Posts Tagged ‘Banff Ave.’

Well, dinner is finished and now I am moving along to the Czuggers Pilsner.

Very clear, pure and a little bubbly. There is a light citrusy scent. There is a very distinct dry hoppy taste which I quite enjoyed. I did notice that it leaves a very noticeable dryness in the mouth. Which would probably just cause me to drink more and more. Very good and I’d recommend it, though most people probably couldn’t drink multiples of these.

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Onto the next beer, we have the Banff Ave Blond Ale. I kinda thought that this would match well with my rib-eye steak.

As to be expected this is very clear with no head… Possibly due to it being the bottom of the keg. There is the distinct, classic blond taste with a creamy texture. Makes for light, easy drinking. It really went down like water.

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Well, once again I find myself at the Banff Avenue Brewery. This time I am with my co-workers, so I hope that I will get some outside input to add into my blog.

To start the night off I decided to go with the Reverend Rundle Stout. It had a very mild aroma of chocolate and a hint of coffee. It has a very dark pour with a light khaki colored head. Very creamy texture and smooth going down. Hints of chocolate can be tasted but it has a very distinct coffee aftertaste. If you enjoy Guiness I’d recommend giving this a try.

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Continuing on at the Banff Ave. Brewery…

Yes, I tried the Stubble Jumper Saskatoon Berry Seasonal Ale. Wow! That’s a mouth full… In my opinion you can not consider yourself a beer connoisseur unless you are willing to try anything and everything. You must keep an open mind at all times. How often can you say you’ve tried an ale made with Saskatoon berries anyways? I’d bet my left shoe if you went to the US or to Europe you couldn’t find a single person that lives there who has tried an ale made with these berries. Also, on a side note, the Banff Ave Brewery just opened up in the summer of 2010. So, to my knowledge this is their official first seasonal beer. How could I pass that up?

That being said… The ale came to the table and, although the light had been dimmed due to the hour of the night, I could tell it had a significant reddish hue to it. I was surprised that it was served with a lime but I did not question. Even with my slightly congested nose I could still smell a significant berry smell coming from the ale. Now, because I have yet to do a review on any beers that come with an additive, limes, lemons, oranges and such, I have chosen to split the review in two. The Before and the After. Yeah, I know, creative huh? That had taken me a whole… 30 seconds…?

Before the Lime: I noticed that this beer was very tart on the tongue, almost sour. Very similar to a cranberry juice reaction on the tongue. It was very clean and crisp, sharp and to the point. Especially the point of the tip of the tongue. The ale had a very slight fruitiness to it, surprisingly weak compared to the smell.

After the Lime: I honestly really hoped the lime would bring out the marching band of this beer… But, all it did was add a citrusy twist to it. Which yes, brings up the fruitiness factor, but not the right kind… Berries and limes… Could just be me but it seems like they are from two very different worlds, very far apart. Further then apples and oranges.

I have to say that I am on the fence with this ale. The first time I tried it a couple of weeks ago in a sample size from the trial package, a slightly larger the shot glass sized sample of each of the beers, I thought it was really well done. This time though, it seemed bland and without pizzazz. Almost like it was also nearing the bottom of the keg. Or was it simply a different batch?

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Continuing on at the Banff Ave. Brewery…

We have the Lower Bankhead Black Pilsner… It sounds like there should be some serious story behind that but I have no idea what it is. This pilsner is clear but also dark at the same time. At first sip it seemed very smooth and clean but then it seemed to leave an almost earthy, grainy feeling on the tongue. Though very malty I found this beer went down extremely easily. I personally have even purchased a growler of this.

I have to ask though, is it possible to have a “light” dark beer? This beer has many dark attributes such as taste, texture, and simple appearance. Though it also has the easy drinking taste we all know from traditional pilsners. Is it possible? Because if it isn’t… I believe I have stepped into an alternate dimension.

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Well, today I write to you know from the Banff Ave. Brewery. As the name suggests it is located in Banff, Alberta and is a brewpub that opened in the summer of 2010. This the second brewpub to be opened in a Canadian national park, which also happens to be owned by the person whom opened the first one in Jasper (Jasper Brewing Co.).  Both of these brewpubs pride themselves in using only pure, natural, Canadian glacier water. The only thing they do to the water is remove the chlorine that has been added to it. So, you are left with a bunch of minerals from pre-historic times in your beer! How often can you say you’ve had a beer with ancient stuff in it?

Now on to the Head Smashed IPA. From how much I have been enjoying hoppy beers lately I have to say that I was really eager to try this beer. At first appearance this beer is extremely clear, clean, amber in colour, with a very thick head. At first taste I was a little disappointed at how weak the hops were. With a name like Head Smashed I was expecting a little more POW of hop. This is still an extremely drinkable beer, especially after a day of hitting the slops or any other activity for that matter. I did notice that it did have a unique citrus twist in its aftertaste which I then could taste from each sip I took. It also had a cream ale style smoothness to it which seemed unusual to me almost like it might have been a little flat. I may have been near the bottom of the keg but I could be wrong. I did, after all, knock my head a couple of times well snowboarding.

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