Craft Beer Tasting Notes: July 30

July is typically a very busy month for us and we inevitably miss a tasting notes post or two. However, we’re sneaking one in before the end of July with a glimpse of what’s rolled in lately. We’d like to note up front that we’re bulking up our cider selection with some quality offerings! Check out our cider fridge when you’re in!

Also of note, we are working with 91.3 FM The Zone and have been bringing afternoon DJ Jenny West into our staff tasting to sample beer with us. From this, she makes her two “Jenny’s Picks” and we spotlight those in-store by making them available for tasting for customers every Friday afternoon. Listen to Jenny & Pol on Friday afternoons to hear her picks and then stop in to try them!

Dominion Imperfect Offerings Single Varietal Cider 6.6% 750ml (Okanagan)
Pours a very pale clear straw yellow colour. Clean, sweet ripe apple notes on the nose. A touch of sweetness up front with tart crab apple notes on the palate and a dry, sour finish. Well balanced sweet/sour. Good carbonation.

Cornish Alcoholic Ginger Beer 4% 500ml (England)
Pours a very pale clear straw yellow colour. Freshly grated ginger and a hint of fruit on the nose. Sweet on the palate with spicy fresh ginger notes and hints of tart fruit. Finishes dry with a bit of heat. Drink it over ice with a squeeze of lime!

Moon Under Water Local 276 Lager 4.2% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a pale lemon yellow colour. Pungent skunky/dank hop notes with classic lager malt notes on the nose. Dry and crisp on the palate with citrusy hop notes, clean biscuity malt and a dry finish. Light and crushable!

Townsite Zwarte Dark Witbier 5.2% 650ml (Powell River)
Pours a gorgeous reddish chestnut colour. Complex notes of red berries, root beer and roasty malt on the nose. On the palate it’s refreshingly dry with notes of dusty cocoa, bubblegum, Belgian yeast spice. Light-bodied and refreshing.

Red Collar Dubbel 6% 650ml (Kamloops, BC)
Pours a rich chestnut colour. Big coffee, dark chocolate and smoke notes on the nose. Unusually roasty for a dubbel with sweet coffee, dark chocolate and smoke notes on the palate.

Hoyne Carte Blanche White IPA 6% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a hazy golden yellow colour. Funky and fruity on the nose with hints of bubblegum. Sweet on the palate with notes of saison funk, bright fruit and bubblegum. Tasty!

Driftwood Fat Tug 7% 6pk cans (Victoria)
Pours a rich golden yellow colour. Aromas of ripe tropical fruit, citrus and a bit of Mosaic funk. Sweet up front with excellent spice, tropical fruit and pine notes. Good bitterness on the dry finish.

Moon Under Water Table Saison w/Lemongrass and Rose Hips 4% 473ml (Victoria)
Pours a pale hazy yellow colour. Funky, earthy, sulfury and spicy on the nose. Very light on the palate with notes of saison spice a bit of rose hip tartness and a earthy hops.
Boombox Ultra Deluxe IPA 6.5% 473ml (Vancouver)
Pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow colour. Orange, citrus peel and sweet tropical notes on the nose. Soft, sweet and mega fruity on the palate with tons of tropical fruit and a bit of spice.
Dominion Magic Hour 6.6% 473ml (Okanagan)
Pours a very pale clear straw yellow colour. A bit funky and sulfury on the nose with some tart apple notes. Dry, tart and light bodied on the palate with puckery sour apple notes and a dry finish.

Driftwood Raised by Wolves Wild IPA 7% 650ml (Victoria)
Big notes of ruby grapefruit, resinous pine, sweet caramel and a heavy hit of funk on the nose. Complex flavours of pine, green melon, bittersweet grapefruit, tropical fruit basket with an oily, resinous mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a bright funk and a wonderful dry, bitter finish.

Strathcona Old Fashioned Bourbon Ale 7% 500ml (Vancouver)
Pours a clear orange colour. Sweet malt, maraschino cherry, bourbon and spice on the nose. Boozy with notes of bourbon, cherry, orange and spicy cocktail bitters. Drinks like an Old Fashioned cocktail.