Stanley Park Brewery Belgian Amber Ale

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Ok, now I am back.  Today I am having a bottle of Stanley Park Belgian Amber Ale before watching game three against the LA Kings.  Why is this so fitting?

Stanley Park:  In 1915 the Vancouver Millionaires won the Stanley Cup a stone’s throw from Stanley Park in the Denman Arena.  The arena stood on the Northwest corner of Denman and Georgia.  It was leveled by a coal fire in 1936.  There is no memorial (that I know of), no trace of it, and hardly a memory.

Belgian:  The Canucks are like a certain mythical being from Belgium:  The Smurfs.  (I have watched this movie every day for a week with my two year old).  They don’t rely on their size, but their ingenuity, and have a lot of different characters.  The Canucks, like the Smurfs, are well loved, but also have haters who, like the evil and ugly wizard Gargamel, spend every waking minute of every day despising their blue (and green) butts.

Amber Ale: Being two (three now) games down, Vancouver is running up to an amber light in this series.  We will see if they can gun it and beat the red.

As for this beer, it is just awesome.  It has really gotten better over the last couple of years, and is one of my favourites.

If you have tried this as well, and have your own opinion, I would be interested in hearing it.  Please use the comment section below.

5/5, G1-3

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.

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2/5
G1

Vancouver island Brewery Sea Dog Amber Ale

Vancouver island brewery sea dog amber ale
5.2%

14 aug 2010

Excellent head
Dark coppercolour
Faint fruity aroma
Mildly bitter then smooth, very exciting
slight aftertaste of dry grass, conjuring up images of a mid summer drive through the Fraser valley. With no traffic.

4.6/5
G 2.5