Green Leaf Pie Hole Pale Ale

Greenleaf_paleBrewer: Green Leaf Brewery, Vancouver BC
Style: Pale Ale
Alc/Vol: 5.8%
IBUs: 40

Description: This is the brewery’s flagship beer, a West Coast-style pale ale fashioned for everyday drinking. It is made with Pale and Crystal malts, Cascade hops, has an additional dry-hopping while undergoing fermentation, and is bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes: As Pale Ales go, this one was certainly both consistent with a West Coast pale, but was at the same time just a little bit experimental. The dry-hopping has a nice effect, providing an additional layer of hop flavor and aroma, and the fact that it was unfiltered was a nice touch.

Appearance: Deep amber, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, citrus hops, grassy and piney aroma
Taste: Smooth malt, good tang, dry hop flavor, bitterness and citrus
Aftertaste: Lingering hop bitterness, dry and citrus rind
Overall: 8.5/10

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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