Wobbly Bob English Strong Ale – Red Collar Brewing


From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Okanagan comes their “Wobbly Bob English Strong Ale”.  The beer pours a copper colour with a beige head.  The aroma consists of biscuit, mild fruit, floral hops and sweetness.  The flavour is of biscuit, plums, toffee, brown sugar, bitterness, earth and sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.6% with an IBU of 66.  Not quite like other English Strong Ales I have had but I would not hesitate to drink more of this if I found more.

Commercial Description:  A New World take on a classic English style.  A trifecta of Pacific Northwest Hops, Centennial, Comet and Cascade, are combined with rich biscuit and malt flavours.  Balance is key to this golden brew through one should heed our warning; this ale packs a wallop!

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Doppelbock – Red Collar Brewing


From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Okanagan comes their “Doppelbock” a dark german style lager.  The beer pours a very deep brown/red colour with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of dark fruit, roasted nuts, roasted malts and earth.  The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, dark fruit, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.74% with an IBU of 36.  Doppelbock’s are a nice style with a ton of flavour and I like what this one is bringing to the table.

Commercial Description:  A strong version of a traditional German lager.  Dark in colour with a silky rich sweetness & surprisingly smooth finish.  No monks, goats or liquid bread were referenced in this writeup.  Unpasteurized & unfiltered.

Black Dog Quad – Red Collar Brewing


From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Okanagan comes their “Black Dog Quad” a one year anniversary ale.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a small tan head but not a lot of carbonation.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown and candied sugar, sweetness and maybe a hint of grapes but I am not sure.  The aroma also has a hint of booze but not a lot.  The flavour is huge and includes dark fruits, plums, grapes, black cherry, anise, brown and candied sugar, cinnamon, toffee, sweetness, mild hops bite and a mild booze finish.  The beer comes in at a big 11.69% alcohol with and IBU of 35.  To say this beer was a good beer is a serious understatement.  This bottle conditioned beer is one to be sought out if you like a good Belgian style Quad!

Commercial Description:  Black Dog Quad is a bottle conditioned, lightly carbonated ale brew3ed in the Trappist style.  Best served at 14c, decanted from height into your favourite tulip glass.  This bottle will benefit from and extended stay in your cellar.  Please enjoy responsibly.

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Honey Badger Pale Ale (English Bitter) – The Noble Pig Brewhouse


From The Noble Pig Brewhouse in Kamloops comes their “Honey Badger Pale Ale (English Bitter)”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts and some mild fruit but is very mild.  The flavour is of roasted malts, caramel, earth, fruit, sweetness and a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 3% with an IBU of 28.  If you are looking for a good sessionable ale then this would be a great choice if you find yourself in Kamloops!

Commercial Description:  This Pale Ale is a mild, light, & crisp “Bitter” as the English would say. With a generous amount of hops to balance the malt, it is a great session beer.

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Apricot Sour – Red Collar Brewing


Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops has ventured into an area of brewing their brewmaster David has never gone.  Worried about infecting a brewery with wild yeasts a problem that can be very real with sour beers David had always avoided the style.  Working with the university in Kamloops in the lab he was able to find a yest strain that he could kettle sour his beers with that would pose little risk to the brewery overall.  From this has come his first ever sour beer their “Apricot Sour” a Berliner Weisse.  The beer pours a cloudy yellowy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of apricot with a tart and yeasty finish.  The flavour is of a good tart hit up front with apricots, citrus, some mild earth and maybe a hint of wheat and yeast.  There is not much sweetness in this beer and it lets the tart notes take over.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 10.  This is a pretty darn good sour and it is even more impressive as it is Davids first attempt at a sour.  I hope this beer is a success and we see more sours coming out of Red Collar Brewing especially if they could end up in bottles!

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