Craft Beer Tasting Notes: October 26

We regularly post tasting notes from our Friday Staff Tasting, providing you with our take on all the latest craft beer arrivals. First thing worth mentioning is that we just received a limited supply of the Phillips Snowcase craft beer advent calendars. There won’t be a glut of different advent calendars in the market this year—two were cancelled—so if you want one of these, best to act now, so that when Dec. 1 rolls around you’re all set.

snowcase 2015

Also, if you pick up four of any craft beer bombers, you’ll get a free bomber carrier (pictured below). Bring it back and fill it up again,  and you’ll get 5% off that purchase. Keep bringing it back and filling it up and keep saving.


And, remember, if you come in to the store and can’t find something we’ve written about here, please just ask. It’s probably still in the back, since we always seem to have more beer than we know what to do with.

smuttynose pumpkin ale 330

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale 6.3% 355ml (New Hampshire)
Pours a deep, rich yellow colour. Cinnamon and nutmeg-dominated pie notes on the nose with light citrus in the background. Major pumpkin spice on the palate nicely balanced by lemon zest notes. Light bodied and easy drinking.

rogue pumpkin patch 2015

Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale 6.1% 650ml (Oregon)
Pours a burnt pumpkin orange colour. Creamy, buttery pumpkin pie notes with a hint of vanilla on the nose. Notes of roasted pumpkin, balanced spices and vanilla on the palate. Two Rufus paws up from: Kylli

new driftwood blackstone porter

Driftwood Blackstone Porter 6% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a black coffee colour. Notes of soy sauce, espresso and smoke on the nose. On the palate, rich notes of dark chocolate, smoke  and espresso. Two Rufus paws up from: Brent

hearthstone mccool porter

Hearthstone McCool Hazelnut Porter 5% 4pk cans (N. Vancouver)
Pours a dark chocolate brown colour. Round notes of chocolate and coffee on the nose. Light smoke, chocolate and a hint of roasted nuts on the palate. Light-bodied and quaffable.

hales fresh hop ISA

Hale’s Fresh Hop ISA 4.7% 650ml (Seattle)
Pours a clear, bright lemon yellow colour. Funky, grassy, herbal notes on the nose. Cannabis, spice and pine on the palate with a hint of sweetness. Balanced and crushable.

main st harvest fresh rye IPA

Main St Harvest Fresh Rye IPA 6.5% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a clear, rich yellow colour. Bright notes of sweet citrus and earthy/grassy hops on the nose. Big rye spice notes on the palate balanced with hoppy citrus notes.

dageraad wet hopped blonde

Dageraad Wet Hopped Blonde 7.5% 650ml (Vancouver)
Pours a hazy bright yellow colour. Gorgeous notes of ripe pear, tropical fruit and spice on the nose. Juicy ripe orchard fruit, berries and Belgian yeast spice the palate. Great carbonation. Two Rufus paws up from: Adem, David & Kevin

merridale ghost cider

Merridale Ghost Cider 12% 500ml (Mill Bay)
Pours a pale yellow colour. Deliciously juicy ripe apple notes on the nose. Candied apple sweetness on the palate, balanced by a hint of acidity on the finish. Dangerously drinkable. Two Rufus paws up from: Glenn

tod creek prospect

Tod Creek Prospect Oak Aged Dry Cider 6% 500ml (Victoria)
Pours a very pale yellow colour. Notes of oak spice and minerality on the nose. Spiced oak and cinnamon on the palate. Dry and crisp.