Monday, July 29, 2013
|The dimly-lit Pale Ale|
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Saw this at the LCC... had to try it, as it was new to PEI.
Really clear, copper colour. Lots of head, and a tornado of bubbles in the glass due to the nucleation sites at the bottom.
The aroma's all Cascade hops - very floral with some bright citrus (lemon/lime/grapefruit, without the pithy slant).
The flavour's fairly malty... not very bitter or citrusy at all (though there is some citrus there). A definite toffee / almost caramel slant. It reminds me a lot of Corte-Real from the brewery La Naufrageur, but it's not quite as strong.
The feel's light, and the finish is slightly sticky, but pretty clean.
Overall, it's OK. Nothing stellar, but nothing off-putting. A little light for me.
On the right, we have the regular Beach Chair Lager, and, on the left, we have the same beer, less filtered. They're calling it a ''brewer's beer", or what the tap handle says, "Keller Bier". I'd be more prone - like one of the brewers suggested - to call it a zwickelbier, as a kellerbier (or cellar beer) is usually a little darker & more strongly hopped. So, with its "cellar" connection, and the fact it's the same beer, just less filtered, I will call it "Basement Chair".
The Beach Chair's pretty good today, actually. Bright, crisp, & the hops are coming through in their own wee way. Even a little acidic zip or brightness.
As for the Basement Chair - you know, I was expecting it to be pretty much identical, but it's not. It's got a smoother & slightly fuller mouthfeel, is less crisp & bright, and trades some of its brightness / zip for some really light fruit / banana character. I think Beach Chair's a slightly better beer, but at least this turned out to be less of an ill-conceived gimmick than I thought it would be.
Cheers to changing things up every now & then, even just a lil' bit!
Monday, July 22, 2013
This brew's a nice reddish-brown, and has solid, webby, sea-foam lacing.
In this glass, no aroma, really, at first... just really light toffee. As it warms, though, it starts to perk up.
The flavour has a bit of an acidic brightness to it, really. Overall, it's a nice & smooth toffee & lightly burnt caramel flavour... a nice light roasted quality.
The bitterness is nice, and not very strong. Good & mild for the style. The body's fairly light & smooth, and the finish a little sticky.
You can actually get this on tap on PEI now, at the newly refurbed restaurant at the Delta, called Water's Edge. Hooray for local variety!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
|The rolling hills and growing hops of Rose Valley|
|Inside the tidy little brewhouse|
|Grow, hops, grow!|
Friday, July 12, 2013
Earlier this year, Dogfish Head & Sierra Nevada co-created a new beer glass, made by Spiegelau. What makes this glass interesting is that it is designed specifically for India Pale Ales. Some scoffed, but many styles (heck, individual beers for that matter) have their own glass, so why not this uber-popular style?
Well, thankfully, my wife knows what I like, and she supports my hobby... and when she saw the 2-pack of these at a local jewelry store for $20 (a pretty normal Spiegelau price), she picked them up.
The verdict? I think it works. Like any Spiegelau glass, it feeIs fairly delicate, but sturdy enough. It has a balance almost like a wine glass or snifter. Its narrow, curved base feels nice in your hand, & also helps to minimize how much your hand warms it up. The curves also probably have a hand in creating head & releasing aromas. The top of the glass is nice as it helps to contain the head and aromas, but it's still wide enough to let your nose in and enjoy as you sip.
I'll be making continued good use of this, especially on IPA day!
Thursday, July 11, 2013
This one pours a dark / medium-dark amber. Two to three fingers of head lower to mostly a creamy skim. It's slightly hazy & has a few bubbles in the glass. There's pretty solid grainy, spotty & rings of lacing.
It starts smelling better with a bit of warmth, actually. Pineapple is the main aroma, with some orange & maybe some other tropical notes like blood orange & mango. Fairly luscious, but not the most aromatic or exotic IPA out there by along shot.
Flavour has a good malt backbone. It's a little spicy, but mostly grassy, with lots of fruit up front (some as the aroma). Burps & aftertaste are nice.
It's nicely bitter - not numbing or overpowering, just strong, nice, &... "polite". There's a bit of heat near the end of the glass.
Very solid - liked it quite a bit. Better than mid-range, but not up at the top for me.
Smell is bright - honey, green apple, a bit of yeasty spice, some hops in there, too... slight grass & hay (some noble hops in this?).
Bitterness & heat both come through in a rather tongue-numbing and enjoyable way. There's a little citrus in the aroma & taste as it warms. Honey. Hay. Light spice. Reminds me a bit of a higher-alcohol Hommelbier.
The carb is quite sharp & prickly if it lingers in the mouth at all. The body is actually fairly light.
Great burps, clean, hoppy, honey-sweet, bitter, smooth, strong. Nice
Friday, July 5, 2013
Darbyste is named after John Nelson Darby, preacher of temperance and father of Dispensationalism. His parishioners were said to be oddly moved by a ‘soft drink’ they insisted was just fig juice. A variant of the Belgian “Wit” or “Blanche” style, but a little drier and considerably more flavorful, Darbyste is a saison made with wheat and fermented with fig juice.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
One of my favourites from Texas - reminds me of wortly's "Dirty-ass Hippie Beer". Also reminds me of Spearhead's Pineapple Pale Ale.
There's a great aroma on this one, a clean & golden brew -it brings to mind tropical fruits & flowers, grapefruit & orange, pineapple... pith. The flavour is more of the same. It's clean, nicely bitter (pith, not spice or grass, really... maybe just a hint of grass), and refreshing. The finish is that nice, lingering bitterness, & the body is fairly light. I think I'd buy this regularly if I could, especially at Texan prices.