Waes Hael Spiced Seasonal Ale – Bad Tattoo Brewing (Penticton, BC, Canada)

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Waes Hael Spiced Seasonal Ale – Bad Tattoo Brewing Company, 6% AB, 650ml, (Penticton, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“Based on a traditional seasonal beer, Waes Hael is a strong beer, brewed with a hint of apples and spice…”

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  • Style: (flavoured – roasted apples, spices) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Clove cinnamon brown sugar toasted nutty malt light woody
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Burnaby
  • How much: $7.25 CAD (10% off) – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: a bit cloying

Visual: Pours dark coffee brown with a thick foamy 5mm head, half-sticky lacing, 2mm retention, clusters of active streams

Nose: clove, toasty nutty malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, full-airy, almost creamy-fizzy

Mid-palate: clove-cinnamon, cola brown sugar, background apple brightness, (lvl-7-sweetness), sweet nutty roast malty

Finish: short tangy-zing, nutmeg, roasty toasty toffee malt, light woody burnt bitter

Summary: Much like a spiced pumpkin ale but brighter in mids. A tad cloying in the finish, good body and depth. Big spices.

Pentâge Icewine – Pentage Winery (Penticton, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B+

Pentâge, Blended Icewine 2010 – Pentâge Winery, 8% ABV – 200ml, (Richmond, BC, Canada)

  • it takes roughly 3kg of grapes to make one 375ml bottle of icewine, depending on the grape. (google search)

from their website:

“…Bright gold in color, with intense aromas of candied apricot and honey on the nose. The palate delivers a luscious melody of candied fruits with a smidgen of honey and fig. Barrel fermented giving this wine a rich creamy mouth feel.  Perfectly balanced with vibrant acidity, this wine gets better with every sip as it lingers endlessly on your palate.”

  • Style: (Viognier, Semillon, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay) Icewine
  • Taste: Clean dense-sugared apricot sour green apple
  • Where I got it : Liberty Wines, Granville Island
  • How much: $33 (after $1 off), only $23 online! – 200ml., May 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: what for?

Visual: Thin skinny 200ml bottle, real cork w/ waxed top, simple and classy label. Pours deep striking golden yellow.

Nose: pineapple, passion fruit, hints of lychee. Very fruit forward. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: incoming syrupy dense sugars, (lvl-8)-sweetness

Mid-palate: clean transition from sugars, light alcohol detection, (MAIN) white raisin, apricot, sour green apple

Finish: very light throat warmth, white grape fruity exhale.

Summary: Lots of brightness in this one, very approachable. The sugars become slightly cloying in the midpalate as it warms. A very nice offering and certainly levels above the Isabella icewines I’ve been having.

Skaha Summer Ale – Cannery Brewing (Penticton, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Skaha Summer Ale – Cannery Brewing, 5% ABV, 20 IBU – 650ml, (Penticton, BC, Canada)

On the front left-side label:

“Skaha Lake is one of the freshwater lakes that surround Penticton in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. Time honoured summer traditions such as rock climbing and cliff diving have made the Skaha Bluffs famous.”

On the front right-side label:

“This blonde ale is a refreshing, thirst quenching beer that is perfect for a hot Okanagan day. Using different hops each year will give this ale a distinct flavor and unique aroma. The addition of white wheat malt and German ale yeast create a body that is soft and delicate with a crisp, dry finish.”

  • Style: Blonde Ale
  • Taste Profile: Crisp sweet hopped barley malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 – 650ml, July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nothing outstanding

Visual: Pours golden yellow with a smallish creamy head, sticky lacing, a thin layer of retention, several slow streams.

Nose: faint apple juice, hints of malts (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: crisp barley malts

Mid-palate: tingly-fizzy-crisp. (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) barley malt, red apple, grainy

Finish: very soft bitter hops, hopped bitter-sweet barley finish.

Summary: Drinks more like a crisp lager than a wheat ale. A very nice crisp mouthfeel perfect for hot summer days and nights. Recommended as a meal beer.

Osprey Pear White IPA – Tin Whistle Brewing (Penticton, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Osprey Pear White IPA–  The Tin Whistle Brewing Co., 6.5% ABV – 650ml, (Penticton, BC, Canada)

On the front side label:

“This unfiltered White IPA combines the fruity, aromatic character of Belgian yeast with pear and apple forward hops and fresh pressed Okanagan pears to create a beer that soars to new heights.”

  • Style: (Pear) Flavoured White IPA
  • Taste Profile: Bright wheat malt pear bitter peel hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.75 – 650ml, July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours golden deep yellow with a smallish lasting creamy head, a bit of lacing, clusters of medium-speed activity.

