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Leapbeer Tasting – Fruity Beers

Having had a large collection of beers in the Leapbeer fridge I’ve started organizing some tasting events in an effort to enlist help in my weighty goal. It’ll also help me clear out some space in the fridge for all the new releases as they come out. I had my superfriend Jeff join me for this tasting event.

The beers I chose for this tasting were the Longwood Brewpub Frambois, the Phillips Brewing Raspberry Wheat Ale, the Howe Sound 4-way Fruit Ale, the Cannery Brewing Blackberry Porter and a Cassis Lambic by Brouwerij Lindemans of Belgium. That’s the order we drank them in. I was trying to go for a profile of lighter to stronger tastes, but I didn’t have any experience with most of these beers so it was a bit of guess work as well.

First up, Frambois from Longwood Brewpub in Nanaimo.

Here are our notes.
Chris; First thing you get from this beer is a big time hit of raspberry smell. Taste wise, you get a nice bitterness and sourness from the raspberries in this ale. It is also very easy drinking
Jeff noted that it was sweet smelling. And you taste a definite sourness from this beer
2nd is Raspberry Wheat Ale by Phillips Brewery.

Chris; I don’t get a big whiff of raspberry with this one, but I do get a yeasty smell from it. It has lots of raspberry flavour with some great sourness from that. It also has that distinctly crisp wheat beer finish.
Jeff got that this beer doesn’t smell as fruity as the previous, but you can smell the sourness in it. It also tastes more wheaty.

3rd up is the 4-way fruit ale by Howe Sound Brewing

Jeff; Hoppy smell, but has a strange aftertaste. It tastes almost nutty. Not my (jeffs) favorite of the night.
Chris; Definitely smells of passion fruit and raspberry, as well as citric and hoppy. I got the nuttiness as well, its likely from the passion fruit seeds. Very complex fruitiness to it, a great beer.

4th is Blackberry Porter by Cannery Brewing

I know this pic was taken with the flash therefore darkening the beer in the glasses, but this is a jet black beer. Only when it’s very thin in the glass is it not uberblack. We both remarked that when it was poured. I didn’t taste the blackberry as much as I had thought I would, but you really smell it. It is a nice bitter porter still. Jeff agreed.

5th was the Cassis Lambic by Brouwerij Lindemans of Belgium.

Jeff; It really smells like the fruit (currants). When you drink it quickly it seems almost overwelmingly bitter. If you hold it in your mouth for a second it is extremely sweet. Almost cider-ish. Liked it so much it was the first he went back for 2nds on.
Chris; Incredibly fragrant. For a low percentage beer (according to untappd its 4.0% making it the lowest of the night) it is not a really great quaffer. More suited for sipping and savouring. After the initial confusion (it was my first lambic) I quite enjoyed it, slowly.

And that was our notes on the night. We enjoyed the beer and talking about them. We both agreed that while they were all great, our favorite was the Cassis Lambic. I’m intrigued to try more sour beers now, when I find some more. These 5 are now #’s 152-156 in the Leapbeer master list. Thanks to Jeff for helping me drink and contributing to the cause here. There are more tastings planned for the future, and he’ll be involved for sure.

Next time you are about to crack a bomber of craft beer, why not share it with a friend?

Thanks again for reading.

Leapbeer Review #151 Nectar of the Gods Wheat Wine Ale by Russell Brewing Company

This next beer was one picked up for me from Viti and I was very excited to get it into the Leapbeer fridge. It was a limited edition beer released earlier this year. It is a Wheat wine ale aged in Tennessee Whiskey barrels.

I poured it into a large wine glass, and it filled it with a rich amber/ruby coloured beer with a 1cm head on top.

This beer really smells like wine, like grapes and other fruit. It smells like a very malty wine. However the taste is different flavour compared to the other barley wines I’ve had. The aging in the whiskey barrels adds a depth and richness to the malt notes. And when you sip it you get hit by the whiskey flavour right near the end. I’ve read that you must like whiskey to enjoy this brew, and I’m prone to agree with it.

It’s rated at a 70 IBU bitterness rating, but it isn’t a pronounced hop-like bitterness. It comes out more in a feeling of thirst that you get as the beer dissipates in your mouth.

