Pumkin Beer Challenge: Russell, Howe Sound, Elysian, Phillips and Steamworks

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”

Dead Frog Interstellar ESB


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.

Philips Brewing Area 52 – Octofox


“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.