Bomber Marzen Amber Lager

bombermarzenBrewer: Bomber Brewery, Vancouver, BC
Style: Marzen Lager
Alc/Vol: 5.5%
IBU: 20

Description: This Spring seasonal beer, originally launched as a draught-only product, is now available in bottles for limited edition release. Consistent with the Bavarian-style of “March” beer, this beer is a darker, heavier take on the traditional lager, employing what I can only assume are Vienna Malt and Zaltec Hops to create a malty, dryly hopped amber lager.

Tasting Notes: I’ve been a fan of Marzen’s for quite some time, due to the fact that they are both clean drinking and refreshing as well as rich and malty. Bomber’s take on this was certainly faithful. In addition to the clean drinking quality of a lager, it had rich malts, a slightly sweet taste, viscous mouthfeel, and a nice, dry hop finish. Not a bad intro to this brewery either!

Appearance: Amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Slightly toasted malts, syrupy sweetness, grassy hops
Taste: Rich malt, slight tang, hint of syrupy sweetness, dry hop finish
Aftertaste: Lingering malt, tang and sweetness, clean and dry
Overall: 8.5/10

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Russel Eastern Promises Czech Pilsner

https://i2.wp.com/res.cloudinary.com/ratebeer/image/upload/w_250,c_limit,q_85,d_beer_def.gif/beer_225646.jpgBrewer: Russel Brewing, Surrey, BC
Style: Pilsner
Alc/Vol: 5%
IBU: 35

Description: As part of their Brewmaster Series, this Czech Pilsner is available year round and now comes in both 650ml bottles and six packs. In the tradition of Bohemian-style lagers, this beer is fashioned using Vienna and Munich malts, and then bittered with Noble Saaz hops.

Tasting Notes: It took me some time to review this beer, and I’m rather sorry I didn’t try it sooner. True to its roots, the beer is both crisp and slightly sweet, owning to the combination of Vienna and Munich malt, which also impart a slight, grainy texture to it. The addition of Saaz hops provides a slight bitterness which rounds this out nicely, leading to an all-around flavorful, but clean and refreshing, drinking experience.

Appearance: Light gold, slightly cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Grainy malt, crisp hops, hint of skunk
Taste: Crisp, grainy malts, mild tang, hint of sweetness, herbal and bitter hop finish
Aftertaste: Lingering hop and malt bitterness, refreshing and balanced
Overall: 9/10

Two Beers Forester Double IPA

forester_doubleipaBrewer: Two Beers Brewery, Seattle WA
Style: Double IPA
Alc/Vol: 7.8%
IBU: 92

Description: The Forester Double IPA is a seasonal beer and the brewery’s expansion on their Evo IPA. And as the name suggests, is naturally stronger, maltier, and hoppier than the original. In terms of malts, it employs Base, Crystal, Vienna, Munich, and Carapils, and is bittered using Simcoe, Amarillo, Centenniel, and Super G hops.

Tasting Notes: I’ve had many India Pale Ales in my time and more than a few doubles. But this was definitely one of the better ones. In addition to not being terribly high in alcohol content or very coarse, the hop flavor was also just bitter enough, and plenty diverse. It’s the mark of a good double IPA that it can be strong all around, but maintain a nice balance. Looking forward to the next one!

Appearance: Orange-amber, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malts, strong hop nose, citrus, grassy, and piney
Taste: Strong, semi-coarse malts, rich hop flavor, resin, pine, citrus rind
Aftertaste: Lingering bitterness, coarse malt flavor
Overall: 9/10