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New Level Brewing Spell Bound Lavender IPA – American IPA at 7% ABV

New Level Brewing Spell Bound Lavender IPA – American IPA at 7% ABV (C$4.86 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 13-Mar-2020, reviewed 20-Mar-2020)

Appearance: slightly hazy deep gold with one fat finger of loose off-white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: overwhelming lavender. (5/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter finish. (3/5)

Like drinking Nan’s perfume. I honestly thought it was going to be a sink pour with the first couple of sips, but it eventually grew on me. Slightly. To the point where I didn’t sink pour it. (Civilization’s ending, after all, so gotta make every beer count!) I honestly can’t smell anything other than lavender, which smacks you in the face as soon as the can is opened. The taste is a little more balanced, and the finish is surprisingly bitter, but good god that’s a lot of lavender! (12/20)

6/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Phantom Beer Co. Strata Conflict – American IPA at 7.5% ABV

Phantom Beer Co. Strata Conflict – American IPA at 7.5% ABV (C$4.36 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 5-Feb-2020, acquired 13-Mar-2020, reviewed 19-Mar-2020)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with one fat finger of rocky off-white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: bright juicy citrus, tropical fruit, stone fruit, pale malt, hint of dank pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Medium body, moderate-lively carbonation, off-dry short clean finish. (4/5)

That’s very nice. Bright juicy fruit notes dominate, with just a hint of dankness in the background. I can’t find any details anywhere, but I suspect their calling it a “Nordic” IPA refers to the use of a Kveik yeast. Regardless, it’s very pleasant and drinkable. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Été Indien – Fruit / Vegetable Beer at 5.9% ABV

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Été Indien – Fruit / Vegetable Beer at 5.9% ABV (C$4.65 at Collective, 341 ml, packaged on 2-Oct-2019, acquired 13-Mar-2020, reviewed 19-Mar-2020)

Appearance: opaque pale gold with a short, short-lived fizzy head and no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: mango, wheat, lactose, light citrus. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, low bitter. (8/10) Medium body, lively carbonation, short duration tart mildly warming finish. (4/5)

Looks, smells, and tastes like mango nectar, except for the carbonation and mild but nearly immediate boozy warming. So, pretty much exactly like xmas morning beermosas, except without the pulp. I like beermosas. I like this. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Bellwoods Brewery Jelly King Plum – Sour / Wild Ale at 5.6% ABV

Bellwoods Brewery Jelly King Plum – Sour / Wild Ale at 5.6% ABV (C$12.95 at Collective, 500 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 13-Mar-2020, reviewed 18-Mar-2020)

Appearance: opaque purple with one finger of pillowy pale lavender head, excellent retention and well-defined droopy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tart stone fruit, field berries, light grapefruit. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high tart, moderate sweet, low bitter. (9/10) Medium-light body, lively carbonation, short duration tart finish. (4/5)

I don’t dislike the stone fruit (plum) character, but I find it’s a bit overwhelming when compared to the base version, which has greater complexity. The tartness is also a bit over the top, especially that first sip. Not quite as good as the original, but still pretty good. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Rogue Ales Rogue Rouge Brut IPA with Pinot Noir – American IPA at 7.5% ABV | 25 IBU

Rogue Ales Rogue Rouge Brut IPA with Pinot Noir – American IPA at 7.5% ABV | 25 IBU (C$6.61 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 23-Apr-2019, acquired 13-Mar-2020, reviewed 18-Mar-2020)

Appearance: pink-tinged clear medium amber with a short, short-lived off-white head diminishing to a thin skim, minimal spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: grape must, caramel & cereal grains, light pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low tart, low bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration lightly tart finish. (4/5)

Slightly less wine character than I was expecting, but I’m not sure that’s a negative, because it makes for a better – or at least more beer-like – balance. Personally, though, I’d’ve preferred a hoppier, less malty, balance for the beer component. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

2 Crows Brewing Run By Night – Grisette / Petit Saison at 3.4% ABV | 12 IBU

2 Crows Brewing Run By Night – Grisette / Petit Saison at 3.4% ABV | 12 IBU (C$5.04 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 25-Nov-2019, acquired 13-Mar-2020, reviewed 18-Mar-2020)

Appearance: pink-tinged clear pale amber with two fingers of fizzy white head diminishing gradually and loudly to a thin cap, minimal soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: tart stone fruit, oak, citrus, mild funk. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, low bitter. (8/10) Palate: light body, lively carbonation, dry crisp tart finish. (4/5)

I know it’s “Run” but I keep thinking “Fly” and humming Rush songs to myself. (Totally not a criticism.) Reminds me a bit of the homemade damson wine me and my cousins used to make as teenagers, although slightly better. Lots of stone fruit and oak foedre character, and a bone dry tart finish. Good stuff. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

S.Y.C. Brewing Co. Relax IPA – American IPA at 6.4% ABV

S.Y.C. Brewing Co. Relax IPA – American IPA at 6.4% ABV (C$4.81 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 12-Feb-2020, acquired 13-Mar-2020, reviewed 17-Mar-2020)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with two fingers of loose white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, citrus, pale crackery malt, stone fruit, light funky yeast. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter, light funky tart. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration lightly funky finish. (4/5)

Pleasantly fruity Kveik IPA. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Dageraad Brewing Forgotten Future – Saison at 4.2% ABV

Dageraad Brewing Forgotten Future – Saison at 4.2% ABV (C$4.55 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 21-Feb-2020, acquired 13-Mar-2020, reviewed 17-Mar-2020)

Appearance: clear pale straw with two fingers of fluffy white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: lime zest, white pepper, floral, clove. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter, light funky tart. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, lively carbonation, dry tart finish. (4/5)

Pleasantly light, crisp, and refreshing. The lime is emphatic but not quite dominant, and the pepper provides an interesting spicy counterpoint. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Belching Beaver Brewery / Revision Brewing Company Melty Hops – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.8% ABV | 70 IBU

Belching Beaver Brewery / Revision Brewing Company Melty Hops – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.8% ABV | 70 IBU (C$4.86 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 7-Feb-2020, acquired 13-Mar-2020, reviewed 16-Mar-2020)

Appearance: clear medium gold with a short, short-lived loose pale ivory head, moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: melon, tropical fruit, caramel, resiny pine, earth, citrus. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, lingering building warming finish. (3/5)

I flip-flopped back and forth on this one: initially I wasn’t all that impressed, but it started to grow on me after a few sips. And then, the slick sweetness started to get a bit oppressive. But, by the end of the pint the booze makes up for it. Ultimately it’s OK, I guess, but pretty close to the bottom of my list for BB brews. (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Nelson Brewing Company Power Leopard IPA – American IPA at 6.5% ABV

Nelson Brewing Company Power Leopard IPA – American IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$3.55 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 13-Mar-2020, reviewed 16-Mar-2020)

Appearance: clear pale amber with two fingers of loose pale ivory head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel, tropical fruit, earth, citrus. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration finish. (3/5)

The admittedly beautiful label is reminiscent of a certain other BC-based brewery – somebody taking a page from Driftwood’s playbook? The beer itself is merely OK – no negatives at all, other than a just slightly disappointing appearance, but nothing very memorable. Which is in itself a bit disappointing, given the presence of two different ANZ hops and a perennial favourite (Rakau, Azacca, and Citra). I was expecting a bright aroma to really pop and, well, it didn’t. A solid, if somewhat conventional, AIPA. (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com