Beer in Review

Currently ELECTRIC UNICORN from Phillips brewing company has absorbed our tastebuds with a miraculously tasting malt beer, with heavy hops.  Meg refers to it as Unicorny Horny.  With a whopping 6.5% alcohol content, this beer has some kick, you could get by with just 1 bottle…. but who wants that!?  Strongly recommended and currently on our top 3 picks!!

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Look out Jerkface, Citricity is here!!

Discovered a new IPA from the crew at Phillips.  Upon first glance at the label I was skeptical of the fruit infused beverage, I mean after all… we’re a dark IPA, Stout and Porter family.

That piece of grapefruit beaming on the front and the word ZEST had me thinking I was going to be drinking a bunch of grapefruit peels… yuck..  man was I surprised when I cracked open that can and took my first smell and sip.

I would like to say that it is an easy rival to Jerkface by Parallel 49… both are a grapefruit flavor.  However, where Jerkface is a sharp and tart flavor, sort of tickles your tongue and throat when its going down. Citricity is a fruity, strong and smooth grapefruit flavor. Refreshing.

I nearly forgot it was a beer with the exception of that dark hoppy after taste.  It took no time at all to drink the entire 6 pack. I would say we drank it faster than the Electric Unicorn.  Interested to find it in a bottle so that I can test the difference, like I did with Jerkface.  Generally there are huge taste differences between metal and glass.

 

Black Sheep Stout

Black sheep imperial stout by White Pony Micro Brewery. 10.1% can sure make you think. The after taste is like the brown part of nibs black licorice or/tarragon. Imported from Belgium. Deliciously smooth for a stout, which are more Megan Orser favorite than mine.

What is a beer? What makes each one different?

There are many types of beers, and various styles of each.  There are ales, lagers, porters, stouts and malts.  Each offers a different experience for your taste buds.  Mugs, jugs, schooners, and pints…. a size for every appetite.

ALES – Brewed with top fermenting yeast at cellar temperature, ales are fuller-bodied, with nuances of fruit or spice and a pleasantly hoppy finish. Generally robust and complex with a variety of fruit and malt aromas, ales come in many varieties. They could include Bitters, Milds, Abbey Ales, Pale Ales, Nut Browns, etc.

Ales are often darker than lagers, ranging from rich gold to reddish amber. Top fermenting, and more hops in the wort gives these beers a distinctive fruitfulness, acidity and pleasantly bitter seasoning. Ales have a more assertive, individual personality than lager, though their alcoholic strength is the same.

Did you know that ales are also 30% of all beer sold in Canada?  Did you know, ales are also my favorite?

LAGERS – Lager originates from the German word lagern which means ‘to store’ – it refers to the method of storing it for several months in near-freezing temperatures. Crisp and refreshing with a smooth finish from longer aging, lagers are the world’s most popular beer (this includes pilseners).

A lager, which can range from sweet to bitter and pale to black, is usually used to describe bottom-fermented brews of Dutch, German, and Czech styles. Most, however, are a pale to medium colour, have high carbonation, and a medium to high hop flavour.

Lagers are 56% of all beer sold in Canada.

PORTERS AND STOUTS – There’s very little distinction between a Porter and a Stout, but they do have their differences.

Porters are a dark, almost black, fruity-dry, top fermenting style. An ale, porter is brewed with a combination of roasted malt to impart flavour, colour and aroma. Stout is also a black, roast brew made by top fermentation.

Stouts aren’t sweet. They feature a rich, creamy head and are flavoured and coloured by barley. Stouts often use a portion of unmalted roasted barley to develop a dark, slightly astringent, coffee-like character.  This is also Meg’s favorite beer!

MALTS – Generally dark and sweeter in flavour, malts contain hints of caramel, toffee, and nuts. They can be light to full bodied.

Multi-packs Multi-fun

The current Multi-pack packing a huge punch on this month’s list is the Parallel 49 Unparalled pack.  This mixed pack features Craft Lager, a winner of a few awards.  Then there is their signature ruby ale, Gypsy Tears, and their killer India Pale Ale, Filthy Dirty.  The Filthy Dirty IPA is one of the most delicious beers we’ve had this month.  There is an IPA battle for beer of the year right now… and Filthy Dirty is in that fight!

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