Robson Street Hefeweizen from Granville Island Brewing in Vancouver, British Columbia pours a cloudy, rusty orange colour with a medium-sized, frothy white head that burns off quickly, leaving a small collar and little to no lacing. The German-style beer has a dirty smell about it that mars the wheat, banana and mild clove aromas. There is a sweet, honey-like tone and one of light lemon zest in the background.
The taste of Robson Street Hefeweizen is very bland for a the style. There is very little in the way of traditional banana or bubble gum flavours and instead lemon zest, wheat and earth come to the forefront, accented by a subtle hint of cloves. The beer has an extremely thin, watery mouthfeel with a mild carbonation and it remains watery throughout. The finish is dry, with a syrupy and slightly peppery aftertaste.
This American pale ale from Granville Island Brewing in Vancouver, British Columbia pours a rusty amber tone with a definite brown tone. A sizable, frothy tan head burns off quickly leaving no lace behind before settling as a thin film and collar. English Bay Pale Ale smells of nuts and fresh grains, with mild butter, ripened fruit and alcohol notes taking shape as it warms.
English Bay Pale Ale tastes of buttery toffee or caramel before a solid nuttiness takes over. It’s very sweet in the finish with an odd, cloying metallic tinge to it. The beer is thin and watery overall with a slightly yeasty and creamy sensation on the tongue coming from a light carbonation and long-lasting collar. There is an out of place sour sensation found in the aftertaste that is quite unappealing.
This flavoured stout from the Cannery Brewing Company in Penticton, British Columbia pours an opaque black with a small tan-coloured head that doesn’t leave much lace, but sticks around as a thin collar throughout the glass. Cannery Brewing Maple Stout smells of molasses, maple syrup and coffee. A roasted malt note creates a bread-like character and grainy hops can also be found.
Cannery Brewing Maple Stout tastes like roasted malts, bitter chocolate and brewed coffee at first, with the sweet maple syrup flavour really coming through on the tongue and lingering in the finish. I find the mouthfeel a bit watery and the beer has very little carbonation, but it’s still smooth and creamy on the tongue. The aftertaste is bitter with a resinous quality.
Hop Head Double IPA from the Tree Brewing Company in Kelowna, British Columbia pours a hazy, rusty amber colour with a small, but frothy white head that leaves some thick lacing and settles as a long-lasting collar. This strong ale smells unsurprisingly of a variety of hops. It has a rich, buttery caramel tone, a defined spiciness to the aroma and develops a citrus backing as it warms.
The taste of Hop Head Double IPA is like honey-dipped orange peel with a peppery bite. A grapefruit note comes through in the finish. The beer is creamy on the tongue and the aftertaste is dry and tart, but also has a slightly malty sweetness that helps to keep from puckering. Sometimes the grapefruit and honey flavours produce a pineapple taste, depending on the pour and temperature.