Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Dec. 19

With Christmas just around the corner, we are locked and loaded with everything you need for gift-giving, holiday entertaining or just winding down at the end of a hectic shopping day! We have everything from craft beer gift boxes to bouquets and floral centrepieces (from our Cook St Greenery) to great little stocking stuffers. And if you just want something quick and easy, consider grabbing a gift card, available in any amount.

Just a reminder that we will close early on Christmas Eve (6 pm) and we will be closed Christmas Day. From Boxing Day through New Years Eve we’ll return to regular hours (10 am to 10 pm), but we’ll again close at 6 pm on New Year’s Day.

And now onto the new arrivals:

Scenic Road Mama Beary Cider 6.2% 500ml (Okanagan, BC)
Pours a  pale cranberry colour, very clear. Bright, floral berry and sweet juice notes on the nose. Floral tart berry notes on the palate, good acidity, dry finish. Tart, but balanced.
Also in stock: Salt Spring Wild Organic Plum Cider

Yellow Dog Sour Red Ale 5.1% 500ml (Port Moody, BC)
Pours a cloudy burnt orange colour. Notes of balsamic, citrus, oak and sour cherry on the nose. Good sweet/tart balance, with notes of balsamic, spicy oak and tart fruit on the palate.    

Yellow Dog x CFOX Rye & Ginger 5.7% 473ml (Port Moody, BC)
Pours a clear golden yellow colour. Bright ginger and sweet malt notes on the nose. Floral ginger and sweet malt notes on the palate with a bit of spice. Easy drinking with a dry finish.

Left Hand Chokecherry Saison 6.8% 473ml (Longmont, CO)
Pours a golden yellow colour with a pink tint. Fruity berry aromas mingle with saison spice notes on the nose. A touch sweet on the palate with nice spice notes and hints of ripe berries.

Field House Wild New Zealand IPA 7.5% 500ml (Abbotsford, BC)
Pours a cloudy burnt orange colour. Floral and funky with notes of stone fruit on the nose. Sweet, complex and funky on the palate with barnyard/hay notes, big fruit and hint of minerality. Dry, bitter finish.

Field House Wild New American IPA 7.5% 500ml (Abbotsford, BC)
Pours a cloudy burnt orange colour. Notes of funk, juicy tart fruit and oak on the nose. Sweet and spicy on the palate with notes of funk, grapefruit, citrus and hay. Dry finish.

Dageraad x Dunham Eepa Rustic IPA 6.5% 650ml (BC/PQ)
Pours a hazy pale yellow colour. Notes of funk, citrus and PEZ candy on the nose. Sweet, spicy, funky notes of citrus and barnyard. Very complex, but light with a dry finish.

Driftwood Blackstone Porter 6% 473ml (Victoria)
Pours a dark chocolatey black colour. Notes of dark roasted malt, smoke and dark chocolate on the nose. The palate is intense and rich with bold notes of smoke, espresso and bitter chocolate. Creamy and bold.

Fernie Sap Sucker Maple Porter 5.5% 650ml (Fernie, BC)
Pours a deep black-brown colour. Generic dark, roasty malt notes on the nose. Light-bodied with dry espresso and dark chocolate notes and a hint of smoke.

Firestone Walker Merlin Nitro Milk Stout 5.5% 355ml (California)
Pours a black coffee colour. Savoury notes of gunpowder, smoke and soy sauce on the nose. Sweet, smooth and creamy on the palate with notes of chocolate and roasty malt.

Beau’s Tom Green Cherry Milk Stout 5.6% 600ml (Ontario)
Pours a dark chestnut brown colour. Notes of smoke, dry cocoa powder and tart cherry on the nose. Tart up front with notes of sour cherry, roasty malt and a dry finish. Fairly light and a bit tart.

Mt. Arrowsmith Brix & Plato Wine Barrel Aged Dubbel 7.2% 750ml (Courtenay, BC)
Pours a copper orange colour. Big notes of bubblegum, root beer and spice on the nose. Sweet and spicy with oodles of fruit, root beer and licorice notes on the palate.

Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale 6.5% 473ml (Colorado)
Pours a copper orange colour. Citrus hop notes of lemon and orange on the nose. Rich and malty with citrus and bitter citrus peel notes on the palate. Closer to an IPA, but on the malty side.

Twin Sails Sack Lunch Sacch Trois Pale Ale 6% 473ml (Port Moody, BC)
Pours a golden yellow colour. Dank cannabis, passion fruit and citrus notes on the nose with a hint of spice. Pleasant combo of juicy citrus and forest/pine on the palate.
Luppulo Double IPA 8% 473ml (Vancouver)
Pours a hazy pale orange-yellow colour. Apricot, stone fruit and citrus notes on the nose. Sweet and boozy on the palate with notes of bitter citrus peel, stone fruit and spice.
Superflux Barracuda IPA 6.2% 473ml (Vancouver)
Pours a cloudy yellow colour. Melon, ripe berries and resin notes on the nose. Big and juicy. Fruit salad, spice and herbs. Big carbonation, bitter finish.
Backcountry Greened Out Mosiac DIPA 8% 473ml (Squamish, BC)
Pours a golden yellow colour. Notes of juicy tropical fruit and spice on the nose. Boozy and sweet on the palate with big tropical fruit and citrus notes. 

Parallel 49 Frosted Tips Winter IPA 6.4% 473ml (Vancouver)
Pours a rich golden yellow colour. Notes of citrus, citrus peel and hop funk on the nose. Fairly light and dry with notes of citrus and spice and a bitter finish.   

Collective Arts Radio the Mothership Imperial IPA 8.5% 473ml (Ontario)
Pours a deep golden yellow colour. Funky, spicy citrus notes on the nose. A bit sweet on the palate with soft tropical fruit and spice notes and a bitter finish.

Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half 12.7% 355ml (Michigan)
Pours a rich copper orange colour. Boozy, with notes of dried fruit, spice and oak on the nose. Incredibly boozy on the palate with notes of bourbon, chocolate, fruit, sweet maple and a bitter finish.
Founders Barrel Runner 11.1% 355ml (Michigan)
Pours a rich orange-yellow colour. Boozy, with notes of rum, molasses and malt on the nose. Big, sweet and boozy on the palate with fruit, rum and oak notes.