Jumpin Jack India Pumpkin Ale – Tree Brewing (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

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Jumpin Jack India Pumpkin Ale – Tree Brewing, 6.5% ABV, 650ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

printed on the back:

“Crafting a brew that brings together the classic flavours of a full bodied India Pale Ale and our Pumpkin Ale resulted in our newest IPA – Jumping Jack India Pumpkin Ale. This unique brew displays classic aromas and flavours of citrus and grapefruit that marry seamlessly with the flavours from real pumpkins used in the mash. Full bodied and dry, with a snappy bitterness, combined with subtle pumpkin pie spice and a clean finish make it a perfect fall brew. We hope you enjoy our new interpretation of an IPA as much as we enjoy brewing it.”

  • Style: (pumpkin, spices = Pumpkin IPA) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Caramel malt biting wormwood grapefruit bitter hops pumpkin cinnamon
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.75 – 650ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: if you like curious pumpkin beers

Visual: Pours cloudy copper brown with a smallish head, ringed and thin layer of retention, suspended micro sediment, only a few bubbles here and there.

Nose: brown sugar malts, hints of honey. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: malty bittersweet hopped crisp bite

Mid-palate: light tingly throughout, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, wormwood, grapefruit, pumpkin dept + cinnamon

Finish: lingering biting bitter dry hoppy, more cinnamon, malt finish, hints of nutmeg exhale.

Summary: A pretty interesting spin on a pumpkin ale and IPA. Good depth and flavour; still and IPA at heart, but with an augmented layer of complexity. The spices really come out at 18°C.

Grapefruit Radler – Tree Brewing (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

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Grapefruit Radler – Tree Brewing, 2.5% ABV, 500ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

printed on the side:

“Radler (German for cyclist) is popular in Europe as a thirst quenching mixed beverage. Our radler is a refreshing blend of beer and fruit juice. At 2.5% alcohol, you’re likely not to fall off your bike anytime soon…Enjoy!”

Ingredients: 50% beer; malted barley, hops, water and 50% grapefruit juice, Sulphites.

  • Style: (grapefruit juice + beer) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Tangy-juicy yellow grapefruit citrus mild malt lemon squash bitter peel
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12 – 4x500ml., Summer 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not crazy

Visual: 4pk cans. Pours translucent light yellow without any head, very thin ringed retention, slow steady streams.

Nose: pressed yellow grapefruit juice, tangy citrus, very bright and fruity. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: citrus-fruity sweet, fizzy-crisp-tingly, (lvl-5)-sweetness

Mid-palate: tangy bite, medium-sour, peel bitterness,  (MAIN) yellow grapefruit, sweet barley malt;

Finish: bittersweet grapefruit oils & peel, long “lemon squash” off-dry exhale.

Summary: Much more tangy than Stiegl which I had side-by-side; I prefer this. A good juice-beer blend. Refreshing, don’t dilute with ice otherwise you’ll lose the subtle bitter peel flavour. Drink in a chilled glass.

Knox Mountain Brown Ale – Tree Brewing (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

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Knox Mountain Brown Ale – Tree Brewing, 5.8% ABV, 650ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

printed on the back:

“Occasionally, brewing in somebody else’s shadow can actually be somewhat inspiring. Located just North of downtown Kelowna and overlooking our Brewery, sits KNOX MOUNTAIN PARK ~ our City’s largest natural park. Known for the annual KNOX MOUNTAIN HILL CLIMB and its incomparable views of our city, Okanagan Lake and the surrounding mountains, our Brewers were inspired to craft this Limited Release brew in recognition of this amazing natural space. Displaying a subtle roasted malt aroma, and a nutty, caramel flavour, the beer finishes well balanced with a dry, pleasant, mild hop finish.”

  • Style: Brown Ale
  • Taste: Malty brown sugar toasted hopped soft bitter
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn @ Hastings/Burnaby
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off)– 650ml., January 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not crazy

Visual: Pours light cola brown with a small lasting foamy head, 1mm layer of retention, several spread out singular steady streams.

Nose: light toasted malts, toffee caramel. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming sweet malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar, toasted malts, nutty -> hopped bitterness

Finish: lingering soft hopped malty bitter finish.

Summary: Quite balanced and pleasant, though not really limited like they claim. Although their 6-packs are only 5.6% ABV where as this bomber is 5.8%, could be that.

Rickshaw Raspberry IPA – Tree Brewing (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

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Rickshaw Raspberry IPA – Tree Brewing, 5.6% ABV, 650ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

printed on the back:

“Subtle aromas of fresh raspberry lead to a well hopped, well balanced IPA. Displaying classic flavors of grapefruit, wood/earthy notes and pine needles, the finish is dry with pleasant bitterness and raspberry notes. HOPS: Perle, Centennial, Cascade, Columbus, Crystal MALT: Pilsner, Vienna”

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  • Style: (raspberry) flavoured IPA
  • Taste: Burnt astringent sweet lager malt
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn @ Hastings/Burnaby
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off)– 650ml., December 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: it’s okay

Visual: Pours cloudy pale orange with a decent smallish foamy head, a nice layer of very sticky retention, lots of active streams scattered throughout.

