Shamrocker Potato Stout – Granville Island Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Shamrocker Potato Stout – Granville Island Brewery, 4.8% ABV – 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

On the front-side label:

“Get ready to rock out to this dry Irish stout. With amped up tones of roasted coffee, it’s a medley of Celtic proportions.”

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  • Style: Dry Stout
  • Taste: Roasted malt burnt coffee cocoa
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 650ml., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Part of the ‘Black Notebook Series‘. Pours ultra dark brown/black with a smallish quickly dissipating head, barely any lacing, lots of micro streams.

Nose: roasted burnt malts (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming roasted malts

Mid-palate: airy, fizzy, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) roasted caramel malts, burnt coffee, cocoa

Finish: tingly-fizzy mouthfeel, potato, roasted malted light bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Decent flavours, a little thin bodied in the mid to finish. Just a little too tingly-fizzy for me.

The Pumpkining – Granville Island Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

The Pumpkining – Granville Island Brewery, 6% ABV, 650ml, 15 BU, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

‘Tis the season of Halloween and now that I’m too old to go “trick or treating”, what better way to get comfortable with the rainy weather season than to kick back and enjoy a nice spiced pumpkin ale.

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  • Style: (seasonal, pumpkin) Spiced Ale
  • Taste Profile: fizzy-crisp -> cola/toffee malts -> trace cinnamon/nutmeg/anise/thinnish malty finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50 – 650ml, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: ye…no. Not awesome enough.

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)

Thirsty Farmer Saison – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Thirsty Farmer Saison – Granville Island Brewing, 6.2% ABV – 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the front side label:

“After plowing through a long day’s work, the refreshing taste of this Belgian-style ale is enough to keep a parched farmer mighty satisfied. Freshly harvested unmalted wheat and rye, Belgian yeast & a crop of secret spices.”

  • Style: Saison
  • Taste Profile: sour fizzy -> sour barnyard/dry wheat malt/hops/lemon -> coriander/dry hoppy tangy bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off), July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes for sure

Visual: Eye-catching artwork on the label. It reminds me of the “how stuff works” PC series back in the day. Pours almost clear yellow amber with a decent-sized dissipating head, thin layer of retention, tiny bubbles, lots of activity.

Nose: sour tangy lemon wheat malts with mild barnyard funk.

Attack: incoming sourness

Mid-palate: (MAIN) barnyard sourness, dry wheat malts, bitter hops, sour lemon (HINTS) puke

Finish: strong coriander dryness, lingering hoppy dry tangy bitter finish.

Summary: The profile is quite different as it warms up. Chilled, it drinks crisp, clean, and mildly sour. Near room temp it drinks overly sour, pukey, and very off-putting.

Robson Street Hefeweizen – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Robson Street Hefeweizen – Granville Island Brewing, 5% ABV – 341ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“This unfiltered wheat ale is a West Coast favourite. Enjoy ROBSON ST. HEFEWEIZEN chilled in a tall, slim glass and although our brewmaster may scoff, a lemon wedge is the perfect accessory to the natural fruit flavours of this refreshing beer.”

  • Style: Hefeweizen
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: fizziness -> bready malts/banana/apricot/clove -> watery finish
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12/6pack, Sept 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to friends: maybe for light beer drinkers

Tasting notes: pours cloudy orange with minimal head, very thin ringed retention, micro CO2, some slow CO2 streams. A bit of banana/apricot on the nose. Drinks thin up front, fizzy CO2, transitions into bready malts, bananas, apricot, 6/10-sweetness, hints of citrus, cloves, ending crisp and on the thin-water side. Medium complexity, medium depth, so-so carry, decent drinkability. Overall flavour is acceptable but nothing inspiring.

Raspberry Wheat Ale – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Raspberry Wheat Ale – Granville Island Brewing, 5% ABV, (Vancouver, Canada)

One the front label:

“Raspberry Wheat Ale combines malt, water, hops, yeast and raspberries to create a light wheat ale with a crisp and distinctive raspberry finish. Raspberry wheat ale can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a variety of fresh fruit dishes, fresh salads, chicken or a light meat. It is a must have for summer evenings or a picnic in the park.”

My notes:

  • My Rating: C
  • Why I don’t like it: thin-bodied, watery
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 , 650ml, Summer, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not really

Tasting notes: pours clear pinkish-orange with minimal head, a plethora of fast-moving CO2 streams. Aromatic juicy raspberries on the nose. Starts of very promising with flavours of fresh raspberries, strawberries, jam, but ends abruptly with a water mid-palate and flat light malt finish. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, below average transitions, crappy carry, good drinkability. While drinkable and refreshing with an outdoor bbq’d meal, I can’t say it’s a good session beer.

False Creek Raspberry Ale – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

False Creek Raspberry Ale – Granville Island Brewing, 4.5% ABV, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

On the back label:

“Our FALSE CREEK RASPBERRY ALE is an ultra-refreshing summer ale that combines premium malt and hops with Fraser Valley raspberries. Well-balanced with raspberry colour, aroma and finish, it pairs well with summer salads, fresh air and sunny afternoons.”

  • My Rating: C-
  • Why I might like it: refreshing if out in the sun
  • Who I recommend it to: N/A
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12.25 for 6pack , Summer 2011

Tasting Notes: pours cara-cara orange flesh pink, half-lacing, micro carbonation, smallish head. Slight muted raspberries on the nose and nothing much else. Initial burst of tartness, minor sourness, and then a very blanketed raspberry aroma. The tartness persists throughout while the soft but over-carbonation covers the entire top of the mouth. Finishes mildly bitter and somewhat rough. Low-medium complexity, low depth, short length. Can’t say I’m a fan.