Thursday, December 31, 2009

1897 Amber (Stanley Park Brewery)

1897 Amber (Stanley Park Brewery)

Not listed on Ratebeer nor Beer Advocate

I guess to break into the bottom corner of BC beer scene you need a new angle. The Stanley Park Brewery claims to be sustainably brewed with a wind turbine that generates power for their state of the art brewery. Their labels are printed with vegetable based inks. Call me a pessimist, but the only wind turbine I have seen is on top a Grouse Mountain. It is currently not spinning (December 31,2009).

Taste +3

This is labeled as a 'Belgian Style Amber'. I sampled the one on tap at Vista 18 and in a bottle at Gordo's house. The aroma is a little funky and faint. It is slightly nutty, caramel with fermented acidic fruits (aka vomit). The sip is a lot better with a silky pecan malt and floral hops. It certainly is an amber, but at least it is above average.

Aftertaste +1

The nutty malts leave a velvet coating on your tongue.

Alcohol Content 0 5.1%

Value 0

It is nice but not worth a repeat purchase. If you wanted to bring a tasty beer for a party; this would be a very good choice. It was the best thing on tap at Vista 18, but the competition was pretty week.

Ingame Enhancement 0

This was the last beer on the old fart pub crawl. We were home by 11pm.

Overall 4/10

It was good, above average beer. If your ecological guilt prevents you from drinking beer made in Europe, this selection might help. The label does not mention where their materials came from. Did the hops come from Europe, malts from France? At least the 6-pack case was made from recycled paper. Good luck. The beer was good.

Widmer Drop Top Amber
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2 comments:

EskimoDave said...

It's brewed by Hell's Gate, which is part of the Mark Anthony family.

Flavius said...

Thanks for that @EskimoDave. I thought I might try a Hell's Gate beer. After knowing this I might not.