Friday, February 24, 2012

Howe Sound Brewing Company - Devil's Elbow IPA; Garibaldi Honey Pale Ale; Rail Ale Nut Brown

The Howe Sound Brewing Company is in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada.

Devil's Elbow IPA - This is a 6% ABV beer that is dry-hopped.  The beer pours a copper-amber-burnt orange in color, somewhat hazy.  There is a quarter-inch of creamy off-white foam that leaves layers of lacing down the glass.  The aroma is floral, grassy and tangy, with a touch of yeast.  The taste is unique, like grassy oatmeal with a floral aftertaste.  This is a strange blend of malt and hops.  The finish is quite dry and bitter. 

Garibaldi Honey Pale Ale -  This 5.0% ABV beer pours a slightly hazy dark golden in color with a short head of pure white foam.  The aroma is strong grain, the sweet floralness of honey and a light tart note.  The taste follows the aroma directly.  This is a solid beer, not a standout in any way, but no negatives and nice to drink.

Rail Ale Nut Brown - This 5.0% ABV beer pours a very, very dark brown in appearance, almost black.  There is a quarter-inch of light brown head.  The aroma is roasted and toasted malt, nutty, hazelnuts, a bit of a sour note in the back.  The taste is dark roasted malt, nutty, a touch of coffee, slightly sweet; the taste is even better than the aroma.  A very dark brown ale, both in appearance and dark roasted taste.  Good.

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