Raj Mahal India Ale – Off the Rail Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Raj Mahal India Ale – Off The Rail Brewing Company, 5.0% ABV – 38 IBUs, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


Canadian brewing awards 2016 Gold Medal

Ingredients: water, barley, hops, yeast, kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass


  • Style: (flavoured – kaffir lime, lemongrass) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Uneventful tangy citrus grainy barley malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$6.50 CAD – 650 ml., mid 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah, no gold medal from me

Visual: Pours translucent golden orange with no real head, just a bit of a spotty island, a few singular slow streams.

Nose: light fart, subtle rosey barley malt. (lvl-2)-intensity

Attack: crisp, incoming malt

Mid-palate: bright medium citrusy tangy, toffee barley malt, (lvl-4-sweetness), thinnish mouthfeel, slightly tangy kaffir lime leaf

Finish: tingly mouthfeel, subtle lemongrass, grassy grainy metallic barley malt, background soft bitter hops

Summary: If this one won the CBA 2016 Gold Medal, then all the others must have been really lackluster. This is just a bit above average; the lemongrass is barely there and the kaffir lime leaf only seems to keep it at the same level as opposed to kicking it up a notch.

Olde Winston Smoked Porter – Off the Rail Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Olde Winston Smoked Porter – Off The Rail Brewing Company, 5.4% ABV, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


  • Style: (Porter) Smoked
  • Taste: Smoked sweet thin barley malt dry dark choco coffee exhale charred wood bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.10 CAD – 650 ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: okay but not great

Visual: Warning: gusher upon opening: Pours ultra dark brown with a humongous lasting frothy head, tight clustered waves at the bottom of the glass.

Nose: soft sour malt smoked sweet barley. (lvl-6)-intensity

Attack: crisp-airy CO2

Mid-palate: creamy-tingly-fizzy, (lvl-5-sweetness), encroaching smoked medium roasted barley malt, cola, metallic off-flavour (from the cap)

Finish: dry dark chocolate, coffee exhale, charred wood bitter, subtle lingering bitter hops

Summary: The smoked malt flavour is decent, but it doesn’t have any especially captivating nuances. It’s thin in the mids and is a kind of like a low amplitude beer.