A delicious, malty, copper ale brewed in limited quantities every spring, it is made with 100% barley, hops, water & yeast. It is named for the Canadian epic, Squamish BC’s Test of Metal Mountain Bike Race, a 67 km single-track race featuring 1,000 riders and an army of community volunteers to make it Canada’s most successful grassroots mountain bike race
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2008 Original rating (7-4-6-3-13 is equal to 3.3): Toasted and caramel malts blend well with floral hops and berry-like fruity esters in the nose. Clear burnished copper coloured body is topped by a generous and foamy off white head. Toasted and caramel malts with floral hops, mild bitterness and fruity esters. Mild buttery character is notable especially in the aftertaste. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes more along the lines of British ale than an American amber. Well made if not terribly exciting. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (Brewery Creek, Jun-07). Rerate (6-5-7-4-14 is equal to 3.6): Malty clean straight forward aroma. Clear copper coloured body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled off white head that recedes to a lasting cover with some lacing. Caramel malt sweetness is pronounced with moderate offsetting bitterness. Quite dry medium body with fairly strong lightly prickly carbonation. Sampled on tap at the brewpub in Mar-07.
Oakes (15805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 10, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly hazy. More dark amber than copper but that’s splitting hairs - with a loose tan head this beer looks great. Very toasty aroma...vague chocolate/coffee dark malt stuff in there, too. And fuggleish hops, that horrid yoghurty-mossy note. Yeah. Lots of this same stuff - the toast, that same hop character - on the palate as well. That’s two things that I don’t like and they are predominant in this beer. I can’t fault the workmanship of the brew but ultimately success starts with concept. A good idea executed poorly doesn’t work and neither does this - a bad idea (combining two of beer’s laziest, most unappetizing flavour possibilities) done well.
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