Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Saltspring Island Heather Ale
Ratebeer 2.42 too few ratings
Beer Advocate A 2 ratings
I thought this beer was only available on tap at Butchart Garden's. The local beer selection at Fort Street Cafe was much better than expected. They had four Salt Spring Islands and a few Phillips.
A delicate floral heather nose rose above the honey malts. The taste had a light carbonation and medium mouthfeel.
It was a suttle malty brew with honey, slight green apples and the flowery heather at the end. There was no hop bitterness.
I'm pretty sure this was made with their Golden Ale.
The floral heather slowly faded away.
Alcohol Content ? 0
This was a very interesting beer; the Misses even liked it.
Ingame Enhancement +1
Our goal this year is to try every restaurant in Victoria. It is not that ambitious, as vegetarians our options are limited. The Fort Street Cafe rates a big YES for a great lunch at a great price.
This was an unique flavour enhancement on the golden ale. The light floral heathers balanced very well with honey malts and a mild hop presence.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Saltspring Island Pale Ale
Lately the Left4Beer fridge has been filled with exotic beers from all over the world. It is nice to have strong ales from Belgium, big IPA's from Oregon and hefes from Germany. Maybe we should be trying beers from closer to home. So I picked up a simple (or so I thought) pale ale from Saltspring Island.
Ratebeer 2.53/5 18th percentile
Beer Advocate B
The first thing I noticed was the aromatic floral hops (East Kent Goldings). A good hit of carbonation cleanses the palate to let the malts and hops have fun. It was a nutty/pecan malt that did overwhelm the hops a bit much. Overall it was good.
It was a quick and dry ending. There was just the bare residue of roasted nut malt and floral hops.
Alcohol Content 0 5%
This was a great deal at under $5 for a bomber.
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Bias again. You can drink this beer by the glassful and it does not dull the reflexes.
I do not care what the Ratebeer reviews say, I thought this was a good beer. It was slightly aromatic, malty and not overpowering in the hop department.
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