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Tall Ship Ale Co. [closed]

 - Microbrewery, Brewery closed  
(Out of business)

An outfit that in many ways embodied what a craft brewery should be all about - bold, unique beers made with care and attention. Alas, the Tall Ship has gone under. Designed and built by homebrewers Bill Herdman and David Philp, the brewery started producing in 1994 and left a definite mark on the B.C. brewing scene until disappearing over the horizon in late 1998. As of late 2006, historical info is still available on the Tall Ship website. (02/07/2011)  More Comments [2 3 stars - average]   Add Your Comments/Rate this Brewery


Ale (Pale Ale, 5%) - Deep amber colour, malty, somewhat yeasty aroma. A richly flavoured pale ale, with a spicy hop finish. Smooth and drinkable, it is one of the more assertive B.C. pale ales.    More Comments [0]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Black Ship Ale (Stout, 5.6%) - no review available    More Comments [0]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

India Pale Ale (India Pale Ale, 7.5%) - The first real IPA sold in bottles in BC.    More Comments [0]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

No. 1 Barley Wine Ale (Barley wine, 14%) - This was a good, solid, somewhat port-like, barley wine when it was released in 1998.  Being bottle conditioned, it was meant to mature over the years, and has done so brilliantly, based on a tasting in Dec, 2006. Huge malty, mocha, fruity aroma accompanied by equally full mouthfeel and rich, complex flavour.  All kinds of cool chocolate/caramel/toffee/berry notes that somehow combine to create a balanced deliciousness, accented by the looooong finish.  Great legacy for one of the real BC craft brewing pioneers.  16/12/2006  More Comments [2]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Raspberry Ale (Fruit beer, 5.5%) - no review available    More Comments [2]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Russian Imperial Stout (Stout, 9.5%) - At close to $15.00/6 pack, probably the most expensive beer ever commercially sold in B.C., but lovers of strong, robust beers were richer for the experience. Deep black, with a big malty nose and an rich, aggressive flavour that makes a regular stout seem like a pale ale, this beer somehow manages to maintain a fine balance between dark malts, bitter hops, and alcohol flavours. A brilliant swan song for the brewery, just before the ship went down.    More Comments [0]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

Smoked Porter (Porter, 6%) - A rich, malty, full-flavoured porter, with a definite smokiness in the aroma and taste, from the use of smoked malt. A distinctive treat, although it seems to have lost some colour and robustness since it was originally introduced.    More Comments [0]   Add Comments/Rate this Beer

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