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Other Half Brewing Double Dry Hopped Dream In Green – American IPA at 6.2% ABV

Other Half Brewing Double Dry Hopped Dream In Green American IPA at 6.2% ABV (Trade – thanks, Norm!, 945 ml, packaged on 22-Mar-2018, acquired 12-Jul-2018, reviewed 12-Jul-2018)

Appearance: opaque deep gold with one finger of loose white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim and ring, moderate well-defined soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: floral, tropical fruit, orange, pine, cream, oats. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (9/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-low carbonation, off-dry mild bitter finish. (4/5)

Quite similar to the Forever Ever – hell, visually identical – but not quite simply a full-strength version of it. For one thing, the aroma is more floral, and the creamy lactic is somewhat less pronounced. Still a juicy milkshake, and maybe just a hair nicer overall, but only barely. I just checked, and this is hopped with Citra, Motueka, and Wai-Iti – so, pretty much my all-time favourite, plus two ANZ hops, which are perennial favourites of mine. No wonder I like this balance so much! (17/20)

8.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Other Half Brewing Forever Ever – Session IPA at 4.7% ABV

Other Half Brewing Forever Ever Session IPA at 4.7% ABV (Trade – thanks, Norm!, 945 ml, packaged on 22-Mar-2018, acquired 12-Jul-2018, reviewed 12-Jul-2018)

Appearance: opaque deep gold with one finger of loose white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim and ring, moderate well-defined soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: orange, tropical fruit, pine, cream. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-low carbonation, off-dry mild bitter finish. (4/5)

Very nice NE-style Session IPA. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus on the nose, but restrained bitterness on the tongue. Definitely both juicy and easy-drinking, with a hint of lactic that makes it almost creamsicle-like. Really good stuff. Would probably be slightly better if the carbonation were at full strength, but I’ll take my growler fill and be happy with it! (17/20)

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Fuller, Smith & Turner PBC Vintage Ale 2012 – Old Ale at 8.5% ABV

Fuller, Smith & Turner PBC Vintage Ale 2012 Old Ale at 8.5% ABV (C$9.00 via Trade – thanks, Allan Johnson!, 500 ml, best before 31-Dec-2022, acquired 18-Aug-2014, reviewed 10-Jul-2018)

Appearance: clear deep amber with one fat finger of fluffy ivory head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap and persistent ring, good retention and moderate spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel, raisins, light toffee. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly slick body, moderate-high carbonation, sticky building bitter warming finish. (4/5)

I tired this immediately after finishing a two year younger version. Definitely some variations on the aroma, which is almost exclusively malt, with no hint of the citrus from the 2014, and milder, raisin-like dark fruit. Body is identical, with a slight slickness despite the uncharacteristically elevated carbonation, and the sticky, warming finish is basically identical as well. Not clearly preferable, but equally enjoyable as a slow sipper. (16/20)

My 260th from the 2010 Edition of 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die, 250th from the 2013 edition, and 274th combining both editions.

8/10 #1001beers #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Fuller, Smith & Turner PBC Vintage Ale 2014 – Old Ale at 8.5% ABV

Fuller, Smith & Turner PBC Vintage Ale 2014 Old Ale at 8.5% ABV (C$9.49 at NLC Stavanger, 500 ml, best before 31-Dec-2024, acquired 3-Dec-2014, reviewed 10-Jul-2018)

Appearance: clear deep amber with one fat finger of fluffy ivory head, good retention and moderate spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel, dark fruit, light citrus, hint of toffee. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly slick body, moderate-high carbonation, sticky building bitter warming finish. (4/5)

I initially had this classified as an English Barleywine, but appear to be outvoted by the usual suspects. And yeah, I guess I could be convinced of that classification, thinking of Old Ale as “Barleywine Lite”. The body is somewhat lighter than typical for a Barleywine, and in particular the carbonation is surprisingly high for such an otherwise imposing offering. The sticky, warming finish, though, would be right at home with a Barleywine. I’m getting only hints of the purported American hopping in this one, which is hardly surprising considering it’s been in the bottle for more than four years now. Big and enjoyable, but a definite slow sipper. (16/20)

My 260th from the 2010 Edition of 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die, 250th from the 2013 edition, and 274th combining both editions.