Nose: orange citrus, hops. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: silky-creamy thick crisp mouthfeel, bright

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) orange citrus, toffee malts, grapefruity.

Finish: light raspberry exhale, super-soft lingering hopped simple bitterness.

Summary: Lots of orange and grapefruit citrus, light raspberry fruitiness to this IPA; The finishing hoppiness is rather simple however.

Petit Verdot 2006 – Sandhill Estate Vineyard (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [C+]

Petit Verdot 2006 – Sandhill Estate Vineyard, 14.0% ABV, 750ml., (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

  • 2009 Canadian Wine Awards Silver

As you can probably tell I’m not much of a wine drinker, less so a red wine imbiber. I picked this one up on the recommendation of a friend while doing a winery road trip of the Okanagan Valley. I figured the shiny silver medal sticker 100% guaranteed that it would be good.

Wine VS Beer? Different beasts for different moods. Wine for a relaxing and chill meal, whereas beer for a refreshing pick-me-up. And beer is more enjoyable to chug; Burp.


Details about the Petit Verdot varietal via wiki:

  • mainly used in Bordeaux blends
  • ripens late but reliably in New world wines, therefore a single varietal is doable
  • typical young flavours of banana and pencil shavings, matured flavours of violet and leather

  • Style: (Petit Verdot) Single Varietal Vintage Red Wine
  • Taste: Thin sour-acidic raspberry smoky wet wood tannic-tart
  • Where I got it : @Winery
  • How much: $30 – 750ml., Summer 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: of course no

Visual: Deep dark purple red

Nose: raspberry juice, violets, light smoke. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: deep sour fruit, light acidity, thin mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (lvl-1)-sweetness, medium tart-tannic, continued acidity, (MAIN) raspberry, wet wood.

Finish: smoky fruity exhale, tart finish.

Summary: The nose was quite interesting but the taste didn’t quite live up to its promise. A rather thin mouthfeel and over-acidic character with an underwhelming fruity mids left this one unbalanced. Not lush, but thin.

Mabon Spiced Mead – Meadow Vista Meadery (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

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Mabon 2008 Spiced Honey Wine – Meadow Vista Honey Wines, 12.2% ABV – 750ml., (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

on the left side of the front label:

“A warm and spicy metheglin style, Mabon balances just the right amount of coriander, cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg with pure BC honey. Pairing well with walnut and goat cheese salad, herb encrusted lamb and your favourite leather chair beside an evening fire.”

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  • Style: (coriander/cardamom/cinnamon/nutmeg) Spiced Mead
  • Taste: Sour-fruity apple-honey spiced acidic alcoholic
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot in Dilworth, Kelowna
  • How much: $30 – 750ml., summer of 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to mead aficionados: didn’t love it & didn’t hate it

Visual: Pours white wine yellow without any bubbles.

Nose: sweet honey wine mixed with distinct cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg, very clean. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: big acidity

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, alcoholic bitterness, (MAIN) red apple, light honey, white grape, green cardamom/cinnamon/nutmeg

Finish: tangy-sour acidity, alcoholic throat warmth, coriander, medium tart apple-fruity off-dry finish.

Summary: Although a little “thin”-feeling on the palate, this mead is well-balanced in flavour, alcohol, and complexity. Too much acidity/sourness for me to love.

Wards Picker’s Hut Premium Cider – The View Winery (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

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 Wards Picker’s Hut Premium Cider – The View Winery, 6.0% ABV – 650ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

printed on the back of the bottle:

“Robust and full of Character! Words to  describe this cider and the people who harvest the apples too. Wards’ Picker’s Hut is handcrafted on our historic site in honour of the hardworking men and women who handpick every apple in our premium apple cider. For five generations our family has grown apples in the Okanagan Valley. Nestled in our age old orchard is Picker’s Hut Lane which comes alive during harvest.”

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  • Style: (Apple) Cider
  • Taste Profile: Aromatic dense red/green apple asian pear tart sour puckery
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.25 – 650ml, July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: 50/50

Visual: Pours very light white wine yellow, no head with dissipating big bubbles, lots of active streams, big bubbles hug the side of the glass.

Nose: very aromatic, almost perfume-like red/green candyesque apple, asian pear, hints of lime (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: dense fruitiness, fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, med tangy, (MAIN) asian pear, most green apple, minor red apple, lime

Finish:medium tart, off-dry, sour green apple acidity, crisp clean fruity apple finish.

Summary: The asian pear element in the taste profile is very unique. Good body, inviting nose, crisp texture make this one worth trying once. On the dry side.