Raspberry Lager – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Raspberry Lager”.   The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of raspberries, sweetness and grains.  The flavour is of raspberry, grain, caramel, sweetness and some low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 8.  While I am not a fan of lagers in general this one was actually really interesting.  I would not hesitate to grab more of this one.

Commercial Description:  A generous dosing of raspberries grown at Michells Farm on the Saanich Peninsula gives this clean, crisp, cold, fermented lager the unmistakable juiciness of raspberries!  Cheers to sunny days!

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Red Fife Hefeweizen – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Red Fife Hefeweizen”.  The beer pours a hazy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of banana, bubblegum, clove, yeast and wheat.  The flavour is of banana, wheat, citrus, yeast and bubblegum.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 20.  I am not sure what the Red Fife Wheat adds to this beer but it is an enjoyable one.

Commercial Description:  Red Fife Wheat, Canada’s first contribution to Slow Food International’s Arc of Taste, incorporated into this classic Bavarian style symbolizes brewing in the new world, blending old world techniques with new world opportunities.

 

33rd Anniversary Vannilla Truffle Wheat Ale – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “33rd Anniversary Vannilla Truffle Wheat Ale”.  The beer pours a dark cloudy orange colour with lots of sediment and a white head.  The aroma consists of vanilla, milk chocolate, wheat and sweetness.  The flavour is of vanilla, milk chocolate, mango, bubble gum, wheat and yeast.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 15.  While very different this is a very tasty beer.  If you can find a bottle I recommend that you grab it.  Happy 33rd Anniversary to Spinnakers!

 

Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale”.  The beer pours a cloudy copper colour with a white head with lots of lacing.  The aroma consists of floral hops, citrus and some sweetness.  The flavour is of orange, citrus, toffee, candied sugar, resin, medium bitterness and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.2% with an IBU of 36.  I have not had this one in a while and I don’t know why I waited.  Well worth picking up some the next time your at the liquor store.

Commercial Description:  An emerging new world style, this double pale blends north-west and noble bittering hops and finishes with old world noble aromatic hops to create a complex and floral hop profile. This beer is superbly balanced, masking its strong body and making the beer very drinkable. Beware!

Hummingbird Hop Saison – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Hummingbird Hop Saison”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a good amount of haze and a white head.  The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, citrus and grassy hops.  The flavour is of wheat, yeast, citrus rind, citrus, pepper, maybe a little astringent, bitterness with a very dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 39.  This is definitely more bitter than your average saison but it is pretty darn tasty.

Commercial Description:  A West Coast take on a classic style. Brewed with Pilsner malt and oats this medium bodied beer balances the spicy characteristics of a saison with a pleasant bitterness an citrus note thanks to a blended, new world dry hop addition. The refreshingly dry finish will have you humming for more!