IPA Noire – 6.7% – De Saanichton (proche de Vancouver), Colombie Britannique.
Black IPA – 6.7% – From Saanichton (near Vancouver), British Columbia.
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.63/5
Almost opaque dark brown color with a copper hue but no visible activity. Fluffy and creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with good legs and swirl effect. Flavors of dark grains, coffee, cocoa, grapefruits, orange, plums, raisins, and herbal hops. Light slick and slightly oily medium to full body with prickly carbonation and a soft crisp. Gets more tender as it warms. Strong strength finish, roasted while a bit chalky and earthy with a leafy hoppy final that coats the tongue. Nothing excessive, the balance is there and the freshness is decent. The hops are dominantly herbal and less fruity, which I find less interesting, a barrel effect would have been nice and add to the complexity. Still a highly enjoyable brew. Overall very good quality craft.
Pilsner Allemande, 5.0%, de Surrey, Colombie-Britannique. (NB Liquor)
German Pilsner, 5.0%, from Surrey, British Columbia.
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.53/5
Very bright dark straw color, almost gold, with light pearly activity. Thin foamy bubbly white 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of light caramel and corn, lemon, lager yeast, sweet grains and herbal hops. Slick full body with prickly carbonation, a little crispy. Light to medium strength finish, grains and cereal, quality corn feel thats not too « wet », a bit citrusy with dominant barley and a hint of straw. American interpretation, more leafy than floral, makes it slightly less complex compared to euro versions but more intense flavors. So the intensity is nice. Still highly accessible and quite fresh. Good balance with the sugars and bitterness. Overall high quality craft.
IPA Américaine, 6%, de Surrey, Colombie Britannique. (NB Liquor)
American IPA, 6%, from Surrey, British Columbia.
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75 = 3.67/5
Clear dark amber color with few activity. Thick foamy and creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, thick legs with a great swirl response. Flavors of mangos, toffee, grapefruits, lemon, orange peels, rye and herbal hops. Silky smooth full body with a light crisp. Strong finish, tropical and citrusy, residual pine on the tongue, slightly leathery, dry and deeply leafy, almost minty and peppery. Quite a powerful IPA that feels like a double, so there’s some imbalance with the flavors, a double would get more points, although I still sense a high degree of complexity here. Robust for those who like this will enjoy it much I’m sure, more like a Rye IPA. More warming than fresh, I wouldn’t drink this in a hot summer day (like right now). Too bold, too coarse and tongue numbing. Compared to the regular red racer I find it less interesting and delicious, yet it’s still a high quality brew, but will definitely not be a regular for me.
Pale Ale Américaine / Saison, 6.5%, de Penticton, Colombie-Britannique. (NB Liquor)
American Pale Ale / Saison, 6.5%, from Penticton, British Columbia.
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 3.93/5
Clear golden color with moderate activity and a haze of yeast. Slightly creamy and frothy beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with serious legs and a good swirl effect. Flavors of pineapples, mangos, grapefruits, lemon, caramel, sweet grains, ginger, wild yeast, floral hops. Smooth oily full body with a moderately sharp crisp. Medium strength finish, highly tropical and sweet, ending with flowery dry hops. Slightly tongue numbing, still pretty accessible and well intensified. Impressive pale ale that is close to the line of an IPA, while still remaining true to the style from a highly balanced finish. Gets a bit more intense with the yeast, more citrusy with almost Saison qualities. Good freshness and filling, yet delicately super well rounded body. Overall excellent quality craft.
Double rousse/Brune de Noël similaire à un vin d’orge, 9%, bon apéritif. De North Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique. (NB Liquor)
Double Red Ale / Christmas Brown, 9%, from North Vancouver, British Columbia.
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4 = 4.02/5
Almost opaque brownish color and a copper hue. Creamy dark beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with light legs but a good reaction to a swirl. Flavors of plums, prunes, molasses, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, black liquorice, dark grains and herbal spices. Creamy and milky medium body with a moderate crisp. Very strong finish, a bit dry, chalky and earthy, thick malty and bready barley feel with some grassy and super leafy hops. Nice barrel aged feel. Similar to a barleywine, but with dominant toffee, very well executed. Quite bold and robust, highly warming, while decently fresh. Festive but not excessive, could be drank anytime. Deeply flavorful, tasty but a bit too harsh, but there’s good balance in the flavors. Overall very good quality craft.
Une IPA rousse d’excellente qualitée, 6%, de Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique.
Red IPA, 6%, from Vancouver, British Columbia.
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25 = 4.27/5
Veiled ruby copper color with very faint activity. Creamy and slightly frothy dark beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of caramel, barley, lemon, light grapefruits, apples, nutmeg, ginger, dry floral and leafy hops. Slick and smooth medium body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, ends with sharp zesty yeast, lingering dry hops, with traditional red ale spices, and a butterscotch feel. It’s bready and biscuity. Nice maillard effect, a good swirl brings a fresh buttery soapy caramel scent. Kind of like a cross between a red ale and IPA. Very tasty and pleasant to drink, the freshness is good. Well intensified, a bit Irish dry in strength, still accessible. Overall excellent quality craft, nicely executed.