The Fuzz Milkshake IPA – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

The Fuzz Milkshake IPA – Bridge Brewing, 6.0% ABV, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


printed on the front-right label:

This milkshake IPA is bursting with tropical and peach flavours along with hints of vanilla. The lactose and oats add a touch of sweetness along with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Pouring a hazy pale yellow, this juicy IPA is unfiltered and contains no clarifying agents.

Ingredients: North shore water, pale malt, wheat malt, flaked oats, caramel Vienna malt, acidulated malt, lactose, magnum hops, citra hops, amarillo hops, peach juice, London ale III yeast.

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  • Style: (flavoured – lactose, peach juice, oats) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Creamy light milky sour tangy sweet toffee barley malt bitter grapefruit hop light peach
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.30 CAD – 650ml., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good if you like variety

Visual: Pours almost clear copper orange with a small 2mm lasting foamy head, tight clusters of fine active micro CO2.

Nose: citrusy hopped malt, Calpis and peach, hint of vanilla (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: creamy-thicker mouthfeel, bright citrusy hop impression

Mid-palate: slight milkiness, toffee barley malt, dominant biting bitter hoppiness, (lvl-6)-sweetness, peach tangy-mild sourness

Finish: grapefruity sharp lingering bitter hops, peach-orange exhale,

Summary: The flavour and texture is certainly there as advertised, with the oats and lactose creating an interesting combo that I’ve never had in an IPA before. The creaminess plays well with the peach and citrus hops, but I find the sweetness of the malts to be somewhat overbearing. Interesting about 2/3rds through, too heavy after that.

North Shore Pale Ale – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

North Shore Pale Ale – Bridge Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


printed on the front-right label:

Our North Shore Pale Ale is a local secret – full-bodied with a copper colour and a sweet, mild caramel flavour. The finish is crisp and full of hops. This is a highly drinkable and approachable ale, great for making friends on the trial or buttering up the family.

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  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Creamy smooth heavyish sweet toasted barley malt mild orange citrus hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 – 650ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear dark copper with a very creamy 1cm head, 1mm layer of retention, clusters of very active streams, sticky lacing.

Nose: orange citrusy hops mixed with yellow florals, toffee barley malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: smooth creamy crisp

Mid-palate: fluffy CO2, (lvl-6-sweetness), bready toffee barley malt, light tangy-zingy alcohol

Finish: mild orange citrus hops, residual toasted barley malt

Summary: A pretty good full and creamy mouthfeel on this one, as well as a good balance of malt and hop presence. A bit heavy for a 5.5%, 1 glass is enough.

Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale – Bridge Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


printed on the front-right label:

This American wheat ale is a crisp, refreshing summer brew. Pouring a hazy straw colour this beer was brewed with the addition of fresh blood oranges and bourbon. Zesty and floral, with clean citrus flavours and a moderate bitterness this beer is ideal for a warm summer day.

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  • Style: (flavoured – blood orange, bourbon) Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Soft short bourbon orange grainy barley malt no carry
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N.Bby
  • How much: $7.75 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours bright copper brown with a medium frothy head, 1cm lasting retention, clustered active streams.

Nose: orange citrusy hops (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp

Mid-palate: metallic orange background, light bourbon, 20/80-wheat/barley, (lvl-3-sweetness), honey, light-bodied

Finish: grainy barley exhale

Summary: Not a lot of fullness, thin and lacking carry. Drinkable but not a lot of pop.

Lemon Gin Saison – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Lemon Gin Saison (Seasonal) – Bridge Brewing, 5.5% ABV – 24 IBUs, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew)


printed on the front-right label:

“Brewed with the addition of juniper berries, lemon peel, coriander, and pink peppercorns, and fermented with a French Saison yeast, this beer is unique and super drinkable. Juniper, used in moderation, emphasizes the gin flavours, while coriander adds depth and complexity. The Saison yeast used expresses peppery, spicy and citrusy notes, which play well with the lemon zest and pink peppercorn.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – juniper berry, lemon peel, coriander, pink peppercord) Saison
  • Taste: Lemon citrusy tang soft banana wheat malt dry subtle hopped bitter
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $7.65 (after 12.5% off) – 650ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: doesn’t taste as advertised

Visual: Pours opaque golden orange with a massive, ultra-foamy lasting head, half sticky lacing, singular steady micro streams.