8/10 #1001beers #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Brasserie D’Orval S.A. Orval – Belgian Pale Ale at 6.9% ABV | 36 IBU

Brasserie D’Orval S.A. Orval Belgian Pale Ale at 6.9% ABV | 36 IBU (C$7.79 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 330 ml, packaged on 14-Oct-2014, best before 14-Oct-2019, acquired 16-Oct-2015, reviewed 9-Jul-2018)

Appearance: clear pale amber with two fat fingers of rocky ivory head, excellent retention and heavy soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: dry horseblankety funk, citrus, clove, caramel, floral. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, mild funk. (9/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-lively carbonation, dry mild bitter and funky finish. (4/5)

I cellared this one for nearly three years, mainly to see what would happen to the Brett – and, oh yeah, it came out to play in all aspects. Appearance-wise, the bottle nearly overflowed upon decapping, and the rocky ivory head continues to retain despite fairly loud effervescence. The aroma is dominated by a dry hay funk, and on the tongue it’s highly attenuated with a bone dry, slightly astringent funky finish. This is a masterful Trappist, excellent when fresh, but also well worth the effort of cellaring. (18/20)

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Brouwerij De Brabandere Petrus Blond – Belgian Blond Ale at 6.5% ABV | 24 IBU

Brouwerij De Brabandere Petrus Blond Belgian Blond Ale at 6.5% ABV | 24 IBU (C$3.60 at NLC Stavanger, 330 ml, best before 23-Aug-2019, acquired 4-Jul-2018, reviewed 8-Jul-2018)

Appearance: clear deep gold with one fat finger of rocky white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: bready malt, apple, floral, grass. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, light tart. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry mild bitter finish. (3/5)

Hey, look at that – an ale that tastes like a lager. It’s not bad, actually, but I’m left wondering, why bother? (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Privatbrauerei Erdinger Weißbräu Werner Brombach GmbH Sommerweiße – Hefeweizen at 4.6% ABV | 10 IBU

Privatbrauerei Erdinger Weißbräu Werner Brombach GmbH _Sommerweiße_ Hefeweizen at 4.6% ABV | 10 IBU _(C$2.77 at NLC Stavanger, 330 ml, best before 1-Oct-2018, acquired 4-Jul-2018, reviewed 7-Jul-2018)_

Appearance: hazy straw with one fat finger of dense white head, excellent retention and moderate chunky lacing. (5/5) Aroma: wheat, citrus, floral, hint of banana. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, light tart. (8/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry short clean finish. (4/5)

Really enjoyed this, but after another thirsty day of working on the basement, I’m pretty easy to please. This really is good stuff, though, with a pleasantly citrusy aroma and flavours, light body, and a clean, almost minty finish. Traditional Hefe flavours are present, including wheat and a hint of banana, but balanced against a much lighter citrusy note, making it more refreshing than the style normally is. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH Stiegl Radler Zitrone – Radler at 2.5% ABV

Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH Stiegl Radler Zitrone Radler at 2.5% ABV (C$3.54 at NLC Stavanger, 500 ml, best before 29-Mar-2019, acquired 4-Jul-2018, reviewed 5-Jul-2018)

Appearance: hazy medium gold with a short-lived fizzy head, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: lemonade, sweet malt, light earth. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate tart, low bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, lively carbonation, sugary mildly tart finish. (3/5)

Refreshing despite being a little too sweet. The lemon feels reasonably authentic, but overwhelmed with a lot of sugar – think an old-time kid’s lemonade stand. And, hell, at 2.5%, you could actually give it to the kids… (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Spindrift Brewing Co. Wheel House Radler – Radler at 4% ABV | 8 IBU

Spindrift Brewing Co. Wheel House Radler Radler at 4% ABV | 8 IBU (C$3.57 at NLC Stavanger, 473 ml, packaged on 29-May-2018, acquired 4-Jul-2018, reviewed 5-Jul-2018)

Appearance: hazy medium gold with a short-lived fizzy head, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: orange soda, hint of bandaid. (5/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate tart, low bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium-light body, lively carbonation, sugary mildly tart finish. (3/5)

The label doesn’t specify what juice is used here, but I’m guessing based on the artwork that their “exotic citrus” is pink grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Looks like orange soda, tastes like orange soda, and smells like orange soda – with a bandaid in it. I like a Radler as much as the next guy, and probably more than most, but this is pretty lacklustre overall, and too sweet to boot. (12/20)

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Garrison Brewing Company Wicked Good Pale Ale – American Pale Ale at 5% ABV | 30 IBU

Garrison Brewing Company Wicked Good Pale Ale American Pale Ale at 5% ABV | 30 IBU (C$3.66 at NLC Stavanger, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 4-Jul-2018, reviewed 4-Jul-2018)

Appearance: opaque pale gold with two fingers of loose ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin skim and ring, moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, pear, melon, floral. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry mild bitter finish. (4/5)

Ooo, careful Garrison, you might offend people with your “un-friggin-filtered” label. If, y’know, fellow Haligonians Greg Nash and Andrew Murphy hadn’t already beaten you to it (and then some) with http://unfuckingfiltered.com/ – and better beer, too. (Yes, I know you’re working the whole Bahstahn thing, with it being an NE/APA. Still damn close to ripping off Unfiltered.) However, momentarily putting my righteous indignation aside, this is not a bad beer at all. Lighter in the body and the ABV, but still flavourful and refreshing, it ranks up there among the best by this brewery. I’m still offended though! (Well, maybe not all that much. And less so as the pint progresses. Such is life.) (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com