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Bridge Brewing Company North Shore American Pale Ale at 5.5% ABV (C$5.80 at Liquor Crossing Red Deer, 650 ml, no bottle date or best before, acquired 24-Aug-2016, reviewed 25-Aug-2016)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale amber with two fingers of rocky ivory head, good retention and patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: earth and pine, caramel malt, citrus, stone fruit. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry moderate bitter finish. (3/5)

Decent if fairly unremarkable Pale. Not as bright as I like APAs to be, but it’s hard to know whether that’s just age dulling the hops, because - you guessed it - THEY DON’T DATE THEIR FUCKING BOTTLES. The only one of theirs I’ve been really impressed with was their Sleigh Booster Imperial Red, which at 9% is by its nature fairly impervious to the ravages of time. People - at least put a bottling date on there. Get a government grant and give a job to someone of limited capacity, give ‘em a Sharpie or a stamp, and turn ‘em loose. It’s really not rocket surgery. Good, not great, maybe better if fresh, I dunno. (14/20)

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Bridge Brewing Company North Shore American Pale Ale at 5.5% ABV (C$5.80 at Liquor Crossing Red Deer, 650 ml, no bottle date or best before, acquired 24-Aug-2016, reviewed 25-Aug-2016) Appearance: …
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Yep. That doughy flavour really gets in the way of the hops, if you ask me.
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Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers Sun Kissed Tea Saison Saison at 5% ABV (C$8.50 at Liquor Crossing Red Deer, 650 ml, no bottle date or best before, acquired 24-Aug-2016, reviewed 25-Aug-2016)

Appearance: hazy pale gold with a short white head, moderate retention and patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: tropical fruit, wheat, yeasty, coriander, white pepper. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (6/10) Medium body, moderate-low carbonation, off-dry finish. (3/5)

“Oh!” I said, “A Tea Saison! That sound interesting. I wonder, will it be black tea boosting the bitterness of the hops, or maybe a delicate bergamot floral overtone?” What it was, was… well, nothing. Not much of anything, anyway. I argued with myself as to whether I was actually detecting a subtle green tea, but I’m not certain if it’s even there, and if it is, it’s completely overwhelmed by the yeast flavours. This isn’t terrible, but ultimately it comes across as a heavy-handed, low carbonation version of something that should be light, bright and (moderately) highly carbonated. (12/20)

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Yeah, there's that. Two of my putative turds are Mikkeller, so I have high hopes. But, y'know, hope in one hand, shit in the other, see which one fills up first... :)
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Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom Gypsy Stumper American IPA at 7.5% ABV (C$8.90 at Liquor Crossing Red Deer, 500 ml, bottle date 1-Jul-2016, acquired 24-Aug-2016, reviewed 24-Aug-2016)

Appearance: clear pale amber with one finger of ivory head, excellent retention and chunky lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel malt, tropical fruit, resiny pine, grapefruit pith, cardboard, grassy. (5/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (5/10) Medium slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish. (3/5)

Meh. Smells like a malt-forward DIPA, with an added frisson of wet cardboard. Not bright, not interesting, not fun. Pretty, though. So, your typical high-school crush: disappointing once you’ve had it. OK, fine, it’s not terrible. It’s just not very good. (12/20)

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Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom Gypsy Stumper American IPA at 7.5% ABV (C$8.90 at Liquor Crossing Red Deer, 500 ml, bottle date 1-Jul-2016, acquired 24-Aug-2016, reviewed 24-Aug-2016) Appearanc…
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Troubled Monk Brewery Berliner Style Weisse Berliner Weisse at 4.75% ABV (C$9.50 at Troubled Monk Brewery, 650 ml, no bottle date or best before, acquired 24-Aug-2016, reviewed 24-Aug-2016)

Appearance: clear pale gold with a short, short-lived white head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: wheat, lemon, grassy. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart. (7/10) Medium-light body, moderate-low carbonation, off-dry light tart finish. (3/5)

I was deeply disappointed by the carbonation and body of this one - I hope that I just got a badly-sealed bottle. The head and carbonation are completely against the style, not champagne-like at all. Otherwise, it’s a pleasant-tasting interpretation of the style. I was also inordinately pleased by the little sidecar of woodruff syrup that allowed me to try it mit schuss, giving it an interesting sweet green tea character. It’s near-on overwhelming, though, completely dominating the underlying beer flavour. I’m not sure it actually needs the syrup. (13/20)

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Troubled Monk Brewery Berliner Style Weisse Berliner Weisse at 4.75% ABV (C$9.50 at Troubled Monk Brewery, 650 ml, no bottle date or best before, acquired 24-Aug-2016, reviewed 23-Aug-2016) Appeara…
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Pretty happy I'm white, and spend little time in the Excited States.

