Foamer’s Folly Brewing in Pitt Meadows, BC gives us their Middle Man Marzen.
The beer is a deep red-amber, very clear with light carbonation bubbles visible. The head is light tan and dense.
The nose is heavy on malt with that distinct German “beer-y” smell of mashed grains with a slight boozy backbone. No hops are detectable on the nose but the malt aromas are deep and inviting.
Hops are much more distinct on the first sip with an herbaceous, celery bitterness pairing against subtly sweet malt and toasted biscuit flavours. The hop flavours hang on forever while the malt fades fairly quickly.
Crisp and fresh this makes a good sipper. The hops linger too long to session this Marzen but with a good bratwurst or salty pretzel this would be perfect.
From Vancouver BC’s R&B Brewing comes the “Vienna Style Lager” the newest beer in their brand new Mount Pleasant Series of beers. The beer pours a deep copper with a tan head. The aroma consists of grassy hops, sweetness and a nice malt finish. The flavour is malt forward, some toasted notes, sweetness and grassy hops but not a ton of bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 24. Looking at the BJCP style guidelines I would have to say that this beer is hitting on the right notes and on top of that its pretty darn tasty.
Commercial Description: Reddish brown in colour with complex yet delicate malt aromas and flavours. This amber coloured lager is well balanced, clean, crisp and refreshing while pairing well with food. A perfect beer for summer barbecue season.
From the temporary gypsy brewers Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks comes their “Hopper Texas Brown” an American Brown Ale. The beer pours a deep cloudy brown with a brown head. The aroma is very malty with some earthy notes and even some toasted malt finish. The flavour is of bready and toasted malts, molasses, mild sweetness, earth, pine, resin and a good hit of hops in the end. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65. The hops presence in this beer almost bring it into the Black IPA category but not quite. If you are looking for a Brown Ale with a nice big kick of hops check this one out.
Commercial Description: What do you get when you supercharge an American Brown Ale with citric West Coast hops? Meet “Texas Brown Ale”, a rare style that unlike it’s name originated from the homebrewing circles of Northern California in the early ’80s. We’ve updated this style with some of our favorite hops: Galaxy, Columbus, Dr Rudi, Topaz, Amarillo, and Cascade for an aroma blast!