Leapbeer #151 Nectar of the Gods Wheat Wine Ale by Russell Brewing

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Leapbeer Review #150 Five by Upright Brewing Company

Having never seen the Upright beers until earlier this year I was very curious about their naming structure. The Top Shelf Liquor store in Courtenay stocks three of them, and this is the first one I got. I picked it because it was the first one to mention Hops on the back.

Here’s what it says on it.
Five is a hoppy beer, starting with a strongly aromatic and spicy nose. On the tongue, deep herbaceous flavors underscore a firm bitterness that lasts through a dry finish. This beer is made with pale and caramel malts, rolled barley, willamette, liberty and perle hops and a unique saison yeast. Pour into your favorite glass, whatever that may be, and  enjoy!”

This isn’t the first saison on the leapbeer journey, and likely not the last. It is a very strange and lovely style of beer that has the ability to be represented in so many ways. The five indeed has a very strong aromatic profile. You get the peppery saison smell right on the nose. It also tastes quite sour, as any good belgian style yeast will yield in a brew. It sips quite nicely and is a relatively lower test beer, making it great for session drinking (5.5% ABV).

My bottle had a considerable amount of sediment in the bottom and for the 2nd glass of it I really gave the last few bits a swirl to get it out. My glass is now completely opaque amber and the sourness has been turned up quite a bit. The balance between the hops the sour yeast and the subdued malts is very nice in this beer.

Leapbeer #150 is Five (5) by Upright Brewing Company of Portland Oregon

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Leapbeer Week In Review

Todays post is going to be a review of some of the new beers I’ve drank and a few thoughts I had on them. It isn’t so much a full fledged review of the beers. That is why I am putting them together in this post instead of giving them all their own post.

First up is the Coney Island Lager by Shmaltz Brewing Company of New York, New York. (New York CITAY!). While Lager beer’s are mostly recognized for their malty notes, this one has a excellent initial bitterness to it as well. Then the malts really start to shine through. It tastes as tho the malts are roasted to a near licorice flavour.

Leapbeer #147 is Coney Island Lager by Shmaltz Brewing Company

Next up was the Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel by Brasserie d’Achouffe (Duvel Moortgat). It is a Belgian India Pale ale. As you might guess it has a sour yeast taste to it. Then there is a generous dose of floral hops in the nose as well as in the bitterness of this beer. I found it surprisingly easy to drink despite the beers strength. 9.0% ABV

Leapbeer #148 is Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Thirdly we get to a local product, the Phillips Double Barrel Scotch Ale. I did not read the bottle before I cracked this one. I placed it in my fridge immediately after purchase and grabbed it out quickly for consumption. I poured the chilled brew into my glass and went in for a sniff. Nothing. I took a taste, bland. I thought why would they do something so forgettable? Then I turned my attention to the label. Here’s what it has on it.
Dangerously good. This scotch ale has been aged in Tennessee whiskey barrels and then loaded into Cabernet Sauvignon barrels from the Okanagan. This unique beer has a gentle peat note, complemented by rich vanilla flavours picked up in the Barrels. Don’t go off half cocked, enjoy this beer in a snifter and at CELLAR TEMPERATURES.

Let my mistake be the lesson for you. Always read your labels with regards to specially made craft beers. If it is something that they took the time to put information on the side, take a second to read it.

2nd glass (when the beer was rested up to room temperature) was a completely different story. The notes of the wine are readily apparent in the nose, and in the taste. If you let it linger on your palate you get the peat taste as well as a hint of the whiskey barrels. At first I didn’t like it, but after a proper tasting it was really good. This is a higher test scotch ale (7.7% ABV) and it goes down easy. Be warned, be careful.

Leapbeer #149 is Double Barrel Scotch Ale by Phillips Brewing Company in Victoria BC

Next up is Salvator by Paulaner Brauerei. This German beer is a very malty doppelbock. To say this beer is malty and sweet is an understatement. Its super malty. It also is quite thick. It’s a nice beer for the doppelbock style, but one I’d only have 1 of. You really need to sip this beer.  Nice, but definitely not a session beer.

