Innis and Gunn Blonde Oak Aged Beer

This beer came as a recommendation from a friend of mine, Phil. He tried it once, and since then, he can’t drink any other beer.

This beer is blonde colored with good head.

The aroma is unfortunately a little skunky, no doubt a by product of the distance travelled, the cheap clear glass bottles, and exposure to light.

This beer is sold only in singles at the local liquor store, and not being in a case, will be more exposed to light.

The head is wonderfully persistent, and the oak taste (perhaps by design) may tone down the skunky thiol taste.

This is a full bodied beer with a creamy mouthfeel and smooth taste.

Wine lovers may like the Oaked taste, which is nicely familiar, albeit out of place. Otherwise, these flavors lack depth.

The aftertaste is lightly bitter and clean.

Overall, the lack of freshness is a big turn off, but it will be worth another try in the future… If I am in Scotland, that is.

When considering this purchase in a bc liquor stoere, however, consider the score below.

[xrr rating=2/5]


Sleeman Honey Brown Lager

The hockey season is beginning, and so begins the drinking season. Hung over from a lovely Canucks win, with Port Moody’s own Jeff Tambellini playing with the twins, I now return to reality watching the Canucks trail the Oilers.

This honey brown is a darkish copper colour with a lovely head.
The aroma is mild and bitter, slight citrus.

This has a moderately intense bitter flavour that is clean, and leaves a dry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

This is certainly more flavorful than other lagers, but not as good as other honey lagers, (like Granville Island).

Of course, they have created another category by calling it a honey brown.

The aftertaste is the least appealing part of the beer, with a windex like quality. Still, it isn’t terrible.

Overall this is an easy beer to drink, and is clean enough to pass as a session beer on a Sunday afternoon after a day of skiing.


Cannery Brewing I.P.A.

Cannery Brewing has given us an excellent offering with their I.P.A.

A beautiful light copper colored ale with a rambunctious head that is very soft on the lips.

The aroma is very faint and welcoming, with a taste that has just the right amount of bite, and a hint of citrus.

The aftertaste is lingering and dry.

The rings stick to my glass very nicely.

Overall this is a great beer if you are having one, maybe two, and is strong enough in flavor to stay interesting.