fiulijn (20491) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2008
Draught at the brewpub, 30 IBUmcberko (17809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
Hazy amber color; creamy head. The aroma shows some English style hops and yeast, and subtle fruity hops. It has a very good flavor of caramel, toffee, hops; sweetish and quite fruity too. Balanced, Very good.
On tap at Whistler, pours an opaque dark orange brown with a small white head. Aroma brings out bitter bready malt. Flavour is fairly bitter with English floral hops and crisp biscuity malt. Some slight off-flavours, but not too bad. Okay. Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2001
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Notes from August ’07 with Dave Woodward as brewmaster...can’t remember if that’s the same as before. Bright dark copper. Brown sugar malts on the nose with rich woody, grapefruity hops. On the palate, more toast comes through along with a slightly pithy grapefruit bitterness. Clean, tasty. In time the brewer’s intent is to get an IPA into the regular lineup and recraft this brew in a more English style. But for now it’s pretty good.Sammy (12195) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2011
Notes from Jan ’06 with the same brewer as last August: Golden-amber colour. Toasty-earthy English hop aroma. A bit thin. Astringent roast background hints at mashing/sparging issue. Unpleasant. Ar 7 Ap 3 Fl 4 P 2 O 6 = 2.2
Notes from August ’05 with the new brewmaster. Slightly hazy dark brown. Earthy, spicy aroma with crystal malt and light foresty hop. Light bitterness. A little bit of stale hop character and punchy dark malts. It’s not huge, but it’s got character. It’s also very similar to the brews at Howe Sound - is that where they got their new brewmaster? I’ll have to find out. Ar 7, Ap 3, Fl 7, P 3, O 14 = 3.4
On tap at the brewpub, a block from my hotel during the week. IBU of 30 was not enough. Too high a carbonation impeded the mouthfeel and the taste. Too much more like a slightly hoppy lager than a bitter, crystal malt used, not a great drinker. Not getting any hops in the smell, nothing special to look at. DuffMan (10423) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2008
Hand pumped cask at the brewpub in Whistler. Hazy orange, dense orange-tinted tan head. Caramel and earthy hop aroma. The palate delivers the same, along with a subtle apricot fruitiness and a moderately bitter finish. Low carbonation. A terrific ESB-- took home a growler!
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2005
2nd annual Vancouver Caskival. Thin suspended yeasty chunks in a nice copper coloured beer with a thin white head. Aroma is a bit spicy, a touch of berry fruitiness and light caramel malt. Well-balanced flavour, light malt along with earthy and woody hops. Light spiciness as well. A bit of lingering bitterness. Very earthy finish. Nice bitter. CapFlu (5127) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2008
(Draught) Sampler from the brewpub. Pours a near headless golden body. Nose of cereal and sour milk. Smooth flavour, a tad fizzy with a tonic grain finish. Slightly below average for this style. 4/2/4/3/9 tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2007
Caramel, toffee and toasty malts in the nose with some floral hop character and fruity esters. Hazy burnished copper coloured body is topped by a dense, fine bubbled, off white head that coats the glass. Caramel malts are well balanced by floral and citrus hops that provide a moderate level of bitterness. Medium light body with subdued but entirely appropriate soft bubbled carbonation. Sampled on cash at Dix (Caskival 2007). Crit (3996) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005
Hazy amber,lasting tan head.Light malt/hop nose.Lacks malt,mostly bitter hop profile with lasting finish. Poor balance GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Draft at the brewpub. Menu said 5.4% ABV, 30 IBU’s. Poured a clear amber-light brown color with an off white head. Smelled of grassy hops and pale malt. Light to medium bodied with carbonation on the lower end of the spectrum. Pine and grass flavors were accompanied by an earthy note and pale malt. There was mild to moderate bitterness that peaked at the end.