Leapbeer #179 is Salvator by Paulaner Brauerei in Germany (Had to be renumbered due to mistakes)

Lastly I wanted to make a note about a trip to a local establishment. I had avoided this trip long enough and I finally caved and went to Merecroft Village Pub, the local “brew pub” in Campbell River. Below is a picture of their Maple Leaf on the left, and their Railway IPA on the right. The Maple leaf is a carbon copy of Molson Canadian. And by carbon copy I should have said carbon crappy. I realize this is me harnessing my inner beer snob, BUT this stuff is crap. It isn’t even worth your time. Their IPA doesn’t fair too much better, although it is at least somewhat hoppy. I drank through one pint of it and we went on for the night. This is what I expected from the quality of the beers brewed here. Campbell River really isn’t a craft beer town, and the local brew pub here reflects that. I wish them well and hope that someday they’ll make something that could be considered ‘craft’. But until that day I plan to avoid the place.

This isn’t how all the posts are going to be. I do plan to spend some time delving into different aspects of beer.

As always I thank you all for reading and hope you drink well, drink what you like and always drink responsibly.

Leapbeer Review #146 Flying Tanker White IPA by Vancouver Island Brewery

I was really pleased to see this beer hit the shelves when it came out. Vancouver Island Brewery, the Elder Statesman of the VI brewing scene if you will, has a great stable of fine products. That said they don’t usually venture out of the norm when it comes to beer styles. They have their pale ale, their blonde, the nut brown, the ipa, and the red. They also recently released their Beachcomber Summer Ale, a pseudo hefeweizen (or as I’ve heard it called ‘half a hef’). To sum up, they haven’t been known for brewing something that breaks boundaries as of late.

This is all over now.

I don’t know who it is they’ve got in their mad scientist lab, but he’s letting his inner Picasso out. He harnessed his evil genius, took some beer ingredients, strapped lazer beams onto them and stuffed it all into the bottle. The Flying Tanker White IPA really is a Franken-Brew. Part wheat beer, part IPA, part belgian, all craft.

It is a complex brew, where they take the crispness of a wheat, the bitterness of an ipa, a touch of sour belgian style and wrap it in a silky smooth brew. It is the best new beer I’ve had this year.

It pains me to say this but VI has stated this beer is a ‘one off’. If you like it get it while you can. I’ve added a couple to my stock pile. Even though this is only here for a shoft time the statement VI Brewery has made of their craft has been profound. With this release VI has basically said, “We are here, we are craft, don’t let our age fool you.” Many a craft beer lover flocks to the newer brewers like they are at the debutante ball. Vancouver Island Brewery is reminding us that they are still here. They have upped their game, and elevated the VI brewing scene.

I’m certain that beer geeks may pick apart this beer, but I encourage you to drink it with an open mind. Sometimes us beer drinkers forget the idea that a craft beer is just that, a craft. The output of a creative mind. This beer helped remind me of that, and enjoy it. It is, Art in a bottle.

Leapbeer #146 is Flying Tanker White IPA by Vancouver Island Brewery of Victoria

I apologize that the picture kind of sucks. I was in a hurry to drink it and I didn’t want to wait. I’ll take another one later and replace it. Another thing, I didn’t get into the actual taste and notes on this beer, if you want that please read Left4Beer’s post about it as he does a better job at it than I could.  http://www.left4beer.com/2012/05/flying-tanker-vib.html

Thanks for reading everyone, and a big thanks to VI Brewing for this amazing specimen. Keep up the good work.

Leapbeer Roadtrip – Tofino Brewing Company

Earlier this week I had arranged to meet a couple of other craft beer lovers, and travel to Tofino to visit Tofino Brewing Company.

We started out of Nanaimo just before noon and drove the long trek out west. It takes just under 3 hours to drive from Nanaimo to the Tofino Brewing Company site, as it is just on the outskirts of Tofino. Similar to many upstart breweries their operation is somewhat subdued on the outside. They, like any good brewery, let their product speak for them instead of flashy buildings.

Here’s a picture of their operation from the outside.

This brewery is a real beacon of hope for a sustainable and environmentally responsible business model. Not only do they recycle their spent grain to be used as farm feed in Port Alberni (A couple of hours down the road from Tofino), but they also have taken steps to be water conscious in their brewing. Water is often in short supply on the peninsula during the summer, and this crew is determined to be responsible.

A few pictures from our visit, here’s the malt chipper and hopper area leading down to the kettles. I wonder who’s motorcycle that is/was/will be?

Next is the mash tanks & kettle.

Lastly here’s their current fermenter tanks, there’s soon to be one much larger set up here.

