Craft Beer Tasting Notes: June 2

Every week we post tasting notes from our Friday Staff Tasting, providing you with our take on all the latest craft beer arrivals. This was a big week for West Coast beers. We’re very excited to be carrying three new brews from Laurelwood in Portland. Not only are these absolutely delicious beers, they are organic. Some tasty BC seasonals arrived, too. Try something new!

dageraad de witte sour passionfruit

Dageraad De Witte Sour Passionfruit Ale 5.2% 650 ml (Vancouver)
Pours a white peach flesh colour. Fresh notes of juicy citrus, passionfruit and pine on the nose. Refreshingly tart on the palate with crisp pine notes, citrus and a little bite of bitterness on the finish. Well carbonated and delicious.

persephone india summer ale american pale black lager

Persephone India Summer Ale 5.5% 650ml (Gibsons)
Pours a sunny light yellow colour. Tasty notes of cotton candy and grapefruit on the nose. Aggressively bitter on the palate with zippy notes of grapefruit pith and pine. Huge bitter finish.
Persephone American Pale Ale 5.5% 650ml (Gibsons)
Pours a burnt orange colour. Sweet notes of candied tropical fruit and spice. Similar notes on the palate, with enticing notes of juicy fruits and a solid bitter finish.

tofino spruce tree ale

Tofino Spruce Tree Ale 6.5% 650ml (Tofino)
Pours a yellow-orange colour. Surprisingly fruity smelling with hints of fresh cut herbs and forest. A little touch of sweetness up front on the palate tart fruit notes, a bright hint of spruce and a little nuttiness.Creamy mouthfeel.

laurelwood brews

Laurelwood Piston Pale Ale 5.6% 650ml (Portland)
Pours a burnt orange colour. Pleasant notes of candied orange and pineapple on the nose. Refreshing notes of lemon black tea, spice and pine on the palate. Goes down easy, very drinkable.
Laurelwood Workhorse IPA 7.5% 650ml (Portland)
Pours an orange colour. Delicious caramel malt and spicy hop notes on the nose. Rich, malty and slightly sweet with complex Northwest hop notes.
Laurelwood Green Elephant IPA 6.9%  650ml (Portland)
Pours a rich yellow-orange colour. Robust caramel, cotton candy and citrus fruit notes on the nose. Complex and delicious with spice, fruit and citrusy lemon on the palate. Just the right amount of sweetness.

sierra nevada hop hunter

Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA 6.2% 6-pks (California)
Pours a golden yellow colour. Funky minty and spicy hop notes on the nose.The palate offers deep, rich resiny hop notes with hints of tropical fruit and spice. Full-on hop bomb!