha Porter. Accompanied by subtle caramel notes, this cozy fireside brew serves up a slightly roasted, bitter finish.”

  • Style: (flavoured – decaffeinated coffee, cocoa nibs) Porter
  • Taste: Sweet basic chocolate malt subtle roast lingering chocolate malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.90 – 650ml., December 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: nope
  • What made an impression: firm chocolate base

Visual: Pours jet black with a quickly dissipating fizzy head, no retention, clustered fast streams surfacing.

Nose: sweet nutty roast coffee malt, vanilla overtones (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-crisp. light slick

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), chocolate malt

Finish: semi-dry chocolate, cookie, light burpy, mild coffee exhale, lingering subtle sour caramel malt

Summary: The mids don’t have a lot of depth a feel very one-noted with the chocolate malt being dominant and persistent until the finish. The nose is better than the taste.

Pucker Meister Berliner Weisse – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


Pucker Meister Berliner Weisse – Granville Island Brewing, 2.8% ABV, 650ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

printed on the front-left label:

“Pucker up to a pint of this defiantly tart wheat beer from 16th century Germany. It’s sure to send chills up your lederhosen.”

additional info from

Pucker Meister has a low bitterness and almost no hop aroma. Pale malt, wheat malt and sterling hops are all essential in the brewing process but the high acidity and distinctly sour taste are from the fermentation with ale yeast and the bacteria Lactobacillus delbrueckii. Pucker Meister has bready malt flavours and is pale yellow in colour. It’s a great thirst-quenching beer that goes perfectly with the record-breaking hot weather this summer. Berliner Weisse can be enjoyed on its own but is best served mit schuss (with syrup). Raspberry and woodruff syrups tend to be the most popular but why not try any quality fruit syrup. Pair it with a fruit forward sweet dessert to balance the sourness. Pucker Meister Berliner Weisse is being released now in a limited run of 650 ml bottles that will be available at the GIB Taproom and select liquor stores in Vancouver and area.


  • Style: Berliner Weisse
  • Taste: Puckery tart pineapple lacto big sour roughish
  • Where I got it : 16th Street Liquor / W.Vancouver
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 650ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: I don’t think so

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Pours cloudy pale straw yellow with barely any head, many active streams breaking the surface.

Nose: sour pineapple Calpis. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: tart lacto-sour, tingly-fizzy

Mid-palate: puckery sour, lemon curd, pineapple, (lvl-3-sweetness), Calpis

Finish: tart sour, sticky gums, palate rough finish.

Summary: Very sour and tart, not so much in a good way. Drinkable but rough as a sipper. I tried it with Giffard framboise syrup, marginally better but now it’s just plasticky. Meh.


Pumpkin Ale – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (re-tasting)


  • My Rating: [C+, upgrade from C],  I gave it a (3 of 5) on

Pumpkin Ale (alias: The Pumpkining)– Granville Island Brewery (Molson-Coors), 6% ABV, 650ml, 15 IBU, (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-cellared for nearly 5 years! Not bottle conditioned so there will likely be no improvement.

on the front-right label:

“Earthy undertones give our pumpkin ale a unique twist. Burnt orange in colour with roasted pumpkin and spice this untraditional ale is a reflection of autumn’s changing landscape. Enjoy it’s distinctive flavours as a complement to roasted meats, winter vegetables and this city’s crisp fall weather.”

  • Style: (pumpkin, spices) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: roasted pumpkin toasted malt cinnamon/nutmeg palate roughness
  • Where I got it : St. John’s Liquor / Port Moody
  • How much: $7 CAD- 650ml., October 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Initial September 2013 tasting (Rating = C):

Visual: Definitely a new label for 2013. It might be the same brew but this time it’s clear that the taproom IN Vancouver brewed this and not the Granville Island Brewery in Kelowna that produces all their larger batch beers. I’m not sure if the is the same as last year’s brew since the label and name of the beer have totally changed. I still have a bottle of 2011 lying around so I’ll get around to comparing them eventually… Pours clear dark copper brown without much head, thin ringed retention, clusters of activity.

Nose: pumpkin pie spiced sweet caramel malts on the nose. (6)aromatic strength.

Attack: light fizzy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: creamy (6)sweetness, (MAIN) cola, toffee malts, (HINT) pumpkin

Finish: light burpy, thin-water body, mild ANISE/NUTMEG/CINNAMON exhale, thin malty finish.

Summary: Clean flavours and crisp clean palate after sipping. Flavour profile is quite like an alcoholic cola, without the excessive sweetness. The thin body and lack of depth don’t make this a winner. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)


February 13, 2016 tasting notes:

Visual: Pours clear reddish-orange without much head, thin ringed micro retention, lots of singular but tight steady micro streams.

Nose: graham cracker, biscuity nutmeg/cinnamon. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp

Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar, roasted pumpkin, toasted barley malt, cola, light background acidity

Finish: palate roughness, roasted malt exhale, residual spices, malty finish.

Summary: Some decent roasty flavours and aromas but not the best mouthfeel or texture.

Van Dame White ISA – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


Van Dame White ISA – Granville Island Brewing, 4.5% ABV – 40 IBU, 650ml., (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) (*local craft beer*)

on the front-left label:

“Say hello to your new summer fling. She’s a west coast spin on a Belgian Witbier that’ll tease you with tartness and leave you wanting more.”


  • Style: India Session Ale
  • Taste: Refreshing guava grapefruit barley malt mild-banana-wheat coriander
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.40 – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a whirl

Visual: Pours almost clear daisy petal yellow with a small dissipating bubbly head, a thin hazy layer with sticky lacing, suspended sediment, only a few bubbles.

Nose: lots of sweet guava and grapefruit citrus on the nose (as advertised). (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy-tingly, subdued bitter

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) barley malt, yellow grapefruit, coriander

Finish: light banana wheat malt, grapefruit peel bitter hops, lingering hoppy bitterness.

Summary: Very nice transitions from the bright fruity citrus up front to the malty sweet in the mids, and finally dry wheat and bitter hops at the finish, all without being heavy.