Archive for July, 2013

Red Racer Pale Ale

Posted: July 31, 2013 by Kenny in Craft
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACountry of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  5%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Can

On my birthday, I got a message from Kailyn asking me if I had lunch plans. Well, I had just had my delicious egg salad sandwich, but could always meet at Molly’s for some liquid refreshments. So she met me there around 2.  As we were drinking our “lunch”, she pulled out a shopping bag and said happy birthday. Inside said shopping bag was a six pack of Red Racer beer from BC, two cans of three varieties.  I’ve only had one Red Racer before and liked it, plus, the LCBO has been bringing in a lot of BC beers lately and they are, for the most part, really good. So I welcomed the gift.

Fast forward three weeks when we finally get together for dinner again at our place, and I grab one to enjoy while BBQing.  The colour of green on the Pale Ale can was so pretty that I had to drink that one first.

I opened it up and had a sniff; smelled like a light hoppy beer. Then I tried it and it was a light hoppy beer.  I was very impressed with it, then the wife said she thought I had had it before, because the colour and the gitch-showing girl looked familiar.  I looked it up and I had the India Pale Ale before, I can see how she was confused, same can, greener green and the addition of the word India.

Anywho, it was great. The only bad thing I have to say about it was it got a little dry by the end. But other than that, awesome.

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Molson Old Syle Pilsner

Posted: July 31, 2013 by Kenny in Domestic
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oie_transparent (2)Country of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  5%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:   Can

If you ever watch an old show on CBC, or if you’ve ever seen old magazines in your grandparents’ basement (not those ones…) I’m sure you’ll remember seeing the logo. I do, but I never knew that it was a Molson beer. I thought it was just some generic brand or something. The stylized M is nowhere in sight on this can.

So when the wife came home with it, I looked at it and said….huh(question mark) Molson makes a pilser (qm) cool.

When I opened it, it smelled like Canadian, not a good start.  Then I tasted it….nothing. Water. I tried some more, no taste at all. Seriously, it was pretty much slightly beer tasting cold water.  It would be good after a hard day working outside, but so would a bottle of water, and they’re cheaper.

The only time it started to actually taste like beer was when it was almost done, and by that time, it was too late.  It’s not great, but at least it’s better than Canadian.

James Ready 5.5

Posted: July 30, 2013 by Kenny in Domestic
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oie_transparent (1)Country of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:   5.5%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Can

When you think of the cheapest beer you can find, you usually think of Wildcat, Carling or even Lucky. But if you want cheap beer and want to get hobo drunk fast, you pick up James Ready 5.5!

I’ve seen this every time I go into the LCBO and the Beer Store, but I have never been that desperate to actually buy it. The wife, on the other hand, looks at beer, looks at the blog, and if they don’t match, she buys it. It explains a lot of the beers on here.

It was in the fridge, it was cold, and then one day, I decided I didn’t want to look at it in there anymore, so I drank it.

This is one of those beers that you think you know what it tastes like, simply because you see the people who buy it. I was kinda wrong. It wasn’t the best tasting thing in the world, but it also wasn’t the worst. It was actually kinda like a light lager, even though it was 5.5%.

The worst part was when I burped…..don’t do that. Nasty!

Ochakovo Stolichnoe

Posted: July 30, 2013 by Kenny in Imported
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oie_transparentCountry of Origin: Russia
Alcohol Content:  4.6%
Sequence:  Second
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Can

Wednesday night spin class…oh how you make me really thirsty. This was the second beer of the night, and I wasn’t even eating nachos this time.

I have had another Ochakovo, back in the early days of THE Beer List, and I seemed to have liked it, so when the wife brought this home, I was excited for it. It was a “premium” after all.

It smelled liked European beer, not that that’s a bad thing.  It tasted like a nice, light Euro lager, right in line with Henieken, but not as good, obviously.  The one thing I noticed as I was drinking it was that it came in a really, really tall tan. It was a 500ml, but it was at least half an inch taller than the first can sitting on the table. I guess them there Russians have small hands, can’t wrap them around a big, manly can!