Prohibition Lawless IPA

prohibition_ipaBrewer: Prohibition Brewing, Kelowna BC
Style: West Coast IPA
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 60

Description: This is the breweries second regular release, and represents their take on a traditional IPA. The brew combines a pale malts base with a generous dose of Perle, Magnum, Cascade and Cluster hops.

Tasting Note: This IPA is a bit was a departure for me, and was my long-overdue introduction to this brewery and its wares. Whereas most West Coast IPAs seem to be hopped with the 3 Cs these days – Cascade, Centennial and Columbus, which culminate in a mix of citrus and tropical fruit flavors – this one has some decidedly dry bitterness that put me in mind of an Imperial Pilsner or an ESB. Altogether, it manages to do the job of a good IPA, balancing a strong malt backbone with some rich, hoppy bitterness!

Appearance: Light amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, strong hop nose with lots of grassy, citrus, and pine notes
Taste: Good malt base, hint of sweetness, tang, strong citrus, pine, and resin bitterness
Aftertaste: Lingering hop bitterness, citrus rind and dry hop finish
Overall: 7.8/10

No-Li Silent Treatment Pale Ale

photoBrewer: No-Li Brewery, Spokane, Washington
Style: American Pale Ale
Alc/Vol: 5.75% alc/vol
IBUs: 67

Description: This pale ale is the brewery’s flagship beer and is made using Pale 2-Row, Munich, Carapils malts, and bittered with Cluster and Cascade hops for the initial boil. It is then dry-hopped with an added infusion of Cascade afterwards.

Tasting Notes: Slightly cloudy and relatively light in color, this beer possesses a dry, floral aroma and a light, refreshing, crisp, and subtly hopped taste. It also comes with a touch of sweetness thanks to the Munich malt, and has a nice, citrus hop profile that is slight but lingering – not unlike an ESB. I’m beginning to sense a trend with this brewery!

Appearance: Light amber, slightly cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong, floral, and dryly bitter hop aroma
Taste: Dry hop bitterness, slight sweetness, mild honey and melon and citrus
Aftertaste: Lingering bitterness and citrus rind, relatively clean
Overall: 8.5/10

No-Li Spin Cycle Red Ale

no-li-brewhouse-logo-squareBrewer: No-Li Brewhouse, Spokane, Washington
Style: Extra-Special Bitter (ESB)
Alc/Vol: 5.75%
IBUs: 49

Description: A combination of English, German and American brewing techniques, this beer takes its name from the fact that it brings 2-Row, Crystal, Munich, and Chocolate malts together with Cluster, Liberty, and Cascade hops to achieve a balanced pale ale. Formerly known as Crystal Bitter ESB, this beer has the distinction of being the 2012 Gold Medal Winner of the Great American Beer Festival.

Tasting Notes: As ESB’s and Red Ales go, this beer is certainly consistent, combining that dry, subtle hop flavor with a malt profile that is nicely syrupy with just a hint of sweetness. The combination of malts is also discernible, with a sharp tang and a slight taste of cocoa that comes from the Munich and Chocolate malts. It also manages to finish clean, with a slight bitterness that lingers just long enough on the tongue. A refreshing and complex brew.

Appearance: Dark copper, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Subtle malt nose, mild syrups, light hint of dry hops
Taste: Sweetbread, honey, dry herbs and hop bitterness, mild cocoa
Aftertaste: Mild, lingering bitterness, quite clean finish
Overall: 9/10