Sooke Oceanside Brewery- Graveyard of the Pacific


Sooke Oceanside Brewery- Graveyard of the Pacific Review

My how time flies. Its hard to believe that it has already been four years since to opening of Sooke Oceanside Brewery. To celebrate, the brewery has released Graveyard of The Pacific, an imperial red ale. The name references the stretch of coast in the pacific northwest where as many as 2,000 ships have gone down.

Graveyard pours a dark ruby red with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly. It is well carbonated. The aroma is nutty with notes of cookie, toasted bread, and dark fruit. Straight out of the fridge Graveyard has an initial large alcohol hit which somewhat diminishes as it warms. The flavour is burnt brown sugar, with hints of fruit cake, tobacco, and pepper. There is a low bitterness and the body tends towards the thin side. There is a small note of earthy hops. It finishes with some mild sweetness, also fruity and boozy.


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About This Beverage

  • Colour: red/brown
  • Head Size & Retention: Some head, minimal retention
  • Carbonation: Well Carbonated
  • Clarity: Clear
  • Balance: More Malty
  • Drinkability: Goes Down Slower
  • Enjoyment: I thought it was fine
  • Malt Characteristics: Biscuity/Bready, Dark Fruit (raisins, prunes, figs, black currants), Nutty
  • Hop Characteristics: Herbal, Earthy
  • Palate: Thin


Graveyard of the Pacific doesn’t try to hide its 8% alcohol at all. Let it warm up a bit to get around the booziness and enjoy the other flavours.

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