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.