Big Rock Monkey’s Fist Imperial IPA

big-rock-iipaBrewer: Big Rock Brewery, Calgary, AB
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 7.5%
IBUs: 73

Description: This brew comes as part of the Family Jewels pack, and is otherwise known as their Dead Reckoning Imperial IPA when part of their Brewmaster’s Edition. In the traditional of Imperial IPAs, this brew is fashioned from a combination of Maris Otter, Caramel and Black malts, while bittered with English East Kent Golding, Challenger and Progress hops.

Tasting Notes: This is the last of my new samplings from the Big Rock’s Family Jewels pack. And similar to the others, it was somewhat lighter than what I am accustomed to of late. Being English in style, this brew had a good malt base and some varied but comparatively subtle hop flavor. This came through in some sugary, coarse malt and some strong citrus notes and deep earthy flavor. And yet, it finishes rather clean and mild.

Appearance: Deep amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, burnt sugar, citrus and earthy hops
Taste: Strong malt, mild coarseness tang, citrus rind, dry hops, earthy tones
Aftertaste: Lingering citrus rind hop bitterness, malt flavor
Overall: 7.8/10

Ninkasi Renewale 2013 ESB

ninkasiI think it’s fair to say the season of winter beer is officially over. Lately, I’ve been inundated with IPAs, Pales and Ambers that foretell the coming of Spring, much like the mild weather we’ve been experiencing.

ninkasi_esbAnd to break my fast on more inclement-weather beers, I’ve gone back to Eugene Oregon, or rather just sampled a beer from there. Known as their ReNEWale, this seasonal release meets the winter thaw with a beer that’s dry, malty, and has a complex hop flavor. True to its roots, its got everything an EBS is known for, combining pale Crystal, Pilsner, and Munich matls with East Kent Golding, Northern, and Nugget hops. All this combines to give it a a darker, syrupy character, with a decidedly light, bitter mouth feel.

Appearance: Dark amber, transparent, good foam and carbonation
Nose: Dry hop nose, slight syrupy and coarse malts
Taste: Immediate burst of dry, slightly bitter hopes, syrupy malts
Aftertaste: Dry finish, slightly bitter
Overall: 9/10

Another winner from the Ninkasi operation! However, having reviewed their list of beers, I am dubiously aware that I’ve barely scratched the surface. So many regular beers and so many seasonals… I’m both excited and bewildered at the same time! Stay tuned for more on the Spring Beer front!