They are in the process of some renovations. They recently rebuilt their taps and cold storage area, adding a really nicely finished tasting bar.  They also have another fermenter tank ordered in which to increase their production. Also in the works is bottling which they anticipate to be up late summer. Be sure to look for that (I know I will). They have really been embraced by the local residents and establishments. The majority of their production is met by supplying the locals and their business. In fact, the only place to get their beers outside of Tofino is the Alibi Room in Vancouver. Of course with bottling that is about to change.

Now onto the beers. From left to right they are the Tuff Session Ale (Pale Ale), Reign In Blonde (“dirty” Blonde Ale) and Hoppin’ Cretin IPA. Currently their website ( http://www.tofinobrewingco.com/our-beer/ ) doesn’t have the information for the Reign in Blonde.

I am starting with the Tuff Session Ale which is a great Pale Ale. (#143 on the Leapbeer journey) It is an amber coloured pale ale that has a real nice hop bitterness to balance the malty notes of the beer. It rates at a 25 IBU on the bitterness scale and is a really great session beer. Great stuff.
Here’s what their site has to say about it. “A bright copper coloured pale ale with a toasty malt base balanced with west coast hops. Its light to medium body and clean, dry finish gives this full-flavoured ale dangerously inviting drinkability.

Moving on to the Reign in Blonde. (#144 on the Leapbeer journey) This was announced via twitter and through the Beer on the Rock blog out of victoria here ( http://www.beerontherock.com/?p=1122 ) It is described as “A clean, crisp blonde ale w/ a light malt body and earthy, flowery hops. Pretty much a one way ticket to Cold One City.” I call it (I wasn’t the first person to do it) a ‘dirty blonde’ because it isn’t as bright as you’d expect from a blonde ale. Dave mentioned that the darkness in the ale comes from their electronic immersion element and how it cooks the beer. The taste has a very light and has a flowery hop note to it. It is lovely mild spring/summer ale made for quaffing.

Lastly I’m sampling the Hoppin’ Cretin IPA. (#145 on the Leapbeer journey) Their answer to a pacific northwest India Pale Ale.
Their write up for this beer is this “A tawny straw colored IPA with a hop forward nose that gives off an aromatic bouquet of citrus and mango. This beer has been hopped heartily at all stages of the brewing process and packs enough punch to satisfy any fan of the IPA style the West Coast has become known for in recent years. It is lighter in body with an extremely dry finish. There’s no stoppin’ the cretins from hoppin’.
It has a 60 IBU rating making it on the bitter side, and there is a generous dose of citric hops on the nose from this beer. To sip is it to enjoy it. As you may know by now I’m a hop head. I relish the bitterness that comes from this style of beer. This offering is both strong in the floral punch of it, but is not over the top with it. When we tasted it at the brewery my sister, who is doesn’t like the bold hoppy beers, went back for seconds. Dave mentioned that he boils this brew longer than normal to give it the caramel colour as well as to smooth out the beer. I’m a fan of this beer and will definitely be seeking it out again soon.

All three of these beers shows finesse in how they are made. The batches at their brewery are small making them experiment and perfect their craft. They seem like a crew dedicated to a producing a product they themselves want to drink.

The greatest thing I took from my visit to the Tofino Brewing Company was hope. The way Dave would light up talking about their beers was reminiscent to seeing a proud parent talk about their kids. And you could really see the passion he has for not only producing a great beer, but ingenuity that he was using to create new and different beers.

A special thanks to Chris and Dave for welcoming me into your facility and giving me a peek behind the curtain. I look forward to coming back soon.

If you have a chance stop by and give these beers a taste. They have growler and growlette fill available as well as a bunch of other swag to pick up (from flannels to trucker hats to embossed glasses)

Leapbeer Review #142 Baby Tree Quadruple by Pretty Things Beer

I picked this next beer up at Top Shelf Lq in Courtenay the other day, but I was somewhat hesitant. In truth, the label art on the Pretty Things beers kind of creeps me out. The labels are written and designed by the husband and wife team at Pretty Things. I realize that they are trying to be artistic and cute, but to me it just comes off unsettling. I figured that the 9.0% ABV of this beer would help to assuage my fears so I brave on.

