Posts Tagged ‘Garrison’

Well, I figured it is time to finish off my Garrison mixed 6-pack. The last man standing is their Irish Red Ale. In all honesty, I’ve never been a huge red ale kind of guy. It’s not that I don’t like them, or find them undrinkable. It’s more that I lean towards other styles of beer first. This red has won four different awards, including, the gold medal at the 2010 World Beer Championships.

The Irish Red pours a clear brown with a light hint of red coloring and a fingers worth of just off white head. The head clings to the glass as it recedes leaving a light lacing. The aroma wafts off with a sweet caramel and dry, roasted nuttiness. There is also the slightest of hints of piney hops in the aroma. The taste has a mirage of flavors. The tongue is initially hit with a combination of bitter hops with a dry sweetness. As the bitter fades away it leaves room for the sweetness of the caramel and molasses to start hammering on your sweet tooth. After it has all faded away, all that is left is a buttery and nutty aftertaste. In all honestly, this beer isn’t one I’d drink all night long. I know many people who would love to have a large case of this and would happily drink it all in one go though.

5% Red


Well, I think it’s time to step back onto our side of the pond. Though, just barely. The Martello Stout Ale brewers by Garrison Brewery is located right on the coast in Halifax. This stout is in fact named after the defensive forts built by the British Empire during the 19th century. These towers can be found in every country that the British occupied during this time. There are five total in Halifax alone. In fact the oldest one in North America, Prince of Wales Tower, is even located there. Now, enough history, time for the beer.

This gorgeous stout pours pitch black with an excessive amount of mocha colored head. The head dissipates very slowly leaving behind very little lacing. The aroma wafts off with fresh ground coffee, dark cocoa, and I believe the slightest hint of roasted nuts. The taste is of this stout is rich and delicious. Right off the bat I’m being hit by the roasted coffee malts, as soon as that starts to fade the chocolate starts to show thru. The tail end has a touch, but not much, of leafy bitter hops along side a light wooden finish. This is an excellent stout for someone wanting to expand their taste bud horizons. It has an excellent blend of flavors without being overpowering to scare a “light weight” off.

4.8% Stout

Well, keeping with the coastal theme of the night here is a brew by Garrison. Their Nut Brown has won two silver medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards. I honestly haven’t tried one of these yet so you could say I’m itching to crack this bad boy open and give a taste.

Pouring a dark brown, this Nut Brown Ale has a slight red tint when held up to light. With a fingers width of tan colored head, it slowly recedes leaving a light lacing on the glass. In the aroma I’m picking up toasted malts and nuts, a slight sweetness from brown sugar I believe, and the lightest touch of coffee. The taste was quite different from what I had expected. Accompanying the toasted malts and nuts is a substantial amount of chocolate. At the end the taste is a blend of the coffee I spotted earlier and a light sampling of maple syrup. Guess the brown sugar I thought I smelled was the maple sneaking in. To wrap up, I am quite surprised by this nut brown ale, there was a heck of a lot more substance to it than I was expecting. I would very willingly pick up a multi-pack of them that’s for sure.

5% Nut Brown

Well, it’s true, I’ve been slacking off with my blogs. I guess I am just trying to prepare my body for a large beer tasting I am going to this weekend. At least that is the excuse I am going with. I have returned to Nova Scotia for another beer by Garrison Brewery. This time it is their Tall Ship Amber Ale, named so after the provinces long nautical history.

Pouring a golden, amber hue the Tall Ship gave about a quarter-inch of white head which faded quickly. In the aroma I can pick up subtle hints of caramel and biscuits. There might also be a touch of lightly roasted malts. The flavor has a gigantic sweetness upfront which last the whole way through. To put a name to the taste I’d say honey. The caramel sweetness is also there but there is next to nothing in the taste in regards to the malts or even hops. I do in fact have a sweet tooth, but there is just something missing from this beer. Something to… balance it out. If this beer was trying to make it on the classic voyage to India, it sadly wouldn’t have survived.

4.6% Amber

Well, I think it’s time to venture to the Canadian east coast once again. I have luckily picked up a Garrison Brewing variety 6-pack so I have a few to work with. An interesting side note on Garrison Is that all of their beers are 100% vegan and preservative free. I have chosen my first beer from this pack will be their Raspberry Wheat. It has won two medals; 2003 Bronze at the Canadian Brewing Awards and 2006 Silver at the World Beer Championships.

Pouring a hazy copper coloring, the Raspberry Wheat came out with very little head which dissipated quickly. The aroma reminds me of freshly picked raspberries all grouped together in a big bowl. There is also the slightest waft of wheat, hard to spot with the over-powering raspberry. Things get turned around in tasting though. The wheat is behind the wheel dominating the flavor. Well, the raspberry is in the backseat staring out the window hardly noticeable. Don’t get me wrong, you can still taste it. Just not right away, and it is nowhere near as potent as the smell. The raspberry taste is actually quite mellow and tame compared to other raspberry beers I’ve tried. This would be a great fruit beer to break into fruit beers with. Not overly powerful to “scare” a person off but enough there to taste it.

4.6% Wheat 

Now, for number two from Garrison Brewery, we have the Imperial I.P.A. which was first launched  in the summer of 2007. It was quickly scooped up and became well known as the hoppiest beer in Atlantic Canada. This unfiltered Imperial I.P.A. has been highly distinguished with many awards. Of which there are; 2007 Canadian Brewing Awards (Gold), 2008 Canadian Brewing Awards (Beer of the Year), 2009 World Beer Championships (Silver), and 2010 World Beer Championships (Gold). I’d have to say that is an impressive lineup of awards.

Surprisingly similar to the Hop Yard Pale this beer has very similar qualities as the previous beer. Bright orange in color but very hazy from being unfiltered it is cloudy and thick. Then there is the head, very thick and firm it takes a long time to recede and when it does it leaves behind a amazing amount of lacing along the edges of the glass. As for scent I could smell hops, and lots of them, with a very subtle hint of toffee. The taste was a significant jump up in hops, 70 IBUs, it still had a slight citrus twist… I think it might be a very light grapefruit. There was also hints of pine and burnt caramel. For a beer that is 7% alcohol it has done an excellent job of hiding it… it certainly sneaked up on me. Similar to the Hop Yard this Imperial IPA has a slight metallic aftertaste.

7% IPA

Garrison Brewing: Hop Yard Pale

Posted: February 13, 2011 in Bottle, Canada, Norm, Nova Scotia

Well, it’s been awhile since I have posted anything. So, here is a few beers that I have tried tonight. To begin we have two beers from Garrison Brewing. The first being the Hop Yard Pale. Now first a little bit of history on Garrison. They began with their inaugural batch of “Irish Red Ale” in 1997. Continuing to show promise and quality they introduced their craft beer to Nova Scotian’s and visitors alike. They have won multiple awards for several of their beers.

This particular beer pours a coppery orange with a decent white head that lasts a long time. I did notice that the beer, no matter how long I let it sit, continued to bubble. For the smell… I’d have to say that it is a very light grassy hop with an extremely slight twist of citrus. The taste was basically the same as the smell though it left a particularly metallic sharpness on the tongue with the aftertaste. I should also point out that in the taste the hops are much stronger than in the smell. For the hop heads out there this beer has an I.B.U. count of 40. Though not extremely high still very tasty and delicious.

The Hop Yard has won two silver medal awards. One at the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards and the second and very impressive at the World Beer Championships. This is an excellent example of a dry hopped pale.

5.3%  Pale Ale