Dog Island Brewing Wyld Stallyons – American IPA at 6% ABV | 15 IBU

Dog Island Brewing Wyld Stallyons – American IPA at 6% ABV | 15 IBU (C$4.23 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 9-Jan-2020, reviewed 12-Jan-2020)

Appearance: unclean hazy deep gold with two fingers of fluffy off-white head, excellent retention and heavy soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: citrus zest, stone fruit, wheat, tropical fruit. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly creamy body, moderate carbonation, medium duration finish. (4/5)

I like the (I suspect only semi-)ironic name and artwork, reminiscent of a high school garage band that does AC⚡︎DC covers. The appearance of the beer itself is slightly less impressive, with a slightly dirty cast in addition to its haze. Lots of fruit on the nose, which stops just short of being brightly juicy. Initially there’s an emphasis on a grapefruity citrus zest, which gradually fades into stone and tropical fruits on a sweetish, almost lactose wheat- or spelt-like graininess. Decent overall but nothing earth-shattering, and not a lot of “wild” character. (14/20)

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Electric Bicycle Brewing Company It’s No Game – American IPA at 6.5% ABV | 45 IBU

Electric Bicycle Brewing Company It’s No Game – American IPA at 6.5% ABV | 45 IBU (C$4.18 at Collective, 473 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 9-Jan-2020, reviewed 11-Jan-2020)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fingers of fluffy white head, excellent retention and spotty soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: stone fruit, sweet lactose, citrus, pale malt. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium creamy body, moderate carbonation, medium duration finish. (4/5)

What the hell do David Bowie and electric bicycles have to do with India Pa… you know what? Forget I asked – BC “logic” makes my head hurt, probably because I don’t smoke pot. A Creamsicle-like combination of lactose sweetness and fruity notes, with less sweetness than the aroma would suggest (and less bitterness than the brewer’s rating would suggest). A decent offering from a brewery with whom I’ve had no prior experience. (15/20)

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Phantom Beer Co. Year of the Unicorn – American Double / Imperial IPA at 7% ABV | 50 IBU

Phantom Beer Co. Year of the Unicorn – American Double / Imperial IPA at 7% ABV | 50 IBU (C$4.36 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 21-Nov-2019, acquired 9-Jan-2020, reviewed 11-Jan-2020)

Appearance: opaque pale gold with two fingers of loose white head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, spotty soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: grainy pale malt, tropical fruit, citrus, light pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly creamy body, moderate carbonation, medium duration finish. (4/5)

On paper, this is pretty similar to Cabin’s Dawn Chorus I just reviewed, right down to “a little Ella” ANZ hops (in addition to the dominant WA Azacca). But, by just about every metric, it comes up short. It’s a little less pretty structurally, the aroma is less bright, and the flavour is more aggressively bitter. There’s nothing really wrong here, but it certainly suffers by comparison to better examples of the style. (14/20)

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Cabin Brewing Company Dawn Chorus – American IPA at 7% ABV | 50 IBU

Cabin Brewing Company Dawn Chorus – American IPA at 7% ABV | 50 IBU (C$4.68 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 30-Dec-2019, acquired 9-Jan-2020, reviewed 11-Jan-2020)

Appearance: opaque pale gold with two fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and heavy droopy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: bright tropical fruit, citrus, pale malt, pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration finish. (4/5)

Nice example of the hazy NEIPA style, exhibiting clear tropical notes from the NZ hops (Taiheke, Motueka, Moutere and Nelson Sauvin). No hint of the relatively beefy ABV, easy drinking and pleasant. I suspect it might’ve been even brighter when fresher, and I’d like just a hair less sweetness, but still pretty damn good stuff here right now. (16/20)

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S.Y.C. Brewing Co Here We Go Again – American IPA at 7% ABV

S.Y.C. Brewing Co Here We Go Again – American IPA at 7% ABV (C$5.08 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 1-Dec-2019, acquired 9-Jan-2020, reviewed 10-Jan-2020)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale gold with two fingers of loose white head, good retention and moderate spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: bright tropical fruit, citrus, pale malt, pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration mildly warming finish. (4/5)

The label is a cute idea, with 2020 New Year’s resolutions on a two-layer peel-and-reveal setup. Mine was “get a beach body” on the outside, and the steps on the inside were “have a body” and “go to the beach” – dunno if there are other variants, but nice. The beer itself is another solid offering from a brewer who are pretty clearly showing themselves to be reliable. Brewer notes say “double dry-hopped with Citra and Vic Secret” and I’m clearly getting both in the form of bright tropical fruits and citrus. Easy drinking and mildly bitter, with a balanced fruity sweetness. Refreshing and fun to drink. (16/20)

