Green Leaf Animal Farm IPA

I would like to a moment to mention that this my 300th review! Long live craft beer, beer tasting, and the fine art of beer snobbery!

greenleaf_brewingBrewer: Green Leaf Brewing, Vancouver BC
Stye: India Pale Ale
Alc/Vol: 7.4%
IBUs: 67

Description: A seasonal beer from this North Vancouver brewery, this IPA is named for the fact that it is fermented using a combination of farmhouse yeasts. It is then unfiltered, bottle conditioned and generously hopped to create a beer that is cloudy, has strong malts, a bitter, fruity profile, and a strong yeast backbone.

Tasting Notes: I was a little surprised by the combination, and a little mixed on the results. Initially, the combination of yeasts, strong malt and hops was sweet and had what tasted like traces of brettanomyces. However, this impression soon faded and was replaced by the somewhat conflicted combination of hop bitterness, malt coarseness, and hop bitterness. So it was a bit hit and miss.

Appearance: Dark amber/brown, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, farmhouse yeasts, citrus hops, tropical fruit
Taste: Semi-sweat and coarse malts, yeasts, citrus and passion fruit, bitterness
Aftertaste: Lingering malt, hop and yeast bitterness
Overall: 7.5/10

Green Leaf Burning Rock Ale

greenleaf_brewingBrewer: Green Leaf Brewing, Vancouver BC
Style: Rock Ale
Alc/Vol: 5.5%
IBUs: 25

Description: A specialty beer produced by the brewery, this beer is fashioned by placing red-hot granite into beer wort. This results in a beer that has pronounced malts and caramelized flavor. It is then bottle conditioned to achieve a balanced flavor that is malt-forward and very syrupy.

Tasting Notes: This beer was a twofold introduction. For one, it was the first time I’ve ever had a beer from the Green Leaf Brewery. Second, it was the first and only time I have ever heard of a rock ale; which I have to admit is a pretty cool concept, and has some pretty damn cool results! This ale is not only smooth and very drinkable, its very rich in terms of its malt and caramel flavor.

Appearance: Deep ruby red, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong, syrupy malts, sweet breads, mild hops
Taste: Smooth malt, mild tang, hint of floral, herbal hops, strong caramel finish
Aftertaste: Lingering malt flavor, tang and viscous mouth feel
Overall: 9/10

And in the meantime, enjoy this video of the rock ale production process: