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October 2019 - Seasonal Debuts, New Brands & Fresh Cans

October 2019 - Seasonal Debuts, New Brands & Fresh Cans
This month's Beer feature is Seasonal Debuts, New Brands & Fresh Cans

Seasonal Debuts, New Brands & Fresh Cans Reviews

Vancouver Island Brewing Ocean Sun White Sails Brewing Collab Double IPA
92 points
Bright copper in color, with bright aromas of plantain, spruce tip tea, and orange muffin. On the palate, crisp acidity brings golden raisin and grilled citrus flavors into a breezy, tingling finish. This bold and bitter brew packs a punch!
Vancouver Island Brewing Dominion Dark Lager
92 points
Dark brown in color, with lively aromas of dark roasted pecan, raisin swirl bread, toasted oats, black coffee, and graham crackers. On the palate, dry flavors of buttered nuts, mocha latte, baking chocolate, and braised greens tingle into a medium-length, malty finish. This is an easy-drinking but deliciously roasty black lager; great for autumn sessions.
Vancouver Island Brewing Mystic Ile Sauvage Brewing Collab Dry-Hopped Sour Ale
90 points
Light gold in color, with bright aromas of cucumber, pineapple shrub, lychee, nettle, and mango. On the palate, lively acidity brings young peach, grape skin, kiwi, and passionfruit nectar flavors into a crisp and light, medium-length finish. Perfectly tart and sessionable, super refreshing…open one up for your dearest pet-nat fan!
Vancouver Island Brewing Victoria Lager
89 points
Gold in color, with moderate and funky aromas of soft tropical fruit, toasted grain, and green apple. On the palate, crisp acidity brings flavors of lemon marmalade and egg croissant into a breezy, warming finish. This rock-solid Dortmunder has the fruity nuance of a perfect lunchtime pairing.
Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. Kentucky Blackberry Barrel Porter
88 points
Mahogany in color, with bright aromas of chocolate mousse, raspberry liqueur, cherry cola, and buttered pumpernickel toast. On the palate, vibrant acidity brings in satiny flavors of berry soufflé, chocolate, cake, and caramel to a smooth, medium-length finish. A spicy-sweet, chocolatey porter that’s lifted by bright notes of berry mousse.
Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. Kentucky Tequila Barrel Wheat Ale
88 points
Gold in color, with aromas of honey, key lime pie, apple butter, clove, lemon zest, and vanilla spiced nuts. On the palate, crisp acidity brings custard and apple pastry flavors into a medium-length and rich finish. This creamy, spicy, barrel-aged beer will have you reaching for the next one until the pack is gone.
Vancouver Island Brewing Rainshadow Twin City Brewing Collab Sour Ale
88 points
Sunburst in color, with vibrant aromas of wild raspberry, cranberry, strawberry tops, and toast. On the palate, crisp acidity brings cherry coulis, berry layer bar, watermelon, and rose petal flavors into a smooth, medium-to-long finish. A vivacious and pure sour ale that’s expressive and nuanced.
Vancouver Island Brewing Deadhead Land & Sea Brewing Collab Hazy IPA
85 points
Hazy and light gold in color, with bright aromas of green mango, wheat grass, and peach pastry. On the palate, orange-kissed green tea, radish, and key lime peel flavors smooth into a brisk and bold finish. An easy-drinking, hoppy, NEIPA.
Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
84 points
Bright gold and amber in color, with lively aromas of cardamom poundcake, grilled apple, cinnamon, and English leather. On the palate, crisp acidity brings spiced tea, orange peel, and lime leaf flavors into a medium-length, complex and spicy finish. A unique barrel-aged ale unlike any other.
Pagosa Brewing Company Strong Pils
84 points
Light gold color. Malty aromas and flavors of roasted corn succotash, sautéed greens, lemon peppercorn muffin, and honeycomb with a supple, vibrant, fizzy, dryish medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish manifesting suggestions of caramelized root vegetables and rapini and endive finish. An earthy Pilsner for the table.
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