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Leapbeer Reviews #290-291 Salt Spring Flight – Part 2

This is my second half of coverage for all the Salt Spring Island Ales (aka Gulf Island Brewery) beers. I’m covering two of their latest additions, the Whale Tale Amber Ale (altbier) and the Snug IPA – Pub Style India Pale Ale.

First to bat is the Whale Tale Amber Ale. The first thing that stands out for a beer geek like myself is the ‘estate hopped’ banner below this beers name. For those of you who follow them on facebook, Salt Spring Island Ales teased their fresh hop beer quite a while ago (3 months ago in fact). This beer smels great. Deep amber beer with a tight head shows off nice malt notes with a hint of fruit like orange peel or melon. It is a super smooth beer. It has a very crisp finish to it, making the next sip all that more enticing. In case you didn’t guess, I really loved this beer.

Leapbeer #290 is Whale Tale Amber Ale

Whale Tale Amber Ale - Estate Hopped

Whale Tale Amber Ale – Estate Hopped

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Leapbeer Review #169 Crooked Coast Altbier by Driftwood Brewery

My last review of a Driftwood product came across as a bit overly complimentary. Let me try to begin this beer in a different vein. This beer, the Crooked Coast Altbier, is my least favorite Driftwood beer. It may sound harsh, but that’s like saying its the lowest gpa on the honor roll. It was still a tasty beer.

So, what is an altbier? Altbier literally means “Old Beer”. The style originates in Düsseldorf and other parts of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Altbier style refers to the pre-lager brewing method of using a warm top-fermenting yeast. Over time the Alt yeast adjusted to lower temperatures, and the Alt brewers would store or lager the beer after fermentation, leading to a cleaner, crisper beer than is the norm for some other top-fermented beers such as British pale ale. (via Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altbier)

So how does this Altbier stack up? I’ve already stated it is my least favorite Driftwood beer, but where does it stand. Well it pours to a lovely amber colour with a creamy coloured head. It has a lovely sweet malty aroma to it. The taste of this beer is quite different. The Tettanger hops in it give a very distinct flavour to it. You can see how these hops contributed to the cross-breed that is Citra hops. I realize I’ve been going on about hops varieties lately. I do plan to do a post all about hops, with a great list of varieties and characteristics., but that’s another time.

Back to this beer, it has a lovely bitterness to it. There’s almost a woody bitterness to it. It tends to cling inside the mouth.
It is strong yet sessionable. Regardless of where this sits on my report card for Driftwood it is still delicious.

Leapbeer #169 is Crooked Coast Altbier by Driftwood Brewery

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