Categories
Reviews

Ninepenny Brewing Original Sin – White IPA at 5.6% ABV

Ninepenny Brewing Original Sin – White IPA at 5.6% ABV (C$4.71 at NLC Stavanger, 500 ml, packaged on 3-Jun-2020, acquired 30-Jun-2020, reviewed 4-Jul-2020)

Appearance: muddy opaque deep gold with two fingers of rocky off-white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: clove, wheat, oats, floral, earth. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter mildly warming slightly spicy finish. (3/5)

A bit more “muddy” than “white”, in my opinion. Brewed with Ardennes yeast and hopped with Equanot, Cascade, Centennial, and El Dorado – but the yeast definitely dominates with the clove-like aromas. Personally I’d like a bit more (as in, some) citrus from the hops selection. Not bad, but not a lot to distinguish it, either. On the other hand, it’s yet another new (-ish / to me) Newfoundland brewery, so that’s all to the good. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Categories
Reviews

Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Gunnpowder IPA – American IPA at 5% ABV

Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Gunnpowder IPA – American IPA at 5% ABV (C$3.48 at NLC Stavanger, 473 ml, best before 30-Apr-2021, acquired 30-Jun-2020, reviewed 3-Jul-2020)

Appearance: clear pale amber with one fat finger of dense pale ivory head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, bready caramel, floral, oak. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration mildly warming finish. (3/5)

Slightly surprisingly, a halfway-decent AIPA. Or, at least, what halfway-decent AIPA’s were like about a decade ago. Old-fashioned, and a bit oaky, but Ok overall. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Categories
Reviews

Molson Coors Canada Coors Slice Lime – American Pale Lager at 4.2% ABV

Molson Coors Canada Coors Slice Lime – American Pale Lager at 4.2% ABV (C$3.66 at NLC Stavanger, 473 ml, packaged on 14-Apr-2020, acquired 30-Jun-2020, reviewed 2-Jul-2020)

Appearance: clear pale straw with a short, short-lived white head, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: lime cordial, faint pale malt. (5/10) Taste: moderate sweet, low bitter. (5/10) Palate: light body, lively carbonation, short crisp lightly spicy finish. (3/5)

Sometimes slumming it can be fun. This… isn’t one of those times. Well, to be fair, there’s nothing really objectionable here – but that’s because there’s not much of anything here, other than the lime cordial. Aside from the slight hint of bland pale malt, this could be a lime mineral water. Oh, well – I was thirsty, and it was cold and wet. (11/20)

5.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Categories
Reviews

Boomstick Brewing Company Veto Power – Pilsner at 4.9% ABV | 23 IBU

Boomstick Brewing Company Veto Power – Pilsner at 4.9% ABV | 23 IBU (C$3.83 at NLC Stavanger, 473 ml, packaged on 9-Mar-2020, acquired 30-Jun-2020, reviewed 1-Jul-2020)

Appearance: clear brilliant pale gold with one finger of rocky white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: honey, cracker malt, floral, grass. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate-lively carbonation, crisp mild bitter lightly earthy, spicy, and astringent finish. (3/5)

Yet another new (-ish / to me) Newfoundland brewer, whose name I’m choosing to interpret as an Evil Dead reference, regardless of whether or not they meant it that way. I’m glad to see they take their labelling seriously, including not just ABV and IBU, but also SRM and FTU (this being, I think, the first time I’ve seen the latter reported on a label). A solid effort, reasonably clean and crisp, with just a hint of astringency in the mildly earthy, spicy finish. It’s hard to be blown away by a Pils, and I’m not by this, but it is decent. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Categories
Reviews

Collective Arts Brewing Surround Sound – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.2% ABV

Collective Arts Brewing Surround Sound – American Double / Imperial IPA at 8.2% ABV (C$5.14 at NLC Stavanger, 473 ml, packaged on 12-Feb-2020, acquired 26-Jun-2020, reviewed 29-Jun-2020)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with two fat fingers of rocky white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: coconut, grapes, citrus, tropical fruit, pine, caramel. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, mildly warming moderate bitter finish. (4/5)

Totally different than the last revision of this I had, the “V3” with Columbus, Simcoe, and Galaxy. This one is hopped with Enigma, Moutere, Simcoe, and Centennial, but I swear I’m getting more of the coconut character consistent with e.g. Sabro, than the vinous notes I usually associate with the ANZ hops. It should, however, be emphasized that I’m getting none of the negatives I sometimes associate with Simcoe. And perhaps I shouldn’t say it’s “totally” different than the last revision, because it occurs to me that the base feel of the beer is pretty similar: that of being pleasant and easy-going, until you go cross-eyed and fall over. Which, don’t get me wrong, I respect. Definitely worth the price of admission. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Categories
Reviews

Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Unlucky #13 – American IPA at 6% ABV

Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Unlucky #13 – American IPA at 6% ABV (C$3.92 at NLC Stavanger, 473 ml, packaged on 12-Jun-2020, acquired 26-Jun-2020, reviewed 29-Jun-2020)

