Craft Beer Tasting Notes: March 22

We regularly post tasting notes from our Friday Staff Tasting, providing you with our take on all the latest craft beer arrivals. Here’s what we tasted over the last two weeks. All are currently in stock. And, as always, if you don’t see something you’re looking for on our shelves when you come in, please ask, we may have it in the back.

Freigeist Kopenickiade Peach Berliner Weisse 3.5 % 500ml (Germany)
Pours a white peach flesh colour. Aromas of tart peach on the nose. Tart peach and minerality on the palate. Good acidity.

Trading Post 1827 Helles Lager 5% 6pks (Langley, BC)
Pours a rich golden yellow colour. Clean and fresh smelling with bright lemon hop notes. A hint of sweetness with pleasant citrus and lemon notes and a crisp, clean finish.

Trading Post West Coast IPA 6.3% 650ml (Langley, BC)
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. Tempting citrus aromas of orange and lemon on the nose. Dry on the palate with bold notes of grapefruit pith and Fruit Loops cereal and a bitter finish.

R&B Lavender Saison 5.7% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a hazy light yellow colour. Faint floral lavender aromas in the background with bold citrus and white pepper notes. Very complex on the palate with stone fruit, citrus, spice and slight floral lavender notes. Creamy mouthfeel.

Strange Fellows Coup de Foudre 6% 750ml (Vancouver)
Pours an orange-brown colour. Tart notes of dry cider, oak and balsamic vinegar on the nose. Big balsamic vinegar notes on the palate, with hints of sour cherry and oak.

Steel + Oak Towers +Trains Earl Grey IPA 6.2% 4pk (Vancouver)
Pours an orange-yellow colour. Pleasant floral citrus notes on the nose. A touch sweet with orange bergamot notes and a mildly bitter finish.

Powell Hop Dash Double IPA 8.5% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a muted hazy golden colour. Bold, floral red berry and orange notes on the nose. Great fresh and juicy fruit notes of red berries, tropical fruits and citrus on the palate.

Russell Barrel Aged Root Beer Milk Stout 8% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a black coffee colour. Notes of root beer, smoke, char, soy sauce and booze on the nose. Herbal root beer notes with hints of chocolate and booze. Bitter finish.

Merridale Redheaded Stepchild 6% 500ml (Mill Bay, BC)
Pours a hazy light lemon yellow colour. Dominant fresh ginger aroma on the nose. Nice spicy ginger notes on the palate, backed with generic fruity sweetness. Like a ginger beer.

Howe Sound Pilsner Plunge 5.2% 6pks (Squamish, BC)
Pours a light golden yellow colour. Faint aromas of light citrus and malt and banana on the nose. A little sweet on the palate with classic notes of corn, grainy malt and a kick of bitterness on the finish. Easy to drink.

Dageraad White 5% 650ml (Burnaby, BC)
Pours a pale yellow colour with a slight haze. Banana, coriander, clove and citrus notes on the nose. Similar notes on the dry, spicy palate, with a hint of minearlity.

Vancouver Island 19 IPA 4.8% 6pk (Victoria)
Pours an orange-yellow colour. Bright citrus and floral tropical fruit notes on the nose. Bright and juicy tropical hop notes with low bitterness. Light bodied and chuggable.

Vancouver Island Sombrio Citrus Session 4% 6pk (Victoria)
Pours a golden yellow colour. Light grapefruit and lemon zest notes on the nose. Pleasant citrusy hop notes on the palate with a bit of grainy malt. Light and easy drinking.
Also in stock from VI Brewing: Juan de Fuca Cerveza 6pk, Piper’s Pale Ale 6pk & Carmanah Session Ale 6pk

Ninkasi Tripel 9.2% 650ml (Oregon)
Pours a rich orange-yellow colour. Notes of white wine, orchard fruit and bubblegum on the nose. Sweet, spicy and bitter with rich fruit notes of pear and apple.

Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout 6% 355ml (Colorado)
Pours a black-brown colour. Creamy notes of smoke, chocolate and coffee on the nose. Creamy, light bodied and easy drinking with notes of sweet lactose, smoke, chocolate and coffee.

Steamworks/Dageraad East of East Van Saison 6% 750ml (Vancouver)
Pours a hazy golden yellow. Floral notes, clove, bright citrus and fresh ground pepper on the nose. Big citrusy orange and herb notes with peppery spice and good carbonation.