Description: This seasonal “red wheat” ale was inspired by the annual West Coast Tuna Shootout, a fishing derby that takes place in the wild waters off Bamfield, BC. Made using a mix of wheat, barley and a dose of Crystal Malt, it is fermented with what I assume is a combination of yeasts (including a hint of brettanomyces) and then served unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: This is actually the second time I’ve taken a run at this seasonal ale by Longwood’s. The last time around, I noted a rather sharp, almost burnt tang that didn’t sit well with me, and worried I might be sampling a bad batch. However, the second time around, I’ve noted the same basic taste. This is too bad, because it does kind of diminish an otherwise very pleasant beer which comes on smooth, has good notes of yeast, wheat and crystal malts and a hint of tart fruit esters that reminds me of a sour ale. In short, not bad, but not great either.
Appearance: Red/amber, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: mild malts, sharp yeast, notes of sour fruit
Taste: Bitter malt, sharp tang, sour cherry fruit esters, mildly grassy finish
Aftertaste: Lingering malt bitterness and sour fruit esters