Flood of new beers on hori­zon

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - ARTS & LIFE -

Since the Coast to Coaster prod­ucts aren’t re­leased un­til Tues­day, here are some new/new-ish/new-to-me beers in­stead... (Win­nipeg — $13.14/4 x 341-ml bot­tles) I live near Ness av­enue, not too far from the Half Pints brew­ery, and I think we both know a thing or two about pot­holes. I also know this deep, opaque porter fea­tures a beige head and aro­mas of dark choco­late, dried dark fruit, sweet malt and mocha. There’s some sweet­ness to this full-bod­ied brew, with loads of fig, dark choco­late, raisin and espresso notes, and just a hint of bit­ter­ness from hops. Ex­cel­lent. Prince Ed­ward Is­land Brew­ing Co. Vic Park Pale Ale (Char­lot­te­town — $2.95/473-ml can) Medium-cop­per and slightly hazy in colour, this un­fil­tered P.E.I. pale ale fea­tures Ci­tra hops only, and cer­tainly de­liv­ers cit­rus rind and pine/resinous notes on the nose. It’s fairly smooth on the palate, with soft ef­fer­ves­cence and malty notes work­ing well in tan­dem with the hops.

(Rich­mond, 5.C. — $6.50/650-ml bot­tle) This medium-golden 5.C. IPa is also un­fil­tered, but by con­trast is made with seven dif­fer­ent kinds of hops; aro­mat­i­cally there is grape­fruit, grassy and pine notes with a lighter malty com­po­nent. The bit­ter­ness is more pro­nounced — it clocks in at 62 In­ter­na­tional 5it­ter­ing Units — with prom­i­nent grape­fruit pith and pine flavours on the slightly weight­ier palate. Not earth-shat­ter­ing, but de­li­ciously drink­able.

(Vic­to­ria, 5.C. — $9.99/650-ml bot­tle) 5at­ten down the hatches, lads and lasses — this full-throt­tle dou­ble IPa plows full steam ahead onto your palate. Deep am­ber in colour and mostly clear, the nose on this strong beer (it’s nine per cent al­co­hol by vol­ume) doesn’t knock you out with its sub­tle lemon­grass, fresh orange, malt, pine and al­most-flo­ral notes. On the medi­umplus bod­ied palate, there’s a slightly sweet malty note that coun­ter­bal­ances the racy, cit­rus-driven hops. There’s plenty of com­plex­ity, and the al­co­hol never overwhelms; it may not be an ev­ery­day­drink­ing beer, but it’s truly fan­tas­tic. I’ve yet to try a beer from Drift­wood I haven’t liked.


Drift­wood Brew­ery Twenty Pounder Dou­ble IPA

Fug­gles & War­lock Craft­works Des­tiny IPA

Half Pints Brew­ing Co. Pot­hole Porter

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