I gotta say, that Canada's Stanley Park Brewing properly named this beer. I was mildly intrigued by the name, but what really made me curious was the logo of Canadian yoga wear manufacturer Lululemon attached to it. A clothing manufacturer making beer? I had to try that.
Upon the first pour, I became enthusiastic about this lager. It was unfiltered, which I like, so I was ready to take on some flavour. To say the least, I was mildly disappointed on the first swallow. Instead of being an interestingly tasting lager, this beer was a little boring.
Carolyn was eager to try the Curiosity Lager because she loves the Lululemon brand. True to form, she loved this beer too. She felt it was very clean tasting and it had no aftertaste. Right up her alley.
For me, this lager was fine. I liked it, but I wouldn't actively search this out. However, if I had to split a six pack of beer with Carolyn, this would be a good beer to choose. She really liked it, and that can't be said about many beers.
After some discussion, we agreed that this was a 3 burp beer.
When you read something is unique, you may not know if the object is "good" unique or "bad" unique. In the case of Wiconsin's Bad Hare Red Ale, it's "good" unique. This is a great example of America's new found love of craft beer. Original unique taste.
This ale was unlike any beer I have previously enjoyed. It has a medium malty flavour with a touch of sweetness that isn't really there. In reality, this slight sweetness takes the edge off of the malt.
I thought that I really liked this beer. Originally, I thought this was going to be a 4 burper, but as I drank it down my views began to change. I'm not one for sweetness in beer, and this just started to get to me. By the end, I changed my mind to a solid 3 burp rating. I like it, but I didn't like it a lot.
Carolyn was in the same boat. She said her initial taste was quite enjoyable, however, with every other swallow, she liked it less and less.
Don't get me wrong. This is a different beer with a different taste and it's definitely worth trying.
Try Rhinelander Brewing Company's Bad Hare Red Ale and let me know what you think.
Fuller's really hypes its strong beer ESB. It call itself a Champion Ale and it has won the best beer in Britain award 5 times. With that pedigree and my previous enjoyment of Fuller products, I was looking forward to trying this beer.
This first thing I noticed was the nice pale brown colour as I filled the glass. A thick head formed without any problem. In fact, I had to watch my pour so the head wouldn't get out of control. I thought, maybe I made too large of a head, but it quickly settled down and formed a nice film on the side of the glass as I drank it down.
ESB has a nice bitter Ale flavour, which reminded me of an India Pale Ale. That's what Carolyn didn't like about this beer. The strong bitter finish. I on the other hand quite enjoyed the bitterness.
Is this a Champion Ale as the Fuller marketing department suggests? I would have to say no. I was surprised that it was voted the best beer in Britain five times. I've had many English beers better than this one. Having said that, if you enjoy a full flavoured Ale with a nice bitter finish, then I suggest you give Fuller's ESB a try.
I give this Ale three burps. There are better ales out there in my opinion.
Yukon Holiday met a couple of firsts for me. It was my first ever beer made in the Yukon, and it was my first ever Kölsch style beer.
Hell, I didn't even know what Kölsch style beer was until I looked it up. All I know is I've never had a beer from the Yukon before. It ends up that Kölsch style beers have a moderate bitterness, but fairly prominent hop flavour with a high effervescence but a rounded, stylish character derived from lagering. I felt better after reading this definition because to me, this beer had a very lager like taste.
Not much of a head formed when it was poured and it had a pale gold colour like many lagers. I liked it from the initial taste and the more of it I drank, the better it tasted. Could a drink a bunch of Yukon Holidays? Sure, it was alright. And that my friends is the crux of this beer. It's just alright. I will never turn one down, but I won't actively search it out again.
If you're looking for a Yukon beer to round out a list, try Yukon Holiday. Chances are you'll like but I doubt you'll love it. I give this beer three burps.
When I picked the bottle of Steinlager Classic off the beer store's shelf, I figured it was from Germany. It had a German name and the font was definitely Gothic. I was shocked when I opened it a week later to find out that this German looking beer was actually from New Zealand.
After reading a bit about the beer's history it became obvious why this beer emulates a German product. Steinlager Classic was developed in 1958 in response to New Zealand's "Black Budget". The Black Budget effectively banned imported beer from entering the country. As a result, Steinlager Classic was born. No wonder it looks German, it was designed to replace German product.
Unfortunately, the contents of this Kiwi lager didn't match the German flavour it was trying to imitate. To me, it tasted like the Canadian beer Labatt Blue. It had a medium gold colour and a nice frothy head formed when poured.
Steinlager had a nice crisp classic lager flavour. If you like lagers, you'll like Steinlager Classic. It's not the best lager I've had, but it's good. I give this beer 3 burps!
