Hawks28 wrote: spinrsx wrote:
mentioned this last week in the BC beer thread. Also, they are showing stock on foodanddrinkhttp://foodanddrink.ca/lcbo-ear/lcbo/pr ... ber=386201
groulxsome wrote:Not showing any stock yet (that I can see), but Parallel 49 Snap Crackle Hop Imperial Rice IPA and Black Hops are both on the shelf at QQ.
anyone tried that BC mix pack? Is it worth picking up, or is it pretty mediocre?
Four Winds Saison: Probably one of the best of the bunch. Big bubblegum, citrus, lots of orange and other yeast phenolics in the taste. Little bread yeast poking through, and slightly sweet. If you like the more phenolic and less crisp saison (not I!), it’s a nice example.
Whistler Bear Paw Honey Lager: Much better than I expected. Brown malt and honey aroma. Definite honey sweetness into a somewhat sticky honey finish. Lots of sticky honey. Nothing if not endearing.
Dead Frog Bold Belgian Pale Ale: Worst of the lot. Bad, poorly thought through beer. Ill-conceived like an amateur homebrew. Hops read as grassy and green, malt is overthought and heavy, and the yeast is lost. Needs editing!
R&B Raven Cream Ale: No one likes the pale cream ale anymore, apparently. Dark. Interesting beer. Nutty and caramel, almost like a big mild. Oddly light in strange ways. Again, somewhat endearing but not very good. (If you like the Bell City Cream Ale, you’ll like this. Similar dark “pre prohibition” things.)
Phillips Elsinore Lager: Well intentioned enough, but very light malt character and leaves most of the work for spicy hops which kinda carry the beer. Very North American Lager. Not quite as good as Cameron’s, at least at the age of these bottles.
Steamworks Pilsner: The other candidate for best of the lot. Clearly more Czech/creamy and balanced, but the Saphir hops give it a Firestone Pivo vibe. Spicy and Tangerine aromatics.
So we end up with one total dud, a very average lager, an above average honey beer, an old mild-ish “cream ale,” and a solid saison and pils. Fun to taste, but probably a pass unless you really want to try something.