2009 World LagerBlogger Beer Awards

As the summer nears, it is nearly time to start tasting again, but first I would like to acknowledge my best and fairest for 2009:

BEST BREWERY: Nelson Brewing, Nelson British Columbia

  • By providing consistently great beer and setting an example for other breweries, but using only organic ingredients, Nelson Brewery has earned the title of Best Brewery of 2009.

Best Brewery: Nelson Brewing

BEST HEFEWEIZEN: Nelson Liplock Hefeweizen

  • Of the three tasted, Nelson had the best head, the best taste and the best name.

Best Hefeweizen, Nelson Liplock

BEST LAGER: Pacific Western Brewing Natureland Organic Lager

  • This is probably the best kept secret in BC. Of course, I feel better drinking organic beer, so It is easier to rate it favourably.

Best Lager; Natureland Organic Lager

BEST HONEY LAGER: Granville Island Honey Lager

  • I don’t know the difference between a regular lager and a honey lager, but this one got a 5/5, and would have won either way.

Best Honey Lager: Granville Island Cypress Honey Lager

Best Pale Ale: Tree Brewing Cutthroat Pale Ale

  • I gave this beer 100% for craftsmanship, freshness, and personal taste. I don’t know what else to say, it kicked ass!!

Best Pale Ale: Tree Brewing Cutthroat Pale Ale

Best India Pale Ale: Nelson Brewing “PaddyWhack” IPA

  • Flavourful and well balanced, this is the top IPA for 2009

Best Brewery: Nelson Brewing

Best Pilsner: Weihenstephaner Pilsner

  • This beer could have taken on a lot stiffer competition than it did, it won hands down!!

Best Pilsner, Weihenstephaner Pilsner

Cutthroat Pale Ale

Well, this was my 5th beer on a beautiful Saturday in Port Moody, which makes the G-Score 5.

Tree Brewing is an award winning craft brewery that has operated in Kelowna British Columbia since 1996. That’s over ten years!!!

They use only the finest ingredients (yeast, water, malt and hops) to produce their all-natural, unpasteurized, and of course, preservative-free beer!

The Cutthroat Pale Ale has a nice copper colour with lovely clarity, and a very nice aroma. The head is rather good, a 4/5.

The aroma is sweet and herbal in nature, sharp and a rather noticeable 4/5 in intensity. It is very nice.

As so happens when the G-Score rises, the quality of my notes diminishes. The flavour had notes of toast, nut and spice, but I don’t know how strong it was, or how much I liked it. I am guessing I liked it a lot. I may have been randomly checking off boxes at this point!

The body was full, mouthfeel creamy and warming, and the finish was long, strong and a little on the bitter side.

I gave this beer 100% for craftsmanship, freshness, and personal taste. I don’t know what else to say, it kicked ass!!

5/5
(G-5)