Molson Coors Canada Rickard’s Red Session Lager – American Amber / Red Lager at 4% ABV

Molson Coors Canada Rickard’s Red Session Lager American Amber / Red Lager at 4% ABV (C$3.31 at NLC Stavanger, 473 ml, bottle date 10-Feb-2016, reviewed 11-Mar-2016)

Appearance: clear slightly red-tinged medium amber with one finger of loose light beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: caramel malt, bready, corn, light earth/herbal. (4/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate-low bitter. (4/10) Palate: light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry finish. (3/5)

What? They had it as singles, OK? It’s not like I bought a six-pack! So, anyway, yeah: watered-down Rickard’s Red. Whee. Sort of like Molson 67, in that if you think of it as lightly beer-flavoured water, it’s not terrible. It’s not good, either, mind you. Oh my goodness, no. But, a guy could gag it down. In a pinch. If I have to. I guess. (9/20)

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Propeller Brewery Propeller Organic Ale – Golden Ale at 4.5% ABV

Propeller Brewery Propeller Organic Ale Golden Ale at 4.5% ABV (C$2.55 at NLC Stavanger, 355 ml, no bottle date or best before, reviewed 11-Mar-2016)

Appearance: clear straw with one fat finger of fluffy white head, excellent retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: grassy, pale crackery malt, light citrus and floral. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Palate: light body, moderate carbonation, crisp bitter finish. (3/5)

I’ve never been a fan of using “organic” as a beer descriptor – I mean, in theory, literally any style of beer can be made using 100% organic materials, so that doesn’t tell you a lot about what’s inside, does it? (Quite aside from the issue that an “organic” designation doesn’t really mean much, either.) Anyway, as far as what it is, it’s a pale pilsner-ish blonde, with grassy hops and crackery malt. Light, easy-drinking and thirst-quenching, but hardly one of Propeller’s more interesting offerings. Boring as heck and a good one to keep in the fridge for after physical labour and/or non beer-appreciating visitors. (12/20)

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YellowBelly Brewery Patrick’s Pale Ale – American Pale Ale at 6.4% ABV

YellowBelly Brewery Patrick’s Pale Ale American Pale Ale at 6.4% ABV (On tap at YellowBelly, reviewed 10-Mar-2016)

Appearance: clear pale gold with one fat finger of creamy white head, excellent retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, tropical fruit, pale malt, floral. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly creamy body, moderate carbonation, light bitter finish. (3/5)

A very mild APA, extremely drinkable. Despite it being all-Cascade hops, it doesn’t have much sharpness, and certainly none of the cattiness that can sometimes be associated with that hop. It’s actually slightly creamy on tap, so I’m interested to see whether the bottle is the same. I’m definitely liking YB’s latest offerings! (14/20)

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Crazy Beard Brewing Dusty Boots Hard Root Beer – Spice / Herb / Vegetable at 5.9% ABV

Crazy Beard Brewing Dusty Boots Hard Root Beer Spice / Herb / Vegetable at 5.9% ABV (C$3.07 at NLC Stavanger, 355 ml, no bottle date or best before, reviewed 10-Mar-2016)

Appearance: clear deep amber with one fat finger of loose fluffy eggshell head, good retention and patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: root beer and vanilla, sweet malts, slight alcohol. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-low bitter, light acid. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, sticky sweet finish. (3/5)

Well, on the one hand, it tastes like root beer. On the other hand, it tastes like root beer. If you weren’t told it was “hard”, it’s entirely possible you wouldn’t realize it – at least, not until you were part or most of the way through the bottle, and got a (very) little warming. If you like sweet sodas, particularly root beer, you’ll probably like this. Personally, I found it very sweet and sticky, which though not unexpected or out of spec for the style, makes it something that I would drink only sparingly. (13/20)

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Side Launch Brewing Side Launch Dark Lager – Dunkel at 5.3% ABV

Side Launch Brewing Side Launch Dark Lager Dunkel at 5.3% ABV (C$3.01 at NLC Stavanger, 473 ml, no bottle date or best before, reviewed 9-Mar-2016)

Appearance: clear amber-brown with one finger of fluffy ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin ring, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: caramel, roasty notes, grassy, bready, light fruit. (7/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: light body, moderate carbonation, dry lightly bitter finish. (3/5)

A drinkable dunkel. I’ve certainly had worse lagers! Although it initially smells predominantly of caramel and bready malts, the sweetness remains quite restrained and decently balanced. Despite the colour, it’s light-bodied, perhaps even tending to the watery, but that’s not really a negative for the style. I’d call this a straightforward thirst quencher, and one could certainly session it were one so inclined. (13/20)

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