Tis’s the season for Pumpkin flavoured drinks. People are either obsessed or sick of pumpkin ale’s. I love it, and I rounded up a few of my favourite pumpkin beers. It really depends on your taste preferences, some like it maltier, some hoppier, so I have devised a rating to help you pick out your favourite from my list. Continue reading “Pumkin Beer Challenge: Russell, Howe Sound, Elysian, Phillips and Steamworks”
The bite that ESB’s have are not for everyone but it’s a personal favorite when I can find one that’s well balanced.
Although not out of the world, this interstellar ESB is well balanced. Slightly sweet on the nose, you get a nice caramel and fruity hop up front that’s quickly followed with a syrup like sweetness. This rounds out the bitterness almost a tad too much in my opinion. The finish is nice and smooth though so this will still make for a nice summer brew.
“Rumours swirl about a secret Philips brewing project called Area 52, where renegade hoptomology breeds experimental hoppy beers known only by their call – signs. We deny everything, Octofox does not exist” – Philips Brewery, Victoria BC
Philips Area 52, code name octofox, found only in the Philips hopbox. It starts with a really floral and fruity aroma. The fruit is really distinguishable in the hops. It’s finish is slightly dry and smooth.
The Sky Pilot northwest pale ale has recently been released from Howe Sound Brewery. It’s an ode to the new sea to sky gondola in Squamish. A light and refreshing pale ale with some surprising hops to it. This gives it a dry finish but nonetheless a classic northwest pale ale that hits the spot for those looking for a slightly bigger hop profile.
Red Racer Maple Bacon Breakfast ale is brewed by Central City. Pours a light amble gold with minimal head. Got a sweet nutty aroma. The sweet maple followed with an unmistakable smokiness of the bacon. This brew has a distinct savory and clean finish. On sale now for $4 at your BC Liqourstore. Limited quantities