Brewer: Fuggles and Warlock, Richmond, BC; Moody Ales, Port Moody, BC
Commercial Description: Red wheat ale with juniper berries. A blend of East Coast Ale yeast and Belgian Saison yeast makes for an elegant and unique finish. Dry-hopped with Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra and Galaxy.
Tasting Notes: This beer is an interesting mix of styles. Deep red in hue, cloudy, and very hoppy on the nose, it is reminiscent of a good IPA. However, the wheat malt make it a little lighter on the palate, while the juniper ale adds a crisp bitterness that goes well with the dry hops. The addition of Saison yeast adds some funk to the taste.
Brewer: Fuggles and Warlock Craftworks, Richmond, BC
Style: Kettle Sour
Description: True to form for F&G, this limited-release beer is a rather interesting combination of styles and tastes. It combines wheat and barley malts, which are then brewed in the Kettle Sour fashion to create a mild sour ale that is then fortified with boysenberries to become especially tart and refreshing.
Tasting Notes: This is my first review for Fuggles and Warlock, though not the first beer I’ve tried by them. And this beer was a nice departure from some of the more overpowering sours I’ve tried lately. The malts makes for a smooth and refreshing base, while the wild yeast and boysenberry add up to a tart finish that is tart and fruity without being overpowering. Like sour lemonade, its good at slaking thirst!
Appearance: Rudy-pink, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Gentle wheat malts, wild yeast, tart, acidic fruit
Taste: Smooth malts, tart fruit, lactic acid, yeasty effervescence
Aftertaste: Lingering tart fruit, smooth malts, quite refreshing