Appearance: hazy medium gold with one fat finger of rocky white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, tropical fruit, pine, pale malt. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, short duration moderate bitter finish. (4/5)

I’m not exactly sure what’s so unlucky about this one. It’s certainly not QV’s 13th beer, though it might well be their 13th attempt at an NEIPA? Regardless, it’s a fairly straightforward example of the style, with lots of fruit on the nose and a restrained bitterness that makes it easy to drink. I could have scored it slightly lower, perhaps, because it’s somehow just not thrilling, but all in all it’s solid with absolutely no negatives. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Categories
Reviews

Rough Waters Brewing Company Selkie – Wheat Ale at 5.6% ABV

Rough Waters Brewing Company Selkie – Wheat Ale at 5.6% ABV (C$4.71 at NLC Stavanger, 500 ml, packaged on 7-Mar-2020, acquired 26-Jun-2020, reviewed 29-Jun-2020)

Appearance: hazy medium gold with one finger of rocky white head diminishing gradually to a thin ring, moderate soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: banana, orange peel, wheat, light spice. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-low carbonation, mild short lightly spicy finish. (3/5)

Not bad. I was a bit disappointed in that I’m really not getting any clear indications of the “late addition Azacca” hops, but it’s got pleasant aroma and flavour. The carbonation is a bit too low, which might be why the head retention is also pretty lackadaisical, but at least the spice, particularly in the finish, is restrained. Overall, it’s decent. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Categories
Reviews

YellowBelly Brewery Stay Where You’re At – American Pale Ale at 6% ABV

YellowBelly Brewery Stay Where You’re At – American Pale Ale at 6% ABV (C$4.60 at NLC Stavanger, 500 ml, best before 24-Aug-2020, acquired 26-Jun-2020, reviewed 26-Jun-2020)

Appearance: slightly dirty pale gold with two fingers of rocky white head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: melon, tropical fruit, citrus, pale malt. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, mild bitter finish. (4/5)

OK, I get that this is a COVID-related take-off of their Come From Away, brewed for and sold at the eponymous musical, but I can’t stand idly by and observe the degradation of language without saying something. I mean, really: “Stay where you’re at??? What the hell do you call that?

Everybody knows it’s “Stay where you’re to! (Optionally followed up by “‘till I comes where you’re at.)

Ahem.

Anyway, beer. Yeah, it’s OK. Honestly, I think it’s pretty much identical to Come From Away, except a bit dirtier in appearance. I think I rated the other half a point higher overall, but I’m just not feeling that today. Decent, but hardly earth-shattering. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Categories
Reviews

Central City Brewers + Distillers Thor’s Hammer Bourbon Barrel Aged (2014) – American Barleywine at 11.5% ABV | 85 IBU

Central City Brewers + Distillers Thor’s Hammer Bourbon Barrel Aged (2014) – American Barleywine at 11.5% ABV | 85 IBU (C$10.25 at NLC Kelsey Drive, 650 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 11-Dec-2016, reviewed 26-Jun-2020)

Appearance: clear ruby brown with a short loose ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin ring, minimal lacing. (3/5) Aroma: toffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark dried fruits, toasted bread, mild nuts. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full sticky body, low carbonation, bitter slightly astringent warming finish. (3/5)

Probably (hell, hopefully) my last kick at that cat for this one, which I previously reviewed in 2017 and 2019 – this time with an additional year of cellaring, and as a bourbon barrel aged variant. This is now over six years in the bottle, and much like last year is still hot, with a slightly astringent edge in the finish. As with the non-BB base version, the aroma is decently complex, but with more emphatic notes of vanilla and oaky bourbon. Not a radical departure from the base version, this remains a big boozy bastard that isn’t too hard to drink. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

Categories
Reviews

Central City Brewers + Distillers Thor’s Hammer (2014) – American Barleywine at 11.5% ABV | 85 IBU

Central City Brewers + Distillers Thor’s Hammer (2014) – American Barleywine at 11.5% ABV | 85 IBU (C$10.25 at NLC Kelsey Drive, 650 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 11-Dec-2016, reviewed 25-Jun-2020)

Appearance: clear ruby brown with a short loose ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin ring, minimal lacing. (3/5) Aroma: toffee, dark dried fruits, toasted bread, bourbon, mild nuts, vanilla. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full sticky body, low carbonation, bitter slightly astringent warming finish. (3/5)

Probably (hell, hopefully) my last kick at that cat for this one, which I previously reviewed in 2017 and 2019 – this time with an additional year of cellaring, and also accompanied by its bourbon barrel aged variant, to follow shortly. This is now over six years in the bottle, and much like last year is still hot, with a slightly astringent edge in the finish. As was the case last year, the aroma is decently complex, and layers reveal during extended warming and sipping, but there hasn’t really been any further development. Bottom line: it’s clear that no amount of ageing is going to make this into something it isn’t – but what it is, is a big boozy bastard that isn’t too hard to drink. You could do worse. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com