From Surrey BC’s Russel Brewing comes their “A Wee Angry Scotch Ale”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of lots of malt, caramel, toffee, mild smoke and some sweetness. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, nuts, earth, peat, sweetness and maybe a hint of chocolate and lesser of mint possibly. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 30. This is an approachable Scotch Ale and worth a pickup.
Commercial Description: A Wee Angry Scotch Ale is crafted in the style of a 19th century 90 Schilling Scotch Ale is a strong, dark ale with dominant malt accent that originated in Edinburgh. Made with Scottish specialty malts including Peated Malt imparting a slight smoky character to the beer.
Faculty Brewing may still be building their brewery but they have collaborated with Callister Brewing to release this small batch of “Minzeweizen” a mint tea and hefeweisen. The beer poured a cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consisted of orange, citrus peel, wheat and peppermint tea. The flavour is of orange, citrus peel, peppermint tea, semi sweet and wheat. The alcohol content comes in at 4.6%. This was quite enjoyable and I look forward to more beer from Faculty Brewing.
Moody Ales and Fuggles and Warlock have collaborated to bring us Pears in White Satin, an Imperial Pear Kolsch.
The beer is a nice orange-gold, slightly cloudy with some slightly green highlights. The head mirrors the name, a white satin look with fine bubbles.
The nose is all about the pear, it dominates the aromas. There are some subtle hop undertones, mostly lime and orange citrus with a little bitter orange peel.
The flavour brings up smooth pear with a hint of mint, a little bitter grapefruit and orange. Honestly, when I first tried this beer I found it a bit too harsh but letting it sit for a day has let the flavours blend much better.
From Calgary Alberta’s Village Brewery comes their “Village Monk Chai Winter Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma is of roasted malts, chai and sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, chai, chocolate, caramel, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, mint and peppercorn. The alcohol content of this beer is 6.2% with an IBU of 18-20. This beer is fairly sweet but tasty to be sure.
Commercial Description: A complex combination of specialty malts and spices provides a full-bodied style porter with a mild hop and subtle spice flavours. Spices include cinnamon, fennel, peppercorn, ginger, cardamom and clove.
From Vancouver’s R&B Brewing comes the “Birra Fresca Cucumber Mint IPA” a weird and refreshing ale. This concoction pours a bright and sunny golden with an off white head. The aroma is of cucuber, mint and floral hops. The flavour consists of big cucumber up front with lots of mint and a good hops bitterness. The brew has an alcohol content of 6% with and IBU of 50. This may sound like a really bizarre combination of flavours and you would not be wrong at all but at the same time it is a really interesting mix and makes for a very refreshing sip.
Commercial Description: Birra Fresca Cucumber Mint IPA is named after agua fresca (“fresh water”), flavoured water and sugar drinks that are found throughout Mexico and other Central American and Caribbean countries. One popular version contains cucumber and mint, and according to the brewery, “the thought was that the cucumber mint IPA would be just as refreshing, if not more so.” Based on R&B’s Hoppelganger IPA, Birra Fresca is a 6% abv and 50 IBU IPA made using more than 200 organic cucumbers that were sourced locally along with the mint.
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Spring salad, sushi, mild stir fry
Food pairing as per brewery: pickled vegetables, spicy Indian curry.