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
Punch Bowl IPA
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.
I bought this beer purely for the name and the label – who doesn’t love a pin-up girl Santa? but also I’m obsessed with anything “spiced” so if a beer has cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg then it’s right up my alley.
Russell Brewing Company: Surrey, BC
Price: $6.50—Port Moody Liquor Store
Naughty and spiced is one of my favourite beers of the winter so far. It tastes like Christmas in a bottle with a slight bitterness at the end. This beer is perfectly balanced with no single flavour taking over your taste buds.
Its colour is a very deep luscious brown that is full of character. When you pour the beer it looks dark and gourmet, definitely something I look for around this time of year. It smells of Nutmeg, caramel, and vanilla. It is literally a dessert in beer form; and what’s better than dessert and beer? Nothing!
If you haven’t had this beer before it is a must try! So add it to your Christmas list and get ready for something that is truly amazing.