Nose: yeasty, mild fart, very mild pukey pineapple wheat malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, fine-fizzy

Mid-palate: juniper berry, tangy lemon citrus acidity, light sour funk, dry rough grainy wheat malt, (lvl-3-sweetness),

Finish: hint pink peppercorn/coriander exhale, stealth light bitter hops, residual tangy malt.

Summary: Not exactly bursting with bright lemon or juniper flavours, there is some lemony acidic tang, but the main taste is the wheat malt. Acceptable body and mouthfeel, I was just expecting more.

Elderflower Kettle Sour – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Elderflower Kettle Sour – Bridge Brewing, 4.9% ABV – 18 IBUs, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew)


printed on the front-right label:

“…Tart and refreshing, this beer was inspired by the Brewmaster’s Mother with fresh aromas of a spring garden. Elderflowers give a gentle floral brightness to this crisp kettle-soured ale. Lightly hopped with Galaxy and Centennial hops to provide a background of nectarine and citrus.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – Elderflower) Sour Ale
  • Taste: Mostly controlled big sour dry elderflower grapefruit flesh tangy toasty barley malt
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.95 (after 10% off) – 650ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours translucent brown amber with a small dissipating 2mm head, thin layer of micro retention, clusters of fast active tiny streams.

Nose: tangy elderflower, toasty toffee barley malt, alcohol (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: acidic sour-tart

Mid-palate: continued rounded fleshy grapefruit sour, tangy-puckery-tart, elderflower, (lvl-4-sweetness), background barley malt

Finish: toasty, nectarine exhale, lingering hop gentle bitter, grainy barley malt.

Summary: Big yet mostly controlled sourness with a dehydrated elderflower taste. Decent complexity but nothing that makes it epic.

Luminescent Chocolate Coconut Porter – Deep Cove Brewers (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Luminescent Chocolate Coconut Porter – Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers, 5.8% ABV – 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


on the front-left side label:

“The bio-luminescent jellyfish of Deep Cove are well known for unexpectedly lighting up the dark waters with a phosphorescent glow. This porter has the power to do the same for beer drinkers who are looking for a flash of the unexpected that won’t soon be forgotten.

Tasting notes: warming and sweet, toasted coconut, rich chocolate, light roast malt, deep mahogany colour.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – coconut, cocoa nibs) Porter
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.30 – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: definitely drinkable

Visual: Pours jet black-brown without much head, thing ringed micro retention, spread out singular steady micro streams along the perimeter.

Nose: rich malted barley, light burnt toasted. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, background licorice numbing, half slick-thicker

Mid-palate: light tingly, chocolate, (lvl-5-sweetness), background light sour, roasted barley malt

Finish: cola, brown sugar-coconut, cocoa nib nutty exhale, roast coffee exhale, lingering roasty chocolate

Summary: Surprisingly complex with distinct layered flavours and smooth transitions. It could be slightly less sharp and creamier, but definitely one of better porters I’ve had in a long while.

Graham Cracker Ale – Hearthstone Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Graham Cracker Ale – Hearthstone Brewing Company, 8.0% ABV – 30 IBUs, 473 ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


printed on the back of the can:

“In 1829, Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham invented the graham cracker in an attempt at staving off an epidemic that was sweeping the nation – masturbation.

As a tribute to Reverend Graham, we decided to concoct a graham cracker brew with 50 kg of graham crackers in each batch, resulting in notes of honey, vanilla and all around graham cracker goodness.

So instead of knocking one out this evening, how about knocking one back with Hearthstone! Cheers!”


  • Style: (flavoured – graham cracker) American Strong Ale
  • Taste: Sweetish toffee bran cookie bitter hop astringent biscuity malt
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.15 CAD – 473ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: …mmm, nah.

Visual: Pours medium dark brown with a smallish head, sticky lacing, a thin layer of retention, singular steady streams here and there.

