Saturday, June 4, 2011

Beer Review #27

 Pale Ale
5% Alcohol/Volume
Okanagan Springs
American Pale Ale

Appearance: Hits the glass a rich copper color,with a thin lasting ring of head.  A nice clear beer. Smells like something sweet, but cant exactly identify what.
Score 3.5/5

Taste: The first taste is sweet but fleeting, works to a buttery and smooth beer. Overall it is a fairly plain beer.
Score 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: It is a nice soft, light beer. I like the fact that the beer doesn't finish super dry. I did find it a little bitter, but after the beer warms the bitterness leaves.
Score 2.5/5

Beer Type: American Pale Ales are meant to have malt and hops in balance, with fruity esters all the while being a clean beer. Okanagan Springs Pale Ale is a fair representation of an average American Pale Ale.
Score 3/5

Drinkability: I don think this one would be a permanent addition to my fridge. The flavor leaves too fast and the bitterness (while fading) was off putting.
Score 3/5

Score 14/25  I really don't know what to say about this beer other than i hope the next Okanagan Springs offering is a little better than the last two.

Beer Review # 26

5.2% Alcohol/Volume
Okanagan Springs Brewery
American Pale Lager

Appearance: Pours into the glass a light tea color, brass perhaps? Has a nice ring of head and smells fruity and tangy with a hint of orange. This is of course due to the extra hops!
Score 3/5

Taste: The orange smell quickly turns to lemon on the tongue, and finishes a bit bready and yeasty.
Score 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: Very bitter! Strong bitterness. Did I mention it was bitter? Out side of the bitterness it is light with a nice amouont of carbonation. After a few more drinks of the beer the bitterness lowers to a more appropriate level, so dont give up after one drink.
Score 2/5

Beer Type: American Pale Lagers are described as being all malt, yellow and fizzy, with a complex bitterness.  Well this one sure got the bitterness! Id say this one specifically is all hop.
Score 2/5

Drinkability: The bitterness is really what ruins the beer for me. It reminds me of an ESB (extra special bitter) a type of beer meant to give you that over the top bitter taste. Also I think it wasn't crisp enough to be enjoyed on a hot day. Old style pilsner drinkers may enjoy this one however.
Score 2/5

Score 11/20 I have tried to say something good about this beer, but if you do not like a bitter beer it is not for you. If that's your thing you will certainly be in heaven with this brew!

Beer Review #25

4.5% Alcohol/ Volume
Big Rock Brewery
Cream Ale

Appearance: Warthog pours to a nice rosy amber color.
                     I smell fruit and citrus, however the beer
                     itself cant seem to make any form of foam.
                     Score 2.5/5

Taste: The citrus and fruit smell is now present on the
          tongue. The flavors make me think of a much
          darker, richer beer, but they end up being a bit
          watered down.
          Score 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: I found the carbonation a little too strong, not strong like a bottle of Coca Cola, but still strong on the tongue. I think this takes away from the overall taste. That being said it still has a nice mellow lasting flavor that finishes with no hints of bitterness.                    
Score 2.5/5

Beer Type: Cream Ales are designed to be low in bitterness, have a high carbonation and a sweet aroma. Warthog does a nice job of representing this.
 Score 3.5/5

Warthog come across to me as being a light beer trying to be a dark beer. It has all the flavor of a good dark beer muted by water, to bring down the heaviness dark beer tend to have.
 Score 3/5

Score: 14/25 Warthogs are generally pretty ugly creatures. This beer is not ugly, just misunderstood. If you would like to try a beer that could help you to appreciate darker richer beers Warthog would be a good stepping stone.

