Mikes wife gift me a beer advent calendar she put together herself. I thought I should post each day as a review. Now, you’re wondering: where are days 1 and 2? I got this on day two and didn’t think of this series until today so I’ll catch up.
So, on with the show.
From Brasserie Dieu du Ciel in St Jerôme, Quebec I got Moralité American IPA. It pours a beautiful, hazy hay yellow with a creamy head of very fine bubbles. Carbonation is invisible through the haze.
The nose is super herbaceous. Celery and thyme come forward quickly with a little raw, wet cereal grain following. There might be a hint of tangerine.
The flavours are super hop forward. Herb-y bitterness really dominates, so much so that it is almost hot or spicy. A sweet tangerine note offers a nice counter to the hops. The finish goes on forever with bitter hops.
Commercial description: The concept of Morality is perhaps a subjective one, as the history of alcohol in Quebec May demonstrate. This IPA is brewed with a dare-we-say excessive quantity of Simcoe, Citra and Centennial hops. The dry finish is highly aromatic and slightly resinous, invoking tropical fruits atop dominant hop bitterness. Moralité was crafted at our Montreal location in 2012 in collaboration with John Kimmich of The Alchemist brewery in Vermont USA.
From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Off Trail Pale Ale. The beer pours a copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, grain, citrus with floral and herbal hops. The flavour is of grain, caramel, citrus, mild earth, spicy and herbal hops and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 35. This is a well executed standard pale ale and should do the trick for a good 6 pack in the fridge beer.
Commercial Description: A generous heaping of whole leaf cascade hops are carefully balanced with malted barley and combined to deliver our refreshing Off Trail Pale Ale. We suggest pairing with a juicy burger or your favorite pizza.
From Rogue Brewing out of Oregon comes their bizarre creation “Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout Beer”. The beer pours a opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted and slightly burnt malts, chocolate, sweetness with some peppery spice coming through. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, earth and sweetness start out but the more you drink the Sriracha builds and builds. I would recommended sharing a bottle with a few friends unless you have something to tame the spice. The alcohol content comes in at 5.7% with an IBU of 55. I only got this beer due to the shear novelty and it did not disappoint as I love Sriracha hot sauce but I would not need more than a 12oz glass of it.
Commercial Description: ROGUE Sriracha Hot Stout Beer, made from Huy Fong original hot chili sauce and sun ripened Rogue Farms ingredients, is ready to drink with soups, sauces, pasta, pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, chow mein, or anything you’d like to wash down with a spicy kick.
From Richmond BC’s Big River Brewing Company located inside the Zone Bowling Centre comes their “Chimperial Stout” a Chipotle Imperial stout. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke, sweetness and a hint of spice. The flavour is of chipotle, roasted malts, smoke, a hit of chocolate and some earth and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 40. This beer is very interesting to be sure. I love spice but not always in beer but this one seems to get the best notes from both an Imperial Stout and a chipotle spice.
Commercial Description: A big imperial style stout with Chipotle peppers added. The smoke mingles nicely with roasty stout which gives way to a slow burn that comes from the peppers and the high alcohol. Brilliant when paired with any cheese!
From Redhook Brewery in Seattle Washington comes their “ESB”. This extra special bitter pours an orange copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of caramel and bready malts, citrus and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of orange, citrus rind, earth, caramel and some more spicy hops than bitter. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 28. This is a really easy drinking ESB although maybe a little off of style (but I look at style as a guideline not a rule anyways).
Commercial Description: Brewed in the style of a traditional British ESB (Extra Special Bitter), we’ve been making ESB continuously since 1987, and it’s now the benchmark for the Amber beer category. Despite having “bitter” in its name, Redhook ESB is really not that bitter at all. This brew is all about the balance of caramel malt sweetness completed by spicy, citrusy hops.