Craft Beer Tasting Notes: April 24

The warm-weather brews are starting to roll in. We’re getting some great sours and also seeing the return of seasonal favourites like Bomber Park Life Passion Fruit Ale and Hoyne Summer Haze Honey Hefe and Vienna Lager (formerly Off the Grid Red Lager). We’re also excited to have Category 12’s Critical Point Pale Ale in 4pk tall cans this year.

Also, don’t miss out on our limited-time clearance Blowout deals on many craft beers and craft ciders. These are starting to go fast!

Here’s what’s new:

Steamworks Umeboshi Sour 4.2% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a pale grapefruit juice colour. Nice bright tart-fruit hop aromatics on the nose. Balanced acidity, sour plum, white wine-like notes, crisp bitterness on the finish. Tasty.

Bomber Park Life Passion Fruit Ale 4.5% 6-pks (Vancouver)
Pours a cloudy orange colour. Huge passion fruit juice notes on the nose. Smells deliciously tart and juicy. Tart passion fruit notes on the palate complemented by grainy wheat beer notes and a nice dry finish. Light-bodied and refreshing.

Hoyne Vienna Lager 5.3% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a burnt orange colour. Subtle caramel and citrus notes on the nose. Nutty/roasty notes on the palate with hints of caramel and balanced bitter finish.

Hoyne Summer Haze Honey Hefe 5.1% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a slightly hazy orange colour. Grainy/vegetal malt notes on the nose, with a hint of sweetness. On the palate it has notes of grainy/biscuity malt with a touch of honey, like honey toast, with a slightly bitter finish. Perfect with a twist of citrus in it on a summer day.

Category 12 Critical Point Pale Ale 5.1% 4pk (Saanich)
Pours a golden-orange colour. On the nose you get a nice mixture of ripe fruits and citrus with a little bit of earthiness. Similarly well-balanced on the palate with a nice meshing of fruit and citrus up front and a solid earthy bitterness on the finish. Drinks a bit like an ESB.

Trading Post Belgian Style Blonde 7.1% 650ml (Langley)
Pours a rich yellow colour. Big aromas of banana and candied pear on the nose. Sweet on the palate with notes of banana, fruit cocktail and booze.

Trading Post S.M.A.S.H. Saison 6.5% 650ml (Langley, BC)
Pours a hazy orange-yellow colour. Notes of bright orchard fruit, citrus and spice on the nose. Round citrus notes, saison spice and good bitterness.

Trading Post Three Bears Breakfast Stout 6.7% 650ml (Langley, BC)
Pours a black coffee colour. Notes of coffee, smoke and dark chocolate on the nose. Big coffee/espresso notes on the palate with hints of dark chocolate and a bitter finish.