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Inner City Brewing Big City Series Lights of the City – American Double / Imperial IPA at 7.5% ABV

Inner City Brewing Big City Series Lights of the City – American Double / Imperial IPA at 7.5% ABV (C$9.89 at Collective, 650 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 9-Jan-2020, reviewed 9-Jan-2020)

Appearance: clear medium gold with a short fluffy off-white head, good retention and moderate creamy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel, toasted bread, tropical fruit, citrus, pine. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter mildly warming finish. (3/5)

A somewhat old-fashioned DIPA, malt heavy if not completely dominated. I might be scoring this just a touch generously, but there’s nothing actually wrong with it other than being about 10 years out of date. (14/20)

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Port Rexton Brewing Company Tibb’s The Saison – Saison at 6.6% ABV

Port Rexton Brewing Company Tibb’s The Saison – Saison at 6.6% ABV (C$7.83 at Port Rexton Brewing Company, 946 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 28-Dec-2019, reviewed 30-Dec-2019)

Appearance: clear pale amber with a short fluffy off-white head diminishing gradually to nothing, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: christmas spices, banana, dark fruit, earth. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate spice, mild bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, prickly carbonation, warming spicy finish. (3/5)

Not doing it for me: I found it over-spiced, even accounting for the seasonal intent. Not to mention, the ABV is higher than I’d like to see for the style, and the sweetness tends high as well. All in all it’s not the refreshing “could drink a dory load of this” character I look for in this style. (13/20)

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Port Rexton Brewing Company Happy HoliHaze (Continuum) – American IPA at 5.4% ABV

Port Rexton Brewing Company Happy HoliHaze (Continuum) – American IPA at 5.4% ABV (C$7.83 at Port Rexton Brewing Company, 946 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 28-Dec-2019, reviewed 29-Dec-2019)

Appearance: opaque medium gold with a short fluffy off-white head diminishing gradually to a thin ring, spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: pine, citrus, tropical fruit, pale malt. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-soft carbonation, building bitter finish. (4/5)

I think this is my first (and only) in the Continuum series – which rather raises a nomenclature issue, doesn’t it? More resiny pine and lingering bitterness than is typical for the hazy/NEIPA style, but a solid A/IPA. (16/20)

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YellowBelly Brewery Mummer’s Brew (2019) – American Porter at 7.3% ABV | 25 IBU

YellowBelly Brewery Mummer’s Brew (2019) – American Porter at 7.3% ABV | 25 IBU (C$7.88 at NLC Stavanger, 750 ml, best before 28-Feb-2020, acquired 21-Dec-2019, reviewed 26-Dec-2019)

Appearance: solid black with a short fluffy beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: café au lait, chocolate, nuts. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full body, moderate-soft carbonation, sticky mildly bitter finish. (3/5)

The label claims an SRM of 50 for this, which I think should be roughly Vantablack levels of light absorption, shouldn’t it? But OK, sure, let’s go with that. I’m a bit more perplexed by the fact that their most recent Stout (a style which of course takes its name from “Stout Porter”) that I had yesterday was weaker than this. Stylistic confusion aside, I find this to lean a bit too much towards tasting “flavoured”, as opposed to feeling more natural, particularly the sugar levels. Mind you, that being said, the coffee is actually pretty good, and doesn’t taste overextracted or astringent. (14/20)

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Brasserie De Cazeau Tournay de Noël – Belgian Strong Dark Ale at 8.2% ABV | 40 EBU

Brasserie De Cazeau Tournay de Noël – Belgian Strong Dark Ale at 8.2% ABV | 40 EBU (2019 Craft Beer Advent Calendar #24, 330 ml, best before 31-Jul-2021, acquired 22-Nov-2019, reviewed 24-Dec-2019)

Appearance: clear deep ruby brown with two fingers of pillowy beige head, good retention and well-defined droopy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: roasty malt, dark fruit, toasted bread, molasses, mild spice. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-full body, moderate carbonation, sticky lingering bitter mildly warming finish. (4/5)

The brewer’s notes indicate this is hopped with Styrian Golding, Warrior, and Cascade, but the balance, especially on the nose, is very much about the malt. Despite that, it’s not overly sweet on the tongue, with a good bitterness balance. The body is maybe just a tad light for the style, but the finish is otherwise smooth and pleasant. (16/20)

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