This beer pours to a opaque maple syrup colour with a thin creamy head. It smells sour and yeasty. Initially this beer tastes quite malty, and then the sour bitterness comes in at the end of it. This beer is a belgian styled beer, a quadrupel. You really taste the sour Belgian yeast in this beer. It has a nice balance of sour and malt.

Beeradvocate had this to say about that style of beer
Inspired by the Trappist brewers of Belgium, a Quadrupel is a Belgian style ale of great strength with bolder flavor compared to its Dubbel and Tripel sister styles. Typically a dark creation that ranges within the deep red, brown and garnet hues. Full bodied with a rich malty palate. Phenols are usually at a moderate level. Sweet with a low bitterness yet a well perceived alcohol. ” http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/142

Here’s the link to the The Baby Tree page of the Pretty things website http://www.prettythingsbeertoday.com/wp/our-beers/baby-tree/

Leapbeer #142 is Baby Tree Quadruple by Pretty Things Beer of Cambridge Massachusetts

The structure of the posts is going to start to change over the next course weeks here. I’m going to do some posts of reviews but others of actual information I’m learning about beer. I’ve done brewery tours in the past, however I’ve never really delved into the process involved in making beer. I plan to use my posts as a way of documenting my beer education.

As always your suggestions and comments are welcomed and encouraged. Thanks for reading and enjoy responsibly.

Leapbeer Review #141 Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale by Spinnakers

EDIT: This review is erroneos as I misread the label thinking it a IPA whereas it is a Double Pale Ale. I will re review it in the future to remedy this problem.

I had the chance to try this during my last trip to Victoria at the gastro pub. I didn’t take notes on it then, but I went to Top Shelf liquors in Courtenay and picked one up.

Their site has this to say about it.
An emerging new world style, this double pale blends north-west and noble bittering hops and finishes with old world noble aromatic hops to create a complex and floral hop profile. This beer is superbly balanced, masking its strong body and making the beer very drinkable. Beware! alc/vol: 8.2% og: 1.068 IBU: 42

The beer pours to the burnt amber colour with a thin white head on it. It smells hoppy. It isn’t the citric style of hops you’d expect from a pacific northwest IPA, but a more pronounced version of ‘original recipe’ IPA hops. As mentioned in the quote above, this beer really goes down easy. It’s deceptively smooth, despite its medium bitterness. And at 8.2% it packs a punch. It tastes nice, but it isn’t an IPA I’d regularly reach for. It is middle of the road in view of the bitterness. This would be a great IPA to start someone on if you were doing a bitter beer tasting.

Leapbeer #141 is Blue Bridge Double IPA by Spinnakers Brewpub in Victoria

This is only my first review of a Spinnakers beer, but I had a chance to try several during my last visit there. I can say without any hesitance that I enjoyed every beer I tried there. There were some I liked more than others, but they all had a great balance to them. I look forward to being able to return and showcase some of their other craft offerings.

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Leapbeer Reports – Whats in a glass?

It’s been a while since I’d done any kind of month end post about my findings, so I decided to do this today instead. The first of my Leapbeer reports, where I bring to you what I’ve learned on this journey.

I’ve heard some positive and negative comments about me mentioning me using my Tulip glass. It isn’t really a tulip glass though, but it is more tulip shaped than any of my other glassware. But since this came up I figured it was time for me to learn something about beer glassware.

I ask you, the reader, to take a moment. Think if you will of what you see when you think of a ‘beer glass’. Is it a large dimpled mug being held aloft by a cheerful German beer drinker? Or perhaps a ceramic stein with a peaked lid ? Is it maybe a stemmed glass? Or maybe it is just a normal cylindrical glass.

Truth be told, all of these glasses have their place in the pantheon of beer service. I was told by a patron at Hog Shack Cookhouse that during their trip to Germany, every brewery they visited there had their own specially designed glasses. Their is an unending supply of different styles of glassware with which to sip your beers.

And why is there so many, you may ask. Wikipedia had this to say. “Different styles of glassware exist for a number of reasons: they may reflect national traditions; they may reflect legislation regarding serving measures; they may relate to practicalities of stacking, washing and avoiding breakage; they may promote commercial breweries; they may be folk art, novelty items or used in drinking games; and they may complement different styles of beer for a variety of reasons, including enhancing aromatic volatiles, showcasing the appearance, and/or having an effect on the beer head. Several kinds of beer glassware have a stem which serves to prevent the body heat of the drinker’s hand from warming the beer.

