Craft Beer Tasting Notes: July 6

We regularly post tasting notes from our Friday Staff Tasting, providing you with our take on all the latest craft beer arrivals. July is here and along with it, summer seems to finally be in full swing. And most of the beers arriving are appropriately on the lighter side. Lots of exciting stuff happening!

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Speaking of which, 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!

Bomber park life passion fruit ale

Bomber Park Life Passionfruit Ale 4.5% 6pk (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.

ambroise framboise deschutes down n dirty ipa

Deschutes Down ’n Dirty IPA 6.3% 650ml (Oregon )
Pours an orange-brown colour. Notes of dirty socks, spicy orange citrus and resin on the nose. Bright citrus and stone fruit notes, baking spice and light malt. Easy drinking and delicious.

St.-Ambroise Framboise 5% 4pk (Quebec)
Pours a slightly cloudy reddish-brown colour. Nose is fairly muted with a hint of tart raspberry and fruit. There’s some really pleasant and up-front raspberry notes on the palate. Good malty backbone with a little sweetness to balance the fruitiness. Nice dry finish, excellent carbonation. A nice one for the patio in warm weather. Very refreshing. One of the better raspberry ales out there.

ballast point mango even keel session ipa 6pk cans

Ballast Point Mango Even Keel Session IPA 3.8% 6pk cans (San Diego)
Pours a light copper orange colour. Bright aromas of cannabis, ripe mango and tropical fruit. Sweet cannabis, vanilla, ripe mango and tropical fruit on the palate. Fun, light session IPA.

ninkasi easy way ipa 6pk

Ninkasi Easy Way Session IPA% 6pk (Oregon)
Pours a rich lemon yellow colour. Spicy hop notes with bright tropical fruit and resin aromas. Light bodied and chuggable. Big cannabis, resin & tropical fruit notes on the palate.

yellow dog go fetch hoppy saison 4pk cans

Yellow Dog Go Fetch Hoppy Saison 6.8% 4pk (Port Moody)
Pours a bright lemon yellow colour. Big pepper and cinnamon spice alongside aromatic fruit notes one the nose. Pepper, clove & medicinal spice notes on the palate with fruity hops and a bitter finish.

phillips atomic buffalo smokey red saison

Phillips Atomic Buffalo Smokey Red Saison 6.2% 650ml (Vctoria)
Pours a brownish-orange colour. Savoury notes of fresh ground pepper spice and fruit on the nose. Similarly savoury on the palate with notes of fruit-glazed smoked ham and clove spice.

shacksbury basque

Shacksbury/Ainara Otaño Basque Cider 6.2% 750ml (Vermont/Spain)
Pours a cloudy yellow colour. Delightfully pungent aromas of blue cheese, barnyard and tart apple. Dry on the palate with savoury blue cheese, barn and straw notes mingling with fruity tart apple notes.