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.
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.
Maybe I shouldn't have been surprised that this beer was terrible. It was tossed to me by a teenager in a boat while I was paddle boarding. When I was his age, I was worried about cost per can instead of good flavour, and after drinking the Brewhouse Pilsner, clearly he was too.
Although I had never heard of this beer, I assumed it was cheap. After all, it was freely given to me by a drunk teenage boater. I figured, if he felt he could afford to give one away, it had to be cheap. I've never found the cost of this beer, but it tasted as cheap as I imagined it would. I thought, maybe it was just me, but when Carolyn tried it, she almost spit it out. She may not be much of a beer drinker, but that was an adverse reaction even for her.
Luckily, we were frying halibut that night and we needed a beer for the batter. Brewhouse Pilsner did the trick. It made a great beer batter! That's probably the best thing I can say about this Pilsner. It makes a great fish batter
Brewhouse Pilsner barely deserves one weak burp. Fish batter - yes, drinking - no.
I first noticed Lazy Mutt Alberta Brown Ale at the liquor store. It had a tough looking cartoon bulldog on it, that said try me. Well, that's the last time I listen to a cartoon bulldog.
I was looking forward to my first taste of an Alberta Brown Ale. I had no clue what an Alberta Ale tasted like, so I was ready to go. Upon my first taste, I thought I tasted molasses but I knew that was wrong. By the third swallow, I tasted burnt caramel. The taste of caramel with a bitter finish. It left my mouth with a strong malty taste.
During the initial pour not much of a head formed, but what did form, stayed consistent as I drank it down. When I topped up the glass, a thick foamy head formed.
Initially, I thought Lazy Mutt was a three burp beer, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the average three burper was much more enjoyable than this Minhas Micro Brewery product. By the end, I didn't even want to finish the glass. I gave the rest to my German Shepherd, but he didn't want it either.
In the end, I give Lazy Mutt Alberta Brown Ale two burps.
Since my university days, I've enjoyed drinking blonde ales in the summer. They tend to be light and crisp and go great in hot weather. Canada's Knotty Blonde Ale certainly fits this bill.
It's a light tasting beer with a slight fruity flavour. I know what you're thinking - light tasting beers taste like water and usually suck. Well, that's not the case with this Knotty Blonde. It's crisp tasting with a subtle maltiness, and it isn't hoppy at all.
I drank this 650 ml bottle quickly. A bunch of these would go down very easy sitting out on the back deck. Even Carolyn really enjoyed it.
Not much of a head formed on my initial pour even though I thought I poured it aggressively. When I topped up the glass at the halfway point, I nice thick frothy head formed which was nice.
Brewed by Old Yale Brewing Company in the Chilliwack River Valley, the brewers claim to use Canada's best drinking water. I don't know about that claim, but Knotty Blonde Ale tastes pretty damn good.
It's easy to give this beer four burps. If you're looking for a fresh and crisp tasting beer to enjoy during hot patio weather, this is it.
Let me know if you like it.
I've never been a huge drinker of dark beers. One or two and I'm good. I can't drink dark beer all night long. However, I might be able to drink a whole bunch of Mill Street Brewery's Vanilla Porter.
Imagine enjoying the dark malty flavour of a dark beer combined with the unique flavour of vanilla. Don't think this is like the vanilla flavour you get in Vanilla Coke. You're not going to get any artificial vanilla flavorings here. The fellas at Mill St. use real vanilla extract, and you can tell the difference once you taste this delicious porter.
You can definitely taste the vanilla. It wasn't overpowering, but you could taste it in the background. It went very nice with the traditional coffee and malty flavours of porters. It's head was thick and creamy like you would expect, and the colour was deep brown.
Porters are similar to Stouts but they differ in the type of malt used during brewing. Porters use malted barley while stouts primarily use unmalted roasted barley. Porters also tend to be a little lighter than stouts but the two are similar. If you like one, you'll like the other.
I give Mill Street Brewery's Vanilla Porter 4 big burps.
Let me know what you think.
************** Warning!! Don't Drink Nickel Brook Gluten Free Ale **************
The above message may be a little extreme, but I believe it needs to be put on every can of this beer. That's how much I didn't like this beer. It's just terrible.
I should have realized what I was getting myself into when I poured this pathetic excuse of a beer. It was the colour of piss, and its head resembled the foam that forms in the toilet during my morning leak. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that it tasted like piss too.
I only drank this beer because a close friend of mine had recently gone gluten free and he wanted me to try this "great gluten free beer" he recently discovered. All I've got to say is that if this is a good gluten free beer, my friend needs to get back on the gluten!
To be fair to Nickel Brook's Gluten Free ale, I did have one positive experience. Up to this point, I had not given any beer my lowest burp rating (one burp). I was starting to think I was like Homer Simpson doing restaurant reviews. I like everything and I hate nothing. Thanks to this beer I know that's not true.
I really hated this beer. I actually poured it into the bushes instead of finishing it. Now I know what a one burp beer tastes like and this is it.
I recently returned to the old country to visit my closest and dearest friends. While there, I entered the role of plaything with my friends' various children. For days, their daughter wanted to teach me cartwheels. Finally, I relented but only on the condition that she be my "beer girl" during the family BBQ that night. She readily agreed to fetch me beers and dispose of my empties for my participation in cartwheels.
The first beer my five year old server brought me was Creemore Springs Brewery's Hops and Bolts IPL (India pale lager). When I asked her why she selected this one, her response was all little girl "because the can is pretty". Well, I'm glad she selected it because I really enjoyed this India pale ale.
I knew it was going to be good as soon as I poured it. It had a great head which I always like, and it had a very unique color. The color was so unique, I had trouble describing it. Eventually, I asked Violet, my beer girl and she said it was "brorange" which is brownie-orange. You know what? She was bang on with her description.
This beer was really easy to drink. I thought something with such a hoppy flavour and finish would take a while to plow through, but it didn't. I quite enjoyed Hops and Bolts as did my beer girl. When I asked her what she thought of it, she wiped the foam mustache from the top of her lip and gave me a thumbs up. I gave it 4 burps, and I recommend it to anyone who likes a hoppy lager.
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.
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