Steamworks Big Surprise Ale
5% - New beer from this
popular Gastown brewpub.
Peter - Very hoppy. Good nose, sweet back taste.
It’s sort of like you’ve been puking for a long time and you got bits in your
Aidan - Unusual and
unpleasant foretaste. Not very drinkable at all. 4.5/10
High Mountain Big Wolf Bitter
5.5% - Another entry from
the Mark James Group, now known as the Whistler Brewhouse.
Peter - traditional.
Direct. Smooth, a little tart.
Aidan - Medium to heavily
hopped. Chewy. Very drinkable indeed. Spectacular. 8.9/10
Taylor’s Crossing Red Truck Ale
5% - Flagship Mark James
Group beer available at all locations, but this is a cask-conditioned keg.
Toasty biscuit malt flavours balanced with tangy hops.
Peter - Soft, good cloudiness, bubbles long in suspension, long
in the mouth, amber, a
challenge on the tongue.
Aidan – “Way better than the Yaletown”, the bar version
tastes like a Lite version by comparison. Natural carbonation vs over oxidized
which is cask ale vs CO2. Almost a bitter. 8.7/10
A fine head, bubbles – better dispersed
in the cask compared to pub pour
Dix Strawberry Blonde
5% - "Light ale fermented
with Fraser Valley Strawberries"
Aidan - Very light and
refreshing, crisp, clean, no after taste, thin. 7.1/10
Swan’s Appleton Brown
One of the staples from Swan's of Victoria named after
the man who set up many of the original brew pubs in BC.
Nice depth, a smooth brown
The nose belies the taste, it smells like fermented swine manure.
Aidan - Great brown ale -
smooth, full bodied, not too sweet. 8/10
6.3% - from Nanaimo's
award-winning brew pub, which took home the Golden Bung Award for the best
beer at Caskival 1.
Peter - a good, full beer,
Aidan – “That’s my kind of beer”
Yaletown Yippie IPA
English style IPA dry-hopped with Kent Golding hops
out of the cask than from the taps behind the bar.
Aidan - Disappointing.
Early skunk wore off to typical Red Brick flavour (its predecessor and the
beer I consumed with extreme regularity). There are better bitters here. 7/10
Big Ridge Saison
Farmhouse style ale with white pepper, cardamon, coriander and orange peel
Peter - White
pepper, coriander, orange zest, a nice beer.
Aidan - Wow. Very peppery.
Very different. Enjoyable but....a bit of a palate spoiler. 8/10
Storm Brewing Hurricane
6.7% - “The supercritical CO2 extraction method, rarely, if
Peter - Crisp, hoppy. Big in the back of the tongue.
Aidan - Golden, strong ale.
Features a peculiar dry hop process. Thin up front, better finish. 7/10
Central City IPA
"You know it and you love it".
not much on the back
Aidan - huge up front,
disappointing finish - the bush the cat peed on.
Storm Cassis Lambic
5% - spontaneously
fermented in East Vancouver (i.e. no added yeast, air borne yeast
Aidan - sour, sharp,
vinegary, exactly as a lambic is meant to be. Should be a controlled
R&B Fallen Angel
5% - wheat beer
Peter - We just stood here
and drank it and killed the keg
Aidan - Best wheat beer
here, lots of character. 8.5/10
Crannog Pooka Cherry
Organic ale from the centre of the Province
Sweet, little in the bubbles, flat,
like kool aid, yet again Peter kills a cask
Aidan - Surprisingly good,
like scrumpie cider in texture. 6/10
Russell Hot Jam Brown
5.0% - Brown ale
re-fermented with Jalapeno blackberry jam
Peter - This’ll hurt on the way up
Aidan - Warms you through
from the inside. 8.5/10
Yaletown Grand Cru
7% - Another entry
from Mark James Group. Belgian style ale.
Peter - Nice,
tribute, Top, mid tingle on the front of the tongue (my notes are lucid again),
straw for a spontaneous fermentation
Aidan – Definitely not
doing it for me. It’s got the sweetness, the barley, the coriander, but
poor impersonation of the real thing. Not a good job. 5/10
Mission Springs Stout
5.5% - From the Fraser
Valley and one of Canada's premier microbrewers.
Peter - Smooth,
not as heavy as a Guinness,
middle of the tongue.
Aidan - Very very enjoyable
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