Oops I suck!

WordPress told me that I haven’t posted anything in 2 months, and wow time has gone fast! Finding the time to sit down and write is hard when it’s gorgeous and sunny everyday but since it’s also scorching hot at night I figure why not use the time I should be sleeping.

These last few months while I haven’t been writing, I have been working, beaching, camping, and of course drinking beer. I don’t have any reviews for you because I wasn’t planning on writing this however I do have my top 5 favourite beers of the summer.

1. Yellow Dog Indian Session Belgium Ale – This is my go-to whenever I’m out. If It’s on tap, I’m drinking it.

2. Parallel 49 Apricotopus sour wheat ale- Apricot beer is my usual summer drink but this one is on another level. I wish they would make this all year round!

3. Phillips Electric Unicorn White IPA- If you’re in the mood for an IPA but you don’t want all the bitterness this is the one to go for. It’s light but still tastes like an IPA.

4. Pyramid Apricot wheat ale- This one is a long time summer favourite. It’s easy to drink and embodies summer perfectly.

5. Elysian Superfuzz- How can you say no to a blood orange IPA? I know I can’t.

Those are my top 5, and they were not easy to choose! there are so many amazing beers out there.

What are your favourite summer beers?

Brews Brothers — First 4

 Well this took longer than expected, but I am finally going to let you know what some of these beers taste like. For some reason now that school is over I feel like I have less time to write, I’m not sure how that happened.

The first beer I tried was the Table Saison by Dageraad & Parallel 49.

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I was very exited to try this one because I hadn’t tried anything by Dageraad before. Overall I was pretty disappointed in it. It definitely wasn’t the best one to start with.

It smells like a Saison- wheat, citrus, and a hint of hops.

It is way too carbonated for my liking. The first few sips were hard to get down because of all the carbonation. Once you get past that, the flavor is nice. It’s not the best Saison I’ve ever had but it’s not the worst either.

Overall this beer is decent but disappointing.

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Next I tried the collaboration with Strom Brewery & Parallel 49. This one is a Basil IPA.

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I thought this one sounded kind of gross so I figured I would get it out of the way early on. How good could bitter basil be? Much to my surprise this one ended up being one of my favorites. I could drink this all day every day.

It smells how you would expect it to, like basil and hops.

It tastes like sweet basil ending on a bitter note. It reminds me of home made pizza for some reason. Its a unique flavor that I wish more breweries would play with.

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The next 2 that I tried were pretty average. They were good but nothing amazing, not like the one above.

Townsite Brewery & Parallel 49 – Black Table Saison

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A black saison was new to me so this one was interesting. I am a big saison fan but I had no idea what to expect from this one. The smell surprised me; it smells very malty with a hint of toffee and chocolate.

It tasted pretty similar to a coffee or chocolate beer. It has a slight bitterness balanced by a slight sweetness near the end.

This beer was a little weird for my liking. It’s flavour is nice but if I’m in a saison mood this is not what I would pick up. If I was in a coffee or chocolate beer mood this one would fit better, but I would probably choose an actual espresso beer over this one.

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Brassneck Brewery & Parallel 49– Post Classic Pilsner

Rossland IPA

I’m not a pilsner fan but this one was pretty good. I usually find pilsners kind of bland and boring- maybe I just haven’t tried the right one yet.

This pilsner, like all the others I have tried, smells like beer. I have no other way to describe it.

The flavour is very mild and very smooth. It ends on a nice bitter note. Overall it’s a decent beer but not something that I would look for when I’m shopping for beer.

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Hopefully you got our hands on this mixer, if you did let me know which ones you liked the best

Don’t forget the Punch!

I’m a sucker for fruit beer and anything that reminds me of my favorite time, summer. Living in Vancouver, I usually don’t get a very good summer. It’s called Raincouver for a reason. But I crave summer all year round.  From the second I saw this label I knew I had to try it.

Russell Brewery – Surrey, BC

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Punch Bowl IPA

Size: 650ml
IBU: 65
ALC/VOL: 6.5%
Price: $5.95 – Port Moody Liquor Store

Punch bowl smells like fruit punch which is no surprise. It has lots of different citrus notes with a hint of melon.

The first thing you notice about this beer is that it’s bitter. Under the bitterness is a layer of fruit. It’s really cool because you can actually feel the layers if that makes sense – like that gum.

For me it has the perfect level of bitterness for an IPA. I don’t like a bitterness that attacks me so if you like that than this one might not be bitter enough for you. The fruit balances the bitterness really well, that’s how I like my IPA’s – Bitter and fruity.

Here we have the perfect patio beer, now all we need is some perfect patio weather.

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It about time for a Lunch Break

This beer reminds me of spring; the label, smell, and taste all scream spring freshness. If you’re looking for a spring beer this one is worth a try.

Breakside Brewery– Portland Oregon

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Lunch break Indian Session Ale

Size: 650ml
Price: $7.50 – Port Moody Liquor Store
ALC/VOL: 4.7%
IBU: 28

The Lunch Break ISA smells citrus fresh, it reminds me a lot of Lush’s Happy Hippy body wash but in a less soapy way.

There is not much I can say about this beer so I’m going to keep it simple. There are two big flavours in this beer, hops and citrus. It tastes a lot like it smells. The flavour sits at the tip of your tongue with a fresh and bitter after taste.

If you’re looking for a good, easy to drink ISA this one is a good buy. I prefer the Howe Sound Super Jupiter but this one is good if you can’t find that one or if your one of those weird grapefruit haters- just kidding! You’re not that weird. Overall I wouldn’t say it’s so amazing that I would drink it every day but it’s definitely on my list of beers to keep buying.

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Howe Sound Super Jupiter

It’s a little early for summer beers but since the weather has been so nice that’s all I’ve been in the mood for lately.  Super Jupiter is an amazing spring/summer beer. This is only the third beer I’ve had by Howe Sound but it has inspired me to try more.

Howe Sound– Squamish BC

Super Jupiter ISA    Super Jupiter ISA

Super Jupiter Indian Session Ale

Size: 1L
Price: $9.95 – Port Moody Liquor Store
IBU: 45
Alc/Vol: 4.5%

I bought this beer purely for the label – Marketing gets me every time!

Super Jupiter smells like your average ISA Sweet Citrus, and hops but the taste is out of this world, I guess that’s why it’s called Super Jupiter.

Super Jupiter starts and ends on a bitter note with and amazing sweet citrus sandwiched in between. The citrus flavours distinctly grapefruit – it tastes like the smell of grapefruit more than the actual taste of the fruit.

I will definitely be buying this beer again and you should too! Make sure you get it while it’s available because this beauty is a spring seasonal.

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