Dry Porter – Saltspring Island Ales


Coming from Salt Spring Island’s Saltspring Island Ales (Gulf Island Brewery) comes the “Dry Porter”.   The beer pours a deep brown/black with a tan head.  This beer has the aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and caramel.  The flavour of this beer is of roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate and a mild bitterness.  The beer is quite dry as the name would suggest.  This porter has an alcohol content of 5.5%.

Food pairings according to the bottle are as follows: roasted lamb, blue cheese and dates or anything with chocolate.

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Golden Ale – Saltspring Island Ales


Coming from Salt Spring Island’s Saltspring Island Ales (Gulf Island Brewery) comes the “Golden Ale”.  As the name would suggest the beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma of the beer is full of bready malts, citrus and floral hops.  The taste of the beer is comprised of sweet bready toasted malts, nuts, citrus and a very mild hops.  The beer has an alcohol content of 5%.  This beer is a two-time gold medal winner at the Canadian Brewing Awards.  This beer deserves the awards!

As per the bottle food pairings are as follows:  hard cheeses, goat cheese, grilled meats and fish, pub fair, mediterranean and asian cuisine.

Heather Ale – Saltsprings Island Ales


I was lucky enough to head over to Campbell River for work recently and met up with Chris (@heavycf) of Leapbeer for lunch and a few beer.  We headed to his base of operations for his blog Leapbeer the “Leapbeer Tasting Room” and talked beer.  He was gracious enough to let me sample a beer I have not found on the Coast as of yet.

Coming from Salt Spring Island’s Saltspring Island Ales (Gulf Island Brewery) comes the “Heather Ale”.  This is a Scotish style ale that uses heather to bitter their beer over hops.  The heather used for this beer was grown at Butchart Gardens in Victoria.  The beer pours a very nice amber colour with a small white head.  The beer has a very pleasing aroma of heather, malts, honey and maybe a bit of yeast (Slight sour smell).  The taste is just as pleasing as the smell with the same floral heather, mild honey and some bitterness but minimal either from the heather or the hint of hops dicribed on the bottle.  If you find this bottle do yourself a favor and pick it up you will not be dissapointed.  I am only disapointed that I do not have a full bottle or two at home!

Click here to read the Leapbeer review of the Heather Ale

Extra Special Bitter – Saltsprings Island Ales


From Saltspring Island one of the Gulf Islands near Vancouver comes the Saltspring Island Ales “Extra Special Bitter”.  The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber colour with a large off white head.  This beer has a very unique smell as it smells of pepper and butter.  This ESB tastes of pepper and butter with almost no bitterness whatsoever.  This beer has less bitterness Than an Alexander Keiths IPA which is alomst none.  The beer is almost more malt than hops.  Do not get me wrong I still enjoyed this beer quite a bit but it is not as advertised.  I am not really sure what I would classify this beer as.

I have a feeling I purchased a bad bottle of this beer as I have now read a new review of this beer that completely disagrees with my review. Click Here to read Differing review