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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Lighthouse Fisgard 150

People are always looking for a light colored beer.  Porterphobes may relax and take a big sigh of relief at the Fisgard 150 Bavarian Lager.

The name suggests serious opacity, instead we have a beer that could get itself some serious popularity.

A few years ago I visited Flensburg in the north of Germany, near the border with Denmark. Things are different there. The bartender may spend five minutes slowly pouring your beer just to make it perfect, as they did in the Alter Meirhoff Vital Hotel and Health Spa.

On the other hand they may quickly pour a meter-long tray of small glasses for you and your friends the way they do at the Brewhaus. Beer is served so quickly here that the washroom has a sink designed specifically for vomiting.  Let me repeat that, a sink for vomiting.

Anyhoo….

This beer transported me directly back to the Vital Hotel, of course, while I was there I spent more time in the bar than in the Spa…

Fisgard 150 from Victoria’s Lighthouse Brewing, is a lot like the airy lagers of Northern Germany. It has a light floral aroma and mild sweetness that every lager lover should try.

I am yet to find such a true representation of a German Lager as I have with this beer.  It is light in colour, with a faint grainy aroma, and a beautifully smooth and subtly floral taste, with a nice sweet finish.

The sweet finish is really what could be the Achilles heel of this beer, and is what makes it really not as authentic as it could be.  But I kind of like it.

4.5/5

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Tree Brewing Company Limited Edition Raspberry Porter

Tree brewing has given us some very good beers, including last year’s LagerBlogger award winning Cutthroat Pale Ale.

My absolute hatred for flavoured beers is being tested again with this nice limited edition porter.

There is a feeling you get when you open a big beer. It feels somehow more special knowing you get twice as much beer in your bottle.

This porter looks rich and dark, and has a smooth and moderately intense taste of chocolate and raspberry.

If you have ever snuck a chocolate from your wife’s box of chocolates… You know the kind with the fruity stuff in it… It’s a little like that. Only it’s beer.

The taste is mild enough in intensity (4/5) to not be overwhelming, which would appeal to more people, and the beer actually tastes really good.

3.75/5
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