I’m going to focus on a few different styles and how they may enhance your enjoyment of your beers.

First up is the Tulip Glass.

So this is a stemmed glass, giving the drinker something to hold so the beer doesn’t warm due from the drinkers hand. It also is bulged with a flare on top to help maximize head retention. It is recommended for serving aromatic beers, Scottish ales, American double or imperial india pale ales, Belgian ales and barleywines. In my experience, this style of glass is the most recommended from the information on the bottles, websites and breweries.

Next up, is the Pint glass

This is the most commonly found glass at the pubs I’ve been to. There are several variants to the pint glass. The one above is a conical pint, but there are 4 main shapes of pint glasses. They are the nonic, conical, jug, and flared top, though others are available. Pints are considered good for serving stouts, porters and English ales.

Next The weizen glass or wheat beer glass

This is a deeper than normal glass used to serve wheat beers. Originating in Germany the glass is narrow at the bottom and slightly wider at the top; the width both releasing aroma, and providing room for the often thick, fluffy heads produced by wheat beer.It tends to be taller than a pint glass, and generally holds 500 millilitres with room for foam or “head”. In some countries, such as Belgium, the glass may be 250 ml or 330 ml.

Wheat beers tend to foam a lot, especially if poured incorrectly. In pubs, if the bottle is handed to the patron for self pouring, it is customary for the glass to be taken to the patron wet or with a bit of water in the bottom to be swirled around to wet the entire glass to keep the beer from foaming excessively. I personally have 23oz versions of this style of glass that allow for a perfect inverted pour of a 17oz wheat beer.

Lastly we’ll look at the Goblet or Chalice.

A Chalice or Goblet is a large, stemmed, bowl-shaped glasses adequate for serving heavy Belgian ales, German bocks, and other strong beers that are usually sipped. The difference between a goblet and a chalice is typically in the glass thickness. Goblets are more delicate and thin, and the chalice is heavy and thick walled. Some chalices are even etched on the bottom to attract carbon dioxide and provide a stream of bubbles for maintaining a nice head.
I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I hope it illuminated you a bit about glassware.

I found a great blog post from the Vancouver Beer Blog where the blogger interviewed Don Farion, a Cicerone who works at Biercraft, a beer-centric restaurant chain in Vancouver BC. It’s a great read. I highly suggest you take a look and read the post in its entirety here. http://www.vancouverbeerblog.com/?p=2806

Images and information were also gathered from this site. http://www.thebeerinme.com/page.php?54

There is a very comprehensive post is on Beeradvocate about appropriate beer service/style and glassware here. http://beeradvocate.com/beer/101/glassware.php

I hope this post may have inspired some to delve deeper into beer appreciation. Craft beer is a vast canvas that many paint with a multitude of different notes. When you consume it the way it is intended it can be illuminating. Maybe next time you crack open a beer, you can enjoy it the way the craftsman intended it.

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Leapbeer Review #140 Blood Alley Bitter ESB by Russell Brewing

This marks my first review of a Russell Brewing product. This beer was brought in by my senior VP of leapbeer acquisitions from a Liquor Plus in Victoria (I’m not sure which one).

It pours to a light amber colour with standard carbonation. It smells quite hoppy, near citric. This ESB is a 50 IBU offering, making it overly-bitter in comparison to other ESB’s. After pouring the thin white head dissipated quickly.

This beer tastes thick. As you’d guess with a 50 IBU beer it is really bitter. Russell really achieved the ‘IPA-ish’ level of bitterness here. Initially the malts in the beer do a little dance on my tongue. If you really quaff it the bitter is all over you, but if you just sip it the malts come out. This is what I had expected when drinking an ESB, but traditionally ESB’s are not this bitter. Nice lacing in the glass too. This is a nice twist on the bitter style of beer making it taste more bitter (I realize how silly that sounds). I quite like it. It has a nice balance between the malty notes and the bitterness of the hops. A side note on the origin of its name, Blood Alley is an area of Gastown in Vancouver where supposedly the butchers used to wash the blood from the front of their stores down the cobblestones of the then street.

Leapbeer #140 is Blood Alley Extra Special Bitter by Russell Brewing

You can research Russell Brewing Company on their website here. http://russellbeer.com/bm_beer.asp

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