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.

Market Saturation IPA – Coal Harbour Brewing Co

From East Vancouver’s Coal Harbour Brewing comes their “Market Saturation IPA” a North East style IPA.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange, tangarine, tropical fruit and some sweetness.  The flavour is of oranges, tangerines, pineapple, melon, oat, wheat, some resin and citrus rind and some mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.2%.  This is definitely a North East IPA with a little bit of West Coast flair.  They used similar water profile, hops and malts to try and mimic the NE Style and they definitely made a tasty beer with this one.

Commercial Description:  New beer alert! This one has been a long time in the making but oh so worth it. Market Saturation IPA brings a tropical bouquet of tangerine, pineapple and melon to a full bodied base of barley, wheat & oats. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Cheers!

Ransack The Universe (Hemisphere IPA) – Collective Arts Brewing

From Collective Arts Brewing in Hamilton Ontario comes their “Ransack The Universe (Hemisphere IPA)”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, grapefruit, bready malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, sweetness, mild earth and bitterness.  The alochol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 85.  This beer had a great fruity flavour in the front and a great bitterness in the end and was very pleasing!

Commercial Description: Galaxy hops from Myrtleford, Victoria in Australia and Mosaic hops from Yakima, Washington, USA, deliver aromas and flavours of tropical fruits, mango and citrus. Light malt body lets the hops shine through, and finishes crisp but not bitter. A hemispheric hop mashup.

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Suruga Bay Imperial IPA – Baird Brewing Company

From Baird Brewing out of Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan comes their “Suruga Bay Imperial IPA”.  This was an exciting find in Victoria BC recently as it is the very first Japanese craft beer that I have tasted.  The beer poured a cloudy orange colour with an off white head with some lasting lacing.  The aroma consisted of floral hops, orange, citrus, malts, sugar and a sweetness.  The flavour is of oranges, caramel, candied sugar, earthy, herbal and a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%.  I will have to agree with Beer Advocate (88/100) and rate beer (96/100) in saying this is a great double IPA and I hope to try many more from this Japanese brewery!

Commercial Description:  This extraordinarily complex yet balanced Double IPA is dry-hopped twice with whole flower cones and then krausened at packaging. The hop character (bitterness, flavor, aroma) is profound – vast and impactful like our local Suruga Bay is deep and magnificent.


Malty Python And The Holy Ale – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks (Aged 9 Months Aprox)

Before Dan Fuggles and Tony Warlock became a Commercial Gypsy Brewer they were a very well known home brew duo under the same name Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks.  Always known for their witty names this Belgian Tripel does not dissapoint “Malty Python And The Holy Ale”.  One of the good things about home brew is there is no worries of lawsuits as the name and label are amazing!  The beer poured a cloudy orange colour with a creamy white head.  The aroma consisted of malts, fruits, yeast and spices.  The flavour was of malts, citrus, citrus rind, oranges, yeast, candied sugar and spices.  This beer has an overall sweetness with a touch of alcohol warmth at the end.  The alcohol content comes in at a big 9.5%.  To say that this Belgian Tripel was amazing was to put it a bit to lightly.  I hope this beer reappears in the future with a less lawsuity name.