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Persephone Brewing Golden Ale

Persephone Brewing Golden Ale

Retailing at BCLDB for $11.95 for a six pack

The Persephone Golden Ale comes in a 355ml can. When poured, the liquid is a clear rich honey colour with average levels of carbonation. The slightly off white head disappeared to the edges of the glass rather quickly. The nose had hints of herbs from the hops and a touch of floral notes. The mouthfeel was fairly light with a savory hoppy bitterness the end note that lingered subtly on the tongue

Rating: 3/5 – an enticing ale that would pair well with some poached white fish with citrus slices.

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Howe Sound Brewing Devil’s Elbow IPA

Howe Sound Devil’s Elbow IPA

Retailing for $7.75 for a 1L bottle at the BCLDB

I poured the Howe Sound Brewing Devil’s Elbow IPA rather aggressively resulting in a rich tan creamy head that seemed to hang around for a while. The nose had a subdued sweetness to it with hints of caramel and a touch of malts. In the glass, the beer was a tempting caramel colour and a higher level of carbonation resulted in a crisp start with distinct hop character. What I found lingering on my tongue had definitive grapefruit bitterness with undertones of caramel sweetness. The great thing about Howe Sound brews is that the re-sealable 1L bottle means you don’t have to drink the entire bottle in one sitting. I tried this beer again about 4 days after writing the original review and the flavours did not suffer one bit.

Rating: 4/5  – a distinct IPA with hints of caramel and a re-sealable bottle definitely give this beer a high rating.

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Steamworks Jasmine IPA

Steamworks Jasmine IPA

Steamworks Jasmine IPA

Steamworks Jasmine IPA

650ml bottle retailing for $5.50 at the BCLDB

Steamworks Jasmine IPA caught me with a bit of a surprise as most beers with a Flower in their name usually come on too strong for the average beer drinker. This IPA poured a clear honey coloured liquid with medium levels of carbonation yielding a rich white head that disappeared rather quickly. The mouth feel was light with a delicious white grapefruit bitterness yielding to a sweet floral flavor in the after taste. Steamworks has always impressed me with the artwork on their labels, very much centered on some of the most famous landmarks in the lower mainland.

Rating: 4/5 with IPAs being one of my favourite styles, this offering from Steamworks stands out with a pleasant floral finish.
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Bomber Brewing Pilsner

Bomber Pilsner

Retailing for $11.50 for 6X355ml cans at retail stores
Bomber Brewing Pilsner

Bomber Brewing Pilsner

Bomber Brewing’s Pilsner is a great example of a Czech Pilsner style of beer. This particular Pilsner has a stronger hop flavor than what the average consumer would expect. Coming in at 4.8% alc./vol., this crystal clear apple juice coloured beer was light on the tongue with high level of carbonation. The initial taste was crisp and smooth with a nice amount of Saaz hops bitterness. A great beer to pair with a white fish such as a nice fish and chips with fresh homemade tartar sauce.

Rating: 3.0/5 – a delicious Czech Pilsner that went down fairly easily.