From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Rizzla Rice Lager”. This beer is certified Gluten Friendly by both White Labs and Siebel Institute by having both labs test every batch of the beer to a threshold of 10 parts per million of gluten. The beer pours a light straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of mild bready malts, almost caramel, rice, citrus and a crisp finish. The flavour is of bready and grainy malts, rice, mild caramel, citrus, sweetness, mild grassy hops and a crisp low bitterness finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 18. If you are looking for a nice crisp clean lager this could be a good choice for sure. If you are looking for a gluten friendly beer this is definitely a good choice for you!
Commercial Description: Rizla Rice Lager is an easy drinking Asian style lager. A great session beer for watching sports, weather, and people. Brewed using rice properly, for flavour rather than filler, bittered with classic northern brewer hops to balance the rice sweetness. Makes a great house lager. Gluten reduced to less than 10 parts per million & it tastes great! Every batch is tested twice by two labs. All the flavour not the gluten!
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Rizzla Rice Lager”. The beer pours a very light straw colour with a white head. The aroma consists of mild bready malts, rice, lemon and sweetness. The flavour is of mild bready malts, rice, lemon, sweetness and a mild crisp finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 18. If you know me this is not really my style but it was well brewed and definitely on point.
Commercial Description: Rizla Rice Lager is an easy drinking Asian style lager. A great session beer for watching sports, weather, and people. Brewed using rice properly, for flavour rather than filler, bittered with classic northern brewer hops to balance the rice sweetness. Makes a great house lager.
From Victoria BC’s The Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery comes their brand new seasonal Session Lager named “Light Side of the Moon”. With the play on the name I thought it fitting to suggest a Pink Floyd song from their album Dark Side of the Moon. This session lager pours a cloudy light golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of melons, orange, rice malts and floral hops. The flavour is of oranges, orange peels, melons, malts, some rice and some very mild hops. Usually I am down on the use of rice in beer as the beer is filtered to remove the flavour it brings on. It is usually used as a cheaper malt but with this beer it is used well to add flavour to this low alcohol unfiltered lager. The alcohol content comes in at 4.2%. The flavour is light as to be expected with a session ale or lager but it is still very tasty.
Commercial Description: Unfiltered craft lager brewed with rice malts and sweet orange peel for a dry, refreshing finish. Welcome to the Light side of craft beer.
Steve’s Ninth Beer of Christmas is Howe Sound Brewing of Squamish’s Father John’s Winter Ale.
Let’s get this part out of the way now: I love this beer. OK on to the review.
Starting on a great brown colour with red highlight with a reddish brown head. The beer is slightly cloudy and fairly opaque.
The nose has mellow cedar with tropical fruit underneath (maybe papaya?). A bit of faint cinnamon or nutmeg floats underneath everything and just a hint of candy sweetness but not too much and a malty roundness finishes the aromas.
The flavours start bold and almost rough with brown ale and rough acid fade quickly to papaya with an almost sake-like rice flavour. A cedar aftertaste is very nice and I wait very long between sips to enjoy it. The mouthfeel is full and rich with a buttery feel.
From Parallel 49 brewing out of East Vancouver comes the “Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA”. This Imperial IPA pours an orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, resin and citrus. The flavour is of malts, sweet citrus, hops bitterness and some rice notes. The alcohol content comes in at 9.3% with an IBU of 70. This IPA packs a punch with both alcohol and bitterness and the rice adds an interesting wrinkle into the flavour profile. Pick up a bottle if you can still find it!
Commercial Description: Pour this medium-bodied Imperial IPA for a bit of snap and crackle – and plenty of hop. Brewed with Motueka hops from New Zealand, it starts dry and finishes crisp.