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Leapbeer Reviews – A Pair of Smoked Beers

Perhaps you’re asking yourself, what is a smoked beer? If you recall from my review of the Rogue Brewing Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale I noted there was smokiness in the brew. But there’s actually a whole style of beers that are referred to as Smoked Beers or Rauchbiers.  When they dry the malted barley they do it over an open flame, imparting a distinct aroma of smoke and an almost peaty flavour. I chose to bring 2 different beers featuring smoked malts, to show 2 sides of this beer style.

First up is Dark Snout Bacon Oatmeal Stout. This is a Bourbon barrel aged oatmeal stout infused with bacon. It pours to jet black. The head starts off tan, but dissipates quickly. It really smells like smoke, with hints of bacon and bourbon infused sweetness. Not overpoweringly sweet though, just a touch. It tastes good, there’s all the stout character to it with malts and bitter. There is a lot of lingering smoke and bacon flavour at the tale end of the tasting. The Oatmeal stout is a  lot milder of a canvas for the bacon and smoke. This beer is definitely milder than I was expecting. Smoked beers to me are seeming like an acquired taste. While better than the voodoo doughnut, it isn’t as good as I hoped.

Leapbeer #258 Dark Snout Bacon Oatmeal Stout by R & B Brewing Company

Brewery: R & B Brewing Company of Vancouver BC
Released: Unknown
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/5.4% ABV
Availability: Limited
Purchased @: Cascadia Liquor Store, Victoria
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Leapbeer Review #225 Hop Wired IPA by 8 Wired Brewing

I’m always eager to try new beers from different countries. While this wasn’t my first beer from New Zealand I’d say it is my first NZ Craft Beer. I’d already been exposed to a couple of kiwi hops strains with the Lighthouse Tasman & Hopoxinator, but this is a true blue kiwi brew. This beer came very higly recommended from the staff at Cascadia Liquor Store in Victoria.

It pours to a clear amber colour with a frothy white head. There are a lot of large  bubbles. It smells super floral, lots of passion fruit scented hops. I’m initially surprised about how bitter this beer is despite having such a large amount of fruitiness to it. I definitely get similar flavours of hops like Dean used in the hopoxinator, passion fruit and sweetness. I guessed this as a 60+ IBU(listed as 70 on the site) but delicious. As you sip it the pineyness resonates in your mouth. There is a prolonged bitterness that sticks with you. A very good IPA, although it is a bit pricey. $10/500ml bottle. 7.3% ABV. “Tropical punchbowl” agreed.

Leapbeer #225 is Hop Wired IPA by 8 Wired Brewing

Brewery: 8 Wired Brewing Company of New Zealand
Website: http://8wired.co.nz/our-brews/hopwired-ipa
Released: Unknown
Size/ABV: 500ml/7.3% ABV
Availability: Limited for Canadians
Purchased @: Cascadia Liquor, Quadra St Victoria BC
Site Notes:

We’re pretty sure HopWired is the first bottled new world India Pale Ale made with NZ grown pale ale malt and 100% unique NZ hops. We bet you’ll find nothing else like it on the shelves. Although there’s plenty of malty sweetness, this beer is all about the hops. But unlike an American IPA, which will mainly challenge you with grapefruity and pine-like flavours and aromas, the kiwi hops used in HopWired produce something more like a tropical punchbowl: Passion fruit, limes, oranges and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to name but a few. A local Marlborough winemaker even said it smelled like gooseberries… Gooseberries? When did you last actually smell a gooseberry??Decide for yourself, or just enjoy it without further complication. Cheers!


I’ve got a couple of other 8 Wired Brewing beers to review coming up. As good as this one is I’m really looking forward to the next ones.

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