Flood of new beers on horizon
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