I was excited to try Samuel Smith's India Ale when I pulled it out of my fridge. I really enjoy English beer and I figured this would be the case with Mr. Smiths IPA. I certanily wasn't disappointed with this beer, but it didn't grab me by the collar and make shout "outstanding".
My personal highlight of this beer was its refreshing bitterness. I really noticed it at the beginning of each mouthful but it quickly dissipates as you rest between swallows. India Ale also had the strong hop finish which is typical of IPA.
Other highlights of this beer was it's beautiful pale copper colour. and the consistent frothy film that clung to the side of the glass as I drunk it down. I like that. It helps the beer look and taste like it was poured from a tap.
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery in North Yorkshire, England has been brewing beer since the 1780's. The original well was sunk in 1785 and its water is still be used to make beer today. Kinda impressive.
I only gave this beer 3 burps. It's good, but I expected more from it. Maybe the problem is with me and not the beer. I wish I could have given it more burps, but it just didn't stand up to the English 4 burp beers I've rated.
Let me know what you think.
Usually, I'm not a fan of strong beer. I have a preconceived notion that it doesn't taste good. When I think "strong beer", I think of cheap American beer. However, if I keep drinking beers like Tap 5 Hopfenweisse, my opinion about strong beers will change.
Tap 5 is made by Germany's oldest wheat beer brewery Schneider & Sohn. This is the same brewer that makes Tap 4 which I recently gave 5 burps. So I was excited to see what Tap 5 would offer. Being a Doppelbock I expected it to be stronger and darker than Tap 4 and I wasn't disappointed.
It was darker than its cousin and definitely cloudier. I could actually see particles moving around in the glass from the strong and long lasting carbonation. The initial head was substantial, and the bubbles kept forming as I drank this bad boy down.
I noticed that once I got used to the sweet taste, Tap 5 started to go down easy. Maybe it was because I was sitting in the sun on my deck, or maybe it's just good. I think it was a bit of both.
Do I recommend Tap 5. Yep! It's a decent beer, and for an 8.2% beer, it's pretty good. It was easy to give it 3 burps. Although to be honest, I'll stick to Tap 4 when given the choice between the two.
Generally speaking, I'm not much of a fan of strong beers. Usually, I find strong beer to be kind of sweet tasting, and once they get a little warm, they become terrible. That's why I was surprised to learn that Muskoka Brewery's Mad Tom IPA was a strong beer. It's pretty decent.
Mad Tom is an unfiltered India pale ale. This means that it's a little cloudy when it hits the glass. With the color of a light orangy brown, it tasted as good as it looked. Mad Tom had a decent hoppy taste that wasn't overpowering.
My guest drinker Violet gave this Canadian IPA five burps. Personally, I think she rated it to high. I thought it was only worth 3 burps. It was a good beer, but it wasn't a damn good beer. Having said that, if you want a strong beer that will hit you before you go to the bar. Give it a try. You'll be able to drink more than one.
Ontario Canada's Muskoka region is a special place. Littered with small lakes, the region is the premier cottage area for the rich and famous from Toronto. I would have thought that a craft brewer with clientele as demanding as rich Torontonians, would have brewed a better product.
I tried Muskoka Brewery's Detour IPA after reading about it online. The brewer describes it as taking a left turn from other IPA's by dry hopping as part of the method. I have no clue what this means. All I know was that I was expecting something different.
Maybe I did get something different, but I didn't think I got anything special. There was no head when poured (boo), and it had a slightly hoppy medium bodied flavour. I enjoyed the beer, but it certainly doesn't stand out. There are plenty of other IPA's I would select over this one.
I expected more from a brewer that has been making beer since 1996. Maybe it's just me, and I kept going straight instead of taking the detour. As a result, Detour IPA only gets three burps.
If you disagree let me know.
With the current craze in craft beers, it looks like anyone and everyone is getting into the craze. To prove my point, Riptide Rye Pale Ale is brewed by two scientists and an engineer from London, Ontario's Forked River Brewery.
What would three nerds know about brewing beer? Apparently, a little something. I was pleasantly surprised by the fellas from Forked River. Their Riptide Ale tasted deliciously like rye which was a nice change from the other pale ales I had been drinking recently. It also had a nice malty flavour in the finish.
When pouring the beer, I noticed that it was slightly cloudy. I figured it was unfiltered but I was surprised to learn that it's not pasteurized too. This was truely a fresh beer! I was disappointed with the lack of head. There just wasn't much to it. I think maybe that's why I didn't rate it higher.
I give this pale ale three burps. I just wished I could have given it more, but the head let me down.
Drinking the world.
One beer at a time.