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.

Storm Basil IPA Storm Basil IPA

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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Innis Gunn – Series

**Warning to all Innis & Gunn fans- you will not like this post as I really don’t like this beer.

Innis & Gunn

One of the first things I was ever told about craft beer was that Innis & Gunn was the holy grail of all craft beers. Everyone I talked to raved about these beers and were shocked and appalled that I had never tried them. Succumbing to peer pressure I bought all of the Innis & Gunn beers that were available at the time and tried them all. Overall I am not impressed! So if all you’ve heard is good things than here is something different.

Jose, Maegan and I tasted these beers together and we all had very similar opinions – So its not just me!

Oak Aged

Innis & Gunn

Alc/Vol: 6.6%
Price: $3.35 – Port Moody Liquor Store
Size: 330ml

The oak aged beer smells like very generic beer. The smell reminded me of thirsty Thursday at the Arms. If you live in Poco you’ll know what I’m talking about- and it’s not a nice smell!

It tastes very similar to how it smells. Just like boring generic beer that a bar would call it’s house beer. It has a slight sweetness that tastes that it could be honey. Overall I’m not impressed with this beer at all.

We all agree this one is;

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Rum Finish

Innis & Gunn

Alc/Vol: 7.4%
Price: $3.35 – Port Moody Liquor Store
Size: 330ml

The Rum Finish was slightly better than the Oak Aged beer. It smells like rum and beer which is to be expected. It tastes like fizzy nothingness. I had high hopes for this one because it smelt so much better than the oak aged- I’m a huge fan of rum- but again this one was a flop.

It was very hard to figure out what it actually tasted like because it just fizzes in your mouth and then its gone. If you like sparkling water than here’s a perfect way to get drunk off of it. If you leave the beer in your mouth for a long time there is a hint of rum and a pretty nice flavour but who actually drinks beer like that? You’d be laughed out of the bar.

We all agree this one is;

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Toasted Oak IPA

Innis & Gunn

Alc/Vol: 5.6%
 Size: 330ml

Finally an Innis & Gunn beer that I actually liked! While I like it, it’s not something that I would go out and buy because there are much better IPA’s out there. But if Innis & Gunn was the only beer left in some post-apocalyptic world this is the one I would choose.

It smells pleasant over all – like citrus and hops with a hint of sweetness. It tastes pretty bitter with a balance of citrus. It was the best beer so far in this series. It wasn’t anything special but I like that it isn’t so bitter that it feels like it’s biting my tongue off- I’m not a fan of that feeling.

Meagan and I agree this one is;

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Jose rates this one as;

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Scotch Whisky Porter

Innis & Gunn

Alc/Vol: 7.4%
Size: 330ml

This one smells very interesting. It smells like very alcoholic beer with a hint of smoke. I’m not a scotch drinker because I don’t like the peaty (smoky) flavour. This beer is overly peaty, it taste like pure smoke. This one was my least favourite beer, I would only give this to my worst enemies. If there was something below 1/5 I would rate this beer at that. If you are a fan of a smoky flavour than I’m sure you’ll have a vastly different opinion than me.

We all agree this one is;

1/5

Melvilles Ginger Beer

Innis & Gunn

Alc/Vol: 4.1%
Size: 500ml

I’m obsessed with ginger which is why I saved this one for last- because I knew I was going to like it.

It smells like ginger, if it didn’t I would be worried. It tastes like ginger ale with a bite. I really enjoyed this but it wouldn’t be my go-to ginger beer. I usually reach for Crabbies Ginger Beer. It tastes very similar to the Melvilles but with a lot more ginger flavour. The one redeeming feature about this beer is that its made with real ginger whereas Crabbies is only made with a small amount of ginger extract.

Meagan and I agree this one is;

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Jose disagreed with us and he thought this one was

1/5