Nose: fruity wheat malts, pear, Riesling wine. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp tingly, pear

Mid-palate: bitter hops, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) wheat malts, pear, hints of red apple

Finish: breadiness, bitter peel biting hoppiness, dry bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Good transition from pear fruity malts to bitter hops. Quite drinkable but not a whole lot of depth. The body fades at the finish. Decent.

Peach Cream Ale – Tin Whistle Brewing (Pentiction, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: D+

Peach Cream Ale – Tin Whistle Brewing, 5% ABV – 650ml, (Pentiction, BC, Canada)

On the front-side label:

“A Taste of the South Okanagan. The Flavour and Aroma of Fresh Peaches. Light, crisp and Very Refreshing.”

  • Style: (Peach) Fruit Ale
  • Taste: crisp-fizzy -> malted barley -> flat finish/peachy exhale.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 – 650ml., November 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no!!!

Visual: I tried this before I started blogging, and I must say the new 2013 label entrapped enticed me to try it again – it definitely is much more eye-catching. Pours clear light copper brown with a very small head, thin layer of micro CO2  retention, lots of active bubble clusters.

Nose: aromatic yellow peaches, although sour-peach candy-like. (5)-aromatic strength.

Attack: crisp, fizzy, bubbles

Mid-palate: [letdown] (5)-sweetness watery transition into (MAIN) malted barley, yeastiness

Finish: mildly sweet thickened saliva malts, faint peachy exhale – flat finish.

Summary:  Where the heck is the giant peach flavour as depicted on the label??? Barely any whatsoever. Low depth, low-medium bodied, zero carry. This beer is a fraud but at least I can say I’ve had worse. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

Hillside Muscat Ottonel (Pentiction, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: D+

Muscat Ottonel 2011 – Hillside Winery, 11.5% ABV, 750ml, (Pentiction, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Made from 100% Muscat Ottonel from mature vines grown on our estate, this wine has developed a cult following. Moderate summer temperatures and a long season produced grapes of true varietal expression. This wine has lovely floral aromas and hints of spice that pair beautifully with Asian food, picnics and fresh air! 781 cases.”

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  • Style: (white wine) Muscat Ottonel (wiki)
  • Taste Profile: acidic/sour -> sour apple/lemon/lime -> alcohol/tart/dry fruity sour finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $23 – 750ml (after 10% off), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: no

Visual: It’s my first time this varietal, which I’m hoping I will like since it is part of the Muscat family which I love so dearly. Aluminum screw-cap top. Pours very light golden yellow, clear as water.

Nose: Light apple juice, sweet minerality, a bit of peach and melon in there. (4)-aromatic strength.

Attack: intrusive sourness

Mid-palate: (8)-strong acidity, (4)-salty (MAIN) green apple, (HINT) lemon, lime

Finish: alcohol detection (vodka-like), (8)-very tart, almost dry fruity sour-tart finish

Summary:  It has body and carry, but I don’t like the powerful acidity, alcohol detection, and lack of sweetness. Average at best, but the more I drink the less I like it. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

Ruby Blues Winery – Riesling (Penticton, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Riesling 2010 – Ruby Blues Winery, 12.0% ABV – 750ml, (Penticton, BC, Canada)

On the front side label:

“’Goodbye Ruby Tuesday… catch your dreams before they slip away…’ The shoes represent the dreams we all have…This wonderful painting was created by our friend and brilliant artist Jennifer Grant. The grapes for this Riesling are exclusively from the Naramata Bench. Handpicked Oct.26/2010. This Riesling shows GREEN APPLES, CITRUS and MINERAL FLAVOURS. A wonderful compliment to chicken and various cheeses.”

  • Style: (white wine) Riesling
  • Taste Profile: medium sweet apple -> green apple/tart/lime/mineral -> sour/tangy/semi-sweet cloying apple finish
  • Where I got it: Legacy
  • How much: $23 (after 10% off), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: no, not outstanding enough

Visual: I like the colour matching of the dark red screwcap and blood-red background on the label. Pours standard white wine light yellow, with what appear to be micro-sized bubbles at the bottom of the glass – cool.

Nose: tangy green apple with medium acidity and a hint of lemon/lime

Attack: escalating 7/10-sweetness,

Mid-palate: green apple + tartness, hints of lime, minerality

Finish: medium acidic sourness, tangy, semi-sweet light cloying apple finish.

Summary: Decent body and drinkability, though not particularly complex or remarkable.