Canuck Pale Ale

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewery Type: Pale Ale ABV: 5.2% Notes: I’m trying to broaden my horizons so I willingly got a hop-laden beer. Right away I’m punched in the face with that hoppy, perfumy bitterness. Actually, perhaps because I’m attempting to come at this with a different perspective, it’s not bad! I’m also detecting some orange…

Sleeman Fine Porter

Brewery: Sleeman Breweries Ltd. Type: Porter ABV: 5.5% Taste: This beer has a medium-to-thick body. Right away, I can detect a roasty malt and a bit of earthy or raw chocolate flavors, which is actually pretty good. The problem actually comes further into the mouthful where I get this taste of chemicals or artificial flavoring. It’s a little off-putting,…

Big Rig Gold

Brewery: Big Rig Brewery Type: Lager (? Not sure) ABV: 5.0% Taste: Light and crisp body with little to no aftertaste. Goes down cleanly; doesn’t really coat your mouth. I initially notice lots of carbonation and a strong citrus tanginess that tingles. As I process it more, I get a hint of hop bitterness –…

Heller Highwater

Brewery: Kichesippi Bear Co. Type: Lager ABV: 4.8% Taste: Medium body with a initial oaty taste that turns into a slight bitterness towards the end of the mouthful. It lingers for a 5 seconds afterwards with more oat and a little bit of a yeast flavor (not in a bad way). Very little hop presence. I would compare this…

Xingu

Brewery: Carvejaria Kaiser (Brazil) Type: Dark (Black) ABV: 4.6% Taste: Medium body. My initial reaction was that it was sweet and tangy; citrus. There’s no bitterness from hops that I could determine. The beer was dark, with a really nice coffee color but it had little to no harshness. Meghan actually liked it, which should be telling (she doesn’t like…

Yeungling

Brewery: Yeungling Brewery Type: Traditional Amber Lager ABV: 4.4% Taste: Light body and taste for an Amber Lager – although after reading up on it, it’s their flagship beer and is what you get when you order a ‘Lager’. This, to me, would suggest they’ve toned the ‘amber-ness’ of it down a little to appeal to more people…

Three Winds Shiraz

Name: 2013 Pays D’oc Syrah Vintner: Three Winds Grape: Syrah / Shiraz ABV: 13.5% Cost: $13.99 About the Wine/Grape: Did you know that Syrah and Shiraz is the same thing?  Tending to produce medium to full-bodied wines with medium-plus to high levels of tannins and flavors of blackberry, mint and black pepper notes. Review: Soft, smooth, gentle, but rich and…

Yukon Red

Brewery: Yukon Brewing Company Location: Whitehorse, Yukon Type: American Amber Ale ABV: 5.5% Taste:  Brewed in Whitehorse, Yukon.  It’s exactly what I thought it would be, a blandish slightly peppery, slightly caramel-y amber ale- obviously modelled after Ricards Red.  I got through them, they didn’t do much for me.  Overall uninterested in it.

Steinlager Pure

  Brewery: Steinlager Location: New Zealand Type: Lager ABV: 5.0% Taste:  A beer that sounds German which adheres to the purity law, and is made from fresh New Zealand water.   Needless to say, I had high expectations.   This is a fascinating beer.  It looks bright and lively, lots of carbonation.  No additives, preservatives, and…

Okanagan Spring

Brewery: Okanagan Spring Location: British Columbia (Vernon) Type: 1516 Bavarian Lager ABV: 5.0% Taste:  It’s quick, sharp, alcohol-y and earthy.  There’s too much of an alcohol flavour for me, I feel like their efforts to keep to the Bavarian purity law (barley, hops, yeast, water) didn’t result in enough of a flavour to mask/compete with the…

Jever

Brewery: Friesisches Brauhaus Type: Pilsener Friesisch Herb (Pilsner) ABV: 4.9% Taste: Initially, a hint of sweetness and fruit. The middle brings in the bitterness and towards the end comes a raisin / metal taste, which is similar to an English Ale. I don’t like beer with a strong, distinct taste of copper. It’s not pleasant.

Kilkenny

  Brewery: Smithwick’s Brewery Type: Irish Cream Ale ABV: 4.3% Taste: Thick body. Low carbonation (which is typical for a nitrogenated beer). Really smooth and a great oat/malt taste. A hint of bitterness as it sits in your mouth with the bitterness coming a bit more strongly with the aftertaste. Also has a very slight sweetness, similar to an…