Imperial Flanders Red Ale – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Imperial Flanders Red Ale – Storm Brewing, 11% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

I’ve had a couple flanders red ales before (Bruery, Duchesse de Bourgogne), but this is my first IMPERIAL rendition of one. Looking forward to the big flavour.

  • Style: Imperial Flanders Red Ale/Flemish Red Ale
  • Taste: extreme sour/acidic oak red wine vinegar prune
  • How much: $16 – 1L, bring your own bottle (January, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only if you like the style

Visual: Pours dark cola brown with ultra fine micro bubbles suspended near the surface, but no head, and virtually no activity.

Nose: Sour-acidic oak, tartness, almost sarsaparilla (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: incoming HUGE tart/sourness

Mid-palate: extreme sourness, very light fizzy, (MAIN) heavy oak, red wine vinegar, prune

Finish: puckery sour, mild throat warmth, woody exhale.

Summary: A very unique style of beer, and done good; ABV is well-hidden and the palate has a lot on its plate. Sour, oaky, tart, wine, acidic, and more sour.

Kiwiberry IPA – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Kiwiberry IPA – Storm Brewing, 7% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Deja Vu? 2nd post in the same day, this time another flavoured IPA. I actually took the very last fill from the keg, lucky me.

  • Style: (Kiwiberry) Flavoured IPA
  • Taste: Fruity kiwiberry almost sour light malt sharp bitter hopped
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (January, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours translucent copper brown with pretty much no head nor activity, lacing, nothing. Growler fill, 3rd day.

Nose: Pressed kiwi juice, superfruity. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: incoming sweet fruity

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, subdued sourness, (MAIN) kiwiberry pulpy fruit, malt

Finish: tangy, sharp biting bitter hops, kiwiberry exhale, bitter hopped finish.

Summary: A very fruity profile with a decent hopped bitter bite. The impact is like a cooler in how fruity it is. Easy to drink and well-executed.

Strawberry-Ginger IPA – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Strawberry-Ginger IPA – Storm Brewing, 7% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

My first visit of 2015 and already so many new brews. This is just one of many of their new offerings.

  • Style: (strawberry, ginger) Flavoured IPA
  • Taste: Fiery ginger root berry-tangerine malt hopped bitter warm throat
  • How much: $8 – 1L, bring your own bottle (January, 2015)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: unique

Visual: Pours cloudy pale orange, no activity, no lacing, nothing. But it could be because this is the 3rd day of opening/closing it.

Nose: strong ginger root, some citrus malt in the background. Delightful. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: incoming fruity malts, impending ginger

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, smooth viscosity, (MAIN) subtle strawberry-berry, ginger root, tangerine, malt

Finish: ginger bite/medium burn, bitter hoppy, medium warm-throat bitter finish.

Summary: A unique brew, hardly your typical beer. Ginger flavour is well-integrated with the bitter hopped IPA DNA.

Granny Smith Apple Pie Ale – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Granny Smith Apple Pie Ale – Storm Brewing, 5% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

My second visit, one week later and this is one of their new beers that they didn’t have last week. Sadly I forgot to take a picture of their beer offerings.

  • Style: (apple, cinnamon) Spiced Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Malty pressed apple soft hopped cinnamon
  • How much: $11 – 1L, bring your own bottle (December 20, 2014)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: it’s pretty cool

Visual: Pours cloudy pale orange-brown without much head (growler fill), thin ringed retention, barely any activity.

Nose: very faint pressed apple juice. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: pressed apple juice viscosity

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, restrained sour-tanginess, (MAIN): pressed apple juice, cinnamon, malts

Finish: very subtle bitter hops, tangy fruity apple sweet malt finish.

Summary: Very easy to drink, good sweet-crisp-cinnamon-malt balanced flavour. Not too gimmicky in that it still has beer characteristics.

Pineapple Paradise Pilsner – Storm Brewing (Vancouver, Canada)

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Pineapple Paradise Pilsner (Seasonal experimental) – Storm Brewing, 5% ABV – 1L., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

It was my first time visiting this local brewery and I just found out that they do a weekly rotation of experimental “brainstorm” brews – right up my alley. My interest has been piqued. Just bring your 1L or growler for them to fill and off you go. Here’s what they had when I went:

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  • Style: (Pineapple) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Pineapple juice wheat malt
  • How much: $11 – 1L, bring your own bottle
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: it’s not particularly memorable

Visual: Pours bright cloudy golden yellow, barely any head (growler fill), lots of tiny slow steady streams.

Nose: clean authentic pineapple with a touch of vanilla, superb. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: tingly-fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN): pineapple juice, wheat malt, hints of vanilla, yeasty

Finish: residual light malt sweetness mixed with fruity pineapple.

Summary: Excellent nose, goes down okay but not a whole lot of complexity. It drinks like a Pineapple Stiegl Radler. It makes me feel bloated after sipping half a glass.