Central City / Four Winds Collaboration Maiden Voyage Cedar Aged Pale Ale: In conjunction with the BC Craft Brewers Guild, this is part of a collaboration series which should be continuing soon in the spring of 2015 with hopefully another release, perhaps with different brewers? Maiden Voyage was brewed to a strength of 6% abv, with 40 IBUs and was aged with cedar wood which is an interesting idea and is rather BC like in nature. It was actually released during BC Craft Beer Month in October, so this is an older review that I finally got around to writing.
Aroma and Appearance: Pours a clear copper and amber colour with two fingers of foam and an average level of carbonation. The aroma is mild cedar wood, passion fruit, pine, and grapefruit citrus.
Flavour: At first it hits you with bready malt, caramel and grapefruit while settling into a noticeable cedar wood resin and finishing with floral hops and a dry herbal bitterness.
Overall Impression: Great way to ignite a pale ale and give it some new flavours, clearly a sign of two great brewers who know their stuff!
Rating: Excellent at 8/10, very drinkable with some unique flavours with the cedar.
Food Pairing: I can’t help but think that some cedar planked salmon would be perfect with this.
Here they were coming off the line, I sure do love the label on this one as it stands out in a classy kind of way.