Brrr! Winter Radler – Strathcona Beer Company


From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Brrr! Winter Radler”.  The beer pours a red colour with a white head that has a red tinge.  The aroma is more of less one of cranberry cocktail.  The flavour is of cranberries with a hint of mandarin orange, mild tartness and a hint of biscuit malts.  The alcohol content comes in at 4%.  I am a fan of a good raddler and I like when other flavours are used to mix with beer than just grapefruit.  This is really enjoyable and a great one to sip on this winter.

 

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Cabernet Barrel Aged IPA – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Cabernet Barrel Aged IPA” part of their Brewers Reserve series.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of cabernet, oak, mild tartness and funk with a floral finish.  The flavour is of cabernet, oak, brett funk, some mild tartness, tannin and a lower bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU of 30.  This was a really interesting take on an IPA adding wine, wild yeast and a barrel.  Keep up the good work Spinnakers!

Commercial Description:   Cabernet Barrel-Aged IPA is the eight release in the Spinnakers “Brewers Reserve” series. This unique brew was aged in Cabernet barrels from the Napa valley and is said to be full-bodied with a touch of tartness and Brett funk.

This single batch beer is limited to only 90 cases.

Tempus Corvi 2017 – Moon Under Water Brewing


From Victoria BC’s Moon Under Water Brewing comes their “Tempus Corvi 2017″ a mixed fermentation saison.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head and tons of sediment.  The aroma consists of tartness, citrusy fruit and sweetness.  The flavour is of orange, tropical fruit, mild citrus rind, sweetness, mild tartness and a dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.9%.  This was a really good approachable sour and perfect for both the new beer fan or a seasoned beer nerd.

Commercial Description:  A collaboration with local award winning homebrewer, Dave Janssen. Taking inspiration from traditional saison brewers of Belgium and revivalist brewers of North America, Tempus Corvi is a mixed-fermentation saison. We let this saison rest for 5 months in French oak wine barrels where the activity of a diverse collection of Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces yeasts and lactic acid bacteria transformed the beer, adding sourness and additional complexity. With its bright acidity and light body, Tempus Corvi is a refreshing beer ready to drink now or be cellared for continued development along its own course.

Juniper Lime Ale – Vancouver Island Brewing


From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Juniper Lime Ale”.  The beer pours a cloudy dark orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of juniper, lime with honey notes.  The flavour is of juniper, herbal, honey, lime, caramel malts, mild tartness with some very minor bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 13.  This beer was fashioned after the gin cocktail Gimlet.  I don’t know the cocktail but I did really like this beer.

Commercial Description:  Cheerful nights on warm patios. This Juniper Lime Ale has been brewed to imitate the refreshing zest of a Gimlet cocktail, an iconic gin-based summer sipper.

 

Blood Orange Sour – Steel Toad Brewpub


From Steel Toad Brewpub in Vancouver comes their “Blood Orange Sour” a Berliner Weisse.  The beer pours a cloudy dark pink with a whitish pink head.  The aroma consists of bloody oranges, mild tartness and maybe a hint of something herbal.  The flavour is of blood orange, stone fruit, grapefruit rind and tartness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 10.  This is really tasty and a nice sour for the summer coming up.  This sour wont kick your taste buds in the teeth which is nice as so many kettle sours are extremely sour.

Commercial Description:  This kettle soured wheat ale, (Berliner Weisse) has been blended with blood oranges after fermentation.  The resulting beer is extremely easy drinking, refreshing, and delicious.