GIB Brockton IPA

Well, how much has changed since my last post?  The Canucks played Schneider as I wished in game 6 (but still lost). Then Luongo played in a game 7 victory,  in what was called one of the biggest sporting events in Vancouver history.

I, like everybody else has some latent superstition that surfaces during stressful situations like these.  I too, have that desperate need to imagine that I have some control over this gut wrenching heart attack inducing playoff series. Luckily one day before the game,  it came to me!!!

I figured out why the Canucks were losing games!  I believe it was the Big Rock Curse.

Yes, that’s right, its because I was drinking beer from Alberta!

To remedy the situation I put my team Canada t shirt under my Kesler jersey and freely drank as much as I could from my GIB taster pack until Alexandre Burrows scored, just as I was finishing a bottle of GIB Brockton IPA.

Yup, all. Me baby;)

All kidding aside, after picking the empty bottle up from across the room, from the spot to which it was launched during my celebrations, I decided to save the bottle and put it “straight to the pool room” as they say.  I look back fondly, just as Burrows probably has his puck labeled with hockey tape, I have my bottle to forever remember my contribution.

Regardless, this beer is a favourite in my house, and well worth the 5/5 score on any day.  I was in no condition for tasting notes, but if you want some, check out my previous Brockton IPA review here.

GIB Brockton IPA (+ getting to round two)
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GScore:5

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

GIB English Bay Pale Ale

I was in severe dismay when I had to give one of my favourite beers a bad rating, so I stacked the cards in its favour today.
Previously I had to make excuses… it was too warm, I drank a bottle of crappy beer just before hand. I was in a bad mood, I don’t know. Like the true Canuck I am, I kept thinking, today, it had to do better.
The colour is a dark copper, and it is very clear, with a good head.
The aroma is a 4/5 and smells sweet and chocolatey. This is much different from the previous bottle. I ranked the aroma a 4.4/5
The flavour was rather strong (4.6/5) and on the sweet side with floral and spice flavors. It could have been because I just drank an IPA, but I jotted down on my notes “wow, that’s tasty sh#t, especially after an IPA. It’s like cream soda!”
The sensation in the mouth was creamy with a light body, and fairly lively carbonation.
The finish was moderately strong and slightly bitter, lasting 15-20 seconds.
I rated this off the charts in personal taste. It was fresh, with excellent craftsmanship, and I actually rated it a 6.5/5 on my visual scale, but that was the G-Score talking.
GScore:5
Rating: 5/5