Granville Island Brewing False Creek Raspberry Ale

GIB did a really great job taking “Fraser Valley Raspberries” and adding it to a nice clean-tasting ale to make a beer that tastes like a raspberry beer, eh.. (The kind you find in a second hand store).

It is really pink when you pour it, and still pink in the glass. The head and body are really full. The raspberry taste is obvious, but not so overwhelming. For my liking the flavor is not subtle enough, giving me the impression that it is a novelty beer that won’t be around for long…

In the meantime I would try this one out on a sunny day, cold, preferably in the early afternoon:)

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3.5/5
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Whistler Black Tusk Ale

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From the peak of Whistler mountain you can see a majestic black monolith of a mountain in the distance, called “Black Tusk.”  Thousands of people scramble to the top of this crumbling chimney of volcanic rock every year.  If you are like me and suffer from vertigo, you will spend the first ten minutes laying face down at the top seemingly holding on for dear life,  while getting de-sensitized to the height.  Funny though, everyone else seemed to be walking around just fine.

Well, too many of these could make you dizzy too, but in a good way.

Believe it or not, I was very surprised at how dark this beer was when it came out of the bottle, then I read the name and I was like “oh yah, okay that makes sense.”

Everything is beautiful about this beer.  The bottle is dark glass with a custom insignia embossed on it.  The label is trimmed with gold and has a photo of the actual black tusk, (and an elephant too, just in case you don’t know what mountain that is).  The clarity and colour of the beer are absolutely beautiful to look at, as is the gorgeous head on the glass.

The aroma is slightly bitter, and almost bready.  There is a moderately intense but smooth taste of bitter chocolate, and a gradually fading sweet aftertaste.

Wonderful.

4/5 G1

 

Lighthouse Race Rocks Ale

Lighthouse Race Rocks

Wow what a great name!  And unlike other beers which jump at the opportunity to tell you the story behind the name, lighthouse has instead adorned their retro stubby bottle with a shiny minimalist label, such that it would fit right in if seen on the set of an original star trek.

No back story needed.  This full-bodied copper-tinted elixir speaks for itself.  The head is gorgeous and a subtle floral aroma is followed by a mildly sweet flavor, with just a bit of breadiness.

The aftertaste is just a little sweet, in a nice way, lingering just long enough to coax you into another sip.

Lighthouse had some good beers last year, but they appear to be upping their game.

4.25/5

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