Derailed Pale Ale – Three Ranges Brewing


From the Village of Valemount’s Three Ranges Brewing comes their “Derailed Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma is very malty with citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of biscuit malts, earth, sweet citrus and some hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with and IBU of 38.  I am a big fan of Pale Ale’s and this one is no different with all of the characteristics that you would want in a great beer.

Commercial Description:  Just as you’re picking up steam, a piece of paper can fly in the door and knock the track out from under you.  Silly, eh?  Not to be taken off course, we present the Derailed Pale Ale – the same great beer as Mile *50-1 with a new name.  A wonderfully hoppy pale ale with no more bitterness than before and the same beautiful aroma.  (*Do the math, because it’s the number we can’t legally use)

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Craftmaster 12 – Red Truck Beer


Red Truck Beer Company has launched a mixed 12 case since the opening of their new brewery in Vancouver.  The mixed case is called the Craftmaster 12 and includes 3x IPA, 3x ISA, 3x Ale and 3x lager.

Going with the truck theme of the brewery the box has a pretty workman like look and really resembles a toolbox.  The mix of beer is pretty darn good with two beers that feature more hops an ale that would probably come in as an amber ale and a easy drinking lager.

Red Truck India Session Ale (Currently Mixer exclusive for bottles)

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The India Session Ale or ISA pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, floral and grassy hops and a mild malt note or two.  The flavour is of some earthiness, citrus, grassy, mild malts and a decent bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.2%.  If you are looking for an IPA with lower alcohol content then this might just be your answer.

Commercial Description:  A lovely light Session ale with a ton of Australian Galaxy hops. Perfect for the Outback…or even better, any local patio.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Thai, Vietnamese, Indian Cuisine (cream or coconut based curries go really well…and Vietnamese food is just awesome!)
Mexican Cuisine (grilled meats, and herbal, citrus flavours do really well)
Grilled or roasted meats such as beef, pork, or lamb (fattier, the better; IPA bitterness cuts the fat really well) Burgers (but that’s a bit too easy tho…isn’t it) Sandwiches, especially with cold cuts Pizza (but what beer doesn’t go well with pizza?) Stronger flavoured cheeses
Note: Vinegar (acidic) hot sauces will exponentially bring out an astringent bitterness in this beer; avoid!

Red Truck India Pale Ale

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The Red Truck India Pale Ale pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of lemony citrus, tropical, grassy hops and a malty finish.  The flavour is of citrus, orange, tropical, sweetness, mild pine, earth, caramel and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 69.  If you are looking for a good day to day IPA then this could be a good option for you.  It won’t stand up to the special release IPA’s but that is not what the aim is with this beer.  This is a great IPA if you just want to sit down to a few in a sitting.

Commercial Description:  A bright IPA filled with lovely floral, pine, and citrus aromas and flavours. A soft sweetness followed with a lingering bitterness makes this beer an easy drinking friend suitable for all occasions.

Red Truck Ale

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The Red Truck Ale pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The fact that it pours amber is fitting as I would assume this is actually an amber ale.  The aroma consists of caramel, fruity notes and a mild bite from hops in the end.  The flavour comes in with fruit, caramel malts, earth and a small but noticeable hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2%.  I would not kick this beer out of my pint glass.  Again this is an easy drinking beer that may not knock your socks off but it will do exactly what it sets out to do.  It will be refreshing and taste good!

Commercial Description:  A blend of premium Belgian malts, plus German and Pacific Northwest hop varieties gives this luscious, copper-hued ale a wonderful complex aroma, a rich depth of flavour, and smooth drinkability.

Red Truck Lager

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The Red Truck Lager pours a straw yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts, citrus, sweetness and a grassy finish.  The flavour is of biscuit malts, citrus, sweetness and a grassy hops finish and an ever so slight hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.0%.  If you know me well then you know this is not a style I gravitate to at all.  I will say though that this lager does have much more flavour than any macro brewery and does go down very easily.

Commercial Description:  Made with Canadian Prairie two-row malted barley and hops imported from Germany and the Czech Republic. Red Truck Lager is a beer with world-class credential.

The Thrill Is Gone – Post-Classic Pilsner (Brews Brothers) – Parallel 49 Brewing (Brassneck Brewery)


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From Parallel 49 Brewing’s Brews Brothers Collaboration mixer pack comes the “The Thrill Is Gone” Post-Classic Pilsner.  The beer pours a golden straw colour with a white head.  The aroma consist of  biscuit malts, citrus, sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of biscuit, bread, citrus, earth, resin and mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  This beer actually has quite a bit of body and is actually quite high in flavour for the style.  Good on both breweries for making a Pilsner that can be called exciting.

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Helter Smelter Amber Ale – Rossland Beer Company


From Rossland Beer Company in Rossland BC comes their “Helter Smelter Amber Ale”.  This review is part of my lost notes that were recently found from my Summer trip to the Kootenays.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with off white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts, citrus and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of biscuit malts, fruity and citrus with a mild hops bitterness at the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 22.  Being a Nano Brewery in the Kootenays makes it hard to find their beer as it is only sold out of the brewery itself but if you find yourself in Rossland make sure to stop buy and get a growler fill!

Commercial Description:  Our helter smelter is a classic amber with biscuit notes and a soft warming alcohol touch in the aroma and flavor. The hops aren’t your typical citrus hops, but they are still refreshing and crisp. Perhaps what’s best about this beer is that it has universal appeal to any and all beer drinkers.

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The Hobbit: The Gollum Precious Pils – Central City Brewers & Distillers


Central City Brewers & Distillers out of Surrey have taken on a different kind of challenge with The Hobbit series of beers.  The other two beers in this series are not their creations but a brewing and distribution deal through MGM and (from my own understanding) Fish Brewing (USA Version) and BevLink LLC although this beer is a complete departure from the American cousin.  Three beer have been released as part of this series including the “The Gollum Precious Pils”.  This Pilsner pours a light straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts, bread, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of bread and biscuit malts, citrus and some very mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 30.  This is a well crafted pilsner to be sure but I am not sure why Central City Brewers & Distillers decided to change this recipe from the 9.5% and an IBU of 85 as this would be much more appealing to the craft beer focused consumer.  I wish I tried this while in the USA recently as it sounds awesome!

Commercial Description:  With flavors as smooth and crafty as Gollum himself, the Gollum Pilsner (5% alc./vol) is brewed in the classic Bavarian tradition, using only the finest two-row barley, and hops from the Hallertau region of Germany. This light and golden Pilsner has a distinct hop aroma and flavour, with a dry, crisp finish.Like the One Ring which Gollum has spent his life pursuing, the “precious” pils, if your quest leads you to it, may not extend your life, but it may make your journey a little more enjoyable!

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