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Bridge Brewing Company Lemon Gin Saison Saison at 5.5% ABV (C$7.75 at Sundance Wine Market, 650 ml, no bottle date or best before, acquired 19-Aug-2016, reviewed 23-Aug-2016)

Appearance: cloudy pale gold with two fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: wheat, fruity esters, mild lemon, light juniper. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, light tart. (6/10) Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry light tart finish. (3/5)

I was hoping for much more lemon gin, actually - I was flashing back to drinking Lemon Gin Collinses as a much (much!) younger lad. This, though, has only the mildest of lemon or gin character. It’s actually dominated by a wheaty malt, with generalized fruit tones. Lemon is late to the party, and there’s only the merest whiff of gin/juniper. (12/20)

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Bridge Brewing Company Lemon Gin Saison Saison at 5.5% ABV (C$7.75 at Sundance Wine Market, 650 ml, no bottle date or best before, acquired 19-Aug-2016, reviewed 23-Aug-2016) Appearance: cloudy pal…
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Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers Tin Can Pale Ale American Pale Ale at 5.5% ABV (C$7.55 at Liquor Crossing Red Deer, 650 ml, no bottle date or best before, acquired 24-Aug-2016, reviewed 25-Aug-2016)

Appearance: slightly hazy deep gold with an enthusiastic rocky ivory head, excellent retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: earthy, caramel, stone fruit, citrus. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Medium body, moderate-high carbonation, off-dry moderate bitter finish. (3/5)

Well, I wasn’t very hopeful about this after trying their Tea Saison. (And that’s why I might’ve been a touch aggressive on the pour, at first, thinking it was going to be another low carbonation, but I should’ve known better from the enthusiastic decapping. The second glass, with a gentle pour, still had two fingers plus of head.) But, y’know, it’s not bad. Not my preferred hop profile for a Pale, by any means, but it tastes a touch better than it smells. Kind of neither fish nor fowl, with an English-style hop profile and a more American-feeling malt bill. Hugely gassy, too, which makes me wonder why their Saison was so under-carbonated. OK, but hardly worth making a special effort for. (13/20)

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Binding-Brauerei Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Radler at 2.5% ABV (C$3.55 at Liquor Crossing Red Deer, 500 ml, bottle date 4-Jan-2016, best before 4-Apr-2017, acquired 24-Aug-2016, reviewed 25-Aug-2016)

Appearance: opaque orange-tinted deep gold with a short white head, poor retention and no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: sweet grapefruit “drink”, orange, wheat. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate tart, low bitter. (6/10) Medium-light body, fizzy carbonation, sticky short duration tart finish. (3/5)

Sweet and mass-market-ish - but darn it if I don’t like it! At least, I like one, with lunch. Dunno how many more I could suffer through, since even towards the end of the first one the sweetness is getting overwhelmingly sticky, despite the fizzy carbonation. It is what it is, I guess - and what it is, is a mildly alcoholic fizzy grapefruit soda. (12/20)

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Binding-Brauerei Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Radler at 2.5% ABV (C$3.55 at Liquor Crossing Red Deer, 500 ml, bottle date 4-Jan-2016, best before 4-Apr-2017, acquired 24-Aug-2016, reviewed 25-Aug-2016)…
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2.5% abv... one the kids could enjoy :-)
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Dageraad Brewing De Witte Witbier at 5.2% ABV (C$7.53 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 650 ml, no bottle date or best before, acquired 18-Aug-2016, reviewed 24-Aug-2016)

Appearance: hazy pale straw with a truly ridiculous fluffy white head, excellent retention and chunky lacing. (5/5) Aroma: lemon, tropical fruit, wheat, light barnyardy funk. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart. (8/10) Medium-light body, high carbonation, off-dry light tart finish. (4/5)

Well, that’s a bit of all right! Aspects of a witbier and a sour, but also highly hopped, to boot. Really quite good. (16/20)

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Golden Gaetz Golden / Blond Ale at 5% ABV 6.5/10
Appearance: clear pale straw with a short white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: muted grassy, crackery pale malt. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (6/10) Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, sweetish short finish. (3/5)

A fairly innocuous Golden Ale. Not exciting, but clean and pleasant. (13/20)

Open Road Brown Brown Ale at 5.5% ABV 7/10
Appearance: clear amber-brown with a short beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: roasty malts, coffee, chocolate, grassy, nutty, mild dark fruit and liquorice. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, hoppy medium finish. (3/5)

Nicely hoppy Brown Ale that nonetheless still has all the roasted malt character you’d expect from a brown, or even a porter or stout. Lighter body keeps the dark roasty malt from become oppressive, and hops keep things on the bright side. (14/20)

Plus, a fun little cheese tray, a nice dry sausage, and a Berliner Weisse with a little Woodruff syrup sidecar for takeaway. And a couple of stickers. I’m very happy with a productive visit, and will definitely be back.

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I, too, am a drunk monkey.
 
Just my kinda story. I am a drunk monkey.
When asked to point to inventions and discoveries that have shaped human history, it’s common to
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Several other animal species will seek out fermented fruit, notably the kinkajou, who by accounts is a mean drunk.
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