Zombie Hopocalypse – Fuggles & Warlock (Richmond, BC, Canada)

Zombie Hopocalypse – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks + Central City Brewers collaboration, 5% ABV, 650 ml., (Richmond, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

“A refreshing light bodied session ale with juicy wet hops from BC Hop Co. Featuring wet Centennial & Chinook hops.”

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  • Style: (wet hop) Session India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Grapefruit tangerine dry barley malt astringent grassy light tangy-sour
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $9.15 CAD (after 5% off) – 650ml., September 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah
  • What was the impression: dull, underwhelming fresh hop influence

Visual: Pours clear pale straw orange with a large 2cm frothy head, thick lacing, clusters of active streams, suspended micro sediment.

Nose: juicy tangerine-grapefruit (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, dry citrus malt impression

Mid-palate: resiny tart, grainy barley malt, (lvl-3-sweetness), grapefruit pith and flesh, tangy tangerine, soft sour continuous tart

Finish: dry dull hop bitter

Summary: Drinks full flavoured at 14°C. Its got an okay tangerine-grapefruit hop profile but the malt base is rather weak. Also there’s an astringent grassy sourness coming from the hops that aren’t that appealing. Slightly above average, but I wouldn’t say it’s great.

Road Trip – Lighthouse Brewing (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Road Trip Fresh-Hopped Dark Ale – Lighthouse Brewing, 6.2% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the front-right label:

“Fresh-hopped or wet-hopped beers use fresh, green whole, undried hops directly from the hop bines, and can only be brewed at hop harvest time. Road Trip is an American-style hoppy brown ale brewed this year with Cascade and Chinook hops picked fresh at Chilliwack Hop Farms.”

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  • Style: (fresh-hopped) Brown Ale
  • Taste: Sweet brown sugar barley malt background resiny green hops gag reflex finish
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N. Bby
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 650ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Love the artwork, big fan of the Beatles. Pours very dark brown with minimal head, thin ringed retention with a medium island, scattered singular streams.

Nose: sweet brown sugar barley malts, cocoa (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: very crisp bite

Mid-palate: brown sugar barley malt, (lvl-6-sweetness), airy-green grassy hops,

Finish: low hop bitterness, light toasty barley malt, residual lingering med sweetness, cocoa exhale

Summary: The initial brown sugar malty sweet attack is pleasant but once the hops kick in it becomes too resinous-airy and looses its structure. The finish has a bit of a gag reflex.

Wolf Vine Wet Hopped Pale Ale – Hoyne Brewing Co. (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Wolf Vine Wet Hopped Pale Ale – Hoyne Brewing Company, 5.3% ABV, 650 ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)info


  • Style: Wet Hop Pale Ale
  • Taste: Lawn grassy cucumber chamomile floral barley malt rough aftertaste
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / Vancouver
  • How much: $7.25 CAD (after 10% off) – 650 ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nahhhhh

Visual: Pours mostly clear deep copper with minute bits of sediment, 1cm head and 1mm retention, singular slow streams.

Nose: grassy lawn, light honey. (lvl-2)-intensity

Attack: thin crisp, soft CO2

Mid-palate: background cucumber-mint grassy-plastic hop oils, (lvl-3-sweetness), bright metallic honey barley malt

Finish: chamomile-osmanthus herbal tea rough aftertaste

Summary: Quite a big grassy-floral flavour; it reminds me of chamomile tea – somewhat incongruent with their barley malt base. The overall impression isn’t that good, especially considering I had the [A] rated Driftwood Sartori Wet Hop IPA yesterday.

Time Warp Wet-hopped Pale Ale – Townsite Brewing Inc. (Powell River, BC, Canada)

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Time Warp Wet-hopped Pale Ale – Townsite Brewing Inc., 5.2% ABV (or 5.5%? both are listed on the front label) – 60 IBU, 650ml., (Powell River, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*)

-This is my first tasting of a Townsite brew, what better way to kick it off with a fresh seasonal. In case you’re wondering, Texada Island is a tiny island located northwest of Vancouver.

description from ratebeer.com:

“Let’s do the Time Warp – AGAIN!
time warp: noun: 1. what you step into when you step off the ferry on Texada Island; 2. a delicious wet-hopped pale ale.
We hand-picked 38 kilos of local hops and added them to the brew immediately to produce this delicious pale ale. It’s not an IPA, but it still packs a big hop punch so prepare for your nose hairs to curl up and let out a happy sigh.
Fresh-hopped beers are designed for immediate enjoyment so do not cellar this one! ”

  • Style: (wet hop) Pale Ale
  • Taste: Creamy toasted barley malt astringent bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $7.40 (after 5% off) – 650ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear pale copper brown with a small foamy head, thin murky layer of retention, half-sticky lacing, a few slow singular streams.

Nose: brown sugar, toasted barley malt, (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: slick-creamy, immediate medium bitterness

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, subdued mild sour, (MAIN) toasted barley malt, light grassy

Finish: hoppy astringent bitter finish.

Summary: Mainly a toasted barley malt profile but I’m not liking the astringency in the hops; it’s has a bitterness similar to burnt food.