Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Aug. 30

We regularly post tasting notes from our Friday Staff Tasting, providing you with our take on all the latest craft beer arrivals. We received a little bit of everything last week—sours, IPAs, hefeweizens—but some of the more notable arrivals are three beers from Ecliptic in Portland. Portland is of course renown for its craft beer scene, so anytime we can get some great new brews from Beervana, we’re stoked.

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And speaking of great craft beer, do you know about our Beer Mail program? Every two weeks we put together a new and different selection of 12 large-format beers (2 bottles each of 6 different beers), which we can send to any city in BC. So, if you’re reading this from someplace that doesn’t have good access to a killer selection of craft beer like we offer, think about ordering a case from us. Or maybe you live here in Victoria, but you want to send a gift or a beery care package. Ordering is easy, safe & secure and your beer arrives well-packed and in great shape. Just click here for details: BEER MAIL.

And without further ado, here’s what’s new:

the maverick cider granny braeburn

The Maverick Granny Smith/Braeburn Cider 5.5% 355ml (Okanagan)
Clear with just a hint of apple flesh yellow colour. Light notes of sweet apple on the nose. Excellent carbonation delivers a sweet-ish start with tart ripe apple notes across the mid palate and good acidity on the finish.

ecliptic orbiter spica zenith1

Ecliptic Zenith Grapefruit Gose 4.5% 650ml (Portland)
Pours a rich golden yellow colour. Herbaceous notes of tart citrus on the nose. Slightly salty up front with notes of dried mango, tart citrus and bitter grapefruit on the finish.

Ecliptic Orbiter IPA 7.4% 650ml (Portland)
Pours a burnt orange colour. Floral spice notes, clitrus, round malt and bubblegum notes on the nose. Earthy and malty on the palate with orange citrus notes and a ton of bitterness on the finish.

Ecliptic Spica Pilsner 5.5% 650ml (Portland)
Pours a deep, rich golden yellow. Sweet, floral pilsner notes of grassy hops and grainy malt on the nose. Earthy/nutty on the palate with a bit of sweetness and a balancing bitterness on the finish.

steamworks kettle sour

Steamworks Kettle Sour 5.5% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a deep golden yellow colour. Big floral and resinous hop notes on the nose. Good tartness on the palate with a melange of tart and tropical fruit notes and a hit of grapefruit on the finish.

main street gold digger hefeweizen

Main Street Gold Digger Hefeweizen 5% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a hazy, deep lemon yellow. Classic notes of clove, citrus, spice and funk. Similar traditional notes of banana, clove and spice with a citrusy zing on the finish.

p49 dumb funk

Parallel 49 Dumb Funk Brett IPA 6.8% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a clear burnt orange. Light funk notes on the nose, with a lot of floral stone fruit and spice notes. Funkier on the palate, but not too dry, and backed with ripe stone fruit and spice notes. Balanced.

twin sails ipa

Twin Sails IPA 6.5% 650ml (Port Moody)
Pours a rich golden yellow colour. Fresh citrus notes on the nose, backed by some malty sweetness. Round malt notes on the palate with light citrus and orange marmalade notes. Balanced bitterness.