Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Oct. 17

October rocks! This is an interesting time for new craft beer releases, as we are getting both pumpkin ales and fresh-hopped ales—both of which come and go quickly. Lots of interesting imports arriving from both the US and Europe, as well.

Another cool thing we’re doing in October is cutting in half the Loyalty Program points required to redeem for some killer shows at the Capital Ballroom this month. Reserve tickets for SYML Oct. 26 (50 pts) and Everlast Oct. 28 (55 pts). If you have enough points, you can reserve them online here or in-store.

Lastly, we have launched our first all tall-cans Beer Mail package! Twelve different 473ml cans for one amazing price. We even offer free delivery in the Victoria area! Check out the selection below and go here for details and to order.

And now onto the new stuff!

Merridale Peared Perfect 8% 500ml (Cobble Hill, BC)
Pours a very pale yellow with a slight hint of pink colour. Sweet, spiced pear notes on the nose. Sweet, juicy pear notes with a hint of spice. Good acidity on the long finish.

Borg x Cigar City Ayc Ayia IPA 6.4% 6pk (Iceland/Florida)
Pours a hazy orange-yellow colour. Sweet tropical fruit and herbal/mint notes on the nose. Sweet on the palate with juicy fruit cocktail notes and a bitter finish.
Tiny Rebel Frambuzi Raspberry Sour 4.3% 355ml (Wales, UK)
Pours an orange-yellow colour, with a red tint. Hop and spice notes mingle with raspberry candy notes on the nose. A bit sour with pleasant tart raspberry notes and some hop spice. Easy drinking and approachable (i.e., not too sour).

Strathcona Fresh Hop Sour 5.9% 473ml (Vancouver)
Pours a pale orange-yellow colour. A bit funky and vegetal on the nose. Great hop notes of cannabis, sour pineapple juice and white wine on the palate.

Howe Sound Utopia Dry Hopped Peach Sour 6% 4pk (Squamish, BC)
Pours a hazy pale orange-yellow colour. Funky hops and tart peach notes the nose. Good sweet/tart balance with juicy sour peach notes and a bit of grainy malt on the finish. Good acidity, but balanced.

Rogue Combat Wombat Sour IPA w/Grapefruit & Blood Orange 7.2% 650ml (Oregon)
Pours a cloudy orange-yellow colour. Big, juicy citrus and tart fruit salad notes on the nose. Straight-up tart citrus juice on the palate, with big grapefruit and blood orange notes.

Rogue Dead Guy Ale 6.8% 473ml (Oregon)
Pours a burnt orange colour. Round malt, caramel and dried fruit notes on the nose. Sweet and malty on the palate up front with notes of caramel, dried fruit and roasted nuts. Bitter finish.

Steamworks Premium Craft Lager 4.8% 6pk (Vancouver)
Pours a clear pale lemon yellow colour. Hint of cannabis on the nose with notes of bready yeast and biscuit/cracker. Dry, crackery and crisp with a hint of fruit. Well-made and clean.

Field House Australian Sparkling Ale 5% 650ml (Abbotsford, BC)
Pours a clear, rich yellow colour. Grainy, honey, malty notes on the nose. Sweet and malty with hints of toasted grain. Nice honey notes, a bit earthy. Easy drinking.Glutenberg Rousse/Red Ale 5% 473ml (Quebec)Pours a chestnut colour. Notes of smoke, dark fruit, wet grain and molasses on the nose. Smoke, dark dried fruit and molasses notes on the palate. A bit sweet with a good bitter finish.

Blanche de Namur Witbier 4.5% 500ml (Belgium)
Pours a cloudy pale white-yellow colour. Clove, herbal eucalyptus and citrus notes on nose. Dry and light-bodied with notes of clove spice and tart citrus. Dry, refreshing finish.
Gladstone Red Ale 5.2% 473ml (Courtenay, BC)
Pours a pale chestnut colour. Fruity, citrusy, malty notes on the nose. Sweet, round and malty on the palate with notes of citrus and a bitter finish. Well-balanced red ale.
Boombox Juicy AF IPA 7.5% 473ml (Vancouver)
Pours a cloudy pale orange-yellow colour. Dank tropical fruit, Creamsicle and spice notes on the nose. Soft mouthfeel. with big spice, mango and passion fruit notes on the palate and a bitter finish.

Hoyne Wolf Vine Wet Hopped Pale Ale 5.3% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a clear orange-yellow colour. Earthy, malty notes on the nose. Sweet, spicy, earthy, grainy notes on the palate with a bitter finish.

Phillips Green Reaper Fresh Hop IPA 6.5% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a rich yellow colour. Dank cannabis, citrus and grass notes on the nose. Cannabis, spice and earthy hop notes on the palate with a big bitter finish.

Backcountry Biggest Little IPA 5% 473ml (Squamish, BC)
Pours a cloudy pale yellow colour. Pineapple, citrus, tropical fruit and spice notes on nose. Similar on the palate. Light-bodied, dry and chuggable.