Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 01 – Star Struck Rye IPA by Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers

Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 01 –  Star Struck Rye IPA by Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers

We are back in Beermas my friends.  Kicking off Beermas 2013-2014 on Day 01 is Star Struck IPA by Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers.

First and foremost, thanks to my lovely wife for gifting me this brew.

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The Bottle: It has got some cool artwork – a groovy looking cat with long hair,  glasses and a ‘stache… Reminds me of…. well ME many moons ago.  I feel a kinship with this fellow on the bottle.  Speaking of the bottle it’s the usual 650 ML Bottle and weighs in at 7% alc./vol.

The Star Struck Moment: I actually had a memory trigger at the title of the brew.  I had my own Star struck moment.  I was at a guitar clinic where on of my favorite musicians, Canadian blues/rock/reggae master singer songwriter guitarist Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar, he had wrapped up and was signing autographs.  Well, all I had with me was my cool brown leather coat, so I took it off and placed it on the table.  I was so Star Struck, all I could say to him was – Can you please sign my coat…<pause>  I just got it at a church rummage sale.

Sigh – he looked at me and smiled graciously and said after a pause, “Cool Man”… He signed it and off I went, sauntering away feeling foolish but stoked I got my coat signed.  Actually – I kinda dig that though – I feel like the spirit of rock and roll is with me whenever I put that coat on so it didn’t work out too badly.

Ok, let’s get back to our focus here.

The Beer:  Here’s what it looks like.  Now let’s crack it open.

Star Struck Rye IPA - Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers

Star Struck Rye IPA – Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers

The Pour:  Let’s giver a pour.   Nothing unexpected – looks like an IPA. Thumb and a half full of head.  Colouring is golden.  Smells delicious – citrusy but a sweetness is also in there.

Quoting from the bottle “Let the incredible tangerine, candied apricot and tropical aroma take you deep into a lasting citrus bitterness with toasty rye undertones”… Interesting, perhaps that sweetness I detected in the aroma was the candied apricot they are referring to.

Let’s taste:   Smooth, drinkable, digging deep I am getting the candied apricot and you don’t have to dig for the bitter smack of the hops on the aftertaste.  Very nice indeed – Another solid local IPA to add to the list.

Would I buy it again?  Yes.

I should mention that they propose some food pairings on the bottle, to quote: “Suggested Food Pairing Ideas: Smoked Gouda, Jerk Chicken, Genoa Salami, Walnut and Tangerine Salad, STicky Toffee Pudding” .

Hmm.   Too bad all I have to pair with this tasty brew is the nasty food of the cast – Kralfredo Dinner.  Yup – it’s what it sounds like – leftover Kraft Dinner with leftover Alfredo Sauce… Why am I eating this… I’m not sure – it was in the fridge and it’s Friday and I didn’t want to cook.  I’m sure you’re wondering – was it tasty?

NO.  But I’m hungry so I’ll eat it. 😉

The Food:

Kralfredo Dinner

Kralfredo Dinner

Cheers everyone.  See you on Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 02!

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Beermas 2012-2013 – Day 12 – Granville Island Brewing (Limited Release) Barley Wine

Granville Island Brewing (Limited Release) Barley Wine

The Beer:
Granville Island Brewing (Limited Release) Barley Wine

 

Granville Island Brewing (Limited Release) Barley Wine

Granville Island Brewing (Limited Release) Barley Wine

 

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The Text Breakdown:

Visual – The beer bottle has wax on the top. ARGH! Its pretty but stop doing it brewers. Granted, this one was easier to open than the other breweries wax topped brew, its more trouble than its worth. The beer pours a dark brown showing signs of mild carbonation.

Aroma – Vanilla, Oak, Bourbon, Caramel.

Taste – OMG. This beer is soooooooooo GOOD! It is dangerously smooth. I’ve had stouts that were near this in terms of alcohol content that were far more rough a brew. I’m tasting the bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel. This is a smooth sippin’ mellowing brew that deserves your undivided tastebud attention. I think this could be the best beer I have had throughout Beermas and possibly from last year and this year. Granville Island Limited Release offerings have been stellar which surprises me when the regular beers they offer are in my opinion middle of the road. But beers like the Jolly Abbott and the Imperial Chocolate Stout and now this one are such standouts, I am without question going to buy the next Granville Island Limited Release beer.

Happy Beermas to you all. For those of you that made new years resolutions, I wish you the best of luck with those going forward into the new year. Those of you staying the course, best of luck to you as well.

May the new year be full of good times and good spirits and perhaps we will see you in Beeroween. 🙂

Cheers.

Beermas 2012-2013 – Day 8 – Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout by North Coast Brewing Co.

The Beer:

North Coast Brewing Co. – Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout by North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout by North Coast Brewing Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beermas 2012-2013 – Day 7 – Mt Begbie Brewing – Nasty Habit India Pale Ale

The Beer:

Mt. Begbie Brewing – Nasty Habit India Pale Ale

Mt. Begbie Brewing - Nasty Habit India Pale Ale

Mt. Begbie Brewing – Nasty Habit India Pale Ale

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Beermas 2012-2013 – Day 5 – Will this dead frog be tasty? – Dead Frog Brewing – Fearless India Pale Ale

The Beer:

Dead Frog Brewing – Fearless India Pale Ale

Dead Frog Brewing - Fearless India Pale Ale

Dead Frog Brewing – Fearless India Pale Ale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beermas 2012-2013 – Day 2 – Sweet and Salty Goodness – Salty Scot Sea Salted Caramel Scotch Ale by Parallel 49 Brewing

The Beer:
Parallel 49 Brewing – Salty Scot Sea Salted Caramel Scotch Ale

Salty Scot Sea Salted Caramel Scotch Ale

Salty Scot Sea Salted Caramel Scotch Ale

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