The Four Surfers of the Apocalypso – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

The Four Surfers f the Apocalypso (aka Apocalypso) – Le Trou du Diable, 6.5% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“Apocalypso is a veiled beer that perfectly combines the elegance of Belgian whites with the complex, hoppy character of American IPAs. Topped with a generous head, it features aromas of resin, candy, litchi, and pear. Its smooth palate is like a long lasting wave of piny bitterness just asking to be ridden.

Ingredients: water, malted wheat, malted barley, hops, yeast.

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  • Style: (wheat) White IPA
  • Taste: Litchi fruity grainy smooth balanced subtle lengthy bitter
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.70 (after 10% off) – 600ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). (Cellared for 2 years). Pours mildly hazy pale orange with lots of suspended sediment, a small 1cm slowly dissipating head, a thin layer of frothy retention, tight dense clusters of steady streams.

Nose: bright litchi, slight resiny wheat malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thicker-creamy crisp, bright grainy impression

Mid-palate: stealth soft bitter hops, (lvl-3-sweetness), grainy-prickly palate, litchi wheat malt, mild pear, bittersweet barley malt

Finish: lingering soft lengthy bitter hopped

Summary: Quite an interesting litchi-pear wheat malt IPA – Big engaging brightness mixed with a persistent yet nuanced hopped bitterness. My kind of an extremely drinkable IPA

Galaxy White IPA – Anchorage Brewing Co. (Anchorage, AK, USA)

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Galaxy White IPA – Anchorage Brewing Company, 7% ABV, 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., (Anchorage, Alaska, USA)

printed on the front-right of the bottle:

“Ale brewed with Galaxy hops, coriander, kumquats, and peppercorns. Fermented and aged in French oak foudres with a wit yeast. Dry hopped with Galaxy hops. Bottle conditioned with brettanomyces and wine yeast. Drink fresh or age to bring out the funk.”

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printed on the back of the bottle:

“…One of the new trails being blazed on the frontier of beer is the style known as White India Pale Ales. Galaxy White IPA represents a significant new landmark on that trail. with its use of fresh kumquats, Indian coriander, and black peppercorns, Galaxy pays homage to the early explorers, who sailed unknown seas in search of rare spices and exotic fruits. Captain Cook travelled from Australia to Alaska, and so have the Galaxy hops used to create this adventurous brew.

Just as a true explorer never stands still, the presence of brettanomyces guarantees that Galaxy White IPA will keep evolving in the bottle for years to come…”

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  • Style: (french oak barrel aged, kumquat, coriander) White IPA
  • Taste: Refreshing kumquat citrusy mild funk coriander dry wheat malt light oak
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / Burnaby
  • How much: $16 CAD (after 7.5% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes definitely

Visual: Twisty wire cap and composite cork. Pours light straw yellow with huge slowly dissipating creamy bubbly head, torrents of fast activity, small bits of sediment.

Nose: kumquat banana wheat malt, traces of funk, quite bright. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-bubbly wholeness,

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, sharp sour-tangy acidity, (MAIN) background funk, juicy kumquat citrus, banana wheat malt -> dry hoppy bitter

Finish: light oak, coriander, dry wheat, lingering bitter hops, kumquat exhale, background peppercorn spice, burpy.

Summary: Very refreshing with a boatload of flavours to discover all the while backed up by a very bubbly mouthfeel. Although only medium-bodied, it delivers in smooth transitions and enticing complexity.

The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #4 – Hop Blanc White IPA

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #4

Hop Blanc White IPA – Peak Organic Brewing Co.,6.4% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Portland, ME, USA)

from their website:

“Hop Blanc is a heavenly White IPA. Local wheat and Belgian yeast give this beer a soft mouthfeel, while Centennial, Simcoe and Citra hops provide a bright rush of tropical and citrus flavors up front. This beer is the cheery, angelic cousin of the more sinister Hop Noir.”

  • Style: (coriander) Spiced White IPA
  • Taste: Smooth fizzy peach-wheat coriander soft-hopped
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes way

Visual: Pours almost clear golden yellow with a smallish head, a thin layer of retention, lots of fast steady streams.

Nose: clean fruity peach with light sourness. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: ultra-crisp, cream-fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) peach, wheat malts, yeasty

Finish: coriander, soft subtle bitter hops, lingering light hopped bitter

Summary: Really not that hoppy for an IPA. Fabulous fruity peach-wheat profile, easy to enjoy and organic to boot. Simple yet solid.

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.

Electric Unicorn White IPA – Phillips Brewing (Victoria, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Electric Unicorn White IPA – Phillips Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 650ml, (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front side label:

“Electric Unicorn is a hop-infused white ale; best enjoyed while riding a mystical mono-horned laser beast, racing through the galaxy to the sonic backdrop of screaming metal guitars, time to ditch reality and take this India Pale fairy tale for a ride.”

Ingredients: water, barley, wheat, hops, yeast, coriander & orange peel

  • Style: Spiced Wheat Ale
  • Taste Profile: CREAMY FIZZY -> (weak) orange/wheat malt/coriander -> yeasty dry finish.
  • Where I got it : W.16th
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off), June 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Eye-catching artwork, but cheap laserjet printed label (and cheap price too). Pours cloudy light orange-yellow with a decent lasting foamy head, lots of sticky lacing, lots of activity, and lots of sediment in the bottle.

Nose: orange, wheaty malts and a bit of citrus tang

Attack: creamy fizzy yeastiness, 4/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: light orange, wheat malts, coriander, light tang/sourness

Finish: watery texture, off-dry yeasty finish

Summary: Decent drinkability but lacks punching power. It doesn’t leave much of an impression other than it’s a wheaty ale.

Chainbreaker White IPA – Deschutes Brewery (Bend, USA)

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  • My Rating: C+

Chainbreaker White IPA – Deschutes Brewery, 5.6% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Bend, OR, USA)

On the front side label:

“You pair wheat, hops and Belgian yeast and suddenly ‘bingo, a wheat like nobody else’s.’ With real depth, coriander and sweet orange peel, it’s citrus-packed and silky smooth going down.”

  • Style: (wheat & spiced) IPA
  • Taste Profile: banana malt -> sour citrus/grapefruit/barnyard -> coriander/pepper/dense malty bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $15/6pack, June 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy light yellow with a smallish dissipating head, a soft layer of retention, lacing, and some barely visible activity. Wheaty banana and guava with a bit of barnyard on the nose.

Attack: tangy malted banana

Mid-palate: 6/10-citrus sourness, white grapefruit, hints of barnyard, 6/10-sweetness

Finish: cuts to off-dry, bitter coriander, mild pepperiness, lingering dense sugars with a wheat-malt background.

Lots of interesting flavours here balanced with fine drinkability. I’m not a huge fan of IPAs but this one is acceptable.