Gahan House Tasting (Canada - PEI - Charlottetown)
In historic downtown Charlottetown, Gahan House is a great restaurant with an even better brewery attached to it. A nice pub style restaurant by day, the Gahan House turns into a boisterous pub by night. A favourite watering hole for plenty of professionals in the after-work crowd and a perfect spot for a lunch or a pint while in the city. Their taster tray is a delight and was a pleasure to review.
Harvest Gold Pale Ale
A light sweet malty body. Slightly bitter hop finish.
Sir John A's Honey Wheat Ale 4.5%
An interesting beer: tastes of grain and bread. It slightly sweet, slightly skunky, malty, barely bitter. A hardy tasting beer that still manages to be very refreshing.
Gahan House White
Smells citrusy. A bit of a silky sort of soapy mouthfeel tastes very much of lemon.
Honey Brown (Mix of Sir John A's Honey Wheat Ale & Ironhorse Brown)
Tastes like a sweet thin brown. Somewhat roasty and some faint coffee tones.
Island Red 5.3%
Late onset of flavour, it is sweet and really quite bitter for a red. Roasty and a little caramel.
Roasty, some coffee flavours. A little tangy. A very pleasant brown ale one of the highlights of the sample tray.
1772 IPA 7.0%
Smells like hops and alcohol. Tastes strongly of hops with a melon character but also with a cedar/sprucy hops aspect. Quite sweet and caramely too. A nicely balanced IPA that people who don't normally like IPA might enjoy because it is quite sweet and, although it has a strong hop flavour as the type demands, it has a mix of hops characteristics and is not overly bitter. Definitely high alcohol: has a bit of a burn.
Sydney Street Stout
Smells very smoky and roasty. Tastes very strongly of dark chocolate/cocoa, roast. Barely carbonated. A great stout, very much in the tradition. Would work as a dessert beer and reminds me of Norwegian Yule beers.