Nose: sweet toasted cookie malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite

Mid-palate: creamy-crisp, (lvl-5-sweetness), bran cookie, soft transitional sour astringency, background bitter hops

Finish: vanilla, toasted biscuity toffee malt exhale.

Summary: It sounded gimmicky at first (~a la pizza beer), but actually, it’s quite drinkable with decent depth, complexity and balance. Somewhat astringently hoppy in the finish.

Imperial White IPA – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Imperial White IPA – Bridge Brewing, 8.0% ABV – 75 IBUs, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*)


printed on the front-right label:

“Clocking in at 75 IBU and 8.0% ABV, this bold yet balanced Imperial White IPA is well hopped with Magnum, Centennial, and Nelson Sauvin hops. Aged with White Wine Oak, look for hints of fresh crushed gooseberries, passionfruit, and white peach along with light oaky tannins.”


  • Style: (white wine oak aged) Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Tangy creamy thick subtle white peach bright fruity toffee malty biting dry hops
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn, N. Bby
  • How much: $8.25 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados:

Visual: Pours cloudy orange-brown with a very small foamy head, 1mm layer of retention, clusters of slow steady micro streams.

Nose: faint peachy apricot (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thicker-full, incoming fruity hops

Mid-palate: cascading creaminess, (lvl-5-sweetness), white peach, fruity bright-half toffee barley malt, tangy

Finish: biting dry bitter hops, white oak, residual malts.

Summary: The advertised fruit flavours of gooseberry, passionfruit and white peach are slightly exaggerated with mostly white peach being displayed. Solid nevertheless, enjoyable texture and flavours.

McCools Hazelnut Porter – Hearthstone Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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McCools Hazelnut Porter – Hearthstone Brewing Company, 5.0% ABV – 25 IBUs, 500 ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


printed on the back of the can:

“The Celts believed hazelnuts gave one wisdom. There is an ancient tale where nine hazelnut trees grew around a sacred pool, dropping into the water nuts that were eaten by salmon, who absorbed the wisdom.

A Druid teacher caught one of these special salmon and asked a student to cook the fish, but not to eat it. While he was cooking it, a blister formed and the pupil used his thumb to burst it, which he then sucked to cool, thereby absorbing the fish’s wisdom. This boy was called Fin McCool and he went on to become on of the most heroic leaders in Gaelic mythology.” (also found on wiki)

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  • Style: (flavoured? – hazelnut) Porter
  • Taste: Straightforward dry roast bitter malt generic nutty
  • Where I got it : High Point / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $4.00 CAD – 500ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours dark brown with minimal head, half layer of micro retention, thicker viscosity, clusters of micro streams around the perimeter.

Nose: nutty malt deep roast. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, slick-mildly thicker viscosity

Mid-palate: dry bitter deep roast barley, continued-crispness/tingly-fizzy, (lvl-3-sweetness), nutty-woody, caramel malty

Finish: lingering roast bittersweetness, subtle hop bitterness.

Summary: Decent big roast flavour with generic nutty bitterness. Straightforward, not that intriguing.

Les Saisonniers – Green Leaf Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Les Saisonniers – Green Leaf Brewing Company, 5% ABV – 26 IBU, 650 ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

Rose hips, coriander and lemon zest combine with Dupont yeast for a uniquely spicy and refreshing beer”


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  • Style: (flavoured – rose hips, coriander, lemon zest) Saison
  • Taste: Medium aggressive pukey sour-tangy-puckery rosehip dry barley malt rough finish
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $7 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., October 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Bottle conditioned, pours pale light copper brown with a decent 1cm bubbly head, thick ringed retention, torrents of clustered CO2 streams.

Nose: soft tangy rosehip, soft citrusy malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, background sour-tart

Mid-palate: puckery sour-tangy pukiness, (lvl-4-sweetness), rosehip

Finish: grainy barley malt exhale, lemon zest, tart coriander dry roughness.

Summary: Semi-interesting flavours, decent body but not particularly liking the overly aggressive pukey sour nor the palate rough finish. Mildly interesting.