New Craft Beer Tasting Notes: Feb 10

Every week we post tasting notes from our Friday Staff Tasting, providing you with our take on all the latest craft beer arrivals. This week saw the arrival of a lot of new releases from BC breweries, as well as an outstanding doppelbock from Occidental in Portland.

main st redback ale

Main Street Redback Ale 7% 750ml (Vancouver)
Pours a burnt orange colour. Round notes of creamy malt, orange and pine on the nose. Big grapefruit bite up front on the palate with nice round malt notes and a dry finish.

phillips puzzler and benefit brew

Phillips Puzzler Belgian Black IPA 7.3% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a dark brown colour. Nice complexity on the nose with notes of fruit and bubblegum mingling with spicy Belgian yeast notes. On the palate the dark malt notes show up more with a complex mix of chocolate, fruit, bubblegum and spice notes. Bitter finish wraps it up nicely. Tasty.
Phillips Barrel-Aged Puzzler Belgian Black IPA 7.3% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a dark brown colour. Notes of banana, chocolate, fruit and booze on the nose. The booziness added by the bourbon barrel-aging obliterates more delicate hops and Belgian yeast notes. A very different beer than the regular Puzzler, it is more about the warming vanilla/coconut/caramel booze flavours.

hoyne hard rain double ipa

Hoyne Hard Rain Double IPA 7.6% 650ml (Victoria)
Pours a coppery orange colour. Notes of hop funk, citrus and tropical fruit on the nose. The palate is all about the big hop notes of resin, tropical fruits and spice. Very dry finish. Two Rufus paws up from: Ian

Occidental Lucubrator 6.7% 650ml (Portland)
Pours a rich red mahogany brown colour. Beautifully perfumed on the nose with malty notes of chocolate and caramel.  On the palate it has just the right amount of sweetness with classic doppelbock notes of caramel, chocolate, brown sugar and marzipan, but with a modern NW kick of hop bitterness on the finish. Delicious. Two Rufus paws up from: Adem, David, Ayja, Megan and Brent