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)

Stag Apple Scotch Ale – Tin Whistle Brewing (Penticton, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B-

Stag Apple Scotch Ale – Tin Whistle Brewing, 8% ABV – 650ml, (Penticton, BC, Canada)

on the front side label:

“Stag Apple Scotch Ale combines juice from freshly pressed Okanagan apples with rich Caramel malt to create a massive and Majestic Scotch Ale.”

  • Style: (apple) flavoured Scotch Ale
  • Taste Profile: alcoholic caramel sweetness -> red apple/malts/brown sugar -> off-dry bitter hoppy malty finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50, July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: caramel + apple sounds great already! Is it so? Pours clear beer bottle brown with a smallish micro CO2 head, a bit of retention, clusters of fast activity.

Nose: red apple juice and brown sugar caramel malts

Attack: alcoholic 8/10-caramel sweetness

Mid-palate: red apple, thick malts, brown sugar,

Finish: off-dry, soft bitter hops, red apple exhale, malty finish

Summary: Quite a basic flavour profile but enjoyable nonetheless.

Strawberry Blonde Ale – Tin Whistle Brewing (Pentiction, BC, Canada)

Strawberry Blonde Ale – Tin Whistle Brewing Company, 5% ABV – 650ml, (Penticton, BC)

  • My Rating: C-
  • Why it’s not awesome: too mild of a strawberry flavour, thin
  • Where I got it: Liberty Wines
  • How much: $7, Oct 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: No

Tasting notes: pours cloudy yellow/orange with barely any head, thin ringed retention, a few slow moving CO2 streams. Very faint strawberries on the nose, otherwise, muted. Creamy mouthfeel initially, tastes of light malt, traces of strawberries, tangerine, tingly and thin mids, and ends with a disjointed and mildly bitter finish. Medium complexity, low-medium depth, not-so good transitions, not great carry, thin-bodied. Beer gets slightly better as it warms but finish is rough body is too thin.

Penticton Harvest Honey Pale Ale – Tin Whistle Brewing (Penticton, BC, Canada)

Penticton Harvest Honey Pale Ale – The Tin Whistle Brewing Company, 5% ABV, (Penticton, BC)

On the back label:

“Cascade hopes were harvested in the middle of the night and rushed to the brewery where under a full moon and the smiling countenance of the beer gods a little brewing magic took place. The incredibly fresh hops provide an intense citrus aroma and flavour. The addition of wildflower honey brings even more flavour and bright crisp finish. Only able to be made once a year with the hop harvest, get it while you can. Don’t miss out! -Jeff Todd, Brewmaster”

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I might like it: sweet, smooth and bitter
  • Who I recommend it to: Pale ale lovers who want a twist
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: <$7, Summer 2011

Tasting Notes: amber, smallish head, dissipating head, sticky lacing. Very apparent honey on the nose with a little bit of citrus sweetness. Medium fresh bitter hops up front mixed with some honey sweetness, and then a mild citrus crisp bitter finish. Medium length, medium complexity, med-high depth. Great smoothness and complexity of bitter, sweet, and slightly creamy.