Craft Beer Tasting Notes: April 14

We regularly post tasting notes from our Friday Staff Tasting, providing you with our take on all the latest craft beer arrivals. I know we’re starting to sound like a broken record, but 2016 has been all about BC craft beer. An unprecedented number of them are pouring into the store and the quality is really impressive. One of our favourites of late is the Category 12 Elemental Series Wild IPA. If you like fruit-driven IPAs, this one’s for you.

c12 wild IPA

Category 12 Elemental Series Wild IPA 6.9% 650ml (Saanich)
Pours a hazy burnt orange colour. Sweet aromas of candied orange and bubblegum on the nose. Hint of funk up front on the palate with sweet tropical fruit and a bitter finish.

lonetree pear

Lonetree Pear & Apple Cider 5.5% 6-pk cans (Okanagan)
Pours a very clear pale lemon yellow colour. Bright fruity notes of ripe pear and apple on the nose.Sweet on the palate with big candied pear notes and a touch of green apple acidity.  

sierra nevada otra vez gose 6pk

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez 4.5% 6-pk (California)
Pours a bright yellow colour. Briny and herbaceous on the nose with a hint of citrus and spice. Tart and citrusy on the palate with hebaceous cooked cactus notes and dry grapefruit seed finish. Exotic & refreshing.

gigantic kiss the goat the business

Gigantic Kiss the Goat Black Doppelbock 8% 650ml (Portland)
Pours dark roast black coffee colour. Boozy, with notes of soy sauce, coffee and bitter dark chocolate on the nose. Sweet and boozy on the palate with rich notes of chocolate and nutty coffee.

Gigantic The Business Brit-American Pale Ale 6% 650ml (Portland)
Pours a burnt orange colour. Pleasant orange, brown sugar and spicy pine notes on the nose. Round malt notes on the palate with tasty citrus hop notes and nicely balanced dry finish.

phillips space goat

Phillips Space Goat Dry-Hopped Oat Pale Ale 6.2% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a rich yellow-orange colour. Major fruit basket notes on the nose, with big stone fruit, spice and a hint of grainy malt. Also fruity on the palate with nice creamy mouthfeel.

TDD baron noir

Le Trou du Diable Le Baron Noir Baltic Porter 7% 650ml (Quebec)
Pours an intense dark roast black coffee colour.  Notes of savoury, grainy dark rye and spice on the nose. Dark fruit, chocolate, savoury dark malt and coffee notes on the palate. 

Main St naked fox IPA

Main St. Naked Fox IPA 6.8% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a bright yellow-orange colour.  The nose is bursting with bright citrus notes of orange and lemon. Notes of citrusy Fruit Loops on the palate with a nice bit of hops spice and a perfectly bitter, dry finish.

trois mousequetaires dixieime

Les Trois Mousquetaires Dixieme 10% 750ml (Quebec)
Pours a deep dark brown colour. Tart acidity on the nose with notes of vinegar, oak, vanilla and booze. Nice balance between sweet booziness and tart cherry acidity on the palate. Drinks big.

Moody Bourbon BA RIS 2016

Moody Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout 11% 375ml (Port Moody)
Pours a rich deep black-brown colour. Sweet aromas of vanilla, dark fruit and booze on the nose. Big sweet bourbon notes on the palate with notes of coffee and dark chocolate.

doans living skies rye pils

Doan’s/Bomber Living Skies Rye Pils 5.5% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a clear deep golden yellow colour. Lovely aromas of orange, earthy rye and grainy malt. Fruity on the palate with crisp notes of grainy rye, earth and hop spice.  Nice bitter finish.


phillips pilsner and glass

Phillips Craft Made Pilsner 5% 6-pk bottles (Victoria)

p49 brews brothers 12 pack

Parallel 49 Brews Bros Vol. 2 12-pk bottles (Vancouver)
Features 12 collaboration beers with: Axe & Barrel, Barkerville, Bridge, Cannery, Category 12, Doan’s, Fernie, Four Winds, Hearthstone, Moody & Strange Fellows