Beer Review #24

5% Alcohol/ Volume
Big Rock Brewery
American Pale Lager

Appearance: Gopher pours a nice golden yellow
                    color,much like its rodent namesake,
                    It has a strong bread like aroma, with
                    no retain-able head.
                    Score 2.5/5

Taste: On first taste I get a bit of citrus, with a slight
          sweetness. Has a lingering yeasty and bready
          quality. Overall it is fairly simple.
          Score 3/5
Mouthfeel: Gopher has a nice soft carbonation, and in taste it reminds me
                 of a pilsner. Finishes crisp and dry, very clean.
                 Score 3/5

Beer Type: American Pale Lagers are meant to be yellow, fizzy with a
                  complex bitterness. Gopher doesn't reinvent the wheel for
                  sure fits the main standards for this type but not the more
                  subtle and specific ones.
                  Score 2.5/5

Drinkability: I could see myself shooting back a few gophers. The beer is
                   mild enough to have more than one, and refreshing enough to
                   have after a hard day.
                   Score 4/5

Score: 15/25  There is nothing wrong with Gopher. It won't be a pest in
                   your fridge, that you will have to pawn off on friends. People
                   who like to try smaller micro brews, but don't want to try
                   something too different.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Beer Review #23

5% Alcohol/ Volume
Big Rock Brewery
American Pale Wheat Ale

Appearance: In the glass this beer is a nice gold color,
                    maybe a shade closer to orange than just
                    gold. Smells clean with sweet and fruity
                    notes, also a subtle hint of grass
                    Score 3.5/5

Taste: On the tounge it is a nice beer, soft, slightly sweet
          with a pleasant grassy body. There is a slight
          lingering yeast flavor present, but it does not
          take away from the beer. Try a slice of lemon or
          lime to cut the yeast if that is not your thing.
                                               Score: 3/5

Mouthfeel: Grasshopper is well balanced, crisp and light. The sweet up
                 front taste is nicely chased with a mild bitterness.
                 Score 4/5

Beer Type:  American Pale wheat ales are meant to be pale in color, light on
                   carbonation, low to mild bitterness and light on the tounge.
                   Grasshopper meets most of these requirements fairly well, but
                   strays a bit on color and carbonation
                   Score 3/5

Drinkability: It is a nice beer, very drinkable, in the summer on a hot day or
                   with some friends in minus 40 wishing it was summer. Nice and
                   light, wont way you down, or overload the taste buds.
                   Score 4/5

Score: 17.5/25  I have found Big Rock to make good beer that are tasty,
                         refreshing and affordable. If you like to try something a
                         little different a choice from Big Rock is a safe bet.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Beer Review #22

Noble Pilsner
4.9% Alcohol/ Volume
Sam Adam's
Czech Pilsner

Appearance: Pours a nice clear gold
                    color. Has a fine short
                    lasting head. My wife
                    says she can smell peach.
                    Score 4/5

Taste: Starts with a  little sweet hint of flavor that leaves fast to a nice clean
          beer flavor.
          Score: 4/5

Mouthfeel: This beer is nice soft and crisp. It finishes semi-dry with a hint of
                 yeast, and isn't bitter.

Beer Type: This one hits it right on the head. Czech Pilsner are meant to be
                  what this beer is, Gold, clear, smooth, crisp and yeasty. This
                  truly is a Noble Pilsner.
                  Score 5/5

Drinkability: This is my first experience with Sam Adam's beer and if this is
                   how all the others are I am excited to try some more! You can
                   drink quiet a bit of these fine brews and come back for more.
                   Score 5/5

Score: 22/25 Sam Adam's will always be welcome in my fridge, and this one
                     is definitely one would recommend trying.

Beer Review #21

4.6% Alcohol/Volume
Raastred Bryghus
Czech Pilsner

Appearance: Pours to a nice yellow gold color with a
                    slightly frothy head. Oddly cloudy with a
                    light citrus smell.
                    Score 2/5

Taste: On first taste I found it light with a citrus taste.
          Nothing much else to report other than a nice
          mild beer.
          Score 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Nice soft bubbles, very light with a crisp semi
                                            dry finish that was just a little bitter.
                                            Score 4/5

 Beer Type: Czech Pilsner are traditionally smooth, crisp, and clean on the
                   pallet. They are also meant to be crystal clear, which this beer is not.

Drinkability: Raasted Pilsner is pleasant, refreshing and light. It is simple and
                   ordinary which makes it easy to drink. Also for the price of
                   shipping it from Denmark where it is made it is still reasonable.
                   Score: 5/5

Scoring: 17.5/25 Nice small European import that can bridge the gap from
                          big name domestic beer to high end Micro-brews.